One of the best parts of being a physics PhD student is having the chance to broaden your knowledge by attending seminars and schools especially designed for helping you to be more efficient in your research. I was fortunate to have such an opportunity by attending the first CMS Physics Object School (POS) which took place from September 4th to 8th in Bari, Italy. Continue reading “First CMS Physics Object School in Bari”
It has already been almost 2 months since I arrived at CERN, but it certainly feels like a week. Being in such an interesting place, surrounded by some of the smartest people in the world, is a unique and inspiring feeling for a young researcher like myself. I was also lucky enough to be able to have the opportunity to visit CERN in the beginning of my PhD, which greatly helped me to integrate to the CMS experiment. Continue reading “My first weeks at CERN”
Last week I, along with fellow network ESR Pablo, attended the International School of Science Journalism in Erice, on the Italian island of Sicily. As regular readers of this blog will know, scientific outreach plays an important role in our network activities, and I’d attended with the hope of gaining tips for better simplifying and presenting my research. Continue reading “SciComm in Erice”
On September 8, 2017 the Department of Statistical Sciences of the University of Padova will host Astro@Stats 2017, a Sino-Italian Workshop on Astrostatistics. Continue reading “Invitation to Astro@Stats 2017”
The high-school students participating in the “Art & Science” contest participated in at least two lectures on particle physics and the LHC experiments before being asked to start designing their artwork. One of the challenges was to “think outside the box” and not feel constrained by what they could imagine was expected from them: they could conceive paintings and sculptures, of course (most of the groups Continue reading “Art & Science 14: The Higgs Boson’s Symphony”
“La Collisione” – the collision – is the title of another event-display-inspired work by students of Liceo Benedetti in Venice, Ludovica Donà and Licia Memo. The students decided to employ discarded bits and pieces of colored glass to create a collage representing a LHC collision. Murano glass is a very well-known artistic product of Venice, so this choice connotates their work and localizes it in its provenance.
The choice of glass fragments was explicitated by the students to symbolize the creation of Higgs bosons, as glass fragments like Higgs bosons Continue reading “Art & Science 13: La Collisione”
The rather uninspired title of the twelfth artistic work presented here should not deceive you – this is a very creative effort by three students Marta Vianello, Federica Vianello, and Emma Coglitore of Liceo Benedetti of Venice, who participate in the “Arte e Scienza” project of the CREATIONS network, to which AMVA4NewPhysics collaborates.
The painting is composed by mixed techniques employing a variety of materials, including buttons, beads, paint, and other elements arranged to Continue reading “Art & Science 12: The God Particle”
On the 19th of May I was very glad to take part in the RooStats tutorial organised by the AMVA4NewPhysics Network as a part of a workshop in Oviedo. RooStats is a ROOT library that uses the “RooFit” package, and provides classes to perform statistical analysis. The tutorial was attended by all the ESR from our Network, among which I was the only non-physicist. I am a statistician who does not use ROOT at all. For this reason, my attendance at the tutorial could seem Continue reading “My impressions on the RooStats Tutorial”
Just in time for our 4th all-network workshop, the AMVA4NewPhysics ITN reached full capacity with the addition of the two final ESRs, Seng (Munich) and Ioanna (Athens). The aforementioned workshop was hosted by the University of Oviedo, itself a recent addition to network, and organised by our outreach officer, Pietro, who did Continue reading “AMVA4NewPhysics: Fully-Armed and Operational!”