That Spin 0 Boson Changed Everything
Contact/host: Dr. Alison Lister (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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The Higgs Boson discovery in 2012 required us to think differently about planning for the future of Particle Physics, twice, now, since that summer 11 years ago. While the decades-long confirmation of the Standard Model itself is an historic episode – as a guide to the future, it’s not as helpful as one would like. Because it’s complete! I will describe Particle Physics planning in the US, review the features of the Standard Model that make it superb, point out why it’s frustrating, and describe hints that continue to motivate us for the coming decades.
Raymond Brock is an experimental elementary particle physicist and University Distinguished Professor at Michigan State University (MSU). He received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University in 1972. After a year in industry he returned to the university, receiving an M.S. in Physics and Philosophy of Science from Northern Illinois University and his Ph.D. in Physics from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1980. After two years as a postdoctoral researcher at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory he joined the MSU Department of Physics and Astronomy in 1982. In 2011 he was named University Distinguished Professor.
He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and a recipient of the two Michigan State University all-university awards for research and teaching. He is an avid baseball fan and has coached baseball for many years at the high school level in Michigan.