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New Meetup: Particle Colliders - The Science & The Fiction w/ Boston Skeptics@ Tommy Doyle's

From: T.J. M.
Sent on: Wednesday, June 10, 2009 1:01 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Nerd Fun - Boston!

What: Particle Colliders - The Science & The Fiction w/ Boston Skeptics@ Tommy Doyle's

When: June 29,[masked]:30 PM

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Meetup Description: From the Boston Skeptic's site:

Monday, June 29, 2009
7:00pm - 10:00pm
Tommy Doyle?s in Harvard Square (top floor)

"If you?ve heard the black hole scares surrounding the LHC or seen the movie Angels & Demons and wondered if any bit of it had basis in reality, you?re in for a treat.

"Shulamit Moed is a post-doc who splits her time between Fermilab (where she measures the production of the charm quark), CERN (where she prepares for the first LHC collisions), and Harvard (where she gives talks in pubs to people like you).

"Boston Skeptics in the Pub is an informal lecture series where everyone is invited to hang out, socialize, drink, eat, and maybe even learn something. Each lecture is followed by a rousing Q&A session and then several hours of drinking and socializing that sometimes evolves into Harvard Square bar-hopping.

"The lecture begins around 7pm, but show up anytime after 6:30 to get good seats!"

Where to meet:
T.J. Maher will be kicking around Harvard Square from 5:30 pm onwards. He should be at Tommy Doyle's around 6:00 pm scouting out the top floor. Maybe we can assemble there, and hang out before the lecture. Let's get there around 6:30 pm the latest, so we can grab a few good tables next to each other and get our dinner orders in before the talk starts.

About Boston Skeptics:

"Boston Skeptics is a group of critical thinkers who get together to talk, eat, drink, and be skeptical about things like homeopathy, creationism, psychics, aliens, alternative medicine, conspiracy theories, and whatever else catches our attention".

About Shulamit MOED, according to her CERN profile:

"I am a PhD student currently working for the ATLAS silicon tracker and taking part in ATLAS top physics studies using simulated events. Geneva university is one of the production sites for the ATLAS silicon tracker Endcap modules. As a member of the Geneva group I am taking part in the quality control of the module components before assembling them to a module, tests during the different stages of assembly and tests of the modules when they are completed. In parallel to that I am working on the top quark mass reconstruction where a (t tbar) pair decays via W bosons into (lepton neutrino jet jet b bbar). These events provide a good environment to study the b-tagging algorithm performance as well and later on I will use them for calibrating the b-tagging efficiencies"

... er, I can't even begin to translate this into English. Wow.

Fermilab Facts: A quick look at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Illinois
From the Fermilab site:

? "Much of what we know about matter and energy and even how the universe began was discovered over the last four decades at Fermilab, a national laboratory funded by the Office of Science of the Department of Energy.
? "Scientists at Fermilab carry out research in particle physics and astrophysics. Fermilab?s fundamental research advances our understanding of the nature of the universe, from the subatomic world to the
big bang.
? "Fermilab is home to the world?s most powerful particle accelerator, the Tevatron, four miles
in circumference. [ MORE: ]

About the LHC, from CERN:

"The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is a gigantic scientific instrument near Geneva, where it spans the border between Switzerland and France about 100 m underground. It is a particle accelerator used by physicists to study the smallest known particles ? the fundamental building blocks of all things. It will revolutionise our understanding, from the minuscule world deep within atoms to the vastness of the Universe.

"Two beams of subatomic particles called 'hadrons' ? either protons or lead ions ? will travel in opposite directions inside the circular accelerator, gaining energy with every lap. Physicists will use the LHC to recreate the conditions just after the Big Bang, by colliding the two beams head-on at very high energy. Teams of physicists from around the world will analyse the particles created in the collisions using special detectors in a number of experiments dedicated to the LHC".

From Harvard Square, walk down JFK Street, and take a right onto Winthrop Street. [ MAP:,+Cambridge,+MA+02138&geocode=Fc2RhgId8c7C-w%3BFQuNhgIdXMfC-w&hl=en&mra=dme&mrcr=0&mrsp=0&sz=18&dirflg=w&sll=42.372535,-71.119727&sspn=0.002972,0.004807&ie=UTF8&ll=42.37271,-71.120564&spn=0.002972,0.004807&z=18 ]

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