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Particle Fever: The Higgs and Beyond

Friday, May 30, 2014
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Imagine being able to watch as Edison turned on the first light bulb, or as Franklin received his first jolt of electricity. Here’s a film that gives you a front-row seat on one of the most important scientific discoveries of our age: the successful search for the elusive Higgs boson, the final particle to complete the Standard Model of Particle Physics. This inspiring and award-winning documentary follows a handful of the 10,000 scientists who collaborated on the biggest and most expensive scientific experiment in history. After the screening, there will be a live discussion with several of the scientists and filmmakers involved in Particle Fever.

This program is supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation as part of its Public Understanding of Science and Technology Initiative. This program is presented in collaboration with The Museum of the Moving Image.

Moderator

Sean CarrollTheoretical Physicist, Author

Sean Carroll is a theoretical physicist at the California Institute of Technology. His research covers cosmology, field theory, dark energy, particle physics, and gravitation.

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Participants

Mark LevinsonWriter, Producer, Director

Before embarking on his film career, Mark Levinson earned a doctoral degree in particle physics from the University of California at Berkeley. In the film world, he became a specialist in the post-production writing and recording of dialogue known as ADR.

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Claudia Raschke-RobinsonCinematographer

Claudia Raschke is an award-winning cinematographer who has worked on feature films and documentaries for more than 20 years. Her most recent feature documentary, Particle Fever, follows the quest for the Higgs Boson and the launch of the Large Hadron Collider.

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David KaplanPhysicist, Producer

David Kaplan is a theoretical particle physicist who explores supersymmetry, extra dimensions, dark matter, cosmology, and particles such as the Higgs boson. He is developing new techniques to discover physics beyond the standard model using particle colliders.

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Kyle CranmerPhysicist

Kyle Cranmer is a physicist and a professor at New York University at the Center for Cosmology and Particle Physics and Affiliated Faculty member at NYU’s Center for Data Science. He is an experimental particle physicist working, primarily, on the Large Hadron Collider, based in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Maria SpiropuluPhysicist

Maria Spiropulu is a Physics Professor at Caltech. She received her Ph.D. from Harvard and was a Fermi Fellow at the Enrico Fermi Institute; she worked at CERN as a Physics Researcher. She’s been researching elementary particles and their interactions at Fermilab’s Tevatron and CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC).

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