I grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota and stayed north by attending Bates College in Lewiston, Maine where I received a Bachelor's degree in Physics and Mathematics in 1992. Continuing my northern tour took me to the University of Wisconsin at Madison where I earned a Ph.D. in Physics in 1998. I spent a few years further south as a Research Associate at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee before moving to the University of Colorado at Boulder where I am an Associate Professor in the Physics Department in the particle physics group.
I have been working in experimental high energy physics, aka particle physics, since 1995. From 1995 through 2004, the experiments I participated in were at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory outside of Chicago and involved the investigation of the properties of charm and beauty quarks as part of the E791, FOCUS, and BTeV collaborations. Since 2005, I have been working on the CMS (Compact Muon Solenoid) experiment which is located inside the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland. The LHC provides a new energy frontier for particle physics. On July 4, 2012, the CMS and ATLAS experiments announced the discovery of the Higgs boson, thus confirming the theory of electroweak symmetry breaking, proposed back in 1964. The Higgs mechanism is a central part of the standard model of particle physics as it not only explains how electroweak symmetry is broken but also explains how the fundamental particles aquire mass. Two of the theorists involved in the 1964 proposal, Englert and Higgs, were award the Nobel Prize. While work continues on understanding more about the Higgs, the main goal of the experiment now is to search for new phenomena such as supersymmetry, which predicts that all of the fundamental particles have supersymmetric partners that have heretofore been unobserved.
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