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Next TU Science Café to feature live video conversation with CERN scientists

During the next TU Science Café on Tuesday, Oct. 27, participants will take part in a live video conversation with scientists at the CERN laboratory who are conducting research on some of the most groundbreaking discoveries of our time.

At the CERN laboratory, located on the French and Swiss border near Geneva, physicists and engineers probe the fundamental structure of the university using the largest and most complex scientific instruments to study the basic constituents of matter. It’s here that the Higgs boson particle, also known as the “God particle,” was discovered in 2012.

The name CERN comes from the French acronym that translates into European Council for Nuclear Research. This provisional body was founded in 1952 to establish a world-class fundamental physics research organization in Europe. In 1954 CERN opened. It’s also called the European Laboratory for Particle Physics.

The video conversation on Oct. 27 will take place a 10 a.m. rather than the usual evening time for the Science Café due to the time difference between Thomasville and Switzerland. Participants will talk with CERN scientists Noemi Beni and Zoltan Szillasi. Facilitating the discussion will be Dr. Harrison Prosper, Kirby W. Kemper Professor of Physics and Distinguished Research Professor at Florida State University.

Guests are invited to a reception before the conversation at 9:30 a.m. in the lobby of Smith-Bonvillian Hall. The Science Café will begin at 10 a.m. in the Flowers Foods Executive Classroom inside Smith-Bonvillian Hall on TU’s Main Campus. There is no admission charge, and the event is open to the public.

For more information, contact April Penton at apenton@thomasu.edu.

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