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MEDIA ADVISORY: Physics Expert to Discuss “God Particle” at MU

November 7th, 2013

Story Contact: Christian Basi, 573-882-4430,

WHAT: The 2013 Nobel Prize in physics was awarded to two scientists who predicted the existence of the Higgs boson particle, a particle that gives mass to other particles. Nicknamed the “God particle,” it was discovered by teams of physicists nearly 50 years after the prediction. In a presentation at the University of Missouri, a physicist from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will discuss what scientists know about this particle and what big discoveries might be on the horizon.

WHO: Mark Neubauer, associate professor of physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). Neubauer is a member of the ATLAS experiment team at the Large Hadron Collider where the Higgs boson particle was discovered. The Large Hadron Collider is the world’s largest particle accelerator and is located on the border of Switzerland and France.

Prior to his appointment at UIUC, Neubauer worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the University of California, San Diego. He was awarded a National Science Foundation CAREER award in 2011. The CAREER award is the NSF’s most prestigious award in support of junior faculty members who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent teaching, and the integration of education and research.

WHEN: 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 7

WHERE: Monsanto Auditorium
Bond Life Sciences Center, MU Campus

NOTE: The lecture is free and open to the public.