Higgs Boson Discovery? NOT. Yet….But your search is over.

Here it is, the latest interpretation of the largest dataset from the CMS that was officially released this morning. After weeks of leaks, rumors and speculation it has been officially announced that the Higgs boson has been further cornered into a very narrow sliver of mass around 125GeV by independent results from both the CMS […]

CMS data showing mass range excluded and possible for the Higgs boson, December 2011

CMS data showing detail of lower mass range excluded and possible for the Higgs boson, December 2011

Here it is, the latest interpretation of the largest dataset from the CMS that was officially released this morning.

After weeks of leaks, rumors and speculation it has been officially announced that the Higgs boson has been further cornered into a very narrow sliver of mass around 125GeV by independent results from both the CMS and ATLAS detectors. This is consistent with the Standard Model and previous postulates made before the acquisition of humanity’s most powerful particle accelerator.

Is this the first evidence of the Higgs boson? It could well be, perhaps. But it is still not yet a discovery.

Why?

What do these mean?

What do they show?

And how did thousands of scientists get to this point in the search for the Higgs boson?

In this UCSD-TV video exclusive,  UC San Diego Physics Professor Vivek Sharma, director of Higgs research for the CMS detector, explains the massive efforts to discover the Higgs Boson using the LHC at CERN.

Since the search began in March 2010, I have been fortunate (very fortunate) to be able to conduct an unprecedented series of exclusive interviews with Vivek Sharma; UC San Diego Professor of Physics and director of Higgs research for the CMS, or Compact Muon Solenoid detector.He is also one of two people responsible for combining all results from both the CMS and ATLAS detectors – both involving teams of University of California physicists.

In excerpts from some of these interviews Professor Sharma, ok, Vivek, shares his insights from his unique perspective as one of the key figures at the very heart of this gargantuan effort. He provides a detailed, comprehensive but clear and accessible layman’s guide to how this massive team of researchers conducted the science and produced these results, what they look for, what they see, how they (may have) cornered the Higgs, and why they do what they do.

You will be able to understand what this shows, and why it is no longer evidence for the Higgs boson

Golden channel ZZ event

Not the Higgs. Why?

And you will be able to understand why this could be evidence for the Higgs boson.

Evidence of the Higgs boson?

You will also understand what the seemingly all-too-complex “Brazilian Flag” (above, apologies to Brazil) states so eloquently about hundreds of trillions of proton-proton collision events, putting them all in terms of the chances that what we are seeing might finally be evidence of the “God Particle”.

But more importantly, you will get a sense of why Vivek, and collectively, we, sift through this chatter and noise to find the signal of the Higgs boson, a signal that speaks to something that has always been, and will always remain, at the core of each of us.

TCOYD: Sleep Apnea from A to Zzz Premieres October 27th

It is estimated that over 50% of people with type 2 diabetes have sleep apnea, which, if left untreated, can have devastating health effects. Dr. Steven Edelman talks with sleep medicine expert, Dr. Jose Loredo, about the latest research on the disorder. Then JC Johnson, a type 2 diabetic, joins the show to share his […]

It is estimated that over 50% of people with type 2 diabetes have sleep apnea, which, if left untreated, can have devastating health effects. Dr. Steven Edelman talks with sleep medicine expert, Dr. Jose Loredo, about the latest research on the disorder. Then JC Johnson, a type 2 diabetic, joins the show to share his story of how successfully managing his sleep apnea changed his life.

“Sleep Apnea from A to Zzz” premieres Thursday, October 27 at 8pm on UCSD-TV. For additional broadcast dates and times or view the program online, click here.

Dr. Jose S. Loredo received his undergraduate education and medical education at Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, California where he graduated with a combined MD and MS degree in 1984. After specializing in Internal Medicine, he practiced general medicine for four years in rural Alabama. Since 1992, Dr. Loredo has been at UC San Diego where he finished his Pulmonary Critical Care Fellowship and Sleep Medicine training. He also completed a MPH in Epidemiology at San Diego State University in 2005.

Dr. Loredo’s medical practice is divided into patient care, medical education and clinical research. His clinical practice focuses primarily on the evaluation and treatment of patients with sleep disorders. He is active in the teaching of medical students, Internal Medicine residents and Pulmonary fellows in the area of Pulmonary/ Critical Care/Sleep medicine. As part of his teaching duties, Dr. Loredo attends the Medical Intensive Care Unit at the San Diego VA Hospital, and teaches sleep medicine during sleep clinic at the UCSD Sleep Medicine Center and at the San Diego VA Pulmonary Sleep Disorders clinic.

An active clinical researcher, Dr. Loredo has received funding from the NIH for a large epidemiological study of sleep-health amongst Hispanics in San Diego County. Dr. Loredo is co-investigator in the largest NIH sponsored research project that seeks to follow longitudinally the health of 16,000 Hispanics in the US. Other research projects include the investigation of the role of peripheral chemoreceptors in the development of hypertension in patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and the association of sleep apnea with asthma. Dr. Loredo has published on the role of arousals from sleep in the activation of the sympathetic nervous system (SNS) of patients with OSA and has published works documenting the effectiveness of CPAP and supplemental oxygen in improving sleep quality in OSA.

Ronald Reagan at 100: A Son Reminisces

February 6 would’ve been President Ronald Reagan’s 100th birthday and, while his name is so often invoked in political discussions, there’s still plenty to say about the man as, well, a man. In his new book “My Father at 100,” the President’s youngest child Ron sets out to do just that, and he stopped by […]

Ron Reagan at UCSD's Revelle Forum

February 6 would’ve been President Ronald Reagan’s 100th birthday and, while his name is so often invoked in political discussions, there’s still plenty to say about the man as, well, a man.

In his new book “My Father at 100,” the President’s youngest child Ron sets out to do just that, and he stopped by UC San Diego Extension’s Revelle Forum at the Neurosciences Institute to share some of his most endearing memories and frank opinions with Phyllis Pfeiffer, publisher of the La Jolla Light newspaper.

The affable Reagan describes the complicated, yet loving relationship he enjoyed with his father, even as his own political views veered decidedly to the left. A compelling storyteller like his father, Reagan steers clear of nitty gritty politics and lets us in on his own journey to understand the more private side of this very public man. It’s a respectful yet compelling conversation that all will enjoy, no matter what your politics.

Revelle Forum: Ron Reagan