New Project – The Dawn of a New Era: Hunting the Higgs

These are the first things I looked at when I awoke this morning Apologies folks, but I can’t resist the tendency to the poetic. It’s an irresistible force. Yes, they look like hieroglyphs, or something truly alien, or perhaps just colorful scribbles, and it is certain the naysayers and luddites will proffer a plethora of […]

These are the first things I looked at when I awoke this morning

First release images of 7TeV collisions in the CMS detector, March 30,2010

Apologies folks, but I can’t resist the tendency to the poetic. It’s an irresistible force. Yes, they look like hieroglyphs, or something truly alien, or perhaps just colorful scribbles, and it is certain the naysayers and luddites will proffer a plethora of snarky remarks. And in all honesty, I could tell you very little about what the traces show – but for one thing.

These are a record of something utterly new, heretofore unknown, and never before seen in the entire history of what we collectively call ourselves – the human race.

We are truly at the dawn of a new era. Not just for physics, but perhaps for everything we understand.

How can one make such a bold, perhaps foolhardy statement?

Keep in mind a passel of physicists with tons of graphite in a field house at the University of Chicago some 60-odd years ago. Or even earlier in the 1850′s, when an English tinkerer moved a magnet over some coiled wire. Those are just a couple of things that changed the world forever – and made our world what it is.

Now we – humanity – are looking deep into the pieces of the bits of shards of atoms and beyond into who-knows-where. Just like Fermi at Pile 1 and Faraday in his study, and all the rest who knew not what they were looking at, except that what they were looking at was new.

So the statement is not so bold, or foolhardy. It is in fact, certainty.

UCSD-TV will be chronicling the advent of this journey as we provide a unique perspective through the exploits of UCSD Professor of Physics Vivek Sharma and his graduate student, Matt LeBourgeois. Here is a preview of material we recorded just days before the start of the journey.

Click here to view the embedded video.

More will be coming as the collisions continue and the journey proceeds.

You can follow along with near real-time views of LHC and CMS status, as well as see collision images here. You can even put it on your iPhone….like, as my daughter is apt to remind me, the “inner” (or some might say not-so-inner) nerd in me did…

Another interesting blog to glimpse a different perspective of the journey is here, provided by CMS e-commentators Darin Acosta, Dave Barney and Lindsey Gray. A lot of it may as well be runes or Sanskrit to most of us – we’ll work on translating as much of it as we can as this project evolves, but I’m fascinated by it because it is a unique chronicle of what is a wholly new, and certain to be, fantastic journey.

The Future of Family Medicine

Let us make a house call! Tune in April 15th at 9pm for the premiere of “Health Matter: Family Medicine.”
Dr. Gene Kallenberg and host Dr. David Granet explore the role today’s primary care physicians play in keeping us healthy.

Let us make a house call! Tune in April 15th at 9pm for the premiere of “Health Matter: Family Medicine.”
Dr. Gene Kallenberg and host Dr. David Granet explore the role today’s primary care physicians play in keeping us healthy.

Writer’s Symposium By the Sea 2010

In March, UCSD-TV will tape two of Dean Nelson’s author interviews as part of the 2010 Writer’s Symposium by the Sea at Point Loma Nazarene University. Look for the broadcast premieres of “An Evening with Michael Eric Dyson” and “An Evening with Bill McKibben” in April.

Watch online videos of all Writer’s Symposium by the Sea programs and learn more about the series.

New State of Minds Premieres in May 2010


Stay tuned for an new installment of UCTV’s State of Minds. Learn how the magic of Folkorico dance inspires a former UC Santa Cruz student to become a UCSC professor of anthropology and producer of documentary films. Follow along as UC Davis becomes the first university to use top green design standards for a new winery, brewery and food processing facility. Join UC Riverside researchers as they pursue the right mix for growing drought-tolerant grass. Look for these stories and more in May.

Writer’s Symposium By the Sea 2010

In March, UCSD-TV will tape two of Dean Nelson’s author interviews as part of the 2010 Writer’s Symposium by the Sea at Point Loma Nazarene University. Look for the broadcast premieres of “An Evening with Michael Eric Dyson” and “An Evening with Bill McKibben” in April. Watch online videos of all Writer’s Symposium by the […]

In March, UCSD-TV will tape two of Dean Nelson’s author interviews as part of the 2010 Writer’s Symposium by the Sea at Point Loma Nazarene University. Look for the broadcast premieres of “An Evening with Michael Eric Dyson” and “An Evening with Bill McKibben” in April.

Watch online videos of all Writer’s Symposium by the Sea programs and learn more about the series.