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“Reality in the Shadows” e-Book Available for Pre-Order on Amazon

Big News! “Reality in the Shadows (or) What the Heck’s the Higgs” (“Heck” for short) becomes an Amazon Kindle e-book on Nov. 1! The e-book is available for pre-order until then, so if you’ve been curious about the universe, curious about this book, or just want an electronic copy of the paperback, you can pre-order […]

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Promotion to the rank of Full Professor

I am pleased to report that as of September 1, 2021 I have been promoted to the rank of Full Professor. This positively concludes a process that began in 2020 with a departmental, then college, then university level review of my candidacy for this promotion. I am extremely grateful to my department for initiating and […]

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The Physics of Cartoons

The theme of the Fall 2021 PHYS 1010 (Honors Introductory Physics) theme is unveiled in the trailer posted to Twitter and on the course website: the physics of cartoons! More information about the course will be posted later, but as of now this may be the largest class of students ever enrolled in this course, […]

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Electron-Ion Collider Achieves CD-1 Project Status

The global nuclear and particle physics communities received wonderful news today: the Electron-Ion Collider project, to be sited at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), achieved “CD-1” project status from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). A news release on this subject was made available by BNL. CD-1, or “Critical Decision 1,” is the first most serious […]

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Stephanie Gilchrist wins Summer Hamilton Research Scholar Award

Rising junior and Biophysical Science major, Stephanie Gilchrist, was awarded an SMU Hamilton Research Scholar Award to support her proposed research on the Electron-Ion Collider (EIC) during the summer of 2021. Her proposed research is to study and employ simulated particle identification systems and observe their impact on the selection of charm-quark-initiated jets. The ability […]

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Congratulations, Jared!

Congratulations to senior Jared Burleson, who graduates from SMU with a B.S. in Physics, a B.S. in Mathematics, and a Minor in Chinese. Jared and I have worked together since 2018 on two physics projects, both centered on the use of particle jets for fundamental physics. His first project was an extension of work done […]

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Charm Jets as a Probe for Strangeness Published in Physical Review D

Last summer, my colleagues Miguel Arratia, Yulia Furletova, Tim Hobbs, Fred Olness, and I submitted to Physical Review D our article on using reconstructed and identified charm jets to probe the proton’s intrinsic strangeness. We envisioned this approach, modeled on a beautiful analysis published by the ZEUS Collaboration in 2019, as part of a large […]

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Highland Park High School Science Fest: Let’s Make a Particle Accelerator!

I was very honored to be asked to participate in the Highland Park High School (HPHS) “SciFest” last year. At that event, I gave a talk about becoming a particle physicist, using my own story, and described what life as a physicist can be like. I was invited to participate again this year, but with […]

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Teaching During a Pandemic: A Look at SMU Physics

The latest edition of the Dedman College newsletter is out, and my article on teaching during the pandemic is now available! In this short article, I review how the physics department pivoted from spring to summer, and then to fall, to meet the demands of teaching and the pandemic.

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SMU Senior Jared Burleson wins Prestigious Schwarzman Scholarship

I am very proud to report that SMU President’s Scholar and Physics Major, Jared Burleson, has been selected to receive a Schwarzman Scholar award. The details are available in the SMU News release, which was reprinted by the Department of Physics. Since 2018, Jared has worked with me in the LHC, and now the EIC, […]