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The Lost Talk: Charm Jets as a Probe for Strangeness at the Future Electron-Ion Collider

I had a talk abstract accepted to the fall meeting of the American Physical Society’s Division of Nuclear Physics. However, the confirmation email that arrived on August 31 went unseen by me, and despite not confirming my talk I was put on the schedule for a mini-symposium on October 31. I only found out I […]

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Implementing an Honors Physics Add-On Course: The SMU Experience

Prof. Jodi Cooley, Dr. Eric Godat, and I were very pleased to see the publication of our article on how we implemented an add-on honors course experience at the introductory physics level here at SMU. In this article, we outline how we implemented an honors-level add-on course to complement standard university-level introductory physics courses. We […]

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A Tour of the SMU Physics Department

I was asked in the spring to put together a video for new, first-year undergraduate students, touring them through the SMU Physics Department. Please enjoy this virtual tour, from my perspective as a faculty member in the department. I am excited to welcome students, new and returning, to SMU this fall … regardless of how […]

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Uncertainty Principle Podcast – Episode 5: Eulogy for Emmy

I didn’t mean for a big gap from episode 4 (“Dangerous Beauty”), but COVID-19 and the reality of digital teaching intervened. A lot has happened since that episode. Here, in the conclusion of this two-part series on symmetry, I reflect on the realities we face in going back to school, in-person, in the middle of […]

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My Personal Digital Teaching Rig

Good digital teaching needs a number of skills: Coordination: you need to be able to move between technologies to make your point and keep the flow of the session going smoothly. Good tools enable easier coordination. Polish: more than you might in the classroom, where students feel they “get more for their buck” because you […]

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Charm jets as a probe for strangeness at the future Electron-Ion Collider

Miguel Arratia, Yulia Furletova, T. J. Hobbs, Fredrick Olness, Stephen J. Sekula We explore the feasibility of the measurement of charm-jet cross sections in charged-current deep-inelastic scattering at the future Electron-Ion Collider. This channel provides clean sensitivity to the strangeness content of the nucleon in the high-x region. We estimate charm-jet tagging performance with parametrized detector simulations. We show the […]

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Probing the Proton using Heavy Flavor at the Electron-Ion Collider

SMU has partnered with colleagues at Jefferson National Accelerator Laboratory and the University of California at Riverside to investigate the physics potential of reconstructing and identifying heavy flavor (charm and bottom) quark-initiated jets at the planned Electron-Ion Collider (EIC) at Brookhaven National Laboratory. My personal interest is in the use of heavy flavor production at […]

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Spring 2020 Honors Physics Grand Challenge Final Projects

I am so pleased with how the students in my Honors Introductory Physics (PHYS 1010) course met the new challenges posed by COVID-19 and the need for social distancing, producing excellent final projects for the class. Please enjoy them!

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Teaching in the Age of COVID-19

My Honors Physics class is a very hands-on class. Managing that in the age of COVID-19 has been an interesting challenge. Tonight, I invited my students (if it was safe to do so) to buy some inexpensive kitchen items – food dye, corn starch, and chocolate – and participate in “Physics in the Kitchen” tonight. […]

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Uncertainty Principle Podcast – Episode 4: Dangerous Beauty

We humans cherish beauty, even in our mathematics. Beauty – or “symmetry” – is taken as a sign of success and simplicity in a mathematical model or physical theory. But what if that beauty was a threat to a complete understanding of nature? In this, the first part of a two-part series on symmetry and […]