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Thursday, July 21

  1. page HST 2011 CERN edited ... On Monday, we attended a workshop done by the Perimeter Institue out of Waterloo, Ontario. The…
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    On Monday, we attended a workshop done by the Perimeter Institue out of Waterloo, Ontario. They are a foundation created to support theoretical physics research and to provide outreach to the public, teachers and students through resurces and programming. Greg and Dave gave each of us 3 different lesson/video progams to use in our classes to present Dark Matter, Wave Particle Duality, and Quantum Reality. Really good stuff. They work in conjunction with the Sudbury lab where they take teachers and students (yes students) underground every year. I discussed the possiblity of having them come down to the Black Hills sometime to do a workshop for all of the Quarknet teachers and others. They are very interested. I am sharing their web address, as most of their material and resources are available for no charge for teachers. This is something we will definately follow up on. We are spending Tueday and Wednesday working on our projects which for me means fighting with the computer trying to do these animations. I have one done, but would like to get a couple more done.
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    Thursday, July 21st
    The rain continues at CERN, but our efforts and spirits are not dampened, well, maybe a little. The sound of the planes leaving Geneva is a constant reminder that our time here is growing ever so short. First, an update on presentations and activities.
    Yesterday we were addressed by John Ellis who is one of the leading theoretical Physicists in the world. He presented us with a summary of the "Questions of the Universe" that he thinks about on a daily basis. He shared some of his thoughts and theories about the things that are going on in the world of theoretical physics, and also presented a brief history of some of his work, including the Penguin story. For more information you can read his Bio on wikipedia and follow on to the link about the Penguin story/diagram. We all took advantage of the photo op and Jeremy ended up with the signed poster board drawing of a penguin diagram that John used in his discussion. priceless!!
    Yesterday evening we had to cancel our pic-nic Jura atop the nearby mountains due to the rain and clouds. Instead we went on a visit of the Superconduction Magnet Test Facility where all of the LHC magnets were tested and lowered into the LHC tunnel. Got some great photos including the Fermi Lab KEK collaberation which are the focusing magnets used to stablize the beam before it enters a detector or the RF accelerator. Had some good fun with pictures as well, Kim from Austrailia showed her undaunted sense of humor in a number of pictures around the facility.
    We also visited the CERN control room where all of the accelerators are run, probably 200 computor screens for 10 people to control the whole works. They were doing a proton bucket load while we were there so we could see them going. Very interesting. Even more monitors than Fermi. I still want a bank of monitors like that for my classroom.
    We had the second lecture of the origins of science and theology from Gron Tudor Jones, who is our very own Particle Physics Buddy while we are here. He is such a wealth of information and has been so helpful in explaining everything that we are doing and hearing. As he puts it, he is just a little ole experimental physicist, but his understanding of the theory and guestions that explain all of this, is extrodinary. Tuesday night was his birthday, so we tipped a pint in celebration.
    I finished my second bubble chamber animation and built my screen saver demonstration. I sent the final off to Rolf Landua to see if he has people who could finish this up to create a real screen saver out of it. This last one shows the producion of an anti-proton from anti-Omega that then anialates with an proton producing pions. Pretty cool stuff.
    Tomorrow we present our final projects and the American teachers will be having lunch with the coordiators from the University of Michigan. Then a bar-b-que Friday evening, and I fly out on Saturday morning at 9:40. I have a lot to get done today, things from my European punch list, so the next two days will go fast.

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Wednesday, July 20

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Tuesday, July 19

  1. page HST 2011 CERN edited ... Monday, July 18th Woke up this morning to a constant drizzle and the sounds of weed eaters!!!…
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    Monday, July 18th
    Woke up this morning to a constant drizzle and the sounds of weed eaters!!! I think we cashed in all of our good weather tokens over the last two weeks, time to pay the piper. Before I write about our activites this week, I wont to take a minute to tell about our weekend. We we able to rent cars and join with others who had cars to make a caravan on Saturday to Mont Blanc. Mont Blanc sits on the French-Italian border and rises to a a hight of 4810M. If you do the math, 15,873 feet above see level. We were able to take an arial tram to Aiguille Du Midi which sits at an altitude of 3842M, or 12,678 feet. The trip up took about 30 mins including the change of cars at the station 1/2 way up the mountain. The views were incredible, glaciers, Ice flows, way above the tree line!!! It was awesome. At the top was a resteraunt and observation platforms where we had lunch. As we marvaled at our courage to ride the tram to the top, that was quickly put asunder by the mountain climbers who were coming up the mountain from the lower tram, and from teh climbers who were coming down from their assents to the summit. Incredible. After returning to Chamonix at the base of the mountain, we traveled again by car, through the Mont Blanc tunnel into Italy. We went through a dozen more tunnels in Italy before arriving in Aosta where we had dinner. My car took a different route home up through the mountains via St.Bernardo over a 3000m pass back into Switzerland. Absolutely breath taking views. Note to self, the Italians do very nice roads and guard rails, the Swiss, good roads, but not so much on the guard rails. All in all, a wonderful trip.
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    We have been spending most of our time in our work groups and I have animated the first of the bubble chamber slides. My goal is to create animations that provide enough information to spark the interest of our students if they were to come into the class and see this on the front board as part of a screen saver. Still have some work to do to create the final product, but I have a process figured out for how to start.
    Yesterday we had a presentation by a physicist from ATLAS (one of the main experiments at CERN) and he has been developing interactive software for the ATLAS experiment including some incredible visualizations of collisions. I spoke with him afterwards, and he is going to do screen savers that are downloadable, so, that part of my work group is done!!! I will attach a link to the page that shows everything.
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    Ron Howard.
    Today we have lectures on the Medical Applications of Particle Physics which will discuss PET scans, MRI, and radiation treatment of Cancer. Not a fun subject to talk about sometimes, but places like CERN and Fermi Lab created the technology that is used to help people all around the world.
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    Monday, July 18th
    Woke up this morning to a constant drizzle and the sounds of weed eaters!!! I think we cashed in all of our good weather tokens over the last two weeks, time to pay the piper. Before I write about our activites this week, I wont to take a minute to tell about our weekend. We we able to rent cars and join with others who had cars to make a caravan on Saturday to Mont Blanc. Mont Blanc sits on the French-Italian border and rises to a a hight of 4810M. If you do the math, 15,873 feet above see level. We were able to take an arial tram to Aiguille Du Midi which sits at an altitude of 3842M, or 12,678 feet. The trip up took about 30 mins including the change of cars at the station 1/2 way up the mountain. The views were incredible, glaciers, Ice flows, way above the tree line!!! It was awesome. At the top was a resteraunt and observation platforms where we had lunch. As we marvaled at our courage to ride the tram to the top, that was quickly put asunder by the mountain climbers who were coming up the mountain from the lower tram, and from teh climbers who were coming down from their assents to the summit. Incredible. After returning to Chamonix at the base of the mountain, we traveled again by car, through the Mont Blanc tunnel into Italy. We went through a dozen more tunnels in Italy before arriving in Aosta where we had dinner. My car took a different route home up through the mountains via St.Bernardo over a 3000m pass back into Switzerland. Absolutely breath taking views. Note to self, the Italians do very nice roads and guard rails, the Swiss, good roads, but not so much on the guard rails. All in all, a wonderful trip.
    On Monday, we attended a workshop done by the Perimeter Institue out of Waterloo, Ontario. They are a foundation created to support theoretical physics research and to provide outreach to the public, teachers and students through resurces and programming. Greg and Dave gave each of us 3 different lesson/video progams to use in our classes to present Dark Matter, Wave Particle Duality, and Quantum Reality. Really good stuff. They work in conjunction with the Sudbury lab where they take teachers and students (yes students) underground every year. I discussed the possiblity of having them come down to the Black Hills sometime to do a workshop for all of the Quarknet teachers and others. They are very interested. I am sharing their web address, as most of their material and resources are available for no charge for teachers. This is something we will definately follow up on. We are spending Tueday and Wednesday working on our projects which for me means fighting with the computer trying to do these animations. I have one done, but would like to get a couple more done.

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Friday, July 15

  1. page HST 2011 CERN edited ... We just divided into our work groups to start on the projects we will do over the next two wee…
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    We just divided into our work groups to start on the projects we will do over the next two weeks. I am going to design a screen saver/ app that shows particle collisions in a detector/bubble chamber in color that animates the collision slowly and puts labes on so you can see what is happening. I see using this as a way to gain interest in the physics using the beautiful collision pictures explained in a very simple way. I am also giving input to an Inquiry Based educaiton work group that is going to design Inquiry based activities for particle physics. (send me ideas if you have them, I'll pass them on to the group) We have been attending lectures and discussions over the last two days on Accelerators, Cosmology, Accelerator Physics, and organization of the standard model. We will tour the superconductor test facility and the linear accelerator soon, but I am not sure when. Much of our remaining time will be spent in our work groups.
    My time here is almost 1/2 way over, sad, but it will be good to return home and see my family. I would not make a very good truck driver or astronaut.
    Friday, July 15th
    Yesterday was Bastille Day in France which is the equivalent of the 4th of July in the US. There were fireworks visible all around Cern as the facility sits on the French/Swiss Border. We celebrated by playing a friendly game of football (soccer). You can really tell who grew up playing soccer and who didn’t. After the game, I spent a couple hours with ice on my knees. I am getting old.
    We have been spending most of our time in our work groups and I have animated the first of the bubble chamber slides. My goal is to create animations that provide enough information to spark the interest of our students if they were to come into the class and see this on the front board as part of a screen saver. Still have some work to do to create the final product, but I have a process figured out for how to start.
    Yesterday we had a presentation by a physicist from ATLAS (one of the main experiments at CERN) and he has been developing interactive software for the ATLAS experiment including some incredible visualizations of collisions. I spoke with him afterwards, and he is going to do screen savers that are downloadable, so, that part of my work group is done!!! I will attach a link to the page that shows everything.
    We finished up our Accelerator physics lectures, and we were treated to a great Anti-matter lecture From Rolf Landua who helped the Movie crew with the “capture of anti-matter” scenes that were filmed here at CERN for the movie Angels and Demons, with Tom Hanks. Rolf even had a cameo in the film. (We are still checking on the cameo part). But he did have several pictures with the actors, crew and director Ron Howard.
    Today we have lectures on the Medical Applications of Particle Physics which will discuss PET scans, MRI, and radiation treatment of Cancer. Not a fun subject to talk about sometimes, but places like CERN and Fermi Lab created the technology that is used to help people all around the world.
    Camelia multimedia from ATLAS

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