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Professor Robert Cousins to speak Nov. 8 about search for elusive Higgs boson

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Robert Cousins, a UCLA distinguished professor of physics, will present "The Search for the Higgs Boson: Observation and Interpretation," a free UCLA Science Faculty Research Colloquium about one of the largest and most important science experiments in history, on Thursday, Nov. 8.
 
The 4 p.m. talk will take place in Korn Convocation Hall at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. A reception will follow.
 
For three years, Cousins served as deputy to the leader of the Compact Muon Solenoid, one of two experiments searching for the Higgs boson — known colloquially as the "God particle" — at the CERN laboratory outside Geneva. There, the world's largest and highest-energy particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), has been smashing protons together at incredible speeds in the hopes of unlocking the secrets of the universe.
 
The existence of the subatomic Higgs boson was postulated nearly five decades ago as a crucial element of the modern theory of the forces of nature and has been the subject of worldwide searches ever since. On July 4, scientists working with the LHC at CERN made worldwide news when they announced independent observations of a Higgs-like particle. Cousins will discuss the motivation, experiments, data and interpretation of that research.
 
Cousins conducts research in the field of elementary particle physics, also known as high-energy physics, which has the goal of understanding the smallest building blocks of matter and the forces between them.
 
The research colloquium is free to the public, but because a very large audience is expected, those interested in attending should R.S.V.P. to mercyb@college.ucla.edu to secure a seat in the auditorium.
  
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