Friday’s Science Forum to Discuss Large Hadron Collider, New Discoveries

There is so much we do not understand about the world in which we live, but scientists at UT are actively looking for answers.

Stefan Spanier, physics professor at UT, will talk about the European Council for Nuclear Research’s study on matter at this week’s Science Forum on Friday, October 31. Physicists at CERN use some of the world’s most powerful particle accelerators and detectors to learn more about the fundamental constituents of matter.

The Science Forum is a weekly brown-bag lunch series that allows professors and area scientists to discuss their research with the general public in a conversational presentation.

Spanier’s talk, titled “Searching for New Forces with the Large Hadron Collider?” will begin at noon in Room C-D of Thompson-Boling Arena.

Free and open to the public, each Science Forum consists of a forty-minute presentation followed by a Q-and-A session. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunch or purchase it at the café in Thompson-Boling Arena. The Science Forum is sponsored by the UT Office of Research and Quest, an initiative to raise awareness of the research, scholarship, and creative activity happening on campus.

Spanier will discuss the discovery of a new particle with the Large Hadron Collider of the European Council for Nuclear Research in Switzerland. The Large Hadron Collider is the most powerful particle accelerator in the world.

Spanier obtained his doctorate in physics from Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany. He began working for UT as an assistant professor in 2002. In addition to his work with CERN, Spanier also studies diamond pixel detectors and beam radiation monitoring.

The weekly Science Forum continues throughout the semester:

November 7—Omer Onar, Alvin M. Weinberg Fellow at ORNL, “Electric Vehicles without Plugging In.”

November 14—Tim Isbel, Anderson County Commissioner, “A Vision for Rocky Top’s Coal Creek Miners Museum.”

November 21—Steven Ripp, research associate professor at the Center for Environmental Biotechnology, “Catch of the Day: Tiny Zebrafish in the Big Pharmaceutical Pond.”

For more about the UT Science Forum, visit the website.

C O N T A C T :

Amy Blakely (865-974-5034, ablakely@utk.edu)