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Physics Hosts High School Students & Teachers for Cosmology Workshop

Participants from around the Bay Area attended the five-day “Physics In and Through Cosmology” workshop, organized by the Physics Division’s Tony Spadafora and Eric Linder, and Laurie Kerrigan of Mercy High School in San Francisco. Photo>

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Physicist Bruno Zumino, an Architect of Supersymmetry, Dies at 91

Physics Division researcher passed away on June 22. Supersymmetry, developed in the early 1970s at the European Center for Nuclear Research (CERN) by Zumino and Julius Wess, was conceived to explain particle interactions involving three of the four main forces in nature. More>

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Natalie Roe Testifies Before Congress on Particle Physics’ Future

Testimony prompted by recent release of Particle Physics Prioritization report. More>

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Lab Physicists Bound the Charge of Antihydrogen

New measurement offers unprecedented precision. More>

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Beyond the Higgs Boson: A Detector Add-On Helps Scientists Look Deeper

ATLAS upgraded with new set of sensors to get closer to collisions. More>

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Surprisingly Strong Magnetic Fields Challenge Black Holes’ Pull

Analysis of radio waves from black holes shows long-neglected magnetic fields have an unexpected presence. More>

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DESI Collaboration Meeting Draws a Crowd

The goal is to map all of the northern extra-galactic sky to depths never before possible. More>

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Natalie Roe Recalls Early Career Boost in New ‘Panorama’ Diversity Series

A new series titled “Panorama: Many Voices, Many Perspectives” launches today as part of the Lab’s Diversity and Inclusion Initiative. The series will aim to highlight how issues around diversity and inclusion have played a role in people’s lives, as told by Lab employees. The inaugural piece features Natalie Roe, director of the Physics Division and a co-lead of the Initiative, recounting how a boost early on from two women physicists made all the difference in her career. Go here to read it. If you would like to tell your story for this series, e-mail Julie Chao.

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Lab Hosts Dark Matter Workshops

Earlier this month, Berkeley Lab hosted two gatherings of dark matter experts. More than 70 scientists attended the Institute for Nuclear and Particle Astrophysics Workshop on May 8, which featured talks on the latest in the hunt for dark matter, from theory to detector technology. The second workshop, May 9-10, hosted 26 members of the LUX collaboration, a group of scientists working on the Large Underground Xenon detector, the most advanced experiment yet in the search for dark matter. LUX is preparing for a new run this year, and the workshop set the tone for data processing and analysis to come. Here, members of the LUX collaboration gather outside Building 50C. (Photo by Carlo Faham)

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Lab Physicist Bob Jacobsen Named Interim Dean of Undergrad Studies

Berkeley Lab physicist and campus professor Bob Jacobsen has been named interim dean of Undergraduate Studies in the College of Letters and Science at UC Berkeley. His primary focus will be on improving the undergraduate education experience for L&S students. His current research is focused on a dark matter search detector located in the former Homestake Mine in South Dakota. More>

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