News from the "pit"
 Faculty news
 Student news and awards
 Staff news

Group Title: PROTON
Title: PROTON ; vol. 7 no. 5
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Title: PROTON ; vol. 7 no. 5
Series Title: PROTON
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Language: English
Creator: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Florida
Publisher: University of Florida
Publication Date: May 2008
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Table of Contents
    News from the "pit"
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    Faculty news
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    Student news and awards
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    Staff news
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This is. the .ear that the Large Hadron Collider
ILHC I i .ll finally s ,itch on and high-energy
ph ysic ists .ill e. plore a ne energy frontier for the
first time in 2'0 gears -n iOus theorists worldd ,ide
,Ill finally learn the
fate of their
proposed theories
and models and
see if theg. are
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c'ate tnepde oft neI.Ftea ani t e. perimenters.
constructed it (Complete the
cabling piping and
commissioning of a high-tech mar el the Cr compact
,iuiuon Solenoid experiment C.r ..S complete g fills a
ast. e-ca ated ca ern e iiF physicists contributed to
the design and construction of detectors, and
electronics for detecting muons and no theg. are
contributing to the commissioning of those systems.

,-,n most nights you
can find Prof. Ivan
Furic and his,
student Nick
Kypreos in the pit
logging data and
debugging problems
,ith the muon
system in a race to
meet the tight
sc hedule before first
beams Their
mlsslion is to deli er
golden ruins ,here
e erything goes. right
in operating the
detectors to capture
CosmIC-ra' muons,
energetic enough to Nick r L peos it an Fuic and .Ioe
penetrate through .,anne, in t1e pit Note toe
COmil of earth VVhen oailonatle CEFJ. ssued g, een
problems are ok pants'
disco ered they
sometimes. ha e to Cli'mb onto 17-.m tall steel disks to
get to a problematic cable or electronic card There
are 0 er 1000 s.Lich Cards sco the task is. time

Life in the pit s primiti e The
underground control room can
barely fit e erone during the day
gl en all the acti it[ and certainly,
there are not enough chairs E.iut
Europe maintains its c ilization
and there is an espresso t
machine in the control room and
picnic tables, to sit at indeed an
odd sight amongst the concrete
.aIls and steel cable trays i
There are no indo s to look
through underground sa e for the
ones on the monitors and the
noise from racks of electronic
equipment can be deafening I lot
quite as deafening as the
e acuation alarm hen it sounds
ho e er ELt e acuation can
take some time .hen Iou are -. H
floors belo the surface There
are only 2 ele ators. and they hold only a fraction of
the people underground at any one time these
das. Eut unlike the Titanic there are sealed shafts
.here one can ,ait in safety ith enough o0ygen
for iup to :i90 minutes in the e ent of a fire There are
also foam dispensers that can fill the Ca er in a
matter of minutes Prof. Acosta and
student Joe Gartner tested their fitness
recently by climbing the stairs to the
surface-it took just 0 er 5 minutes and
the 40-something professor held his
o..n against the brash young rugby *
player' Ijpon e.lting a concerned look
crossed the face of the technician
coming do .n LoeCs the ele ator
,,ork' It s a common question since
the ele ator is custom-made and
breaks often

Currently all 1000-ton pieces are installed into the
Ca ern It took 1i$. months and nothing is expected
to return to the surface any time soon since the
crane ras dismantled and remo ed Cabling is
nearly complete and the last sections of the beam i
pipe that .ill contain the counter-rotating proton
beams are being installed through the heart of the
experiment The 2Tkm ring of superconducting
dipole magnets is currently being cooled to belo .
the Lambda-point of liquid helium If all goes. ell
the first protons should Circulate around the LHC. In
late July T .0 months later the first collisions e er
at 10 Tev should take place -t that point it should
begin to get bus)y

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Physics Professor plays
host to the Mythbusters
It came as a surprise to Prof. John Yelton when ,-C C El IT a v IF
student run Speaker's Bureau, called and asked him to
moderate an event at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center i ch
would feature the hosts of the widely popular Disco erm, r channel
show, the Mythbusters. In separating truth from urban legend the
Mythbusters, Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, take on three
myths per episode and use modern-day science to test ht is
real and what is fiction. Being unfamiliar with the AMyubusteis and
having only a short time to prepare, Yelton watched several
Mythbuster episodes on DVD and did some research on the internet. "ACCENT chose me because one of their staff took
PHY 1033C when I taught it", explains Yelton, "She recommended me."

When the evening of the event arrived, Yelton, the Mythbusters, and ACCENT staff met for dinner at the Bonefish grill on
Archer Road. Dinner was spent discussing how they wanted to evening's event
to flow, and also various science topics. "I was impressed with their knowledge"
says Yelton, "they really have a wide range of interests. Jamie asked me how
string theory could be related to real life I didn't have a very good answer!"
After dinner, the group was whisked off in a limousine to the O'Connell Center
where they were greeted by a near capacity crowd of 11,000. "1I was shocked to
see so many people" admits Yelton "I was more than a little nervous. I don't get
11,000 people attending my physics lectures."

The show opened with Yelton, as moderator, prompting Savage and Hyneman
with questions of interest such as "Do the two of you get along off-screen?", and
"Did you always want to be TV stars?" The moderated session was followed by
questions taken directly from audience members for the Mythbuster duo.

ACCENT is the largest, student-run, speaker's bureau in the nation. Created in 1967, ACCENT is celebrating 40
continuous years of bringing prominent, controversial, and influential speakers to the University of Florida. ACCENT strives
to bring world class programming to educate, enlighten, engage, and entertain the student body. 2007-2008 speakers have
included Senator John Kerry, Bill Nye the Science Guy and Jack Kevorkian.

SProf. Darin Acosta has been selected to
receive a 2008-2010 University of Florida
Research Foundation Professorship. These
three-year professorships recognize faculty
who have established a distinguished record of
research and scholarship that is expected to
lead to continuing distinction in their field. Congratulations
to Darin for a well-earned distinction!

SThe U.S. Department of Energy has named
Assistant Prof. Ivan Furic an Outstanding
Junior Investigator (OJI) (OJI awards are the
equivalent of NSF's CAREER awards). These
competitive and prestigious awards are given to
tenure track faculty and are meant to identify
the best young researchers in high energy physics. Ivan's
award will support his research on "TeV Muons Heralds of
New Physics at the LHC". The DOE will provide $82,000 per
year in support of his research. Congratulations Ivan!

Jacobo Konigsberg is quoted in the
Recent issue of Scientific American in the
article, "Matter-Antimatter Split Hints at
Physics Breakdown". Read the full article at

____ College of Liberal Arts and
Sciences Graduate
Programs Land in the Top
STen of all Public and
i Private Universities in the
U.S. Source: CLAS News
U.S. News and World Report has released its 2009 Best
Graduate School rankings and three degree programs in
the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences-audiology,
analytical chemistry, and statistics-have been named to
the Top Ten of all public and private schools in the nation.
Criminology was barely edged out of the Top Ten, coming
in an impressive 11th nationally, as well as speech-
language pathology, which ranked 12th. Here's how other
programs in CLAS ranked nationally out of all public and
private colleges: Biological Sciences, 48th; Chemistry,
36th; Physics, 36th; Psychology, 66th. For more
information on the methodology of the rankings, visit
schools/2008/03/26/about-the-rankings. html.

s 200 Sumikuwer Lecture Series
The Center for Condensed Matter
Sciences summer lectures will begin July 21, 2008 and
will be given by Professor Greg Stewart. For more
information on the lectures please visit
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Victor Albert, an undergraduate Physics Major
working with Frank Harris and Prof. Jack Sabin, has
won the prestigious Goldwater Fellowship. Victor has
one published paper so far, and has another one in the
works. He is a spectacular student, and well
deserves this award.

Don Burnette received a National Science Foundation
Graduate Research Fellowship. Don is a triple major
(Physics, Math, Electrical Engineering). He will also
receive a masters degree in Physics from UF. While at
UF, he did research with Prof. Greg Stewart and was a
member of UF's national champion Subjugator robotic
submarine. He will attend Carnegie Mellon University
next year as a graduate student in robotic engineering.

Deepak Kar presented his work, done with Prof Rick Field, titled "Using Drell-Yan to Probe the Underlying Event in Run
2 at CDF" at the American Physical Society April meeting at St. Louis. He received a travel grant from Division of Particle
and Fields (DPF) for this meeting. He also attended the 2008 Phenomenology Symposium held April 28-30, 2008 at the
University of Wisconsin-Madison to present the same work.


P G r ~~ a The Department of Physics hosted a party in honor of those
Jess A e r graduating this semester with the following award recipients
t n* ig- also being recognized:

The Garrett Award was awarded
to Art lanuzzi who is a Junior
i C n D der ad Correl n Physics major. He has done
Sllc e J H- l cil Condensed Matter Experiment
Out o several or Wi chs o "research in the labs of
Sv i o N lProfs. Greg Stewart and
e, Atra he Amlan Biswas. Next year he will
i be the president of our Society of
Physics Students and is going to
a ~l n~l ~* start a new mentoring program for
Dmains o/ ole -Doped M your majors. He has a 3.44 GPA.

The Best Senior Thesis Award was awarded to Brett Jackson.
-r a C ci te T I This award is for the best senior thesis submitted by a Physics
t* Adersn M el major. Brett has been doing research for almost 2 years with Prof.
Keinr Inrent. ai Darin Acosta. The title of his thesis is "Validation of the CMS
Cathode Strip Track finder in the Magnet Test and Cosmic
v *ed ts Challenge." He will be attending Physics graduate school at the
p of Complx* x i- e a- -td University of Pennsylvania in the Fall.
*- E t Dpe-e -
I i- r The Sawyer Award was awarded to Cameron Thacker who is a
Sophomore Physics major. He is starting research with Prof. Peter
** i es a- Hirschfeld in Condensed Matter Theory. This past year he has
l* gt S ci helped run the popular biweekly SPS cookie and coffee sale.
Next year he will be the Vice President of SPS. He has a 3.78
*i Wang Opt Spectr '-i *GPA.

n W n Qan of M More graduation Photos on Page 4


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Sung Soo Kim with advisor, Naveen Margankunte with advisor,
Prof. Pierre Ramond Prof. David Tanner
Sung Soo will graduate in Summer 2008

A group photo of Physics
Undergraduates who will be
graduating this semester

Physics welcomes new Building Manager
The Physics Department welcomes Tim Noland (photo left), as newly hired Building Manager. Tim has
worked for UF for 27 years and was previously employed at UF's Physical Plant as a maintenance
specialist. Before coming to UF, he worked for Florida International University in Miami for 3
years. Tim is married and has 3 children. In 2005 he received the Superior Accomplishment Award for
assisting in the Chocolate Exhibit at the Museum of Natural History. Please email Tim at
tnoland@phys.ufl.edu for issues related to the physics building.

Physics Employees receive Years of Service pins at the College of Liberal Arts and
Sciences Recognition Ceremony All recipients are pictured with Interim Dean Joe Glover, photos courtesy Jane Dominguez

Victor Barashko Billie Hermansen Jay Horton Coralu Clements Marc Link
Coordinator Office Assistant Senior Engineering QTP Senior Engineer
Research 5 Years Technician Secretary Supervisor
Programs Services 5 Years 10 Years 20 years
5 years

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