Join Sigma Xi for the Science and Society Distinguished Public Talk on Thursday, April 20 at 5:30 p.m. in the UNM Conference Center Auditorium as they present ‘Discovering New Particles: What Patterns in Nature Might Tell Us About the Structure of the Universe.’

Co-sponsored by the Albuquerque Section of the Institute of Electrical Engineers (IEEE) and its Life Members Affinity Group, Sigma Xi (the Scientific Research Society), the UNM Department of Physics & Astronomy and the UNM Division of Continuing Education, the event features Sally Seidel, professor of physics at The University of New Mexico.

As a researcher, Seidel is a member of the ATLAS collaboration at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland. Her primary research involves searching for new physics processes with heavy quark signatures. Her team at UNM also develops new technologies for particle tracking detectors and in 2014 discovered a new particle – the Bc(2S).

The upcoming talk will look at how each new particle discovered has the potential to unlock the answer to a fundamental question about the nature of the universe. Seidel will also talk about the process of discovering new particles – something that involves a team of thousands of people, from dozens of nations, working together to build experimental facilities that contain tens of millions of components specifically designed for a single purpose.

Pizza will be provided after the lecture.

The UNM Conference Center Auditorium is located at 1634 University Blvd. NE. For directions to the Conference Center, go to UNMCC.