A decade ago, physicists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) announced a newly discovered subatomic particle: the Higgs boson. The particle was the last element of the theory of particle physics known as the Standard Model to still be missing experimental evidence. Its discovery filled in a missing keystone of the Standard Model and opened new directions for investigating fundamental physics questions.


Florida State University’s High Energy Physics Group, part of the Department of Physics in the College of Arts and Sciences, will gather Thursday, June 30, to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the discovery of the Higgs boson, a fundamental building block of our universe. The local gathering, from 1-3 p.m., in Room 701 of the Keen Building, will coincide with a larger virtual event hosted by a consortium of global institutions at that same time.

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Seven Florida State University researchers have earned the National Science Foundation’s prestigious CAREER awards, which recognize up-and-coming researchers and help recipients build their research and teaching portfolios. The award provides funding for the researchers’ labs and gives them an opportunity to work closely with NSF staff on developing their professional endeavors.

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Junior Arts and Sciences faculty earn prestigious NSF awards to advance leadership, teaching in their fields

Pursuing a career in academia or research can be an overwhelming prospect for recent doctoral graduates, and the prospect of a career combining both can be downright daunting. However, some of Florida State University’s junior faculty are getting national attention and support to launch groundbreaking research careers.

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A Florida State University cosmologist has been selected to co-lead a Department of Energy and National Science Foundation project investigating the faint leftover radiation from the Big Bang known as the cosmic microwave background, or CMB.


Florida State University President Richard McCullough has appointed Mark Riley to serve as Interim Vice President for Research. Riley replaces outgoing Interim Vice President for Research Laurel Fulkerson, who is retiring April 1.

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Vandana Tripathi is an assistant professor in the Department of Physics, part of Florida State University’s College of Arts and Sciences. Her research focuses on understanding the structure of subatomic nuclei, especially those that are unstable and do not occur in nature but are crucial to understanding the early stages of the universe.


With Selection Sunday nearly upon us, the sports world is primed for March Madness. Who will be this year’s Cinderella story? Who will go home early? And which teams will make it to the Final Four?

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Kevin Huffenberger is an associate professor in the Department of Physics, part of Florida State University’s College of Arts and Sciences. He earned his doctorate in 2006 from Princeton University, and his research focuses on physical cosmology, which is the study of the large-scale universe, with an emphasis on cosmic microwave background data analysis.

Alumna Elise Chávez conducts high-energy experimental physics using the world’s most powerful collider

While we’re often encouraged to look at the big picture, Elise Chávez thinks small. Chávez, a Florida State Department of Physics alumna, is a particle physicist, working at the nano level to examine and experiment with subatomic particles — electrons, protons, neutrons — the smallest building blocks of the universe.

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Florida State University physics professors are welcoming the community into the classroom this fall to learn about magnets, waves and exploding stars through the annual Saturday Morning Physics program.


The chief scientist at the Florida State University-headquartered National High Magnetic Field Laboratory has been appointed to serve on the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST).

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