BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The world's most powerful particle physics
accelerator may be located on the border of France and Switzerland,
but you won't have to travel overseas to see how its scientists do
High school students attending a University at Buffalo summer
workshop will put on a fun, audience-friendly performance about
collisions between subatomic particles at 4 p.m. tomorrow (Friday,
Aug. 20) in 308 Fronczak Hall on the UB North Campus. Media are
invited to attend.
The students are participating in the UB Physics and Arts Summer
Institute, (PASI) a National Science Foundation-funded workshop, in
which they are encouraged to use artistic expression to explain
Students will give a short performance they developed, using
special lighting effects and fun toys, to depict a collision
between subatomic particles. Students will then work with audience
members at computer stations to try and help them figure out which
particles were produced in the collision.
"The audience members in this case are the experimentalists and
they will do what particle physicists do at the LHC -- they have to
work backward, to try and figure out what they saw, based on the
'tracks' that particles make in the instant before they decay,"
explains Doreen Wackeroth, UB associate professor of physics and
director of PASI.
A prize will be awarded to the audience member who correctly
identifies the particles.
Students who attended this summer's PASI are:
Geoffrey Fatin of Buffalo from Canisius High School; Alexandru
Mihai of East Amherst from Williamsville East; Simon Nash of
Buffalo from Hutch Tech; Anna Szczepanski of Lancaster from Buffalo
Academy of the Sacred Heart; Ashley Wagstaff of Buffalo from
Nichols School and Zhiyuan (Laura) Yu of East Aurora from Iroquois
In addition to Wackeroth, PASI was staffed by Gary Nickard, UB
clinical assistant professor of visual studies; Craig Uhrich, a
physics teacher from Depew High School, Patty Wallace, a
Williamsville artist and PASI alumni Derek Robins of Buffalo and
Hally Stone of Williamsville.
Press arrangements: Ellen Goldbaum in the UB Office of
University Communications at 645-4605 or Doreen Wackeroth, UB
associate professor of physics, onsite.