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Large Hadron Collider Physics Conference in New York City, June 2-7

Physicists convene to discuss findings, theory, and future directions

DOE/Brookhaven National Laboratory

EVENT: Hundreds of physicists from around the world will gather in New York City June 2-7 to discuss the origin of mass, supersymmetry, and other mysteries of matter and the universe at the second annual Large Hadron Collider Physics conference. LHCP, co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory and Columbia University, will feature talks on: the latest experimental findings from the Large Hadron Collider, the world's largest and most powerful particle collider; the implications of the first direct evidence of inflation in the early universe recently reported by the BICEP2 experiment; the legacy of the Tevatron collider at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory; LHC heavy-ion experiments; and theoretical analyses that relate experimental results to key physics questions to help point the way to future research directions. Don't miss this opportunity to interact with world-leading physicists. Time will be set aside for one-on-one interviews as needed.

WHEN: June 2-7, 2014

WHERE: Columbia University, Alfred Lerner Hall and International Affairs Building


Screening of "Particle Fever," Wednesday, June 4, 7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6), Alfred Lerner Hall (Roone Arledge Auditorium)-A documentary film recounting physicists' search for and recent discovery of the elusive Higgs boson, a particle essential for the existence of mass. Prior to the film, attendees can visit interactive exhibits and talk with physicists. A panel discussion with the film's featured physicists and director Mark Levinson will immediately follow the screening. Free and open to the public, but registration is required:

"The Road to Discovery," Friday, June 6, 1:30 p.m., Alfred Lerner Hall (Roone Arledge Auditorium)-A session dedicated to future explorations at the Energy Frontier. The session will begin with an overview talk summarizing the physics and options that lie ahead, given by Fabiola Gianotti, former spokesperson for the ATLAS experiment at the LHC, followed by a panel discussion/debate featuring key representatives from Europe, Asia, and the U.S. The debate, moderated by New York Times science correspondent Dennis Overbye, will feature lively discussion of competing demands and limited resources in the context of an updated strategic plan just released by theU.S. Particle Physics Project Prioritization Panel (P5). Follow this link to see a complete list of panelists, which includes P5 chair UC Santa Cruz physicist Steve Ritz, and submit questions you would like raised as part of the debate:


Welcome and overviews, including "Selected Highlights and Prospects in Hadron Collider Physics" and "LHC status & prospects," Monday, June 2, 8:30-10:15 a.m.

The latest measurements on the Higgs boson from LHC's ATLAS and CMS experiments, Tuesday, June 3, 9-10:15 a.m.

The implications of the BICEP2 results for particle physics and what LHC can do, Saturday, June 7, 11:15-11:50 a.m.

Summary talks including future prospects on the experimental and theoretical side, Saturday, June 7, 11:50 a.m.-1 p.m.

Full details and agenda can be found at the conference website:

Detailed timetable of talks and other events:


Reporters interested in attending talks or interviewing scientists should contact Karen McNulty Walsh, Brookhaven National Laboratory Media & Communications Office,, 631-344-8350, or Beth Kwon, Columbia University's Director of Communications for Science,, 212-854-6581.


Brookhaven National Laboratory serves as the U.S. host laboratory for the ATLAS experiment at the LHC, and plays multiple roles in this international collaboration, from construction and project management to data storage, distribution, and analysis, funded by the DOE Office of Science (HEP). For more information about Brookhaven's role, see:

Columbia University physicists have played an integral role in the ATLAS experiment at the LHC, with physicists holding top leadership positions for the U.S. ATLAS construction project and operations program, overseeing the some 500 physicists throughout the United States. In addition, Columbia physicists developed electronics for the ATLAS detector at Columbia's Nevis Labs.

About Columbia University

Among the world's leading research universities, Columbia University in the City of New York continuously seeks to advance the frontiers of scholarship and foster a campus community deeply engaged in the complex issues of our time through teaching, research, patient care and public service. The University is comprised of 16 undergraduate, graduate and professional schools, and four affiliated colleges and seminaries in Manhattan, and a wide array of research institutes and global centers around the world. More than 40,000 students, award-winning faculty and professional staff define the University's underlying values and commitment to pursuing new knowledge and educating informed, engaged citizens. Founded in 1754 as King's College, Columbia is the fifth oldest institution of higher learning in the United States.

About Brookhaven National Laboratory

One of ten national laboratories overseen and primarily funded by the Office of Science of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Brookhaven National Laboratory conducts research in the physical, biomedical, and environmental sciences, as well as in energy technologies and national security. Brookhaven Lab also builds and operates major scientific facilities available to university, industry, and government researchers. Brookhaven is operated and managed for DOE's Office of Science by Brookhaven Science Associates, a limited-liability company founded by the Research Foundation of the State University of New York, for and on behalf of Stony Brook University, the largest academic user of Laboratory facilities; and Battelle Memorial Institute, a nonprofit, applied science and technology organization. Visit Brookhaven Lab's electronic newsroom for links, news archives, graphics, and more at, follow Brookhaven Lab on Twitter,, or find us on Facebook,

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