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Date: Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Speaker: Dr. Sarah Eno, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
Topic: The Higgs Boson and Big Science (How Many Physicists Does it take to Discover a New Particle?)
Time and Location: 1:00 PM, with Q&A to follow; in a 1st floor conference room at the American Center for Physics (www.acp.org), 1 Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD — off River Rd., between Kenilworth Ave. and Paint Branch Parkway.
Abstract and Biography: Sarah Eno is a Professor of Physics at the University of Maryland whose research has focused on precision studies of the properties of the W boson, tests of QCD using Z bosons, and searches for exotic particles predicted by theories of physics beyond the Standard Model. She has also worked on research and development and simulations of calorimeters, and their use in measurements of the momentums of jets and missing transverse energy.
Dr. Eno works on the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. In 2012, CERN announced experimental verification of the Higgs boson. The 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics went to François Englert and Peter W. Higgs, who in the 1960s predicted the existence of this entity, through which particles have mass.
Dr. Eno received her bachelor's degree from Gettysburg College and her PhD from the University of Rochester. She then accepted a postdoctoral appointment at the University of Chicago Enrico Fermi Institute, working on the CDF and D0 experiments.
In 1993, Dr. Eno joined the University of Maryland as an Assistant Professor. She was promoted to Associate Professor in 1999 and to Professor in 2005.
She was named an Outstanding Junior Investigator by the U.S. Department of Energy in 1995, and received the young Alumni Achievement Award from Gettysburg College in 1999. She is a Fellow of the American Physical Society. Sarah Eno was noted in the September, 2012, Washingtonian magazine as someone "we'd like to have over for drinks, food and conversation." Eno was first, ahead of Robert Griffin III, the thenrookie local quarterback. Eno was described as “part of a team of University of Maryland scientists working on the complicated machinery that recently discovered the Higgs boson.”