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on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 12:53
Spotlight on the Virtual QuarkNet Center: The Virtual QuarkNet Center is a unique center that has no geographic bounds, with teachers from Albany to Shanghai. They meet monthly online and get together once per year. This summer they were in Chicago, where lead teacher and LHC fellow Mike Wadenss facilitated their work in a LIGO e-Lab workshop. That's not all they did; because they are so geographically separated and so motivated, the teachers in this one center were responsible for five separate International Masterclasses in 2016 and maintain a very strong presence in the cosmic ray program. The team is ably mentored by Danielle McDermott of Wabash College, Dan Karmgard and Antonio Delgado, of Notre Dame.
News from QuarkNet Central: We've chosen dates! International Masterclasses 2017 will have Fermilab videoconferences from March 13 to April 8. CERN dates are also available; learn more by reading the first IMC circular of this academic year.
Physics Experiment Roundup: New results reveal the asymmetrical charm of LHCb and give insight into the early universe.
Resources: Maxwell's equations almost cry out for a single magnetic charge, but none has been discovered. Learn how physicists at CERN are hard at work seeking magnetic monopoles. In astrophysics, symmetry reports on creating the universe in a computer. And how about that Nobel Prize in Physics 2016?
Just for Fun: A word about words in particle physics, from symmetry.
Spotlight on the University of Kansas QuarkNet Center: Located in Lawrence, the center hosted both a research program for high school students and a teacher workshop this summer. Eight teachers participated a LIGO e-Lab workshop held on campus on June 6-7. During the workshop, teachers heard a talk from Hume Feldman on gravitational waves and LIGO, assembled table-top interferometers, took a virtual tour of the LIGO facility in Hanford, Washington, explored the LIGO e-Lab and discussed classroom implementation. Thirteen high school students participated in summer research, focusing on a variety of topics: CMS data simulations, radio detection of lightning, cosmic ray detectors, and development of a game, "Quarked!" (www.quarked.org). The student experience included a field trip to Chicago, where students toured Fermilab and other sites around the city. Phil Baringer and Dave Besson are both mentors at KU, with Jim Deane as the research teacher.
News from QuarkNet Central: International Cosmic Day will be here before you know it. Be sure to get those cosmic ray detectors up and running and register here. We also provide a poster to help you announce this opportunity to your students. There will be some improvements made on the e-Labs site (http://www.i2u2.org/) over the weekend; expect the site to be offline 12 AM - 1 AM EDT on Saturday, October 1 (that's overnight Friday).
Physics Experiment Roundup: Construction of the LZ (LUX-ZEPLIN) dark matter detector moves forward. This next-generation detector will be at least 100 times more sensitive than its predecessor and is scheduled to become operational in 2020.
Resources: Check out this short video by Nobel Laureate Art McDonald as he describes neutrino oscillation and detection. If you received the October 2016 edition of The Physics Teacher, you may have noticed "Ripples in Reality," an article by Fermilab's Don Lincoln and LIGO's Amber Stuver on gravitational waves, LIGO, and the "chirps" that announced the first measurements of gravitational waves. The Perimeter Institute will host a lecture, "As We Enter the Quantum Era" by Michele Mosca, on the evening of Wednesday, October 5. Sign up for the live webcast of this lecture, and watch without having to travel to Waterloo!
Just for Fun: Injection: A method of delivering a vaccine, or the transfer of particles from one accelerator to another? This symmetry article gives several examples of "physics slang," or words that have a specific meaning in the context of physics that may be different than in everyday life. With the arrival of autumn, leaves will soon be changing colors across much of the country. Impress your friends with your knowledge of leaf color chemistry with the help of this guide thanks to compoundchem.com!
Spotlight on the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez QuarkNet Center: Persistence pays off. A few years ago, the QuarkNet center at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez (UPRM) had two detectors that were not working very well. Hector Mendez reassessed the situation and worked with the teachers to put the detectors where they would be best used while he got help from QuarkNet to renew the equipment. He also enlisted the help of a UPRM student to work with detectors. The center had a workshop in October last year to get reacquainted with using detectors in the classroom. They are having another this weekend with Mark Adams, who leads the cosmic ray studies program, to sharpen skills with detectors, EQUIP, and the Cosmic Ray e-Lab. In the end, they will have four working and well-used detectors in Puerto Rico.
Watch this space! (Are you watching?) We will soon announce the dates for International Masterclasses!
Physics Experiment Roundup: The LHC usually runs with tight beams to maximize head-on collisions, but not right now; read why the beams are wider for TOTEM and ATLAS/ALFA. At another end of the universe, astronomers seem to have found a dark matter galaxy, short on stars and long on what we cannot see.
Resources: Speaking of the elusive 27%, this article takes on the matter with dark matter while another addresses those not-so-elusive, long-lived particles. Two eye-openers for students: this day in the life video from Fermilab and an article by CERN Director General Fabiola Giannotti taking on the fallacy of "useless knowledge."
Just for Fun: If you've been to the second floor of Wilson Hall at Fermilab, you've seen exhibits of the art of physics . . . or is it the physics of art? On more of J-pop-art note, consider ILC, kawaii, symmetry ni. And a hat tip to teaching and learniing leader Jeremy Smith for this tour of how Americans talk: small words, big data.
Spotlight on the Colorado State University QuarkNet Center: This QuarkNet center located in Fort Collins is now in its fifth year. Lead teachers Cherie Bornhorst and Adam Pearlstein along with mentor Bob Wilson organized the 2016 teacher workshop that was held on June 13-17. That week coincided with the U.S. Particle Accelerator Summer School (held at CSU this year), so teachers were able to participate by attending some of the morning lectures associated with the USPAS. Teachers also spent time working through resources in the Data Portfolio (including TOTEM Data Express), running lifetime and time-of-flight studies using cosmic ray detectors, and sharing teaching resources in a teacher share-a-thon. One highlight of this share-a-thon was a lab setup for the Milliken experiment; something the group hopes to work more on next year.
News from QuarkNet Central: A couple of reminders:
(1) All teachers and mentors, please be sure you have recently updated your profile on the QuarkNet website, including your school and contact information along with a record of your CRMD DAQ number (if you have a cosmic ray muon detector). If you're not sure how to do this, refer to this "how to" page on updating your profile. Please be sure to scroll to the bottom of the "edit your profile" page in order to enter the DAQ number from your cosmic ray detector. If you have any questions regarding this process, feel free to contact Ken or Shane. And don't forget to 'save.'
(2) Mentors and other center leaders, QuarkNet deliverables were due yesterday (Thursday, September 15). If you have not done so, please submit these ASAP. Here is a helpful guide and here is a document on submitting abstracts and annual reports.
Resources: Which is better? Colliding two beams of particles or sending a single particle beam toward a fixed target? Find out in Don Lincoln's short video, Accelerator Science: Collider vs. Fixed Target. Know a student who might be good at explaining a science or math concept in a short film? If so, check out the Breakthrough Junior Challenge, in which students have the opportunity to win a $250,000 scholarship and a new lab for your school!
Just for Fun: Have an iPad and want to learn more about black holes while having fun? Check out the Nova Black Holes app!
First Friday Flyer of the 2016–2017 Academic Year!
Spotlight on Summer 2016: It has been an exciting summer for QuarkNet! Interest has been, understandably, up on LIGO and gravitational waves, and QuarkNet had LIGO e-Lab workshops at 10 centers. There were also four CMS e-Lab workshops, nine Cosmic e-Lab workshops (plus another coming up in late September), three CMS data workshops and one ATLAS data workshop. These are all in addition to summer research and teacher programs at the centers themselves and a very active presence at the AAPT Summer Meeting.
News from QuarkNet Central: Big news abounds . . .
First, mark the date—November 2, 2016—for International Cosmic Day, organized by our colleagues at DESY in Germany. Start planning now and get that detector fired up! It is not too early to register on Indico (no account needed) or to e-mail for more information.
Next, a note that last month a small group of QuarkNet teachers met at ICHEP in Chicago to learn more about the neutrino programs at Fermilab and try out a measurement of the size of an atomic nucleus using data from the MINERvA neutrino experiment. (Conclusion: We needed to analyze more data!) Look for more neutrino activities and opportunities from QuarkNet in the coming year.
Finally, mentors and other center leaders, QuarkNet deliverables are due Thursday, Septmeber 15, less than a week away. Here is a helpful guide and here is a document on submitting abstracts and annual reports.
Physics Experiment Roundup: Read up on more news this summer than we can fit in the flyer, compiled by Steve Schnetzer, mentor of the Rutgers QuarkNet center.
Resources: Learn more about LIGO and gravitational waves in this symmetry article. And since we are thinking on the scale of general relativity, there is yet another symmetry article, this time on the galactic neighborhood, dark matter, and dark energy.
Just for Fun: Ah, those Fermilab bison!
Spotlight on Summer 2016: Summer 2016 has been full of QuarkNet events, from the CERN High School Teacher program to Inspiring Science Education in Greece to Data Camp at Fermilab as well as all that is going on at the centers. Read the QuarkNet at ISE Blog to tap into some of the excitement from that program.
News from QuarkNet Central: [email protected]! ICHEP, the International Conference on High Energy Physics, will be held in Chicago this year, and QuarkNet will participate with its own teacher program on Sunday, August 7. We'll have a mini-workshop on Neutrinos in the Classroom, participate in the Tevatron Reunion and go to a Physics Slam. Check out the agenda for the day. If you'll be within driving distance, come and join us! Just fill out the registration form.
Beamline for Schools is coming! Get your group started early! Read how!
Physics Experiment Roundup: The g-2 experiment at Fermilab is set to start up this fall. Read about it in symmetry. In CERN Bulletin, we read that the ICARUS neutrino detector is Fermilab-bound to join the short-baseline neutrino program. And what about that possible 750 GeV diphoton bump? And did we mention ICHEP?
Look for the return of Friday Flyer in September . . . Enjoy the rest of the summer!
Last Friday Flyer of the 2015–2016 Academic Year!
Spotlight on Summer 2016: The end of the 2015–2016 academic year is upon us, and as students break for summer, so too will the Friday Flyer (except for any special editions that we may run). Summer will be busy for QuarkNet, including Data Camp at Fermilab, HST at CERN, Inspiring Science Education in Greece and workshops at centers across the country to list a few events. The 2016 AAPT Summer Meeting will be in Sacramento on July 16–20; Ken and Shane both plan to attend and hope to see many of you there. While summer can be a time to break from the hustle and bustle of the school year, it's also a time for many teachers to retool, network, and prepare for an even better 2016–2017!
News from QuarkNet Central: News this week comes from two of our QuarkNet centers and represents some of the great work that's taking place within QuarkNet.
(1) From the University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez Center: The 2016 University of Puerto Rico Outreach and Engagement Recognition Awards go to the UPRM QuarkNet Center. Congratulations to mentors Hector Mendez and Samuel Santana for this honor.
(2) From the Boston Center: Students at Medford High School (Medford, MA) recently performed a study using their cosmic ray detector to determine the speed of a muon. Here's more about the study, including data, pictures and a link to the poster. Thanks to Mike Wadness for sharing!
Physics Experiment Roundup: The Reactor Experiment for Neutrino Oscillation (RENO) in South Korea announces the release of new results. The CLOUD experiment at CERN suggests that the pre-industrial climate may have been cloudier than presently thought. (Who knew? Climate research at CERN!)
Resources: Find out how tiny neutrinos can cause huge stars to go supernova in this symmetry article. Have you ever wondered what all of those symbols represent on Fermilab's unofficial seal? Check here to see the answers.
Just for Fun: What would a rainbow look like on Earth if we had two suns like Tatooine? What If? offers an answer to this hypothetical question.
Look for the return of Friday Flyer in September . . . Have a great summer!
On time as usual!
Spotlight on the Idaho State University QuarkNet Center: Idaho State is one of our centers that is especially strong in the cosmic ray program. Cosmic fellow Robert Franckowiak and mentor Steve Shropshire worked with the group last summer on plateauing detectors and blessing data; the teachers took it from there during the school year. One noteworthy example is when teacher Steve Millward's students wanted to study the effects of electric fields on cosmic rays: Steve brought his students (and his principal!) at Grace High School to a local Rocky Mountain Power substation; read all about it and then check out the e-Lab poster.
News from QuarkNet Central: One of the items that came out of the recent Facilitator Workshop was an enhanced "How to..." section of the QuarkNet website. It gives new information on things you can do with the site, including finding an archive of the Friday Flyer. Take a look. The much bigger thing that came out was an enthusiastic group of fellows and staff who can bring a workshop to your center. Here's the schedule so far. (Please check it; do we have your information correct?) And here is our "brochure" for QuarkNet workshops. If you haven't contacted us about your dates or a workshop request, please do so.
Resources: We go on a lot—justifiably—about the amazing particle physics experiments from LHC to DUNE to AMS. Often it all starts with theory. So just what do theorists do, aside from calculations on the back of envelopes? Find out from Fermi News.
Just for Fun: Physics Girl explains quarks with candies. Why not?
Spotlight on the QuarkNet Fellows: We held off the Friday Flyer for a Monday release in order to update you on some weekend QuarkNet activity at Fermilab. The Cosmic, LHC, Leadership, and Teaching & Learning fellows, along with QuarkNet staff and evaluators (all pictured below) gathered this past Friday–Saturday in order to increase the quality, effectiveness, and consistency of all QuarkNet workshops. We learned about and discussed implementation of professional development best practices, and were able to perform "lesson studies" on a few activities from the Data Portfolio in which fellows were able to use both their "student hats" and "teacher hats." We were even able to capture a few images of the fellows in action, including building a histogram and discussing results for TOTEM Data Express and learning how to do a time-of-flight study using a cosmic ray muon detector.
News from QuarkNet Central: As you may have guessed from the "Spotlight" section above, the QuarkNet fellows and staff are more ready than ever to spread out to centers this summer to facilitate these workshops. We are looking forward to these experiences working with the teachers and mentors at centers all over the country. Mentors and lead teachers: It's not too late to schedule one of these workshops for this summer; just contact one of the QuarkNet staff if you're interested!
Physics Experiment Roundup: The LHC at CERN is back up and running beautifully as it begins its ambitious 2016 physics season in which physicists plan to collect six times more data than in 2015.. Here are some images from CMS at the start of the 2016 physics run.
Just for Fun: Check out this particle accelerator and collider of a different kind—using magnets and marbles! (Warning: You may have to endure a short advertisement at the beginning of this video, but it's worth it!)
It's the Friday Flyer on Monday! We apologize for the delay.
Spotlight on the Purdue University QuarkNet Center: You may (and should!) know about EQUIP, the spiffy program to interface your computer to the QuarkNet cosmic ray detector. Well, the Purdue QuarkNet center, is "where EQUIP was born"—that is what the P is for—as it was orginally designed by mentor Matthew Jones. Purdue continues to have an active QuarkNet program as well as stays involved in CMS data, including masterclasses. Last summer, lead teacher and LHC fellow Marla Glover introduced new teachers to particle physics. This summer, Purdue continues to move forward.
News from QuarkNet Central: The QuarkNet fellows are getting together next weekend at Fermilab to work on the art and science of facilitating workshops so that more fellows can be facilitators and all are up to speed on best practices. After the meeting, they will be rarin' to go, so, center leaders, book those workshops! (Learn more.)
Physics Experiment Roundup: Fermilab has a nice new video about DUNE/LBNF. Note the new linac location—"linac parking" in the west lot will never be the same—but mostly, note the cool new possibilities for neutrino physics.