Scirens.com is proud to partner with Perimeter Institute for a new season of public lectures beginning with a discussion of a new view on gravity and the dark side of the cosmos. Join physicist Pauline Gagnon on Wed., Nov. 8 at 4PM PT (7PM ET) for this exciting event.
As a child, Quebec native Pauline Gagnon dreamed of understanding what the universe was really made of.
As an adult, she studied exactly that, working at the largest experiment ever built, CERN’s Large Hadron Collider. In her role as a Senior Research Scientist, based at Indiana University and working at CERN, she searched for dark matter particles in the decays of the famous Higgs boson, in the form of hypothetical particles called dark photons.
Now retired from active research, Gagnon is dedicated to inspiring other curious minds of all ages to ponder the same big questions that fascinated her as a child. Having worked in the CERN Communications group, she is adept at explaining the complex science of particle physics in engaging, comprehensible ways. She has delivered nearly 100 presentations to audiences in nine countries on three continents.
Gagnon’s popular science book, Who Cares about Particle Physics?: Making Sense of the Higgs Boson, the Large Hadron Collider and CERN, explains current issues in particle physics and explores the importance of fundamental physics in shaping not only our understanding of the universe, but society as well.
In her November 8 Perimeter Institute Public Lecture, Gagnon will explore the incredible (and improbable!) feats of ingenuity and cooperation that have led to one of humanity’s greatest experiments, and why such pioneering research, albeit “impractical” in terms of everyday usefulness, has changed the way we live and is vital to our collective future.
Following the talk, Gagnon will answer questions both from the in-house audience and from Facebook and Twitter (using the hashtag #piLIVE). Questions are welcomed from everyone – aspiring scientific explorers, school classes, physics and chemistry buffs, and general science enthusiasts.
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Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics (PI) is an independent, non-profit, scientific research organization working to advance our understanding of physical laws and develop new ideas about the very essence of space, time, matter, and information. Located in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, PI also provides a wide array of research training and educational outreach activities to nurture scientific talent and share the importance of discovery and innovation among students, teachers, and the general public. http://www.perimeterinstitute.ca and @Perimeter.