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Alice Bean
Prof. Alice Bean is an experimental particle physicist at the University of Kansas. She is a member of the CMS collaboration at the Large Hadron Collider at the CERN laboratory near Geneva, Switzerland. With her research she gets undergraduate students to help study detectors made of silicon which helped to discover the Higgs boson. She believes in exciting kids and people of all ages about particle physics and created the “Quarked! Adventures in the Subatomic Universe project” with the website She is a Fellow of the American Physical Society.

Entries by Alice Bean

We Need to Learn How to Throw Away Data

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 1:08 PM

As an experimental particle physicist working at the Large Hadron Collider, learning to handle large amounts of data is a necessary skill. In addition, one needs to learn how to differentiate between something that is useful and something that is not. This is similar to what most of us have...

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Particle Physics for the Future in the U.S.

(4) Comments | Posted May 31, 2014 | 9:46 PM

As a U.S. experimental particle physicist, I helped discover the Higgs boson with the CMS collaboration, and we still have much to learn about what we found as well as what else could be out there waiting to be found. Particle physics is a rich field of study...

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How Not to Sound More Erudite

(1) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 4:47 PM

As a physicist, I notice that people commonly use terms with physics connotations that just baffle me. It all came to a head several years ago when the USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships were held in Kansas (where there are lots of hills, for those who don't know). I...

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How Do You Get Help From Scientists?

(1) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 3:16 PM

So you want information about what is happening with the most up-to-date science? How do you get it? For professional scientists, publishing papers in a journal that is peer-reviewed is the gold standard. Here, the idea is that someone who is knowledgeable about the field takes a critical look at...

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Top Science Stories in 2013?

(0) Comments | Posted January 16, 2014 | 6:33 PM

At the end of last year, as usual, everyone started putting out their top 10 stories of 2013. I am particularly interested in what people consider the top stories in science. The Huffington Post put their top 10 science stories out here. These are the ones that got...

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DIY Solar Panels

(5) Comments | Posted December 6, 2013 | 8:43 AM

I live in Kansas. When I needed a new roof on my house in 2009, I researched putting roofing in that could produce electricity from photovoltaic solar tiles. Part of my drive to put solar panels on my house was sparked by worry about my carbon footprint, along with climate...

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Basking in the Reflection from the Nobel Prize

(1) Comments | Posted October 15, 2013 | 9:15 AM

As you may have heard Peter Higgs and Francois Englert won the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics:

for the theoretical discovery of a mechanism that contributes to our understanding of the origin of mass of subatomic particles, and which recently was confirmed through...

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How Can One Visualize the Higgs Boson?

(31) Comments | Posted September 19, 2013 | 8:00 PM

As an experimental particle physicist, I'm always trying to get the general public interested in what I do. I started a project called Quarked! Adventures in the Subatomic Universe several years ago after realizing that most people have no idea what particle physics is. Because I think it...

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