Ad Astra Presents Science-into-Fiction: The Higgs Boson In This Particular Universe


The Higgs Boson in This Particular Universe: Facts, Speculation, and the Story of a Little Ripple with a Big Bang  

A presentation with Phil Baringer
Professor Emeritus
KU Physics and Astronomy

Wed, Aug. 31 | 6:30 PM
Lawrence Public Library
Video now available on our YouTube channel

What science-fiction ideas does this inspire? Award-winning SF author, educator, and Ad Astra Center director Chris McKitterick leads a Q&A and idea-generation session with Dr. Baringer to help attendees imagine possibilities and launch your own stories. Sign up afterward to participate in upcoming story-development and story-critique workshops led by McKitterick with special guest expert Baringer. Join the ongoing AdAstranaut program and track your creative milestones with a community of other writers as you master writing speculative fiction! Watch this page and our social media for additional resources for writers, coming soon, and sign up for our mailing list to have updates sent directly to your inbox.

About Dr. Phil Baringer:

Philip Baringer, PhD, is an experimental particle physicist with more than 25 years of teaching and research experience. He's a Professor Emeritus of Physics and Astronomy who's received numerous awards for his teaching, including the Department Undergraduate Teaching Award, the Kemper Award for Teaching Excellence and the University Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) Excellence in Teaching Award, chosen by graduate students studying Physics and Astronomy. Baringer's research focuses on experimental particle physics, particularly the production of the top quark. He is a member of the Compact Muon Solenoid collaboration, an international group that is operating an experiment at the European Organization for Nuclear Research's Large Hadron Collider. Baringer believes in the importance of communicating science to a general audience. He is the lead faculty member of the University of Kansas QuarkNet center, which connects the University's particle physics research group with local high school physics teachers and students. He has also received the Steeples Award for Service to Kansans, an award that recognizes faculty members for sharing their teaching and research with the people of Kansas.

This event is both in person (for those in and around Lawrence, Kansas) and online.

Baringer's talk livestreamed from the Lawrence Public Library on our YouTube channel, and the video is now available for viewing. Subscribe now so you don't miss upcoming talks and other videos!