Professor Glenn Starkman to discuss Higgs Boson’s importance at upcoming lecture

Glenn Starkman CWRUThe campus community is invited to join the Jewish Alumni Network and the Case Western Reserve University Alumni Association for “An Evening of Learning with Glenn Starkman” on Wednesday, Feb. 12, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Siegal Lifelong Learning Facility (26500 Shaker Blvd., Beachwood).

At the event, Starkman, professor of physics and astronomy and director of the Center for Education and Research in Cosmology and Astrophysics, will discuss the recent discoveries about the Higgs Boson—the last remaining undiscovered particle whose existence is required by the Standard Model of particle physics.

This scientific theory of the interactions of the fundamental constituents of nature is arguably the most successful such theory in the history of science at making precise predictions that have been verified. Over the last two years, scientists at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) have made progressively more confident announcements that they have discovered a new particle whose properties are those of “the Higgs.”

Starkman will discuss what it takes to make such a discovery, why the Higgs is of such particular interest and why it matters that no other new particles have so far been discovered at the LHC.

This event is co-sponsored by the Cleveland Hillel Foundation and the Siegal Lifelong Learning Program at Case Western Reserve.