Chicago physics conference features U. of C. scientists

Staff Writer

The biennial International Conference on High Energy Physics, the world’s largest gathering of physicists, is coming to Chicago this August and dozens of University of Chicago (U. of C.) scientists will be participating.

The conference, which runs from Aug. 3-10, will draw over 1,200 scientists from around the world to downtown Chicago to share the latest advancements in particle physics, astrophysics and accelerator science.

One of the conference’s events, however, will aim to reach beyond the hoards of physicists to the general public.

The Windy City Physics Slam, hosted by WGN-TV Chief Meteorologist Tom Skilling, will pit five researchers against each other in a contest to make their field of study sound as interesting, compelling and enjoyable as possible. The winner will be determined by audience applause.

Dan Hooper, an associate professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the U. of C. and an associate scientist at Fermilab, is one of the researchers competing in the Physics Slam. His presentation, “Hunting for Dark Matter: The ‘Soul’ of the Universe,” will attempt to win over the audience by incorporating musical performances from a live band.

The Physics Slam will take place on Sunday, Aug. 7, from 3 p.m.-4:30 p.m., in the Sheraton Grand Chicago Ballroom, 301 E. North Water St. The event is open to the public and free of charge.

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