The Particle at the End of the Universe: The Hunt for the Higgs Boson and the Future of Physics

Date: April 7, 2014 Time: 7:00 p.m. Location: Maxey Auditorium

Dr. Sean Carroll is a physicist at the California Institute of Technology. His talk is free and open to the public. Dr. Carroll will explain why the Higgs Boson is so important, talk about the enormous challenge physicists overcame to build the LHC and get it running, and consider what the future of particle physics will look like.

He received his Ph.D. in 1993 from Harvard University and has contributed to models of interactions between dark matter, dark energy, and ordinary matter; alternative theories of gravity; and violations of fundamental symmetries. 

He has been awarded fellowships by the Sloan Foundation, Packard Foundation, and the American Physical Society, as well as the MIT Graduate Student Council Teaching Award the Villanova University Arts and Sciences Alumni Medallion, and the Royal Society Winton Prize.

Carroll has appeared on TV shows such as The Colbert Report and Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman, and frequently serves as a science consultant for film and television. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, writer Jennifer Ouellette.