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Shih-Chieh Hsu Hosting A Weeklong Workshop Aug 5-9, 2013
Shih-Chieh Hsu, Assistant Professor of Physics at UW, will host a weeklong workshop for 4 teachers and 6 students from area high schools, who will learn more about particle physics by assembling and operating cosmic ray detectors. The workshop will take place August 5--9, 2013, in the UW Physics Astronomy Building (PAB).

The workshop was made possible by support and cooperation from QuarkNet, a nationwide physics outreach program based at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, funded by the National Science Foundation. QuarkNet works with nearly 100,000 students from over 500 US high schools, to promote deeper understanding of fundamental physics, and an appreciation for the methods of modern physics research, through inquiry-based programs.

The workshop will be conducted by QuarkNet staff members Kenneth Cecile, Bob Peterson and Kris Whelan, along with 4 UW students and Prof. Hsu. UW Physics Professors Jeffrey Wilkes and Toby Burnett, who organized the first UW QuarkNet program, the WALTA (WAshington Large Area Time coincidence Array) project - the predecessor of the current UW QuarkNet program - will give talks to the workshop participants about current cosmic ray and gamma ray physics research.

The teachers and students will first assemble their own comic ray detectors. Then, through hands-on operation, data collection and analysis, they will learn about the leading-edge technology used in particle physics experiments.

The final 2 days of the workshop will be devoted to analyzing real data from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), connecting the participants own work with forefront physics research. QuarkNet has developed tools with which high school students and teachers can perform analysis of data released by LHC experimenters specifically for this purpose.

More details of the event may be found in the UW QuarkNet Center web page