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MJC presents ‘Discovery of the Higgs Boson Particle’

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POSTED April 11, 2013 10:10 p.m.


MODESTO –The Modesto Area Partners in Science (MAPS) will offer a presentation by Jim Hetrick, PhD., speaking on “Discovery of the Higgs Boson Particle” on Friday, April 19, at 7:30 p.m. in Forum 110 at Modesto Junior College, 435 College Ave. in Modesto.

 On July 4th, 2012, after 500 trillion particle collisions in experiments at the CERN Laboratory in Europe, the existence of the elusive ‘Higgs Boson’ was officially announced to an ecstatic crowd of physicists.  Why were these scientists excited about this discovery?  What is the Higgs Boson?  What is its importance? According to scientists, without the Higgs Boson, everything from stars to atoms would not exist. 

Hetrick, Physics Professor at the University of the Pacific, will lead the presentation.

The MAPS talk is free and open to the public.  Parking is open so feel free to park in any staff or student space on campus. For more information about the MAPS program, contact MJC’s Science, Mathematics and Engineering Division office at 575-6173.



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