Hello, World!

We’re Lizzie Wade and Nick Russell. This summer, we will be taking a road trip across the United States before Lizzie starts a Fulbright in Mexico City. On the way, we will visit some of the sites and laboratories that have contributed (and continue to contribute) to the history of high energy physics. We aim to document a particular moment in science and history: as the Large Hadron Collider slowly rumbles to life in Europe, it promises to change not only our understanding of the universe at its most fundamental level, but also the manner in which high energy physics is conducted around the world.

Our itinerary takes us to seven National Laboratories and to the site of the abandoned Superconducing Super Collider (and hopefully to the Very Large Array, just for fun):

Brookhaven National Laboratory (Brookhaven, Long Island, New York)
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (Oak Ridge, Tennessee)
Fermilab National Laboratory (Batavia, Illinois)
Argonne National Laboratory (Argonne, Illinois)
•The former planned site of the Superconducting Super Collider (Waxahachie, Texas)
Los Alamos National Laboratory (Los Alamos, New Mexico)
The Very Large Array (Sorroco, New Mexico)
The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (Pasadena, California)
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley, CA)
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (Livermore, CA)
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (Stanford, CA)

In addition to this blog, we will be working with Symmetry Magazine, the joint Fermilab/SLAC publication about particle physics, to produce a multimedia piece. We hope you enjoy what we come up with!

-Lizzie and Nick

6 responses to “Welcome!

  1. Hi guys,

    Since you’re stopping through Chicago, we’d love to offer you a tour at Argonne National Laboratory–just down the road from Fermilab and home to the Advanced Photon Source, as well as some great physics history (researchers that directed the first controlled nuclear reaction!) Our lab director is even a physicist himself. Check us out at http://www.phy.anl.gov/

    Please send me an email to me or tours@anl.gov to arrange a tour if you’re interested!

    Thanks and good luck!

    Louise Lerner

  2. Hey LzW…say hi to the Fermifolks for me. Ask if they ever saw the show…when do you get there?

    xo uncled

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  4. We are still following your trip…great news about adding the Argonne lab. I think your adventures should be published in a book format also. Definitely would be interesting reading I think. See you at the end of your journey here in LA!

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  6. Hey guys:

    Check out an online tool called http://www.thismoment.com. It is a photo & video sharing website that pulls media from different sites on the web (not just your own photos & videos) to share and display them as a “moment.” The results are elegant. Might be a way to showcase some of the places and events you come across in your travels.

    Also, I’m writing a story about a guy named Saul Griffith — MIT PhD, speaker at TED conferences and MacArthur fellow — and his efforts to move designers toward a more sustainable practice. He says, designers are not equipped to solve the problem because they don’t know physics. You can search for him on youtube to see a number of his presentations.

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