International Science With the U.S. and CERN


I was happy to attend the White House ceremony on May 7 to sign the

The agreement codifies the relationship between the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Department of Energy (DOE), and CERN to continue the strong U.S. participation in projects including the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). It also describes a path for reciprocity for CERN participation in U.S. hosted experiments. This agreement follows on the existing agreement signed in 1997 which paved the way for the U.S. participation in the CMS and ATLAS experiments. At the ceremony the Director General of CERN, Rolf-Dieter Heuer, spoke of the strong U.S. participation at CERN and that CERN could be thought of the largest U.S. research laboratory outside of the US with more than 1500 U.S. scientists hosted there.

My research at the LHC with the CMS collaboration is funded by the NSF. I’m very grateful to have received the funding that allows us to find out more about how the universe works and to have worked with the CMS collaboration to discover what we think is the Higgs boson. The global thirst for knowledge and understanding means that internationally scientists look for opportunities to further their research. When the Superconducting Super Collider project was cancelled in the US in the 1990s, we hoped to find the Higgs at the Tevatron, which is located near Chicago. Many foreign scientists joined us in that pursuit. Alas, that wasn’t meant to be, so we moved to the LHC where we were able to see it. About a third of the CMS collaboration is of U.S. funded scientists. Therefore I see the —> Read More