The New Muon g-2 Experiment at Fermilab has received "Mission Need" approval from the Department of Energy. NIU faculty members Mary Anne Cummings, Michael Fortner, and David Hedin of Physics and Nick Pohlman of Mechanical Engineering are collaborators on this project, which should measure the anomalous magnetic moment of the muon to unprecedented accuracy, probing the Standard Model and possible new physics extensions.
The Higgs boson has been discovered! NIU physicists played important roles as part of the ATLAS detector collaboration team at the CERN Large Hadron Collider which made the definitive determination, and as part of the Dzero detector at the Fermilab Tevatron collider which provided strong supporting evidence including the crucial fact that the Higgs boson decays to bottom quark-antiquark pairs. The Higgs boson is the first new fundamental particle discovered since the top quark, in 1995. See the CERN press release, an NIU Today article, the Daily Chronicle article, the AP article, an NIU Today preview from just before the discovery announcement, and the Fermilab press release.
Prof. David Hedin named APS Fellow. Citation: For his many important contributions to the D0 muon system design, construction, and operation, and his leadership in exploiting muons in a variety of physics studies at D0 both in Run I and Run II of the Tevatron.
Liz Holden (MS 2006) has published a short story in the 1/11 issue of the Midwest Literay magazine (p 104) in addition to the Fall 2010 issue of Tryst Literary Magazine and the Winter 2010 issue of The Blinking