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  • Alison Lister
    Inspiring Science She's a physicist with CERN working on the ATLAS (Higgs Boson) project and she wants us to be more science literate.

    The Universe. There is no bigger home, yet to uncover its secrets we’ll have to chase down the smallest of particles. Alison Lister, a particle physicist and assistant professor at the University of British Columbia, is drawn to this Herculean task of probing the most fundamental constituents of matter; asking what are the fundamental particles and forces and how do they fit together to make the bigger pieces that we see?

    She has been chasing these elusive particles with the ATLAS experiment and the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, home to 3000 scientists from 138 countries.  There, and here in Canada, she looks back in time to very small fractions of seconds after the Big Bang to learn about the basic forces that have shaped our Universe since the beginning of time and that will determine its fate.  The exciting discovery of the Higgs boson  in July 2012, after a 40-year search, has just led to more questions for Alison and her colleagues.  The daughter of two physicists who met and fell in love at CERN, Alison has experimental subatomic physics in her blood.

    For more on Alison, visit  https://www.phas.ubc.ca/users/alison-lister

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