Hosts: Professor Stephen Sekula and SMU undergraduate Vladimir Jovanovic.
We discuss Vladimir’s interest in the interface of psychology and computer science and welcome our special guests, Dr. Aidan Randle-Conde (Southern Methodist University) and Dr. Paul “Jack” Jackson (SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory). We talk about international science, being a scientist on big experiments, going beyond the Standard Model of Particle Physics, and a love of travel and music.
Professor Stephen Sekula
Dr. Aidan Randle-Conde is a post-doctoral researcher at Southern Methodist University, based at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland and conducting research on the ATLAS Experiment. Dr. Paul “Jack” Jackson is a post-doctoral researcher at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory who is also based at CERN and conducts research on ATLAS. We spoke with AIdan and Jack in the CERN Cafeteria, social and intellectual hub of this great international laboratory, in August, 2010. They were candid about their journey from England, to North America for school and research, and their work now on the ATLAS Experiment at CERN. We also talked about their passions outside of research, including wanderlust and songwriting.
- Steve, Aidan and Jack all worked together on the BaBar Experiment and now work together on the ATLAS Experiment. Learn more about those here:
- Vladimir’s Corner
- “Sensory Extension”: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sensory_substitution
- “Tongue Camera”: http://science.howstuffworks.com/brainport.htm
- “Waist Compass”: Journal article on the vibrational compass
- Prof. Robert Kehoe’s variable star research: http://www.physics.smu.edu/ugradResearch/#astro_phy
- The Innovation Competition at the SMU Lyle School of Engineering: http://lyle.smu.edu/innovationcompetition/index.html
- What is a “milli-Hubble-barn?” It’s one-thousandth of a Hubble-barn! OK, what’s a “Hubble-barn?” It’s a unit of volume – the product of the Hubble length, c/H (the speed of light divided by Hubble’s constant) and a barn (10-28 meters-squared). This is the volume of a straw whose length is that of the universe and whose cross-sectional area is that of an atomic nucleus. 36 milli-Hubble-barns is about 1 pint.
- Produced by Kathleen Tibbetts
- Theme music written by Jason South and performed by Jason South and Stephen Sekula.