Photo a day: Tree Removal

I thought I'd show a later photo of the tree removal at CERN. This was quite an operation, involving grabbing high branches, cutting them off, and removing them slowly, and men on the ground chainsawing the remaining tree to the ground and cutting it into smaller, more manageable pieces to be organized in piles.

I thought I’d show a later photo of the tree removal at CERN. This was quite an operation, involving grabbing high branches, cutting them off, and removing them slowly, and men on the ground chainsawing the remaining tree to the ground and cutting it into smaller, more manageable pieces to be organized in piles.

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Photo a day: Coffee and Collisions

A nice dark cafe au lait and some electron-positron collisions from the LEP days. What more can you want in a coffee area?

A nice dark cafe au lait and some electron-positron collisions from the LEP days. What more can you want in a coffee area?

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Photo a day: Double Barree

CERN removes old trees from the site . . . but both exits out of CERN are blocked. The dreaded . . . double barree! (OK, just kidding . . . actually, you could drive the wrong way on the left exit and get out)

CERN removes old trees from the site . . . but both exits out of CERN are blocked. The dreaded . . . double barree! (OK, just kidding . . . actually, you could drive the wrong way on the left exit and get out)

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Photo a day: Meyrin at night

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The church in downtown Meyrin. Meyrin is the closest city to CERN and just down the tram line toward Geneva. We had just come from a restaurant, snow pouring from the sky, when I shot this.

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Photo a day: Snowglobe

The CERN Globe, partially covered in snow, as more snow falls. The ATLAS Control Room building is seen in the distance.

The CERN Globe, partially covered in snow, as more snow falls. The ATLAS Control Room building is seen in the distance.

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Photo a day: A CERN Snow Day

We awoke to about 5-6 inches of snow. Turns out the CERN rental cars do NOT have snow tires, so we got 30 feet before the car got stuck in ice and snow. We spent about 30 minutes rocking it out of place and back to parking. Then we declared a snow day!

We awoke to about 5-6 inches of snow. Turns out the CERN rental cars do NOT have snow tires, so we got 30 feet before the car got stuck in ice and snow. We spent about 30 minutes rocking it out of place and back to parking. Then we declared a snow day!

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Photo a day: view out the window on a weekend

The view out the window

I just moved into my “permanent” place where I will live (rent) while based at CERN during the spring semester and the summer. Not a bad view from my bedroom!

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Photo a day: science and ice

CERN with the snow-capped Jura in the distance

CERN with the snow-capped Jura in the distance

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ATLAS Week!

It’s ATLAS Week again! This is a time for many ATLAS collaborators to come together (this time at CERN) and share in very high-level discussions of physics and technology in the ATLAS experiment. From my perspective, this week is important because of all of the current recommendations that will be presented for physics tools needed for both the winter and spring. In addition, a lot of work will be going on this week in the ATLAS Higgs Working group, keeping all of us from the SMU group very busy.

In addition to the usual contingent of student and post-docs who are based at CERN, both Prof. Stroynowski and I are here – so we have a pretty good representation from the SMU ATLAS group.

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Photo a day: snowfall

Snowfall at CERN

A fresh snow falls overnight at CERN.

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