LAS Distinguished Professor Event: Nikos Varelas  Add To Calendar

  • Date(s): Tuesday, 3/31 4:00 PM to Tuesday, 3/31 6:00 PM
  • Speaker: Nikos Varelas, LAS Distinguished Professor
  • Host: College of LAS
  • Campus Address: 302 Stuent Center East
Title: Unlocking the Secret Code of the Universe

Abstract: Nikos Varelas (PhD, University of Rochester), Professor of Physics and Associate Dean at the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, is internationally known for his sustained contributions to three major areas of high-energy particle physics research: the field of quantum chromodynamics (QCD), the search for quark substructure, and the hunt for the Higgs boson. His research is centered on the experimental study of hadron collisions at the highest energies available in the world, collisions that are selected by sophisticated trigger systems of which Professor Varelas is an expert. While at UIC, he has been a member of two large international experimental groups, first the D-Zero experiment at the Fermilab Tevatron Collider in Batavia, Illinois, and later the CMS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the CERN laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland, maintaining uninterrupted NSF funding. He is the co-spokesperson of the Coordinated Theoretical-Experimental Project on QCD (CTEQ) Collaboration, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and a Senior Fellow of the LHC Physics Center at Fermilab. Professor Varelas was a member of the team of scientists who discovered the Higgs boson in July 2012. He has held several prominent positions in the field including member of the Executive Committee of the American Physical Society’s Division of Particles and Fields and chair of the Fermilab Users Executive Committee. Professor Varelas has received several UIC honors including University of Illinois Scholar, LAS Outstanding Faculty Award, LAS Faculty Service Award, and a UIC Teaching Recognition Program Award. His publications exceed 900 articles, along with numerous invited presentations at international conferences, and over 40 conferences, workshops, and summer schools that he has co-organized.

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