Eugene catches "Particle Fever"

An April 21 screening of the film "Particle Fever" at the Bijou Metro in downtown Eugene was followed by a discussion led by UO theoretical physicist Graham Kribs and featuring fellow UO physicist panel members Jim Brau, Spencer Chang and Stephanie Majewski. The film follows six scientists during the launch of the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva, Switzerland, and examines the search for the Higgs boson particle. The screening was put together by Kribs, a friend and colleague of the film's producer, David E. Kaplan, a professor of physics at Johns Hopkins University. Kribs played matchmaker between the Bijou and the film distributor and organized a Q&A panel. Theoretical physicists Chang and Kribs, in the UO Institute of Theoretical Science, along with their experimental colleagues Brau and Majewski, in the  UO Center for High Energy Physics  played a collaborative role in the project, which seeks to explain the origin of all matter. The screening was followed an hour-long physics discussion. "There were many questions and they kept coming," Brau said.