Science Hack Day [SHD] is a 48-hour-all-night event where anyone excited about making weird, silly or serious things with science comes together in the same physical space to see what they can prototype within 24 consecutive hours. Designers, developers, scientists and anyone who is excited about making things with science are welcome to attend – no experience in science or hacking is necessary, just an insatiable curiosity.
Guest post by Charlotte Jones, high-school student from Campion School, UK
Last week, I was lucky enough to spend an amazing week on work experience with Dave Barney of CMS, doing lots of real work including in the underground caverns of the detector!
Guest post by Federico De Guio.
Guest post by Sudhir Malik, University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez
The CMS Physics Analysis Toolkit (PAT) tutorial, the fifteenth edition of which ran from 30 June to 5 July, has come a long way. Started January 2009, these tutorials have trained around 500 CMS physicists to use CMSSW, the CMS software framework for physics analyses.
CMS organised a special introductory session for newcomers and young members of our collaboration on 17 and 18 July. Two PhD students, Juska Pekkanen (Helsinki Institute of Physics & University of Helsinki) and Nairit Sur (Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai), recount their experience in this guest post.
Guest post by Abhishek Anand, from Delhi Public School, New Delhi, India
Guest post by Teodora Nikolova, communications-in-charge for the Bulgarian CMS Virtual Visit
On 29 May, together with my colleagues and a group of enthusiastic students from Bulgaria, we descended 100 metres underground to visit places where only CERN collaborators have access rights.
The global runs are always occasions of hard work and great fun at Point 5, the CERN site where the CMS detector is located. If you come to visit the Control Room and the surface area during these periods you will certainly be struck by the number of people and cars on site.
Picture it: more than 200 volunteers, several tiring weeks of preparations, over 4500 visitors and lots of happy faces!
Happy birthday CERN!
2014 marks a special occasion for CERN: its 60th anniversary. To celebrate, CMS opened our doors to our neighbours for an entire weekend (24 and 25 May) and the response thrilled us.
On 28 March at around nine in the evening, I boarded a flight bound for the Philippines at Geneva airport. I have been there many times in the past to visit my extended family but this trip was different. I was part of the organising committee for the first CERN School Philippines, an eight-day event that brought together lecturers from CERN, Taiwan, and the Philippines itself, with the goal of strengthening national, regional, and international ties in theoretical and experimental particle physics.