Florida Tech Research Year In Review, Part 2

As we wrap up 2018, here are some research highlights and news coverage on Florida Tech from this year.

This is the magnet in the Compact Muon Solenoid detector. Scientists from Florida Tech and elsewhere used the CMS to reveal how strongly the Higgs boson interacts with the top quark. (Photo courtesy of CERN.)

-An observation made by an experiment at the Large Hadron Collider involving Florida Institute of Technology physicists Francisco Yumiceva, Marcus Hohlmann and Marc Baarmand has for the first time connected the two heaviest elementary particles of the Standard Model.

Using the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) detector, which acts as a giant, high-speed camera taking 3-D ‘photographs’ of particle collisions from all directions up to 40 million times each second, scientists at the CERN-based collider near Geneva, Switzerland, announced findings that reveal how strongly the Higgs boson interacts with the heaviest known elementary particle, the top quark.

-The STEM-Liner Experience was put together by the Dallas Independent School District. 40 students were hand-selected to fly to the Space Coast and make a special stop at Florida Tech.

-Marine biologist Toby Daly-Engel led a team that discovered the Atlantic sixgill shark, featuring saw-like lower teeth and previously classified with the Indian and Pacific sixgill shark. The discovery was tweeted by Stephen Colbert, featured in American publications such as Fox News, National Geographic, USA Today (And Gannett related publications such as Florida Today and the Arizona Republic), Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News, and international publications from Belize, Brazil, Canada, England, Egypt, France, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Italy, Russia, Singapore, Sweden, Turkey and United Arab Emirates.

-Ocean Engineering and Marine Sciences professor Mark Bush discussed the effect of declining water levels at Lake Titicaca and the affect it might have in the future in National Geographic’s story on drying lakes as a result of climate change.

-Research from Florida Tech revealed fish born in marine reserves where fishing is prohibited grow to be larger, healthier and more successful at reproduction. The discovery was published in Phys.org, London-based online science journal ScienMag, and X-Ray magazine, an international diving magazine with about half a million annual unique visitors.

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