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Steven Alkire, PhD

Columbia University
Particle physicist and Seattle native, I return from a 6-year journey taking me to the other side of the world into the beating heart of Big Science, the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Switzerland. Along with a team composed of the young, gifted, and elite from Columbia, Harvard, Stanford, Berkeley, and many more, I have probed the fundamental structure of the universe at the highest energies achievable by man and live to tell about it.

At the limits of theoretical physics, computing, machine learning, and human collaboration lies an experiment where we smash protons traveling near the speed of light together 40 million times per second in the hope of plucking free a fundamental thread never before observed from the fabric of the universe.
Dark matter, strings, grand unified theories, extra dimensions and all that—ask me about what we found and how we managed to make it all work.

What really excites me now is the change and opportunity I have come home to. I hope soon to join the rich and vibrant community of innovation that has flourished here in my home while I was away!
Monday, October 2
 

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Tuesday, October 3
 

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Wednesday, October 4
 

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