MEDIA ADVISORY: Purdue researchers part of search for Higgs boson; attending Wednesday announcement

July 3, 2012  

Scientists will announce news of the hunt for the Higgs boson at 3 a.m. Wednesday (July 4) at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland.

The announcement will be available via webcast at

Purdue University's particle physics group has been part of the more than two-decade search for the elusive particle, which could confirm the standard model of physics and provide insight into how the universe formed.

Daniela Bortoletto, the Edward Purcell Distinguished Professor of Physics and U.S. upgrade coordinator of the U.S. CMS experiment, and Ian Shipsey, the Julian Schwinger Distinguished Professor of Physics and co-coordinator of the LHC Physics Center at Fermilab, played significant roles in the experiment and are attending the announcement. Bortoletto and Shipsey are available for interview via telephone, SKYPE and email.

No embargoed information will be released prior to the announcement. Bortoletto and Shipsey cannot discuss the current results until after the announcement.

Writer: Elizabeth K. Gardner, 765-494-2081,

Sources: Daniela Bortoletto, (CERN) 011 41-76-487-8773,, (SKYPE) daniela.bortoletto

              Ian Shipsey,, (SKYPE) ian.shipsey

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