Scientists estimate that visible matter makes up no more than four
percent of the total mass of the universe, and the recently discovered
Higgs boson particle could be a bridge to understanding the 96 percent
that remains obscured. Professors Paul Karchin and Robert Harr of
the Wayne State University Department of Physics and Astronomy made
important contributions to the search for the Higgs boson through their
work at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland and at Fermilab in Illinois. Their
team was responsible for operation of the cathode strip chambers that
are a key part of the Compact Muon Solenoid experiment at CERN.
At Wayne State, our reputation for academic excellence begins with the
men and women of our faculty. Their research is changing the world;
their teaching and mentoring skills are changing students' lives.
October 4 • 2012