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James Faulkner

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I have been a Texan my whole life and will always be Texan in heart. I was first inspired to be a physicist after the release of the movie Armageddon, and took part in an internship at NASA while in high school. I became dedicated to physics after sitting through an inspirational science class in high school, where the instructor not only taught, but also demonstrated, physics. A good episode of MythBusters did not hurt, either! I did my undergraduate studies in physics, with a specialization in astrophysics, and mathematics at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology. It was here that I got to meet the MythBusters personally while working for the Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center (EMRTC) - a heaven for people who like testing explosions, watching explosions, or sifting through debris from explosions!

Wanting to be a part of the high energy physics happening at the LHC, while keeping close to my love for astrophysics, I began working on my Ph.D. at Texas Tech University. Since joining the TTU HEP group, I have traveled to FNAL, as well as CERN - that is a graduate experience to write home about! My studies have been with triple gauge boson production, along with anomalous quartic gauge coupling (aQGC). I am also working with calibration efforts for the Hadronic Calorimeter (HCAL) for the CMS experiment during the first Long Shutdown (LS1).

Aside from work, I am happily married and we have a Husky, a Lab-mix, a cat, and two poison dart frogs. I enjoy the great NFL, a variety of outdoor sports and activities, coin collecting, movie theaters, and '80's rock.