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Katherine Copic

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Katherine Copic

I work for Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory as a staff scientist as part of the ATLAS collaboration. ATLAS is one of the detectors taking data at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. I work with my group on understanding the first collision data from the LHC taken in 2010 and now in 2011. We are looking for processes we know should be there, as well as searching for new ones! For the first four years I was on ATLAS, I was a postdoc with the Columbia group. I spent about two years at CERN working on the Liquid Argon Calorimeter - one of the key subsystems of ATLAS. Then, I was the contact person on ATLAS for the first searches for new heavy particles in the di-electron and di-muon channels. I also worked on understanding the high-pT electrons and muons used for these searches, especially for the electron channel. Now I'm involved with a new analysis looking for a fourth generation of quarks.

Before working at Columbia, I got my Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Michigan. I worked on the CDF Experiment at Fermilab. You can read about what I did on CDF in a description of my thesis for the general public. I did my undergraduate work at Cornell University, and I worked one year between undergrad and grad school at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, working with the Babar collaboration and doing my first ATLAS work in 2000-2001.

At LBNL, in addition to my ATLAS work, I'm taking on a new role working on the PDG.

I travel a lot, especially between San Francisco, where I live now with my husband, and Geneva, Switzerland, where CERN is. I go home to Cleveland, Ohio, where I grew up, and we travel to visit family and friends in other places I love: NYC, Seattle, Chicago, Philadelphia, Rochester, NY... just to name a few places. I also cook a lot and try to take advantage of the places I am living/visiting, either doing things in the city or in the mountains nearby.

You can find out more about me and what brought me to CERN in my profile in the ATLAS e-News. My webpage has more details about my work.