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Contact: Peter Genzer, (631) 344-3174  |  Written by Chelsea Whyteshare:

Media Advisory: Screening of Particle Fever at Cinema Arts Centre on May 18 Presented by Brookhaven National Laboratory

Photo of Particle Fever movie poster

WHEN: 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 18, 2014

WHERE: Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave, Huntington, NY 11743

DETAILS: Tickets are $10 for Cinema Arts Centre members and $15 for the general public. All tickets include a post-screening reception where the panel scientists will join the audience for casual conversation over wine and cheese.           

EVENT: Particle Fever gives audiences a behind-the-scenes view of scientists working to discover the origin and makeup of matter in the universe at the world's largest and most powerful particle collider at CERN in Switzerland.

The film follows six scientists during the launch of the Large Hadron Collider, a 17-mile ring of superconducting magnets that make up the biggest and most expensive experiment in history. This is the story of over 10,000 scientists from over 100 countries joining together to pry free the mysteries of the cosmos by recreating the conditions that existed just moments after the Big Bang and attempting to find the elusive Higgs boson, a particle key to the makeup of matter across the universe.

Directed by Mark Levinson, a physicist turned filmmaker, and masterfully edited by Walter Murch (Apocalypse Now, The English Patient), Particle Fever is a celebration of discovery, revealing the human stories behind this epic machine.

Stephen Holden of The New York Times said, "This movie about one of the greatest scientific ventures in history is a mind blower."

Scientists involved in the panel discussion:

  • Howard Gordon, an experimental high energy physicist at Brookhaven National Laboratory, where he is a senior scientist and deputy chair of the BNL Physics Department. He has worked on the ATLAS experiment at the LHC since 1994 and also serves as the chair of the ATLAS Collaboration Board, which has representatives from almost 180 institutions in 38 countries.
  • Ketevi Adikle Assamagan is an experimental particle physicist at Brookhaven National Laboratory. Ketevi started working on the ATLAS experiment in 1998, and held the positions of ATLAS muon spectrometer software coordinator, ATLAS physics analysis tools coordinator and ATLAS Higgs working group convener.
  • John Hobbs is a physics professor at Stony Brook University and a senior physicist at Brookhaven National Laboratory. He has been working on the ATLAS experiment since 1998, searching for the Higgs boson and supersymmetry particles.
  • Denis Damazio is a Brookhaven physicist working on the ATLAS experiment at CERN. He develops software and algorithms that called triggers, which help particle detectors search for out-of-the ordinary particles in the debris from head-on collisions of high-energy particle beams. He will join the conversation from CERN via Skype.

To view the movie trailer for Particle Fever, please visit:

Media interested in attending are asked to RSVP to Chelsea Whyte,, (631) 344-8671 or Peter Genzer,, (631) 344-3174.

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