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Particle physics Peeps, oh my!

04/14/09
Renee Basick, MLA'05; David Pickett, AB'07

Renee Basick,  MLA'05; David Pickett, AB'07       Professor “Nambunny” is accompanied on stage by President “Zucker"* as he receives the Nobel Prize Medal from the “Sweet-ish” Ambassador at International House on December 10, 2008. The event is filmed and broadcast live by the University of Chicago Media Initiatives Group.                                                         *zucker is German for sugar 

 Americans have many Easter traditions, none probably as odd as our hobby of doing quirky things with Peeps, colored, sugar-coated marshmallow staples of most Easter baskets.

The original candy designs of bunnies and chickens have been exploded in countless microwaves and used like dolls action figures. In the last few years, a growing segment of the population has taken to creating Peep dioramas of pop culture events, architectural icons and now particle physics notables.

 The University of Chicago Magazine's Flickr site and its alumni have taken the lead on the marshmallowization of HEP culture.

Robert Scherrer, PhD'87; Lucy Scherrer (age 11)

Robert Scherrer, PhD'87; Lucy Scherrer (age 11)

Take a look at two of their photos featuring the 2008 Nobel Prize ceremony and Enrico Fermi, who worked at the University of Chicago and gave his namesake to Fermilab in the Chicago suburbs. 

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory have connections to the research leading to and emerging from the work on symmetry breaking that lead to the Nobel Prize for Yoichiro Nambu, Makoto Kobayashi and Toshihide Maskawa.

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