Higgs boson bandwagon gets crowded in wake of Nobel Prize in Physics news

Universities scramble to get their credit

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This week's news that researchers Francois Englert and Peter Higgs are the 2013 recipients of the Nobel Prize in Physics for their predictions about the Higgs boson's existence has generated a swarm of follow-up announcements by universities looking to get their due regarding the God particle.

Wayne State University exclaimed in a press release titled "Wayne State University part of scientific team celebrating Nobel Prize for Higgs Discovery" that a couple of physics professors at the Detroit school are members of the CMS (Compact Muon Solenoid) experiment at CERN, the scene of last year's big Higgs boson discovery, "and played a significant role in the experimental aspects of the discovery." Also, a pair of Wayne State particle theorists contributed important work.

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Separately, New York University touted "NYU Physicists, part of Higgs boson Discovery, Available for Comment on 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics." According to the school's press pitch, "The NYU group searched for evidence of the Higgs boson using data collected by the Large Hadron Collider, developed statistical tools and methodology used to claim the discovery, and performed measurements of the new particle establishing that it is indeed the Higgs boson."

Not to be left out, Johns Hopkins University chimed in with a release headlined "Johns Hopkins Physicists Play Critical Role in Higgs Boson Discovery." Hopkins physicists were members of one of two teams in search of the Higgs boson at the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva.  Meanwhile, Princeton University boasted: "Nobel Prize for Higgs boson fueled by the work of thousands, including key Princeton physicists."

We can claim no such credit for any of this, though have at least collected a running list of the tech industry's major awards and prizes doled out this year. Guess it's time to add the Nobel Prizes to it, or at least the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, which went to three researchers for their work in computer modeling.

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