Poor Visibility for High Energy Physics (HEP) at US Universities 

So, I started the blog to raise the visibility of the US contribution to scientific research worldwide. My particular focus is High Energy Physics (HEP). I believe that most of the work is invisible to the public. Rarely if ever will you see anything in the New York Times, Washington Post, Time, Newsweek, CNN, even National Public Radio. TV is actually better. Recently, I have seen The Atom Smashers about Fermilab, and The Big Bang Machine about the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.

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View of the Large Hadron Collider (Cern)

In order to facilitate bringing this news forward, I have corralled as many of the social networking utilities at each institution as possible. This means Facebook, Twitter, RSS feeds.

Our twenty some national laboratories supported by the US Department of Energy have done a great job with the use of these utilities.
Our universities? No where close. I have a list, from CERN’s Graybook, which lists the US institutions contributing people and material to the LHC.

I went through the list, each and every link, to try and capture any sort of social media links from the universities that I could find. They were few and far between. And, these are great web sites packed with information. These are great institutions. Who knows they are there? Outside of the scientific community? If any of the institutions on this list do in fact have any social media utility, I would hope that they would let me know, either in a comment here or by email. I just want to get the news out.

So, I am going through the list again here, to put up the links, so that anyone who would want to see what is happening can have a look. At the same time, I will be collecting email addresses for webmasters to let them know about this post. Please note: there in no implication here that the D.O.E is or is not supporting work in any university.

There is much more going on than HEP at our D.O.E supported labs and our universities. My blog will include as many items where the US makes a contribution as I can. There is no way that this will be exhaustive, I am working alone in my “cave”. Yesterday, one post was about grass. A previous post was about a high school senior who worked 40 hour a week at Fermilab one Summer and really did solid work. And, there was one about Morris Bullock and a book he edited which just might save our society a ton of money and resources.

So, here we go, from the Graybook list:

California Polytechnic State University
Ohio State University
University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Wayne State University
Yale University
Boston University
Brandeis University no contact email
California State University- Fresno
Columbia University
Duke University
Hampton University no contact email
Iowa State University
Louisiana Tech University.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Michigan State University
NYU Experimental Particle Physics Group
Northern Illinois University
The University at Albany (SUNY)
The State University at Stony Brook (SUNY)
Tufts University
University of Arizona
University of California – Irvine
University of California – Santa Cruz
University of Chicago – High Energy Physics
University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign
University of Iowa
University of Massachusetts -Amherst
University of Michigan
University of New Mexico
University of Oklahoma
University of Oregon
University of Pennsylvania – High Energy Physics
University of Pittsburgh
University of South Carolina
University of Texas – Arlington
University of Texas – Dallas
University of Washington
University of Wisconsin – Madison
Baylor University
Brown University
California Institute of Technology
Carnegie Mellon University
Cornell University
Johns Hopkins University no email located
Northeastern University
Northwestern University
Princeton University
Rice University
The Rockefeller University
Rutgers University previously contacted
The State University at Buffalo (SUNY)
Texas A&M University
Texas Tech University
University of California – Davis
University of California – Los Angeles
University of California – Riverside
University of California – San Diego
University of California – Santa Barbara
University of Maryland
University of Minnesota
University of Rochester
Syracuse University
Case Western Reserve University

As I said above, these are great institutions doing great work. Their web sites are packed with really great news about projects and the people who work on them. But, they are not doing anything with social media to spread their message. I think that this is a mistake. Practically every institution on this list got a private email telling them about this post and asking for any corrections.

When you visit these sites, you will learn that scientific research is a worldwide affair, But the US is making a considerable conrtibution.

Have a look.