Saturday, February 10: Particle Fever (2013)

  • 7pm at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater
  • Doors open at 6:30pm
  • $10 for Adults
  • $7 for Students with ID
  • Featuring:– Dr. Rick VanKooten, Executive Dean, College of Arts + Sciences \ Professor of Physics with activities presented by WonderLab before the film.

Dr. VanKooten will be speaking about the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) and introducing Particle Fever, a 2013 American documentary film tracking the first round of experiments at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) near Geneva, Switzerland. 

Individual Event Tickets can be purchased:

Particle Fever is a 2013 American documentary film tracking the first round of experiments at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) near Geneva, Switzerland. The film follows the experimental physicists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) who run the experiments, as well as the theoretical physicists who attempt to provide a conceptual framework for the LHC’s results. The film begins in 2008 with the first firing of the LHC and concludes in 2012 with the successful identification of the Higgs boson. Particle Fever is not rated.

Dr. Rick Van Kooten, first joined IU Bloomington as an assistant professor in 1993, and became the executive dean of the IUB College of Arts and Sciences on July 1, 2019. Before this appointment, he served for five years as chair of the Department of Physics and four years as the IU Bloomington vice provost for research, working across the campus as a passionate advocate for scholarly activity. During his tenure, research infrastructure for intelligent systems engineering was established, and funding for humanities research expanded significantly, as the campus secured grants from many sources, including the Luce and Mellon foundations and the National Endowment for the Humanities. In other areas, Van Kooten steered two of IU’s major 21st century initiatives, the Emerging Areas of Research and the IUB components of the Grand Challenges initiatives. The Emerging Areas of Research program has led to new centers of excellence in human and machine learning, quantum engineering and science, and sustainable food systems. The Grand Challenges are a five-year, over $200-million research initiative to address the big issues facing Indiana, such as environmental resilience, precision health, and addressing the addictions crisis.

Doors open 30 minutes before the movie to enjoy activities presented by WonderLab.

Presented in Partnership: Part of the Solar Eclipse Series presented by the Buskirk-Chumley Theater, WonderLab and Science on the Screen.The Science on Screen® initiative brings science to cinemas nationwide and is an initiative of the Coolidge Corner Theatre, with major support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. This series puts together creative pairings of current, classic, cult, and documentary films with lively introductions by notable figures from the world of science, technology, and medicine.