Physics Colloquium: Tony Liss, "What have we learned from the LHC?"

Wednesday, December 2, 2020 from 04:00 PM to 05:00 PM

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Physics Colloquium

What Have We Learned from the LHC?

Tony M. Liss, PhD

Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

The City College of New York



The Large Hadron Collider at CERN has completed Run 2, with almost 160 fb-1 of data delivered to the two big experiments, ATLAS and CMS. In 2012 the Higgs boson was discovered and has now been studied in some detail and appears to be consistent with the Standard Model Higgs boson. Many, many searches for physics beyond the Standard Model have been performed and come up empty. So what’s next? I will review the reasons why we believe there is physics beyond that described by the Standard Model, what the data tell us about where it might be, and what’s next at the LHC.



Dr. Tony M. Liss, an internationally known physicist with research experience at the world’s highest energy accelerators, is The City College of New York’s provost. Dr. Liss had served as interim provost and senior vice president for academic affairs since March 2018.  Provost Liss continues to help lead the 172-year-old CCNY that is now classified in the “Doctoral Universities: High Research” category by The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education ®.

Dr. Liss joined CCNY in fall 2013 as the first Martin and Michele Cohen Dean of Science. During his tenure as Dean, he reinforced the Division of Science’s five departments with dynamic research-active faculty; oversaw the opening of a new complex of science buildings on CCNY’s South Campus, and tirelessly championed faculty, student and staff success.

Globally, Dr. Liss is renowned for his research in high-energy physics at the world’s highest energy accelerators, including the Large Hadron Collider at CERN and the Collider Detector at Fermilab (CDF). He led groundbreaking research that resulted in the discovery of a new fundamental particle, the top quark, and he is a member of the ATLAS Collaboration that co-discovered the Higgs Boson in 2012.  Before coming to CCNY, Dr. Liss was a professor of physics at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, whose faculty he joined in 1988. Provost Liss earned his PhD in physics from the University of California – Berkeley in 1984 and holds a BA in physics from The Johns Hopkins University. 

He is a fellow of the American Physical Society, a member of the New York Academy of Sciences and serves on the boards of the New York Structural Biology Center and Science and Arts Engagement New York.