Carleton University’s Manuella Vincter, professor in the Department of Physics, has been reappointed for another term as deputy spokesperson for ATLAS at CERN, the European organization for nuclear research.

Vincter’s mandate will be extended until March 2023, when she will have served as deputy for two different spokespeople, an unprecedented achievement in ATLAS. Her ongoing role will continue to connect Carleton to the global scientific community and its groundbreaking research.

“We are very proud of Manuella’s exceptional accomplishments on the world stage,” said Carleton University President Benoit-Antoine Bacon. “As we emphasize in our new Strategic Integrated Plan, Carleton is well positioned to increase its international research and impact. Manuella and our fantastic team of researchers at CERN are leading the way.”

The ATLAS experiment based at the CERN Laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland is an experimental particle physics endeavour that uses high-energy proton collisions from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) to reproduce conditions of the early universe less than a billionth of a second after the big bang.

The ATLAS collaboration consists of approximately 5,500 members, including close to 2,500 PhD-holding physicists and 1,700 graduate students from 234 institutes and 38 countries.

Vincter’s mandate includes working with stakeholders to ensure proper operation of the detector and quality of data for use in physics analyses. She also works with the ATLAS Speakers’ Committee to select speakers and delegates for conferences, writes scientific papers and policies related to the experiment, and ensures everyone involved is on the same page.

Before COVID-19 and travel restrictions, Vincter would regularly host visitors from around the world to explain the work being done, why it’s important and how their country is contributing. While that isn’t possible now, Vincter and her team have been hosting virtual events and livestreams on social media to highlight key aspects of the experiment and answer viewer questions.

“In my second term, the emphasis on what we do within ATLAS is going to evolve,” said Vincter, adding that she is grateful for the support she has received from Carleton.

“Once COVID-19 is over and our colleagues can start coming back, it’s going to be so much fun and very different from the first term.”

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