Author Archives: Michel

PhD thesis writing: a humility lesson

So… This is what I’ve been up to for the last 3 months. My PhD thesis recently grew to have more pages than my Master’s thesis, without having nearly as many figures. I remember writing the Master’s being a tough … Continue reading

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A Dream Came True!

I really wasn’t expecting this. My girlfriend got me the most awesome gift ever during the holidays, something I’ve wanted for years. Here it is: It’s a Canon EOS 6D. This bad boy is capable of impossible things. I’m probably … Continue reading

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My First Recorded Seminar at LBNL

I’ve been rather busy in the last few weeks planning my transition from a mere student to a slightly elevated status in the academic world: post-doc researcher. This involves concluding the PhD with the long and laborious writing of a … Continue reading

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ATLAS now has a new result out there, and it’s the one I’ve been working on for the past 2 years! I still need to assess how much I can talk about the nitty gritty details of our analysis, I … Continue reading

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Being a graduate student within the ATLAS collaboration

Hey! It’s been a while! The analysis I have been working on should be coming to an end at some point this Fall. The last year has been a hell of a ride, but we’re soon going to reap the … Continue reading

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Signs of life

I’m back in Vancouver. I’m about to start writing my PhD thesis soon. The last 4 months have been rather intense, but very rewarding. I can’t tell the whole story just yet, because it hasn’t ended yet. I don’t know … Continue reading

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Explaining the Higgs boson discovery on the Up-Goer Five Text Editor

The Up-Goer Five Text Editor will check every word you type and make sure it is part of the 10,000 most common words used. It’s fun and frustrating to play with. I took a crack at explaining the Higgs boson discovery … Continue reading

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