She's a Scientist: Peisi Huang
The University of Nebraska–Lincoln recently received a 51-million-dollar grant from the National Science Foundation to study what happens when high-energy particles collide. It’s research that someday may unlock the secrets of the universe, and it’s already inspired one woman to think way outside the box.
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[00:00:04.930]So I am a theoretical particle physicist.
[00:00:07.800]I work to understand fundamental particles
[00:00:10.600]and their interactions.
[00:00:12.110]Peisi Huang works to understand
[00:00:14.240]the history of the universe
[00:00:15.800]and solve mysteries like dark matter,
[00:00:18.220]which can't be seen,
[00:00:19.390]but outweighs visible matter in the universe
[00:00:21.690]by more than five to one.
[00:00:23.550]I think it's more like solving a puzzle,
[00:00:26.960]like a super big puzzle
[00:00:29.180]without even know what the picture is.
[00:00:32.080]So, how to put things together to get to that big picture,
[00:00:36.690]I think that's what I find most exciting.
[00:00:40.460]Huang started college as an engineering major.
[00:00:43.300]Then, she learned about the high energy physics research
[00:00:46.110]happening at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.
[00:00:49.510]The Large Hadron Collider is like...
[00:00:51.860]They accelerate protons to almost the speed of light.
[00:00:55.360]That's amazing, right?
[00:00:56.820]And then they collide the protons.
[00:00:58.670]And I was totally attracted by that.
[00:01:01.260]I feel like, "Oh, that's something I want to build,
[00:01:03.720]I want to be part in."
[00:01:05.370]CERN sparked her imagination
[00:01:07.250]and she went into physics.
[00:01:08.720]Today, Huang hopes her computer models
[00:01:10.960]will predict the results of future experiments
[00:01:13.390]at the Large Hadron Collider
[00:01:15.150]and add one more piece to the puzzle.
[00:01:18.180]Maybe one experiment will say one of my models is true,
[00:01:21.990]so that would be super exciting. (laughs)
[00:01:24.090]Huang hopes she serves as a role model
[00:01:26.110]to young women who want to explore
[00:01:27.730]their interests in science.
[00:01:29.690]She says it's never too early to introduce science to girls.
[00:01:33.280]Even her three-year-old daughter
[00:01:34.950]is showing some curiosity about the universe.
[00:01:37.770]So she has the interest on the solar system right now,
[00:01:41.000]but I guess for a three-year-old,
[00:01:42.560]that can not compete with riding a bike outside. (laughs)
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