I’m a native Californian doing two years of graduate study in theoretical physics in the United Kingdom under a Marshall scholarship. From 2006-2007 I did Part III of the Mathematics Tripos at the University of Cambridge and until 2008 I will be doing a M.Sc. in particle theory at the Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology at Durham University. During this year I will also spend some time as a visiting researcher with the Theoretical Physics Division of the University of Ioannina in Greece. I will return to the US in 2008 to complete a Ph.D. in physics.

The purpose of this blog is to document my experiences in the UK as an American expatriate studying physics. I hope to post about culture shock, differences in pedagogy, interesting physics topics, living in the UK, and a few random topics of tangential relevance. Prior to September 2006 this was a ‘practice blog’ titled “A Stanford Physics Student in Berkeley” in which I wrote about living in Berkeley, California the summer after completing my undergraduate degree.

My research field is `beyond the Standard Model particle phenomenology’. I’m interested in the new physics at current and next-generation particle accelerators. My current (and broad) topics of interest are supersymmetric/extra dimensional models, grand unification, and CP violation/flavour physics.

Unless otherwise noted, the content and opinions in this blog are expressly my own and do not necessarily reflect upon the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission, the University of Cambridge, Durham University, the University of Ioannina, the University of California, Stanford University, or any other organization or body explicitly mentioned or otherwise.

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