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In the News: KU student present for historic announcement

July 16, 2012

KUTZTOWN, PA - Peter Koufalis, a mathematics and physics major at KU, was present among 300 of the world's foremost scientists at CERN, the European nuclear research center near Geneva, for the announcement of the discovery of the Higgs boson. This particle is also dubbed the "God particle," as scientists believe it holds the key to explaining the origin of life in our universe.

"We had, undoubtedly, just experienced an historic event," Koufalis told the Reading Eagle. "My heart skipped a few beats."

Kunal Das, a physics professor at KU, says that Koufalis is an exceptional student whose academic work is being recognized by graduate schools across the country.

"His timing was great," Das said of Koufalis being in Geneva when the announcement of the Higgs particle came. "It's not often that a student gets such an opportunity."

Read more: KU student at heart of matter in historic moment (Reading Eagle)