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This website and series of status reports is presented for folks who are interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, the study of our universe, foreign travel and enjoying something fascinating, energizing and uplifting happening during August 2009 in Italy (NASA satellite photo) involving California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo students. Here is an opportunity to experience cutting-edge physics research by local college students on the other side of the Earth, far from San Luis Obispo County.
Cal Poly Physics senior's Robin Reil (Atascadero, CA) and Ali Goodsell (Mountain View, CA) spent the month of August 2009 working as research interns at the Gran Sasso National Laboratory (LNGS) in Assergi, Italy, 75 miles east of Rome. LNGS is the world's largest underground particle physics and nuclear astrophysics research facility 4,600 feet beneath the Gran Sasso Mountain (photo). Robin and Ali are supporting neutrino energy research involved in the Cryogenic Underground Observatory for Rare Events (CUORE) project.
Cal Poly Physics Professor Dr. Thomas Gutierrez accompanied them the first week to get them settled at the facility and perform research related activities. Tom is the lead research scientist on this project for Cal Poly, having made numerous trips to LNGS in past years with prior students who also supported this research work. Cal Poly's involvement in supporting this research work began in 2007.
Funding for this project is provided by the National Science Foundation.
This website provides insight into the August 2009 trip, neutrino research, and other activities that Tom, Robin and Ali experienced during this adventure. The foundation for this reporting is information provided by the team via occasional email reports and Skype video chats.