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Physicist Huston Named MSU Foundation Professor


Joey Huston, professor of physics and astronomy at Michigan State University has been awarded the designation of MSU Foundation Professor.

The MSU Foundation Professor title is designated for individuals who combine externally recognized, exemplary scholarly accomplishment and/or potential, with clear professional relevance to specific areas of MSU scholarly need, disciplinary development, or research or creative emphasis. Consideration is also given to teaching innovation and excellence.

Huston, who has been a faculty member at MSU since 1986, is an internationally renowned expert in experimental high energy physics. He specializes in the field of high energy physics phenomenology, which links mathematical models with experimental particle physics.

He is a member of the Higgs Cross Section Working Group and of the PDF4LHC Working Group at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) in Geneva, Switzerland. Huston has played an instrumental role in global parton distribution fits, and in standard model and Higgs boson analyses in the ATLAS (A Toroidal LHC ApparatuS) experiment.

Huston is a fellow of the American Physical Society and served six years as co-spokesperson of the Coordinated Theoretical Experimental Project on QCD Collaboration. He is also a visiting professor at the Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology at Durham University in the United Kingdom.

He has published more than 1,300 publications and is currently completing a book for Oxford University Press on quantum chromodynamics (QCD) at the LHC. He received his bachelor’s degree in physics from Carnegie-Mellon University and his doctorate in experimental high energy physics from the University of Rochester.

– Photo (above, right): The ATLAS experiment at CERN

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