Field phone calls and emails as the full-time representative at D0 for LaTech
Test and/or calibrate electronics
Install detector hardware
Develop and write computer for simulation purposes
Call up distributors at the last minute for parts of which we ran out
Attend weekly weekings on detector installation, electronics and/or software development
Take a radiation and/or safety training class
Cut, connectorize, label and lay cables for signal, power and calibration
Build and update the web page for our sub-detector group
The tasks vary, and once the proton-antiproton beams begin colliding, my role will
probably change. In the meanwhile, I do everything I can to make sure that our
sub-detector is ready, and if a task is beyond my skill or experience, I seek out
an expert. My primary purpose here is to advance my training and education
because a physicist never stops learning.
I am often asked why I chose physics. I had other interests, including music,
math, history and chemistry. However, I found physics to be the most challenging.
I don't always enjoy struggling with an equation, or tracing a bug in my
computer code, but there is an almost inexplicable reward once you arrive
at a solution.
So, what does any of the above have to do with genealogy? First, let me digress with a