HOU founder Carl Pennypacker is a colleague of 2011 Physics Nobel prize-winner Saul Perlmutter. In December 2011, Carl and his wife accompanied the Perlmutters to Stockholm, Sweden, for the Nobel Prize ceremony and festivities.
A news article about the prize:
The following are pictures and thoughts shared by Carl about his experiences.
December 10, 2011 1:12:39 AM PST
Dear HOU Teachers, Students, and Friends,
I am now in Stockholm, catching up after a whirlwind of events and activities. I attach pictures of Saul's Nobel Lecture at Stockholm University, and some other images. Rich Muller is with Saul and I ( Rich Muller was the founder of the Berkeley Supernova Searches). I am highlighted in a couple of pictures from Saul's lecture. Tonight is the prize ceremony and Banquet, and then a ball from midnight on!! It is very exciting and wonderful to see science so respected and honored in a nation... Everyone -- from taxi driver to airline flight attendent to all hotel staff know about the prize and am in awe that I am included!! This makes me sentimental about good old days in the United States in terms of our nation's once well-funded science and education establishment.
HOU TRA and founder of Global HOU Jan Engstedt and his spouse Lena are kindly hosting (and largely taking care of) my spouse Susan and I.
Here is a web site that gives a sense of the flurry here:
At a Nobel reception last night, I spent about a half hour with Sect. of Energy Steve Chu, who is a Laureate. Later I will tell him more about opportunities of HOU in the US...
Anyway, I thank all of you HOU teachers who I think embody much of the passion and spirit that went into the prize -- the desire to do important things, to take risks, and to keep going in spite of resistance from the usual sources. All of these we embodied/encountered in out march to Stockholm -- I think we are solving problem after problem in HOU, and it will only get better around the US and the World! (if we win the Nobel Peace Prize, we all get to go to Oslo!!).
Onwards and Thanks!
Hello Good HOU Teachers, Students, and Other Friends,
The Nobel Ceremonies are slowly winding down. Only two more parties, and one public presentation on accelerating Universe left. I must surrender my white tie and tails at that point...
Here are some good sites of post-ceremony banquet
and to here for Saul's [speech]:
...It is really neat to get together with our team, which has run for over 30 years now! And we still get along, and I have lots of new ideas for experiments for future cosmologists -- students hopefully being inspired by HOU now.
My spouse Susan and I had to quit at 1 AM (this morning) from the post-banquet dancing, and we did not go the Midnight ball sponsored by the students. We were too worn out!
As I said before, Sweden loves the Prize and Swedish people respect science and science teachers!
December 11, 2011 9:22:12 AM PST
Hello Good HOU Teachers, Students, and Friends,
One last item from last night: Saul Perlmutter's spouse -- Prof. Laura Nelson of California State University East Bay - escorted the King into the banquet in the Town Hall! Here is a video, with the King and Professor Nelson coming down first:
http://svt.se/2.146551/ -- please scroll about 1/3 of the way down -- you will see the words
"Steg för steg, ner för trappan" (step by step downstairs)
and you will see a picture of Laura and the King on the stairway, and you can play it (with only Swedish commentary -- sorry about that).
Saul gives a really nice summary speech about 1/5 of the way down the page, click the image over the words:
(this time in English!!)
I am at a table near the back -- maybe you can spot me! It was a grand show!
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