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The Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to two scientists - Peter Higgs and Francois Englert - for their role in the discovery of the Higgs boson, the so-called 'God particle.' Dr. Neeti Parashar, a physics professor at Purdue Calumet in Hammond, was among the thousands of research collaborators who contributed to last year's announcement that the newly-observed subatomic particle could be the Higgs boson. In the 1960s, Higgs and Englert theorized the existence of the subatomic particle. Last year it was actually 'observed' at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland. What the two scientists proposed was a way of explaining why the most basic building blocks of the Universe have mass. Professor Higgs said he's "overwhelmed" by today's announcement and hopes the recognition will help raise awareness of the value of what he termed "blue-sky research." Purdue Calumet is holdking a news conference for this afternoon to recognize the contributions of Dr. Parashar. [Photo/Purdue Calumet]
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