Bloom is an experimental particle physicist, with interests in top-quark physics, weak interactions and the Higgs boson. He’s been involved with particle-physics researcher for more than 25 years. He is among UNL physicists who work on the Large Hadron Collider at the CERN Laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland. In January 2015, he was appointed as manager of software and computing for the U.S. Compact Muon Solenoid project at the Large Hadron Collider.
Claes, chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, part of the Experimental High Energy Physics group, which studies the fundamental constituents of matter at the world’s highest-energy particle accelerator laboratories. His research interests include new phenomena beyond the Standard Model, including evidence of supersymmetry; b-tagging and the search for Standard Model Higgs; cosmic rays; and neutrino studies and direct dark matter searches. He is co-founder of the Cosmic Ray Observatory Project, a high school outreach effort.