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  17-03-2007: THREE WOMEN AT THE HEAD OF FRONTEER  
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Marcella Diemoz
Marcella Diemoz

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Three Italian women are heading the scientific research that is being developed at the European physics laboratory, the Cern in Geneva. Here, the new particle accelerator (Lhc, Large Hadron Collider) is entering the final phase of the construction, which foresees the instalment of four experiments (called Atlas, Cms, Alice, Lhc-b) in its interior. Lhc is today the greatest scientific adventure in worldwide physics and it is also the greatest, most powerful and precise machine ever built in the history of humankind.
The nomination – which took place in the last few days – of Maria Curatolo as national coordinator for the Atlas experiment in the National Institute for Nuclear Physics (Infn) adds to the nomination of Marcella Diemoz, who since January 2007 is the national coordinator for the Cms experiment in the Infn with the charge of guiding a community of about 250 physicists. Finally, Fabiola Gianotti is the international vice-coordinator for the Atlas experiment, which collects about 1600 physicists coming from 165 universities and research institutes in the whole world.
The presence of these women who are elected by hundreds of colleagues on the basis of professional criteria is a reason to be proud for the whole Italian physics and for the National Institute for nuclear Physics.
“This is certainly a great result – comment Patrizia Cenci, president of the Committee for Equal Opportunities of the National Institute for Nuclear Physics – now it’s a question of continuing along this road in order to enhance even more the role of women in physics research”.

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES

Maria Curatolo

After earning her degree in Physics at the University of Roma “La Sapienza” in 1969, she worked in various experiments on several particle accelerators, from Adone (Lnf) to the Isr (Cern), to the Tevatron (Fnal) and Lhc (Cern).
In her research activity, she has contributed both to the construction of detectors and to the analysis of physical data. In particular, she has provided a significant contribution in the study of the characteristics of hadronic interactions between particles and of electron-weak interactions with production of W and Z bosons.
She has been assigned roles of great responsibility both in the experiments she took part in than in the Infn.
She was the coordinator for the Scientific Line 1 (accelerator physics) of the National Laboratories in Frascati (Lnf) and she is currently responsible for the research division at the Lnf.
In the Atlas experiment, which she took part in ever since the first stages of design about 15 years ago, she had responsibilities in the design, research and development and realization of the detector for the precision tracing of muons.
At the beginning of March she was elected national coordinator in the Infn for the Atlas experiment for the next three years, starting from June 2007.
She is married and a mother of three; she has always taken care of her family, which she is proud of, managing to lead both her family life and her professional life wholeheartedly and with passion.


Telephone numbers:
06 9403 2766 (office at Lnf)
004122 767 1147 (office at Cern)
06 9403 8014 (mobile)


Fabiola Gianotti

Fabiola Gianotti earned her degree in Physics at the University of Milan, where, in 1989, she earned a PhD in experimental and sub-nuclear Physics. Since 1994 she works as a research physicist in the Physics Department at Cern. She has worked in various experiments at Cern (UA2, Aleph, Atlas) where she was involved in research and development as well as of construction of detectors, software development and physics data analysis. She has been in many positions of responsibility, among which: coordinator of the Super-symmetry group of Aleph and coordinator of the physics of Atlas. She is currently the Deputy Spokesperson for the Atlas experiment. In the last eight years, she has been invited to deliver around twenty public presentations at international conferences and she has been a member of a number of committees at Cern and in other laboratories. She is currently a member of the Scientific Council of the Cnrs in France and of the Physics Advisory Committee at the Fermilab laboratory in Chicago.

Telephone numbers:
0041-22-7678965 (office at Cern)
0041-76-4874869 (mobile)


Marcella Diemoz
After earning her degree in Physics at the University of Rome "La Sapienza" in 1982, she earned her PhD in 1987. Since 2002, she is a research manager at the Infn. Her scientific activity is demonstrated by more than 300 publications on international magazines and by numerous presentations at international conferences.
Her research activity has been focused on the experimental study of fundamental interactions using neutrinos, electrons and, finally (with the next Cms and Lhc experiments at Cern), also protons. She has studied the internal quark and gluon structure of protons, publishing many scientific results. She has studied the resonance curve of the Z boson and she has been involved in the search for Higgs' boson at the Lep of Cern. In the last ten years she has devoted herself to the design, development and to the construction of the scintillating crystal electromagnetic calorimeter for Cms (Ecal). This innovative instrument will allow researchers to reach a very high degree of precision in the measurement of electrons and photons, thus paving the way to the observation of new and extremely rare phenomena. Half of the calorimeter (about 30000 crystals) was built in Italy by the group in Rome which Dr. Diemoz has lead since 1996. Since 2004 she is Deputy Project Manager in this international project, which sees the participation of many foreign institutions, both European and American. Since January 2007 she is the national coordinator in the Infn for the Cms experiment and she is in charge of leading a community counting around 250 physicists to a scientific adventure without precedents.

Telephone numbers:
0649914326 (University)
0041227671643 (CERN)

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