Dr. Ransom W. Stephens
(I'm the one on the left.)
Assistant Professor of Physics
Office : 241c Science Hall, University of Texas at Arlington
Address : Physics Department, 502 Yates St. or Box 19059, University of Texas, Arlington TX 76019
Phone : (817) 272 2814
FAX : (817) 272 2824
Research Area : Experimental High Energy physics.
Member of the DØ experiment at the Fermilab tevatron
and the ATLAS experiment at CERN's LHC.
Former member of the CLEO collaboration (1991-93) and the
TPC/Two-gamma experiment (1986-1990).
I work on two experiments in High Energy Particle Physics,
The The DØ Experiment at Fermilab's Tevatron,
near Chicago; and the ATLAS experiment at The European
Center for Nuclear Research (CERN) Large Hadron Collider.
- Born: November 20, 1961, Oakland California (fifth generation Californian).
- Attended first
Oakland Raider football game: Thanksgiving day, 1968
-- have bled silver and sweated black ever since.
- Summer 1977: Attended Led Zepplin concert.
- Spring 1978: Purchased '69 Dodge Charger.
- Summer 1980: graduated
Las Lomas Highschool, Walnut Creek, California.
- Summer 1980: met Miles Dylan.
- 1980-1981: Had long hair, didn't wear shoes.
- 1982-1983: Attended University of Birmingham, England.
- 1984: UC San Diego, BA in Physics.
- April 20, 1985: married Susan Attinson -- the reception was,
without question, the best party I've ever been to . . .
somewhat later she moved out - easy come easy go.
- October 25, 1985: met Heather L. Stephens -- my brilliant daughter.
- Spring 1986: joined UC Santa Barbara's High Energy Physics Group.
- July 1989: attended the International School of Subnuclear Physics in
Erice, Sicily -- had a great time.
- Spring, 1990: Announced the discovery of the R(1525) a, possibly exotic,
resonance produced in the interaction of a nearly real and a quite virtual
photon --- was NOT awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics.
- August 20, 1990, was granted the Ph.D. in Physics by UC Santa Barbara
(Thesis advisor: David Caldwell).
- September 1990 -- October 1993: Research Associate in Physics at the
University of Florida (go Gators!!).
- November 1993 -- present: Assistant Professor of Physics at UTA.
- Summer 1995: Bought a wacky looking house on an acre in
Mansfield Texas where it's like living in a park with two dogs
Sherman and Shayna, two cats Shadow and Trent Shade, a bunny Mrs. Bono,
a hamster Bear, two gerbils Sparkle and Fade, a hedgehog Edge,
and my daughter, Heather. I like it here.
If only it weren't so damn far from a real beach...
- October 1995: Attended the 2nd Rencontre's du Vietnam in Saigon
Vietnam. This is a
wonderful country with an enthusiastic, industrious, friendly people.
I would love to retire in South Vietnam and finally live next to the beach.
- August 1996: Swam with Pelicans and Dolphins in the Atlantic ocean.
- September 1996: Attended the XI QFTHEP workshop in St. Petersburg Russia.
Drank lots of Vodka, hung out with a wierd guy from Trinidad and a
nutty Belgian woman -- we sang the Star Spangled Banner in the streets of
(the former) Leningrad. There was `a problem'. We solved it.
- August 1997: watched an amazing meteor shower in Montana --
The shooting stars were like roman candles -- with a smooth guitar and
- March 1998: Attended that XXXIII Rencontres du Moriond
confrence on QCD in Les Arcs France. What a lifestyle!! Breakfast 7-9,
talks 9-12, ski 12-5p, talks 5-7p, dinner 7-10p, hang out in the
lounge 10-12, repeat. I could get used to that!! I learned a fascinating
lesson while skiing the slopes, jumping, falling, flying, going crazy:
bruises after skiing are like scratches after sex -- it just means you're
doing it right. (Disclaimer: If you find this offensive...then I deny all
accusation of ever saying it or including it on a web page sponsored
- May 1999: At Scarborough Renaissance Faire I met a man, Standing
Bear Cooper. An intense dude, as we say in California, after discussing
many things in depth, from relativity to sado-masochism to spirituality to
economics (yes we had several mugs of ale over the course of the
discussion) he said to me: "You are a portal." I'm still trying to
figure out what it means. But I think it was the highest compliment I've
ever been paid.
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