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Office Address:
Department of Physics
Florida State University
508 Keen Building
Tallahassee, FL 32306-4350
Phone: (850) 644-1032
Fax: (850) 644-6735
E-mail: blessing @

            Professor of Physics
            Director of the Women in Math, Science and Engineering Program (WIMSE)

            BS: Illinois Institute of Technology, 1982
            PhD: Indiana University, 1989

Research Interest:

I am a member of the D0 Collaboration at Fermilab and am interested in electroweak physics and the search for new phenomena.  I am presently involved in a measurement of the W boson production asymmetry in the muon channel.  In the past, I have searched for the supersymmetric partner of the top quark and first generation leptoquarks, and, while working on another experiment, for glueballs (I decided it was time to measure something for a change!).  

D0 is a proton--anti-proton collider experiment which recently underwent a significant upgrade. The FSU Experimental High Energy Physics group was responsible for various parts of the upgrade: the silicon tracker trigger, graphics, muon reconstruction software, Level 1 calorimeter trigger, the Layer 0 silicon detector, as well as other tasks.  We are presently responsible for calorimeter operations.

During the first run of the experiment, physicists from FSU were involved in the search for new phenomena, the search for (and discovery of!) the top quark, and studies of quantum chromodynamics.  We are continuing to work in the areas of new phenomena, the top quark (including observation of top quark pairs in the tau decay channel and the search for single top quark production), and quantum chromodynamics, and also have people working on electroweak and b physics.

Employment History:
        1998-1993: Research Associate, Northwestern University
        1993-1999: Assistant Professor, Florida State University
        1999-2007: Associate Professor, Florida State University
        2003-2005: Assistant Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Florida State University
        2005-present: Director, Women in Math, Science and Engineering Program, FSU
        2007-present: Professor, Florida State University
        First Year Assistant Professor Award, Florida State University, 1995
        Dr. Martha Roberts Award, Gold Key Leadership Honorary and Omicron Delta Kappa Society, 2000
        Developing Scholar Award, Florida State University, 2001
        Office of National Fellowships Award, Florida State University, 2006
        Nancy Marcus Professorship, Florida State University, 2010-2012
Professional Activities:
        Member, American Physical Society
        Member, APS Division of Particles and Fields
        Member, American Association of Physics Teachers
        Appointed member, APS Committee on the Status of Women in Physics, 2010-2013
        Chair, Southeastern Section APS Pegram Award Committee, 2010

         List from the SLAC archives.

         Fall 2011: Physics Problem Solving
         Fall 2011: WIMSE Colloquium