Prof Alice Louise Bean, Ph.D.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Physics and Astronomy
University Distinguished Professor
Primary office:
Malott Hall
Room 4087
University of Kansas
1251 Wescoe Hall Drive
Lawrence, KS 66045


Alice Bean is an experimental particle physicist who came to KU as faculty in 1993. She works with the CMS collaboration at the Large Hadron Collider and specializes in silicon detectors. She also started the Quarked project ( which seeks to teach children and others about particle physics in a fun engaging way.


Ph.D., Physics, Carnegie Mellon Univ.

M.S., Physics, Carnegie Mellon Univ.

B.A., Physics, Univ. of California at Irvine

B.S., Computer Sci, Univ. of California at Irvine


In addition to supervising several students in research, I teach upper division labs, science and policy, and introductory courses.

Teaching Interests

  • Electronics labs
  • Physics for non-science majors


My main research field is experimental particle physics. Presently, I am a member of the CMS collaboration. In addition to working on analysis of data such as looking for top quark decays in association with a Higgs particle or tprime decays, a major focus is building and calibrating silicon pixel detectors for tracking charged particles. Through a joint project with the Dept. of Art and Design and the KU Natural History Museum we created a multimedia science education project called Quarked,

Research Interests

  • Experimental particle physics
  • Quarked
  • Silicon detectors
  • Analysis of top quarks with Higgs boson.


I work on public outreach with the Quarked project and have numerous departmental activities. From Aug 2014-Aug 2015, I was a Jefferson Science Fellow with the U.S. Department of State working with the Office of Religion and Global Affairs on climate change issues. I also am very active in reviewing proposals for the NSF, DOE and review paper drafts.

Selected Presentations

Bean, A. . (08/24/2015). Climate Change, Religion, and the State Department: What I did with my Jefferson Science Fellowship. Physics Department Colloquium. University of Kansas

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