Amanda Solliday

How do scientists know what percentages of the universe are made up of dark matter and dark energy? Cosmologist Risa Wechsler of the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology explains. Watch the 3-minute video.

Fermilab participated in this year’s annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest general scientific society. The AAAS conference took place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Chicago from Feb. 13-17. Fermilab employees served as organizers and speakers at a number of symposia. Both Fermilab and the lab’s Education Office hosted booths at the conference exhibit. Fermilab’s Susan Dahl conducts a fun experiment with visitors to the Education Office booth. Photo: Reidar Hahn Fermilab… More »

MarcelleSoares-Santos The Alvin Tollestrup Award for Outstanding Postdoctoral Research committee has selected Marcelle Soares-Santos for the 2014 award. Soares-Santos will be recognized at the Fermilab Users Meeting on June 11. In a statement, the award committee, chaired by Daniel Whiteson of the University of California, Irvine, acknowledged Soares-Santos “for her contributions to the Dark Energy Survey, which span from instrument construction and commissioning to high-level physics analysis.” The Universities Research Association gives out the award every year for outstanding work… More »

Ian Krass (left) and Jim Shultz shoot footage for a new Fermilab video about dark energy. “These videos are not a short lecture. We want it to be visually interesting and also include jokes and more than one character,” Shultz said. Photo: Amanda Solliday As of today, Fermilab’s “What is a Higgs Boson?” video on YouTube has more than a million and a half views. This video and hundreds of others are produced each year by Fermilab’s Visual Media Services…. More »

The newly formed Fermilab Test Beam Committee will help schedule time for experiments at the laboratory’s test beam facility. Photo: Reidar Hahn The Fermilab Test Beam Committee held its first meeting Wednesday, April 23. Director Nigel Lockyer called for the formation of the committee to develop guidelines to help schedule time for experiments at the Fermilab Test Beam Facility and also suggest possible upgrades to the test beamlines. In previous years, about 200 researchers used the test beam facility. This… More »

Leonard Harbacek inspects a gas distribution manifold he built with engineer Cary Kendziora and senior technician Bill Miner. Harbacek has worked as a Fermilab welder for 16 years. Photo: Reidar Hahn What might you do in typical workday? As a welder, in the morning I might be cutting steel 19 inches thick, and in the afternoon I might be working on a clean cryogenic system. I travel around the Fermilab site with a portable automatic welder, going to different locations… More »