50th anniversary

On Thursday, Feb. 16, come check out PechaKucha Night Batavia at Fermilab! PechaKucha is a fun, informal gathering where creative people get together and share their ideas, works, thoughts in the PechaKucha format: 20 slides, 20 seconds each. The theme for Feb. 16 is “The Tiniest Things Matter.” Tickets are $6.50. The featured talks are below. Look it over: You might recognize a Fermilab friend or colleague among them! Maddie Bozik “Charity, High School, and a Bus. Oh My!” Anadi… More »

Fermilab’s beginnings can be traced to a 1963 report by a panel of U.S. scientists led by Norman Ramsey. In the 50 years since, Fermilab has grown to a laboratory of 1,800 employees, and scientists from 44 countries come to Fermilab to participate in its forefront particle physics programs.

One day Robert Wilson decided that, instead of taking the elevator, he would climb 10 flights of stairs to work. Some of the rest of us followed his example, and then we got the idea that we’d see who could do it the fastest.

Birthday ice

Fermilab begins its 50th anniversary celebration! This ice sculpture took center stage in the cafeteria during the 50th-anniversary kickoff part on Jan. 12.

From Kane County Chronicle, Jan. 16, 2017: In tandem with exploring the origin of the universe, Fermilab delves into its own birth, celebrating its 50th anniversary with an accelerated lineup of events from now into fall. The entertainment element will start on a happy note with Mucca Pazza, an unconventional marching band, striding onto the Batavia stage at 8 p.m. Jan. 21.

The Daily Images From Fermilab project is off to a great start. You can view DIFF project photos on our 50th anniversary website. But you can do more than that too! If you have a mobile phone, you can likely take a picture. Sign up for a day in 2017 to take a picture of Fermilab at 50 and submit it through DIFF. We’re displaying photos on our DIFF site and and on the 50th anniversary site. The Daily Images… More »

Many visitors to Fermilab reasonably conclude from its name that Enrico Fermi worked at the laboratory, but he never did. In fact, he died in 1954, years before scientists even officially recommended the construction of a U.S. accelerator laboratory.

The Jan. 12 all-hands meeting video is now online: http://vms.fnal.gov/asset/detail?recid=1945943. The meeting kicks off Fermilab’s 50-year anniversary celebration. See presentations by Director Nigel Lockyer, Historian and Archivist Valerie Higgins, Assistant Director for Communications Katie Yurkewicz and 50th-anniversary Coodinator Andrea Heeg.