Reporters invited to take part in International Women’s Day underground tour

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Batavia, Ill. – Deep underground sits a grouping of experiments, dedicated to discovering the secrets of the universe. On Monday, March 8, Fermilab will honor women who contributed to those experiments, and all women working at the laboratory, in celebration of International Women’s Day.

Join Fermilab’s women scientists at the Intensity Frontier for an underground press tour at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, March 8. Discover what lies beneath 350 feet of earth on the Fermilab site and learn more about the women who have made valuable contributions to the laboratory and who are helping to shape its future.

Reporters planning to attend the tour and discussion on March 8 must R.S.V.P. to Elizabeth Clements ( or 630-840-2326) by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 5.

Fermilab’s International Women’s Day press tour is one of several events taking place at the laboratory on March 8. At 8:30 a.m. Fermilab Director Pier Oddone will speak via video in the laboratory’s Large Hadron Collider Remote Operations Center with Director General Rolf Heuer at the CERN laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland about their respective International Women’s Day celebrations. Also, throughout the day women will staff selected experiment control rooms around the Fermilab site. Learn more about Women’s History Month activities taking place throughout the month of March on Fermilab’s dedicated Web site:

International Women’s Day, which is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future, was first observed in the United States on Feb 28, 1909. The celebration was expanded in the U.S. in 1981 when a joint Congressional resolution proclaimed a Women’s History Week, and again in 1987 when the National Women’s History Project petitioned Congress to expand the celebration to an entire month.

Fermilab is a Department of Energy national laboratory operated under contract by the Fermi Research Alliance, LLC. The DOE Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the nation and helps ensure U.S. world leadership across a broad range of scientific disciplines.