Xtreme fun and networking comes to Fermilab – Nov. 17

Forget the colloquium you know. Fermilab is throwing out the traditional lecture hall and inviting scientists and engineers to mingle under a giant disco ball in a decades-old barn to talk about science that is so challenging it must be done outside the laboratory. Science in unusual, faraway and even dangerous places: Xtreme Research.

The fourth Argonne-UChicago-Fermilab joint speaker series will take place in the less-than-typical venue of Kuhn Barn in the Fermilab Village from 6 to 8:45 p.m. on Nov. 17. The panel topic “Xtreme Research: Interesting Places & Unusual Challenges” will highlight challenges of doing science outside the laboratory, as well as the inter-disciplinary collaboration and outreach opportunities those unique settings foster.

Moderated by Chicago Public Radio science reporter Gabriel Spitzer, speakers from Argonne and the University of Chicago will talk about collecting climate data throughout the world, studying apes in the wild, promoting adoption of renewable fuels and advanced technology through motorsports, and testing bacteria in remote locations such as volcanic craters. Regina Rameika, a scientist working on the Long Baseline Neutrino Experiment (LBNE), will represent Fermilab on the speakers’ panel. Rameika has extensive experience in designing and operating neutrino experiments deep underground and in remote locations. She will talk about LBNE, why neutrino experiments require subterranean housing and how the need for underground workspaces can benefit other research, such as dark matter experiments, geology and biology.

While the show itself is worth your time, the event offers a chance not only to have fun but to further your research during a networking cocktail hour preceding the talks. Fermilab Deputy Director Young-Kee Kim was a leading force behind the creation of this speakers’ series to encourage scientists and engineers from different fields and to mingle and share ideas about how to collaborate, best research practices and outreach tips.

This is the first time the event has been held outside of the Chicago area.

Prior to the event, visiting researchers will have an opportunity to tour the CDF detector hall to see a portion of the detector and learn about the development of the adjacent Illinois Accelerator Research Center.

In order to attend the event, please go to this website and RSVP on the electronic invitation. Space is limited and RSVPs are due by Nov. 10.

Tona Kunz