Fermilab-University investigators receive $375,000 in collaborative seed grants

Five teams of University of Chicago and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory researchers—one group that includes a researcher from Argonne National Laboratory—recently received $375,000, collectively, in Strategic Collaborative Initiative seed grants from the university following a rigorous competition managed by Fermilab and the university. Three out of five of the teams received second-year funding.

The FY 2012 recipients include:

  • Title: Simulating the Universe with Realistic Physics (Year 2)
    University of Chicago Investigator: Andrey Kravtsov, Associate Professor, Astronomy and Astrophysics
    Fermilab Investigator: Nickolay Gnedin, Scientist I, Theoretical Astrophysics Group
  • Title: Understanding Ultrahigh Quality Factor Accelerator Cavities in the Quantum Regime (Year 2)
    University of Chicago Investigator: David Schuster, Assistant Professor, Physics
    Fermilab Investigator: Lance Cooley, Scientist, Superconducting Materials Department
  • Title: A New Photodetection System for PET Imaging Using Silicon Photomultipliers (Year 2)
    University of Chicago Investigator: Chin-Tu Chen, Associate Professor, Radiology
    Fermilab Investigator: Erik Ramberg, Scientist II, Particle Physics Division
  • Title: Optical Modulation with Wavelength Division Multiplexing from HEP Data Readout
    University of Chicago Investigator: Mark Oreglia, Professor of Physics
    Argonne Investigator: Robert Stanek, Physicist, High Energy Physics Division
    Fermilab Investigator: Simon Kwan, Scientist II, Computing Division
  • Title: Development of Low Noise Electronics for the First Direct Dark Matter Search Using CCDs
    University of Chicago Investigator: Paolo Privitera, Professor of Physics
    Fermilab Investigators: Juan Estrada, Scientist II, Particle Physics Division and Gustavo Cancelo, Engineer IV, Computing Division

The Strategic Collaborative Initiatives Program began in 2005 when the university renewed its contract with the DOE to manage Argonne. The SCI program includes collaborative research projects, strategic joint appointments and joint institutes. The university extended the program to Fermilab when it became co-manager of the lab in 2006.