47th annual Fermilab Users Meeting pays tribute, looks forward – June 11-12

The 2014 Fermilab Users Meeting takes place from June 11-12. Registration is open.

Fermilab’s 47th annual Users Meeting will take place June 11-12. The meeting is an opportunity for hundreds of scientists on Fermilab projects to discuss the laboratory’s new physics results and the latest developments in collider, astroparticle, neutrino, muon and accelerator physics.

“We have come up with a balanced, two-day program that highlights the many accomplishments over the past year in the Energy, Intensity and Cosmic frontiers,” said University of Nebraska’s Greg Snow, Users Meeting Subcommittee chair.

The recently released P5 report will play a prominent role, with talks from P5 Chair Steve Ritz and HEPAP Chair Andy Lankford. Also on the agenda is a panel discussion that will include Nigel Lockyer and Jim Siegrist, head of the DOE Office of High Energy Physics, with ample time for questions about the P5 report. Presentations will also cover developments in the Fermilab accelerator complex, accelerator R&D and the Illinois Accelerator Research Center.

This year the Fermilab Users Organization will pay tribute to scientist Alvin Tollestrup, who has been with Fermilab since 1975. Tollestrup played a significant role in the development of the Tevatron as the world’s leading high-energy physics accelerator.

“Alvin has been a very important and creative member of the particle physics community for many decades. We are indeed lucky to have him here at Fermilab, where he continues to be active,” said Users Executive Committee Chair Lee Roberts of Boston University. “The tribute will be a well-deserved recognition of an exceptional career.”

Every year Tollestrup presents an award, named after him, to a young, promising scientist at the laboratory. Both the URA Tollestrup Award recipient and the URA Thesis Award winner will be announced on June 11.

Two days before the Users Meeting, on June 9-10, the Fermilab Student and Postdoc Association will hold its annual New Perspectives Conference, a day and a half of talks given by undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral students. The group will also host a poster session during the banquet on the first day of the Users Meeting.

At this year’s public lecture, theoretical physicist Hitoshi Murayama will probe the age-old question of the origin of the universe in a talk titled “The Quantum Universe.” Murayama holds research positions at the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Tokyo. He is also on the staff at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The talk will take place on Wednesday, June 11, at 8 p.m. in Ramsey Auditorium. Tickets are available through the Fermilab Arts and Lecture Series.

“Greg and his committee have planned an excellent and exciting program,” Roberts said. “I am especially looking forward to progress reports from the wide range of experiments that the Fermilab user community is involved in.”

Please register for the Users Meeting before the Wednesday, June 4 deadline. Registration is free.

Leah Hesla