Fermilab participates in the AAAS conference in Chicago

Fermilab participated in this year’s annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest general scientific society. The AAAS conference took place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Chicago from Feb. 13-17.

Fermilab employees served as organizers and speakers at a number of symposia. Both Fermilab and the lab’s Education Office hosted booths at the conference exhibit.

The Office of Communication’s Andre Salles and Kurt Riesselman welcome visitors to the Fermilab booth at the AAAS conference exhibit hall. Photo: Reidar Hahn

Andre Salles explains how a particle accelerator works using an accelerator bowl, made by AD’s Todd Johnson. Photo: Reidar Hahn

Penelope Constanta, CCD, helps run the Fermilab Education Office booth at AAAS. The booth featured numerous hands-on activities for kids of all ages. Photo: Reidar Hahn

Fermilab’s Susan Dahl conducts a fun experiment with visitors to the Education Office booth. Photo: Reidar Hahn

137 Films, which made the documentaries “The Atom Smashers” and “Fermilab: Science at Work,” had its own booth in the AAAS exhibit hall. Producer Clayton Brown (right) speaks with visitors about how to tell a science story through cinema. Photo: Reidar Hahn

Fermilab scientist Aaron Chou discusses experimental probes of quantum geometry at the AAAS conference. At the same session, Deputy Head of the Fermilab Center for Particle Astrophysics Dan Bauer discussed the detection of cosmic dark matter. Photo: Amanda Solliday

137 Films’ Clayton Brown (left) and Monica Long Ross (not pictured), along with the Office of Communication’s Kurt Riesselmann (right), talked about making science documentaries to a standing-room-only crowd at the AAAS conference. Photo: Amanda Solliday

Fermilab scientist Joe Lykken was one of six presenters at a symposium on dark-matter detection at the recent AAAS annual meeting. Photo: Amanda Solliday

Fermilab Office of Education Head Marge Bardeen, CERN Communication Head James Gillies and Science and Technology Facilities Council CEO John Womersley talk about leveraging news of the Higgs discovery to raise public interest in science. Photo: Amanda Solliday