Editor’s note: On June 15, Nigel Lockyer gave his director’s report at the Fermilab Users Meeting. A video of his talk is available online.
We continue to be engaged in executing our international strategy of strengthening our reach by ensuring funding agencies and key diplomats are kept up to date on our programs. In keeping with this important goal, I recently visited our neighbors in the north where I was the privileged recipient of an honorary Doctor of Science degree during Simon Fraser University’s spring convocation. For those not familiar, Simon Fraser University is a top public research university in British Columbia and is one of three universities that founded TRIUMF. It was a terrific event and a privilege to address such a talented and well-deserving group of graduates. I look forward to hearing of their exciting journeys.
The following day I was invited by Jon Bagger, director of TRIUMF, to give a talk on LBNF/DUNE at the Precision for New Discoveries Workshop. While there I met with TRIUMF’s leadership and toured a number of areas, including Bob Laxdal’s superconducting facility. The first photo shows the cryomodule, which will soon be heading to the Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre in Kolkata, India. Indian institutions such as VECC are collaborating with Fermilab and TRIUMF in international SRF accelerator projects. The evening ended with a trip back to Simon Fraser University, where I attended the chancellor’s dinner with other spring honorary degree recipients.
We will continue to keep you updated as we plan more international activities in the coming months. In the meantime, we are excited to host both the 49th annual Fermilab Users Meeting and 2016 New Perspectives conference this week.