The first day of summer saw a historic meeting of the governing boards for two DOE national laboratories: Argonne and Fermilab.
On June 20, the Fermi Research Alliance Board of Directors and the Board of Governors for Argonne National Laboratory held their first joint meeting, which took place in Washington, D.C. Argonne Director Paul Kearns and Fermilab Director Nigel Lockyer presented research areas where the two labs can continue to grow their partnerships. The emphasis was on next-generation computing and accelerator research.
Senators Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durbin hosted a reception for the two boards at the Capitol in the LBJ Room. Both senators made remarks, along with Representatives Bill Foster, Randy Hultgren, and Raja Krishnamoorthi. Also in attendance were representatives from DOE and science attaches from embassies that represent countries involved in research at the two labs.
The Senators and Representatives were highly complimentary of the laboratories’ groundbreaking work, noting the crucial role of fundamental science in both technological innovation and U.S. industrial competitiveness. The laboratories, they said, positioned Illinois as a national center for cutting-edge science, and they expressed their strong support for the labs’ research, the kind of which is carried out in only a few places around the world.
The boards met one more time the next morning and adjourned, having learned more about the burgeoning partnerships between Argonne and Fermilab.