Three Fermilab scientists receive DOE Early Career Research Awards

The Department of Energy’s Office of Science has selected three Fermilab scientists to receive the 2020 DOE Early Career Research Award, now in its 11th year. The prestigious award is designed to bolster the nation’s scientific workforce by providing support to exceptional researchers during the crucial early years, when many scientists do their most formative work.

This year, 76 scientists from across the nation – including 26 from DOE’s national laboratories and 50 from U.S. universities – have been selected to receive funding as part of DOE’s Early Career Research Program.

“The Department of Energy is proud to support funding that will sustain America’s scientific workforce and create opportunities for our researchers to remain competitive on the world stage,” said DOE Undersecretary for Science Paul Dabbar. “By bolstering our commitment to the scientific community, we invest into our nation’s next generation of innovators.”

Profiles on these three individuals and their research will be published over the next few weeks.

The Fermilab recipients are:

Robert Ainsworth, for ensuring bunch stability in multimegawatt accelerated particle beams
Laura Fields, for measuring precision neutrino fluxes for LBNF/DUNE
Jonathan Jarvis, for the development of next-generation particle beam cooling and control with optical stochastic cooling

Robert Ainsworth

Laura Fields

Jonathan Jarvis

Fermilab particle accelerator science research and neutrino research are supported by the DOE Office of Science.

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