Andre Salles

Andre Salles is a science writer at Argonne National Laboratory and former senior writer in the Fermilab Office of Communication.

Physics slammers entertained a packed house in Ramsey Auditorium at Fermilab’s second physics slam. From left: Don Lincoln, Tia Miceli, Hugh Lippincott, Chris Polly, Brian Nord. Photo: Reidar Hahn Picture it. It’s Friday evening, 8 p.m., and more than 800 people — many of them under the age of 20 — have trekked out to a particle physics laboratory to learn about science. They’re as excited as a bunch of football fans before a Bears game. That was the scene…

Grid Computing Center Manager Adam Walters oversees the installation of GCC’s new sliding doors and top panels, which replaced the facility’s plastic curtains. The new fixtures are better at keeping cold air in the designated cold aisles, helping save energy. Photo: Reidar Hahn Aside from the accelerators, nothing at Fermilab uses as much energy as its three computing centers. That’s why the laboratory’s computing staff is constantly searching for ways to increase energy efficiency. The latest of these ideas is,…

Fermilab’s Sustainability Committee was formed to brainstorm new ways for the laboratory to practice environmentalism and energy efficiency. One method already in use is the purchase of renewable energy certificates with the lab’s electricity, thereby investing in sustainable forms of energy. Photo: Reidar Hahn Why is it important for a facility like Fermilab to think about and implement sustainable practices? Because if you don’t, says Eric Mieland, you’re behind the curve. Sustainability and energy efficiency have been watchwords at Fermilab…

Fermilab Interim Director Jack Anderson and Congressmen Randy Hultgren, Dan Lipinski and Bill Foster listen to a presentation by Argonne Director Eric Isaacs at Wednesday’s joint Argonne-Fermilab business fair. Photo: Argonne National Laboratory Illinois’ two national laboratories—Fermilab and Argonne National Laboratory—specialize in big science. And those research projects lead to big opportunities for local companies to bring in their expertise and help create practical applications for the new technologies that arise from that research. What’s needed is to forge the…

Flash mob

Local participants in GISHWHES, an international charity scavenger hunt, joined Fermilab’s public tour on Wednesday. Their mission: to snap a photo of themselves dressed as DC Comics’ The Flash while standing in (or near) an operational particle accelerator. Scavenger hunters snapped photos inside the Linac gallery and drew smiles and laughs from passing employees. Photo: Andre Salles, DO

Brookhaven National Laboratory has set up the Muon g-2 ring on a truck, preparing it for this weekend’s big move. Photo: Brookhaven National Laboratory The forecast for this weekend in Long Island predicts sunny and warm conditions, with highs around 80 degrees. As it turns out, that’s perfect weather for moving a 50-foot-wide electromagnet wrapped in plastic. After torrential rains delayed its original start date last week, the Muon g-2 collaboration is set to begin moving the giant electromagnet from…

Wanda Newby works on wire chambers in Lab 6. Photo: Reidar Hahn How long have you been at Fermilab? Twenty-eight years. I’ve been the only person doing wire chamber winding at Fermilab for about 18 years. What’s a typical day for you like? A typical day at Lab 6 involves the winding, transferring, conductive epoxying or soldering of fine wires to create the planes of different types of detectors in the accelerator beam lines. These detectors give operators information about…

Fermilab "Science at Work" is a new documentary about life at the laboratory. The film is now on Fermilab’s YouTube channel. Image: Sandbox Studio When Clayton Brown and Monica Long Ross were commissioned to direct a new documentary about Fermilab, they had a couple of questions. The most important one, Ross said, was this: Should the movie be a standard informational video, or should it tell a story about the lab and its people? Focus on the people and tell…

Fermilab "Science at Work" is a new documentary about life at the laboratory. The film is now on Fermilab’s YouTube channel. Image: Sandbox Studio When Clayton Brown and Monica Long Ross were commissioned to direct a new documentary about Fermilab, they had a couple of questions. The most important one, Ross said, was this: Should the movie be a standard informational video, or should it tell a story about the lab and its people? Focus on the people and tell…

The LBNE neutrino beamline at Fermilab would be located on the western part of the Fermialb site, near Giese and Kirk Roads. The locations of the three planned service buildings are marked with blue squares, and the footprint of the planned 52-foot-high hill is marked in green. Planned access roads are marked in yellow. The planned Long-Baseline Neutrino Experiment is one of Fermilab’s most prominent projects. Last week, the U.S. Department of Energy began the Environmental Assessment process for this…