Andre Salles

Andre Salles is a senior writer in the Fermilab Office of Communication.

Bob Wilson When Bob Wilson was an undergraduate student studying condensed matter physics at the University of London, the UK native was nonetheless drawn to the United States by a long-held fascination with high-energy physics. Fast forward more than 30 years, and Wilson now has an active research group and teaches physics at Colorado State University. And starting Jan. 1, he will step into the role of spokesperson for the largest planned high-energy physics experiment in the United States. Wilson…

The neutrino beam for the proposed LBNE experiment would travel through 800 miles of earth to a far detector in Lead, S.D. Image: Fermilab One of Fermilab’s major future projects, the Long-Baseline Neutrino Experiment, achieved a significant milestone this week. The U.S. Department of Energy on Monday granted Critical Decision 1 approval to the first phase of LBNE, which includes construction of a beamline at Fermilab and a near-surface far detector at the Sanford Lab in Lead, S.D. One of…

Fermilab is constructing the IARC Office, Technical and Education Building with a view to being green. The new building is on track to receive the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification. Rendering: Ross Barney Architects If you travel Fermilab’s streets, you’ve no doubt seen that work is proceeding quickly on the Illinois Accelerator Research Center. When it’s finished, the project team hopes the new building will become the laboratory’s first to achieve the U.S. Green…

Participants in Fermilab’s first Physics Slam on Friday watch the applause meter to see who won. From left: Bob Tschirhart, Deborah Harris, Doug Glenzinski, Chris Stoughton, Stuart Henderson and host Chris Miller of the College of DuPage. Photo: Reidar Hahn On Friday night, about 1,000 people came out to Fermilab to see five physicists duke it out … with science. The occasion was the Arts and Lecture Series’ first ever Physics Slam. A physics slam is kind of like a…

The Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory, situated on a mountaintop in Chile, houses the Dark Energy Camera. Photo courtesy of NOAO/AURA/NSF Today scientists from around the world are gathering on a mountaintop in Chile to celebrate the completion of the most advanced sky-mapping digital camera ever built. The day-long festivities and presentations at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory serve as the official dedication of the Dark Energy Camera. Built at Fermilab and mounted on the 4-meter Blanco telescope at CTIO, the…

Fermilab scientist Dan Hooper will discuss Higgs theory on Friday at TEDxNaperville. Photo: Reidar Hahn If you’re interested in delving deeper into what the Higgs boson is all about, you’ll want to attend Fermilab physicist Dan Hooper’s talk at TEDxNaperville on Friday, Nov. 9. Hooper, author of two physics books for non-physicists and an associate professor of astronomy and astrophysics at the University of Chicago, said he hopes to bring his listeners further into the science of the Higgs discovery…

A Photowalk participant snaps pictures of cryomodules in the Industrial Center Building. Photo: Reidar Hahn On Saturday, Fermilab hosted 50 photographers, both amateur and professional, for the laboratory’s 2012 Particle Physics Photowalk. Guides took photographers on a tour of five laboratory locations usually closed to the public, including the CDF detector, the Advanced Superconducting Test Accelerator at NML, the Muon Ring (the former Antiproton Source), the Grid Computing Center and two Technical Division buildings, IB1 and ICB. Photographers had 30…