Christine Herman

The thin films group within PPD’s Technical Centers, led by Eileen Hahn, sputters thin layers of aluminum on the ends of optical fibers, for applications in detectors such as the T2K near detector. Photo: Eileen Hahn Advancements in high-energy physics rely on the combined efforts of hundreds of physicists and engineers from around the world. Fermilab employees in the Particle Physics Division’s technical centers are proud to have played a small role in the recent indications of neutrino oscillations by…

The thin-films group within PPD’s technical centers, led by Eileen Hahn, sputters thin layers of aluminum on the ends of optical fibers, as shown above, for applications in detectors such as the T2K near detector. Photo: Eileen Hahn Advancements in high-energy physics rely on the combined efforts of hundreds of physicists and engineers from around the world. Fermilab employees in the Particle Physics Division’s technical centers are proud to have played a small role in the recent indications of neutrino…

Construction of Fermilab’s Cryomodule Test Facility (left) is scheduled for completion later this year. The facility will house radiofrequency systems and a cryogenic plant, crucial components for testing superconducting radio-frequency cavities for the SRF accelerator test facility at the New Muon Lab (right). Photo: Jerry Leibfritz A new building will help keep Fermilab’s next generation of accelerators stay cool. Real cool. Engineers are getting ready for an upgrade to the cryogenic system for the superconducting radio-frequency accelerator at the New…

From left: Karen Weigt, Dee Huie, and Marsha Stierwalt, help a teacher from Fox Valley Montessori capture insects during the “Pollinators on the Prairie” activity that was part of the workshop “Insects at Work in Our World” at Fermilab on June 23. Photo: Christine Herman A group of elementary school teachers recently learned what it is like to look at the world through the eyes of their grade school students. Three local school teachers received hands-on teacher training at “Insects…

Fermilab’s natural resource specialist Ryan Campbell holds a wire cage up while Doug Taron and Vincent Olivares from Chicago’s Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum place two females and one male on the host turtlehead plant inside. Photo: Christine Herman Fermilab is the new home to Baltimore checkerspot butterflies, released by scientists from Chicago’s Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum late last month. Native to North America, Baltimore checkerspot butterflies once thrived in wetlands in the northeastern and Midwestern regions of the United States….

Fermilab’s natural resource specialist Ryan Campbell holds a wire cage up while Doug Taron and Vincent Olivares from Chicago’s Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum place two females and one male on the host turtlehead plant inside. Photo: Christine Herman Fermilab is the new home to Baltimore checkerspot butterflies, released by scientists from Chicago’s Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum late last month. Native to North America, Baltimore checkerspot butterflies once thrived in wetlands in the northeastern and Midwestern regions of the United States….

Ray Yarema poses with Fermilab Director Pier Oddone after receiving the 40 Year Service Award on October 28, 2010. Photo: Reidar Hahn Ray Yarema came to Fermilab in 1970 when the lab was under construction and employees traveled muddy roads to sit in dusty offices working on typewriters. He started off designing power electronics for the accelerator complex, which are still in use today. He couldn’t have imagined how technology would’ve advanced in just four decades— or that he would…

Jenny Thomas Neutrino scientist Jenny Thomas, co-spokesperson of Fermilab’s MINOS experiment and professor at University College London, was named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for her services to science. The Order of the British Empire honors those who have performed charitable work, public service or distinguished service to the arts and sciences. The honors were created by King George V in 1917, and are given twice a year: on New Year’s Day and on the…

The Fermilab Art Gallery exhibit, “Natural Elements,” features work from Chicagoland artists Karen Brown and Roberta Polfus. At left, “Snakes, Grass” by Brown; at right, “White & pink porcelain lady vase with handles” by Polfus. The Fermilab Art Gallery is a place where art and science converge. Members of the Fermilab community are invited to a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, June 24, at the Fermilab Art Gallery in Wilson Hall. Attendees can meet the artists and…

Alvin Tollestrup Alvin Tollestrup came to Fermilab in 1975 for what was supposed to be a six-month sabbatical. He has now been at Fermilab for more than 35 years, and at age 87, is still making strides for the field of high-energy physics. This year, he has been selected to receive the IEEE Council on Superconductivity Award for Significant and Sustained Contributions to Applied Superconductivity. Tollestrup was chosen as one of three recipients of the 2011 award for his many…