Christine Herman

FESS employees Jim Kalina, Steve Whiteaker and Mike Pfaff helped free a gosling from the fishing line that cut off circulation to its leg. Photo: Bob Lootens Fish hooks are for catching fish, not geese. But last week, a young goose got a hook through its foot and a fishing line tied around its leg. Fermilab employees rescued the frantic gosling from the east Reflection Pond near Wilson Hall on June 9. “His little heart was pounding pretty hard, he…

The MINOS far detector, located in a cavern half a mile underground in the Soudan Underground Laboratory in Minnesota, began collecting cosmic ray data May 19 and is now taking NuMI beam data. Photo: Reidar Hahn. On Saturday, June 11, the MINOS detector began taking beam data for the first time since a fire broke out in the Soudan Underground Laboratory in March. The MINOS far detector came back online May 19, but shortly after, the NuMI beamline went offline…

Fermilab’s Ryan Campbell points out poison ivy to a group of student volunteers from Outreach Community Ministries who came to Fermilab on Wednesday, May 17, to participate in biodiversity efforts. Photo: Christine Herman. Non-native plant species continuously invade Fermilab’s natural areas, threatening to choke out native plants. Thankfully, volunteers from neighboring communities are stepping up to put a stop to the invasion. On Wednesday, May 17, a group of 14 students and three adults from Warrenville Youth & Family Services…

Energy Secretary Steven Chu encouraged the U.S. to make basic research a top priority in his public lecture at the 44th annual Users’ Meeting on Thursday, June 2. Photo: Reidar Hahn. The benefits of fundamental research make it worth funding even in tough economic times, said Energy Secretary Steven Chu in his public lecture on Thursday, June 2. Secretary Chu’s talk was part of Fermilab’s 44th annual Users’ Meeting. Chu’s sentiment echoed ideas set forth earlier that day in presentations…

Two graduate students working at the Tevatron were selected to receive the URA Thesis Award, honoring them for their research achievements. Xuebing Bu, a graduate student at the University of Science and Technology of China working on DZero, and Simone Pagan Griso, a graduate student at the Universita Degli Studi di Padova who worked on CDF, are the joint recipients of the 14th annual Universities Research Association Thesis Award. “Both were excellent for different reasons and we were unable to…

Fermilab’s Linda Purcell-Taylor explains what she does in her job to a group of girls from Sawyer Elementary School in Chicago. Credit: Christine Herman In a large, open space in the northwest wing of Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry, scientists and engineers staffed tables that lined the room. With their science demos in place and smiles on their faces, they welcomed more than 1,000 people to the museum’s Spring into Science career expo on Saturday, May 21. “The event…

Fermilab’s Linda Purcell-Taylor explains what she does in her job to a group of girls from Sawyer Elementary School in Chicago. Credit: Christine Herman In a large, open space in the northwest wing of Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry, scientists and engineers staffed tables that lined the room. With their science demos in place and smiles on their faces, they welcomed more than 1,000 people to the museum’s Spring into Science career expo on Saturday, May 21. “The event…

Ryan Patterson The NOvA project will employ new detector technology to study neutrinos, and Ryan Patterson wants to get the most out of that technology as possible. Patterson, assistant professor of physics at Caltech and NOvA collaborator, is a recipient of the DOE Early Career Research Award for his research proposal titled, “Developing novel techniques for readout, calibration and event selection in the NOvA long-baseline neutrino experiment.” The financial award will provide five years of funding for Patterson to carry…

Members of the crystal collimation study, a joint program of Fermilab’s Accelerator Division, the Accelerator Physics Center, and the LARP program, celebrated their success with the pixel detector at the Tevatron in the Main Control Room on Wednesday, May 18 (lower left). The intensity profile in 2D (top image) and 3D (lower right) acquired by the pixel detector shows that halo particles were channeled away from the main beam with a bent crystal. For the first time, on Wednesday, May…

Aran Garcia-Bellido More thorough analyses of the large amount of existing particle-collision data from the Tevatron and LHC have potential to reveal new physics beyond the Standard Model, and Aran Garcia-Bellido hopes to be a key player in making these discoveries. Garcia-Bellido, assistant professor at the University of Rochester and collaborator on the DZero and CMS experiments, is a recipient of the DOE Early Career Research Award for his research proposal titled, “Precision physics and searches with top and bottom…