Christine Herman

One Fermilab researcher and two researchers working on Fermilab experiments were selected to receive the DOE Early Career Research Award, a prestigious financial award given to the most promising researchers in the early stages of their careers. This year, 65 researchers were selected from a pool of about 1,150 university- and national laboratory-based applicants. Among the recipients were: Aaron Chou, Fermilab astrophysicist Aran Garcia-Bellido, assistant professor at the University of Rochester Ryan Patterson, assistant professor at the California Institute of…

Aaron Chou It is possible that the universe we live in is holographic, and Aaron Chou wants to be the one to find out. Chou is a recipient of the DOE Early Career Research Award for his research proposal, titled, “Search for Holographic Noise from the Planck Scale.” Chou will be setting out to discover if the universe is truly 3D as it seems to the naked eye, or if it is actually 2D with the appearance of being 3D,…

Children observe a scientist perform a demonstration at the Museum of Science and Industry’s Fall Fling science outreach event in 2010. Photo credit: J.B. Spector, Museum of Science and Industry A great way for children to learn about careers in science is to meet with the scientists themselves. That’s what this Saturday’s Spring into Science event at the Museum of Science and Industry is all about. An estimated 1,000 kids and parents from more than 60 schools and community organizations…

The MiniBooNE detector, shown above, was one project at the recent Short-Baseline Neutrino Workshop that presented interesting results. Photo: MiniBooNE collaboration. When exciting results are popping up all over the place, it calls for bringing the best minds together from around the world to discuss the findings and make plans for the future. That’s precisely what happened at the Short-Baseline Neutrino Workshop 2011, which took place May 12-14 at Fermilab. More than 100 people from 44 institutions attended. Neutrinos are…

Physicists and scientists from all fields of high-energy particle physics are invited to attend the Muon Collider 2011 conference, which will take place June 27 through July 1 in Telluride, CO. The meeting will provide opportunities for accelerator physicists, experimentalists, theorists and experts in advanced detector design to discuss the ins and outs of a future proposed multi-trillion electron volt (TeV) muon collider. “There are many more steps, and a substantial investment is required to understand if this type of…

John Paul Chou (left) speaks with colleagues Alexey Ferapontov, Brown University; Saptaparna Bhattacharya, Brown University; and Charles Plager, UCLA/Fermilab. Photo: Christine Herman John Paul Chou knew he wanted to pursue science when he was a little kid. “I think I wanted to be a professor since I was 8,” Chou said. “Science is something that always fascinated me.” Currently, Chou is a post-doctoral research fellow and an LPC fellow under Greg Landsberg at Brown University, where he has focused his…

Fermilab Director Pier Oddone The National Academy of Sciences announced yesterday the election of Fermilab Director Pier Oddone as a member. This is one of the highest honors given to a scientist or engineer in the United States. Oddone was elected along with 71 scientists and engineers to join the company of more than 2,000 active NAS members. Among the NAS’s renowned members are Albert Einstein, Robert Oppenheimer, Thomas Edison, Orville Wright and Alexander Graham Bell. More than 180 living…

Fermilab Director Pier Oddone gives an overview of the laboratory’s research activities to His Excellency Dr. Abdul Kalam, former president of India, and Mrs. Mukta Dutta Tomar, Consul General of India, Chicago, (middle left and right) on the 15th floor of Wilson Hall, along with Fermilab physicist Shekhar Mishra and Deputy Director Young-Kee Kim. Photo: Reidar Hahn Today’s scientists have an urgent mission to make the world a safe, sustainable, peaceful and prosperous place for all— this is the charge…

Ryan Campbell worked with conservationists from the Chicago Academy of Science’s Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum to release a new species of butterflies, the Baltimore checkerspot, into Fermilab’s prairies in 2009. Photo: Reidar Hahn Fermilab’s grounds crew has been striving to increase biodiversity and restore natural habitats on site for years. Recently, Fermilab Natural Areas has been taking part in these projects. Ryan Campbell, consulting restoration ecologist at Fermilab and volunteer with FNA, gave a talk on Friday, April 22, where…

The underground portion of the Far Detector building, which will house the detector, is 67 x 70 x 350 feet. The portion of the building that is above ground is 67 x 40 x 192 feet. Photo: Steve Conley, Burns and McDonnell Engineering This month, contractors put the final touches on the NOvA Far Detector building in Ash River, Minn. Contractors handed the keys over to the University of Minnesota and the NOvA project on April 13, marking beneficial occupancy….