Cindy Arnold

Wes Ketchum of the MicroBooNE collaboration is the Physics Slam III champion. Ketchum’s slam was on the detection of particles using liquid argon. Photo: Cindy Arnold On Nov. 21, for the third year in a row, the Fermilab Lecture Series invited five scientists to battle it out in an event called a physics slam. And for the third year in a row, the slam proved wildly popular, selling out Ramsey Auditorium more than a month in advance. More than 800…

William Louis In 1974, William Louis visited Fermilab for the first time as a graduate student performing neutrino experiments at the 15-foot bubble chamber. For the next 40 years he remained a recurring figure at the lab, frequently visiting as part of its vast community of scientific users. In September, Louis was elected chair of the Users Executive Committee. “I think it’s time for me to pay back to the community,” he said, acknowledging the many committees who have supported…

Students learn the ropes of C++ at last week’s software school, hosted at Fermilab. Colliding particle beams without the software know-how to interpret the collisions would be like conducting an archaeological dig without the tools to sift through the artifacts. Without a way to get to the data, you wouldn’t know what you were looking at. Eager to keep future particle physicists well-equipped and up to date on the field’s chosen data analysis tools, Scientific Computing Division’s Liz Sexton-Kennedy and…

Kay Van Vreede Kay Van Vreede, head of the Workforce Development and Resources Section, wrote this column. Getting a new online workforce system up and running is an enormous job. But thanks to the efforts of 72 people in the Core Computing Division and WDRS’ Human Resources Department, we’ve successfully implemented FermiWorks, bringing our human resources processes into the modern era. Bringing FermiWorks to Fermilab wasn’t just about learning new software. Establishing the new system required complex data integrations and…

This year’s Fermilab Users Meeting followed on the heels of the release of the P5 report. Attendees discussed the future U.S. high-energy physics program, developments in the Fermilab accelerator complex and the next steps in realizing the Illinois Accelerator Research Center. They also paid a special tribute to Fermilab scientist Alvin Tollestrup, who was instrumental in developing the Tevatron as the world’s leading high-energy physics accelerator. (Click on a photo for a larger version) Users Executive Committee Chair Lee Roberts…

Roughly 1,000 students, parents and professionals participated in this year’s STEM Career Expo, which took place on April 23 at Fermilab. Photo: Cindy Arnold Fermilab ecologist Ryan Campbell talks about his work with high school students. Photo: Cindy Arnold The expo included a number of well-attended panel sessions, allowing students to hear from professionals in a wide range of fields, including physics, food science, actuarial science and economics. Photo: Cindy Arnold