Joseph Piergrossi

Staffers from the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Water and Energy Development toured Fermilab on Thursday, July 19. From left: Doug Clapp, Leland Cogliani, Pier Oddone and Chris Hanson, DOE. Photo: Joseph Piergrossi

The Mu2e experiment received CD1 approval from DOE this month. It will look for the rare transformation of a muon into an electron in the absence of neutrinos. Last week, Fermilab’s planned Mu2e experiment received Critical Decision 1 approval from the Department of Energy, only about a month after the DOE’s initial review. “I know of no other project that has received sign-off that quickly after review,” said Mu2e Project Manager Ron Ray. He attributed the success of the CD1…

Mike Baur’s sculpture Reflection Gage is currently on display in Fermilab Art Gallery. On the Wilson Hall second floor crossover, the Fermilab Art Gallery has a feeling of erupting from the ground and revealing the past. Steel tubes and bars, covered in a rusty red patina, entangle within concrete and PVC. Between them are paintings of parabolic shapes in similar earthy hues on paper and burnt wood. Some paintings use the scraps of an old record book from the 1930s….

High school physics teacher Daniel Gutierrez and Fermilab physicist Jennifer Raaf inspect a beam composed of G10 polymer, which will provide part of the structural support for the future MicroBooNE time projection chamber. Photo: Reidar Hahn The interior of Fermilab’s Lab F, located near the geodesic dome, looks like a massive construction site. Strewn across the lab are boxes containing metal parts and beams composed of G10 polymer, the same material from which circuit boards are made. In a closed…

On Thursday, docent Mary Jo Murphy showed a rattlesnake master plant to quadrat study volunteers Imi Cheng and two family members visiting from Taiwan. Another public quadrat study will take place on July 28. A special study for Fermilab employees will take place on August 16. For more information, contact Sue Sheehan at (630) 840-5058. Photo: Joseph Piergrossi

Fermilab employees, users and friends applaud CERN’s announcement of a new particle discovery. Photo: Reidar Hahn On July 4 at 2 a.m., around 200 people across all age groups packed into One West. It wasn’t for early-morning fireworks – for this audience, it was something better. Projected on the big screen was a live feed from Geneva, Switzerland, and over the speakers came a historic announcement – the Higgs boson, or something an awful lot like it, was discovered. When…

Deb Sebastian Photo: Reidar Hahn Deb Sebastian likes a good challenge. As Fermilab’s new internal communication specialist, Sebastian has plenty to learn about particle accelerators and physics. “I like things a little complex,” she said. “I would get bored writing public relations or marketing or consumer pieces.” Sebastian’s role is to facilitate and coordinate communication between departments and employees at the laboratory. She has previously worked in communications in the healthcare, engineering and nonprofit sectors. She knows the ins and…

“Creation’s Birthday” will show in Ramsey Auditorium on July 5. Image: Mark A. Garlick The astronomer Edwin Hubble fought many battles over the course of his life. In college he was a boxer, in graduate school he battled his thesis advisor and in his adult life, he had a major disagreement with the world’s most famous scientist. Now a play about his battles is coming to Fermilab. On July 5, Cornell physicist Hasan Padamsee’s “Creation’s Birthday” will be showcased in…

Alex HimmelPhoto: Reidar Hahn When he was 16, Alex Himmel had his first job at Fermilab as a summer student. He’s been investigating particle physics ever since, and this year he received the Universities Research Association Thesis Award for his research on muon antineutrino oscillations at Fermilab’s MINOS experiment. As a doctoral student at Caltech, Himmel researched muon neutrinos at MINOS. In his data, he found measurements suggesting that muon antineutrinos in the MINOS beam behaved differently than muon neutrinos….

Dr. Marcus Huggans from the National GEM Consortium and Dianne Engram with former and current GEM interns. From left: Marcus Huggans, Elmie Peoples, Miguel Nuñez, Bianca Brandveen, Maurice Ball and Dianne Engram. Photo: Reidar Hahn Since the late 1970s, the National GEM Consortium has provided opportunities for African American, Hispanic and Native American graduate students seeking non-academic careers in science and engineering. Fermilab has been a part of these efforts almost since the beginning. The Consortium is a partnership among…