Joseph Piergrossi

Fermilab’s 2012 Employee Advisory Group represents the laboratory’s workforce to the directorate. Photo: Reidar Hahn Three years ago, following a survey that explored issues affecting the working environment of the laboratory, Director Pier Oddone established the Employee Advisory Group. The EAG was created to examine lab-wide workforce initiatives, practices and concerns and to make recommendations to the directorate and senior management to create a more inclusive and supportive workplace. This year the EAG, which is made up of representatives from…

Fermilab and University of Illinois physicist Kevin Pitts discusses kaon experiments at the Project X Physics Study on Thursday. Photo: Joseph Piergrossi Fermilab physicist and Project X participant Bob Bernstein summed up this week’s Project X Physics Study in one word: “Intense.” In more ways than one, the word is apt for the workshop whose goal is to define the flagship effort of the Intensity Frontier at Fermilab. About 215 participants from around the United States and the world have…

Students conduct quadrat study in the Fermilab prairie in July 2009. Photo: Sue Sheehan For the past 20 years, Fermilab’s Education Office docents have taken school groups into the Fermilab prairie as a way for kids to learn about their local environment and to help keep track of plant species in Fermilab’s restored prairies. Over the past seven years, volunteers from the local community have also participated in these studies. Starting on June 26, docents will take one such group…

One of the five newborn bison calves stays close to its mother. Photo: Joseph Piergrossi Four weeks ago, Cleo Garcia, Fermilab’s resident bison herdsman, noticed a few bison cows had unusually full udders. Within the span of the past two weeks, those cows have given Fermilab five new calves. The new arrivals come as a big surprise. In 2010, Garcia and the farm’s veterinarians believed the timing of the cows’ breeding cycles would not allow them to reproduce. In early…

The Project X Physics Study at Fermilab runs through June 23. From June 14 to 23, the Project X Physics Study, hosted at Fermilab, will put particle physicists from around the United States and the globe to work on strategizing their future experiments using Fermilab’s planned multi-megawatt proton facility, Project X. Project X is currently a three-stage project that will produce the most intense proton beams in the world. As the flagship endeavor of the Intensity Frontier, where Fermilab hopes…

In a public lecture Tuesday night, Nobelist David Gross explained how particle physics can help us uncover the universe’s longstanding mysteries. Photo: Joseph Piergrossi David Gross, 2004 Nobel laureate in physics, took a large audience in Ramsey Auditorium on a wild ride Tuesday night, explaining connections between the Standard Model and the mystery of the origins of the universe in a nearly two-and-a-half hour presentation. Gross’s lecture focused on the role particle physics plays in our knowledge of the universe….

Graduate students have produced many of the scientific posters on display this week in the Wilson Hall atrium. The 2012 New Perspectives Conference will take place all day on Thursday, June 14, starting at 8 a.m. in Ramsey Auditorium. According to Graduate Student Association officer Brian Tice, 32 graduate students and postdocs submitted abstracts, a new record for the meeting. Of the 32, thirty graduate students and postdocs will present, up from 28 last year, which had set a previous…

Fermilab has been dealing with tremendous amounts of data for years using systems like these at the Grid Computing Center. Photo: Reidar Hahn With computing power and capabilities expanding and evolving at a rapid pace, the world has been producing exceedingly vast amounts of data. Annual worldwide computer use produces zettabytes of information – that’s a trillion gigabytes – and that figure is growing rapidly. The U.S. Office of Science and Technology Policy recently announced the Big Data Research and…

Matt Crawford is Fermilab’s new Contractor Assurance Systems Project Manager. Photo: Joseph Piergrossi Having worked at Fermilab for 20 years in various roles, Matt Crawford recently became the laboratory’s Contractor Assurance System Project Manager. Crawford’s new job is to develop better methods of assuring that Fermilab’s performance is up to DOE standard and managing risk in all parts of the laboratory. In 2010, the U.S. Department of Energy mandated the creation of the Contractor Assurance System (CAS) as a way…