Nigel Lockyer

Nigel Lockyer is the Fermilab director.

Fermilab DirectorNigel Lockyer Scientists studying the cosmic microwave background (CMB) have made another large discovery. The announcement of evidence for gravitational waves from the universe’s inflationary epoch has a lot of people excited and was the talk of the week among particle physicists at Fermilab. It is truly impressive how much information has been extracted from the light that was generated 380,000 years after the big bang. For a particle physicist, the big question is, “What does it mean?” By…

Fermilab DirectorNigel Lockyer This summer will mark a very important time for the field of U.S. particle physics. At the end of May, the Particle Physics Project Prioritization Panel will present our community’s next long-term plan to the High-Energy Physics Advisory Panel, which advises DOE and NSF. This will culminate almost two years of very hard work on behalf of our community — beginning back in October 2012 with the kickoff of the Snowmass process. While many eyes will be…

Fermilab DirectorNigel Lockyer This month, we moved a step closer to completing on time and on budget the most ambitious construction project that Fermilab has taken on in the last 10 years, the NOvA experiment. The construction of this project started in 2009. With the help of the Department of Energy, the University of Minnesota, Caltech and many other institutions and funding agencies, all detector modules are now in place. The first segments in Ash River are recording neutrinos from…

Traveling

Fermilab Director Nigel Lockyer is traveling. The Director’s Corner will not appear in today’s issue. It will return in two weeks.

Fermilab DirectorNigel Lockyer In September an online feedback form was made available for Fermilab employees to submit comments and suggestions on how to make Fermilab a more productive and vibrant place to work. Thank you to the 173 employees who took the time to send many thoughtful ideas. This column will briefly summarize the actions we’ve taken in response to the feedback that you provided over the past four months. Almost half of the items you submitted either have been…

Fermilab DirectorNigel Lockyer Last week, Congress passed and the President signed into law an omnibus spending bill that will fund the federal government through the end of September. The bill contains good news for U.S. particle physics and for our laboratory. Funding for the two federal agencies that supply most U.S. particle physics funding — the Department of Energy’s Office of Science and the National Science Foundation — is up about four percent from FY13. The Department of Energy’s Office…

Fermilab DirectorNigel Lockyer Happy New Year. I hope everyone had an enjoyable break — there is nothing like the holiday season to clear the mind and recharge the batteries! The year ahead will be an important one for defining the long-term vision for Fermilab. Here are a few highlights we can look forward to in 2014. The final report from the Particle Physics Project Prioritization Panel: The U.S. particle physics community’s planning process kicked off last fall with the establishment…

Fermilab DirectorNigel Lockyer With the end of the year upon us, I would like to continue to acknowledge the hard work and progress on many key lab projects and initiatives that happened in 2013. The Dec. 3 Director’s Corner highlighted successes and milestones from the accelerator and operations sectors; this week, we focus on the particle physics and computing sectors. Congratulations to all of you for the following accomplishments: Making excellent progress on the construction of the NOvA and MicroBooNE…

Fermilab DirectorNigel Lockyer With 2013 coming to a close, I’d like to take this opportunity to acknowledge a few of the lab’s major accomplishments over the past 12 months. It has been a challenging year for us on many fronts, yet because of your continued focus and determination, Fermilab continues to make considerable progress on key projects and achieve many milestones. I look forward to celebrating the year’s achievements with all staff and users at Friday’s labwide party, starting at…

Fermilab DirectorNigel Lockyer My primary goal as laboratory director is to ensure that Fermilab is functioning at the highest level possible, with all of its scientific and operational aspects working together effectively. Achieving that goal over the next decade will require us to work together to overcome two big challenges: managing several construction projects while operating the country’s largest accelerator complex and carrying out these activities within an atmosphere of continuing fiscal restraint. The community has recognized our skill and…