Rhianna Wisniewski

Rhianna Wisniewski writes news articles on behalf of the Fermilab Office of Communication.

Members of the prototype proton CT scanner collaboration move the detector into the CDH Proton Center in Warrenville. Photo: Reidar Hahn A prototype proton CT scanner developed by Fermilab and Northern Illinois University could someday reduce the amount of radiation delivered to healthy tissue in a patient undergoing cancer treatment. The proton CT scanner would better target radiation doses to the cancerous tumors during proton therapy treatment. Physicists recently started testing with beam at the CDH Proton Center in Warrenville…. More »

Now that the IARC Office, Technical and Education Building has received beneficial occupancy, Fermilab can begin outfitting the interior. Photo: Reidar Hahn Fermilab teams are hard at work preparing the spaces that will foster accelerator innovation and collaboration with private industry partners. Those spaces compose the Illinois Accelerator Research Center, which should be up and running by this time next year. The center’s two buildings, the Heavy Assembly Building (HAB) and the Office, Technical and Education Building, are still in… More »

Hasan Padamsee Many Fermilab researchers may recognize Hasan Padamsee’s name from the cover of one of their former textbooks. Now, the man who literally wrote the book on superconducting radio-frequency technology is leading Fermilab’s Technical Division and the laboratory’s SRF program. He began in his new role as Technical Division head on Monday, June 2. He takes over from David Harding, who has served as acting Technical Division head since December 2013. “David’s fantastic leadership has left the division in… More »

Thanks to science, we get more for less. We get more features on a newer car model, more data and information stored on a computer, and all for the same or lowered cost. That same principle applies to accelerator R&D, where improving the performance and lowering the cost can help open doors to new ideas. The Department of Energy recently named Fermilab physicist and 2013 Peoples Fellow Anna Grassellino as a recipient of the prestigious Early Career Research Award for… More »

Fermilab scientist John Cooper has collected two years’ worth of data on the states represented in the Wilson Hall parking lot’s license plates. At Fermilab, the close parking spaces go to those who arrive early. John Cooper is not an early riser, so on the long walks from his car every morning, he does mental exercises in order to prepare for his workday. Beginning in early 2012, the NOvA project manager began memorizing the out-of-state license plates he saw each… More »

Eric Dahl, a joint Fermilab-Northwestern University physicist, recently received an award from the Department of Energy to develop a new style of particle detector for finding dark matter particles, the nearly invisible matter that makes up more than 80 percent of our universe. Dahl is a recipient of the DOE Early Career Research Award, a prestigious honor given annually to outstanding scientists early in their careers. University researchers receive $150,000 a year for five years to cover summer salary and… More »

LHC Physics Center co-coordinators Meenakshi Narain (left) and Boaz Klima work to develop a vibrant community centered on LHC research. Every few years, two new individuals take over leadership of the LHC Physics Center to continue successfully supporting hundreds of remote CMS collaborators. Meenakshi Narain, a professor of physics at Brown University, and Boaz Klima, Fermilab physicist, recently began as co-coordinators of the LHC Physics Center (LPC). They succeeded Ian Shipsey and Rick Cavanaugh. Narain and Klima have known each… More »

Twenty years ago, Fermilab scientist Peter Kasper, pictured, and the Computing Sector’s Ruth Pordes developed a Unix code management system free to the public. Members of the scientific community make use of it to this day. Photo: Reidar Hahn Every once in a while, something prompts you to take a walk down memory lane. For Peter Kasper, Fermilab physicist, and Ruth Pordes, associate head of the Computing Sector, that something was an email they received last month about software made… More »