Rhianna Wisniewski

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

High school teachers from all over the country gathered at Fermilab in July for a one-week workshop as part of the QuarkNet program. Teachers worked together in groups to solve physics problems using real LHC data. Forty one teachers from across the country learned about what it was like to work as part of a physics collaboration during the QuarkNet Boot camp at Fermilab in July. Photo: Reidar Hahn Boot camp usually brings to mind the mud crawling, wall scaling…

Mark Leininger Mark Leininger in 1978 at the home of Wally Wojak, a former Fermilab employee who also on the magnet program in the Technical Division. Mark Leininger and former Fermilab employee Rich Hawel on a motorcycle to Devil’s Lake in 1974. Mark Leininger is a problem solver. For the past few decades, he’s helped Fermilab solve problems that it hadn’t faced before, such as how to bend the magnets in the Main Ring to the proper curvature or how…

The latest result from DZero, announced Saturday at the European Physical Society conference, addresses the question of whether the top or the antitop quark is produced preferentially in the direction of the incoming proton. Figure courtesy of: Amnon Harel. Editor’s note: A special Wine and Cheese lecture on this result will take place at 2:30 p.m. today in One West. A new result from Fermilab’s DZero experiment was announced Saturday at the European Physical Society conference in Grenoble, France, studying…

Since Fermilab’s Employee Advisory Group originally convened more than a year ago, members have advised the laboratory’s directorate and associated divisions and sections on a variety of issues. Now, the group wants to hear from you. Please take a moment to fill out a brief survey designed to gauge employees’ views of management effectiveness at the laboratory. You can access the survey here and send the link to your colleagues. The survey will help the group to better understand what…

Members of Fermilab’s Quality Assurance group met with scientists from the Korea Institute of Energy Research. From left: Tom King, Jed Heyes and Bob Grant, all from Fermilab; Sang-Jin Choi and Seongeun Lee from the KIER; Hyukil Kwon from the Korea Reactor Integrity Surveillance Technology; John Martzel, Tom Gehrke and Kurt Mohr, all from Fermilab. Photo: Rhianna Wisniewski Three Korean scientists visited Fermilab last week to learn how to get a quality assurance program up and running. Sang-jin Choi and…

Kathy Burke One of Fermilab’s newest additions is here to help on both sides of the house. Kathy Burke, Fermilab’s new Employee Assistance Program on-site counselor, can provide guidance to managers and a range of counseling services to employees. Burke is an account manager for Employee Resources Systems, the new contractor to provide EAP services to the laboratory. She will be on site from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays. Burke, who has worked with EAP organizations for the…

FermiMail, a new integrated email and calendar system will begin rolling out to mail users this month. As part of a program to modernize email at Fermilab, the Computing Division will deploy FermiMail beginning this summer. The new system, dubbed FermiMail for its customized features, offers more reliable service and integrated features such as a calendar and meeting room planner. All Fermilab email users will transition to FermiMail. Some highlights of FermiMail are: Integrated email, calendar and address book functionality…

Stuart Henderson, Fermilab’s associate director for accelerators, spoke in a lecture yesterday on that laboratory’s plans for the accelerator complex and about Project X, a proposed accelerator. Fermilab’s exciting future was the focus of the first day of the laboratory’s annual Users’ Meeting. The two-day event features physics results, future initiatives and presentations from leaders of the scientific policy community. On Wednesday, a few hundred particle physicists and graduate students gathered in Fermilab’s Ramsey Auditorium, where speakers from NOvA, Mu2e,…

Tom Schwarz When Tom Schwarz began working on CDF nearly eight years ago, he didn’t expect to contribute to potentially game-changing results. But Schwarz’s work on the measurements of top quark properties has earned him a chance to dream big and this year’s Tollestrup Award. The Tollestrup Award is given annually for outstanding work conducted by a postdoctoral researcher at Fermilab or in collaboration with Fermilab scientists. Schwartz accepted the award Wednesday and gave a talk about his research during…

A plaque honoring Bruce Winstein for his accomplishments will be hung following the memorial lecture at the annual Users’ Meeting. A lecture this afternoon will honor the life and contributions of Bruce Winstein, an award-winning experimental particle physicist who made a great impact on the field of particle physics. Winstein died earlier this year. Ed Blucher, University of Chicago’s chairman of the Department of Physics, will give the memorial lecture at 4:55 p.m. in Ramsey Auditorium as part of Fermilab’s…