Rhianna Wisniewski

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

The next installment of a new cross-disciplinary conference dedicated to addressing the technological needs of future physics experiments will take place June 9-14. Technology and Instrumentation in Particle Physics 2011 (TIPP 2011) is the second in a new series of international conferences on detectors and instrumentation. Registration for the conference, which is sponsored in part by Fermilab, Argonne National Laboratory and the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics, remains open until May 31. Anyone wanting to attend the conference…

This year’s annual Users’ Meeting will feature new results from the Tevatron, Fermilab’s neutrino experiments, and high-energy physics results from CMS, as well as discussions on future experiments and plans. The meeting, which will take place on Wednesday, June 1, and Thursday, June 2, will also provide Fermilab employees and users a chance to learn more about international physics projects. All Fermilab employees are invited to attend. “We’ve got a great line up of presentations this year,” said Todd Adams,…

Fermilab Director Pier Oddone accepts on behalf of the laboratory a painting of the Big Woods Church from Karyl Louwenaar, a former laboratory intern. The painting and its subject have historical ties to the laboratory. Credit: Rhianna Wisniewski. On a chilly day in April, Fermilab Director Pier Oddone received a link to Fermilab’s past. Karyl Louwenaar, a former intern in the laboratory’s Public Information Office in 1969, had returned to the laboratory to pass along a historical painting. The painting,…

Bike to work week is May 16-20. If you ride to work you can log your miles through the Fermilab Bicycle Commuters webpage. Photo: Traffic Safety Subcommittee If you’re looking to save money and stay fit, biking to work could be your answer. Fermilab’s Environment, Safety and Health personnel and the Fermilab Bicycle Commuters want you to consider riding your bike to work next week. Although the entire month of May is Bike month, May 16-20 marks Bike to Work…

Bob Jensen at Industrial Building 2. Photo: Reidar Hahn. Bob Jensen has built nearly every type of magnet used in Fermilab’s accelerators. But the senior operations specialist will soon have time to focus on a different type of handiwork. He retires Friday after more than 42 years. Jensen, who sports a handlebar mustache and a hearty laugh, said the things he’ll remember most about Fermilab are his colleagues and always being challenged. He’ll also miss the laboratory’s can-do culture, which…

Fermilab Computer Security professional Tim Rupp prepares a display while waiting to discuss his job with students at the 2010 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Career Expo. On Wednesday, April 13, high school students from throughout the western suburban Chicago area will come to Fermilab to learn about potential career options in STEM fields. Fermilab will host the fourth annual Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Career Expo from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. on April 13. The event is free…

The MINERvA project at Fermilab was the recipient of the 2011 Secretary’s Award of Achievement. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu presented the award at the 2011 DOE Project Management Workshop in mid-March to (from left): Ted Lavine, Department of Energy Office of High Energy Physics; Bob DeMaat, deputy project manager for MINERvA; Steve Webster, the federal project director for MINERvA in the Department of Energy Fermi Site Office; Daniel Lehman, director in the Office of Project Assessment in the Office…

Mike Lindgren Fermilab scientist Mike Lindgren has been appointed as head of the laboratory’s Particle Physics Division. “Mike is an outstanding choice to lead PPD,” said Associate Director for Research Greg Bock. “The division is in very good hands.” In the letter announcing Lindgren’s appointment, Fermilab Director Pier Oddone said he was “delighted and impressed” with Lindgren’s leadership. Lindgren has held leadership positions within the division during the past few years, including most recently as acting head. During these years,…

The red arrow in the plot above points to a new record number of antiprotons, 608 x1010, stored in the Recycler as of March 22, 2011. A group of employees from Fermilab’s Accelerator Division took advantage of unexpected downtime in the accelerator complex this week after a lightning strike damaged a magnet. Fermilab’s Main Injector and Recycler Department, led by Ioannis Kourbannis, used part of the two week shut down to test the Recycler’s storage capability. Although the Tevatron was…

Fermilab will shut off all nonessential lights in Wilson Hall between 8:30-9:30 p.m. CDT on Saturday, March 26, as part of Earth Hour. Fermilab’s Wilson Hall stands 16 stories above the surrounding prairie, serving as a beacon for the northwestern suburbs. For one hour on Saturday, March 26, between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m., Fermilab would like to improve its energy conservation efforts in Wilson Hall by joining businesses, organizations and homes around the world in darkness. Earth Hour, a global…