Rhianna Wisniewski

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

An undergraduate student in the Summer Internships in Science and Technology internship program gives her presentation in 2009. Photo: Cindy Arnold. Each summer, a few dozen undergraduate and high school students from around the world convene on Fermilab to participate in various internship programs. These programs, which range in length from six-12 weeks, succeed largely in part because of the dedicated individuals who give their time to mentoring these students, said Carol Angarola, internship program coordinator in Fermilab’s Education Office….

Michael Weis In late December, DOE appointed Michael Weis to the position of Fermi site manager for the Office of Science. Weis replaces Joanna Livengood, who is now site office manager at Argonne National Laboratory. “I’m really excited about being here,” Weis said. “I’m looking forward to continuing to build on the partnership that is already established here by Joanna and Deputy Site Manager Mark Bollinger; to work with Pier and his team to make sure we can be successful.”…

Marcela Carena Fermilab theoretical physicist Marcela Carena has received an Alexander von Humboldt Research Award, a prestigious award recognizing a lifetime of achievement in research. “I am deeply honored by the community’s appreciation toward the work that I have done," Carena said. Matthias Neubert, Chair of Theoretical Particle Physics at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany, nominated Carena for this award. Neubert’s nomination cited Carena’s important contributions to physics at the weak scale, highlighting her work on: detailed predictions for the…

Judy Jackson When Judy Jackson began working at Fermilab in 1991, she planted seeds for more open and transparent communication. More than 20 years later, her efforts continue to bear fruit for Fermilab and the particle physics community worldwide. “She has broken completely new ground regarding the way that science is communicated,” said Neil Calder, former SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory head of communications and Jackson’s long-time colleague. Jackson will retire next month. Thursday is her last day at the laboratory….

Engineering physicist Larry Allen in the Linac. Allen retired in December after nearly 39 years. In some ways, Larry Allen and the Linac have matured together. When Allen began working at Fermilab in 1972, the Linac was in its infant stages. Allen wasn’t very old either – he’d just finished a program at DeVry. "I saw an ad for Fermilab and thought that this would be a cool place to work," Allen said. It was. But Allen hasn’t just worked…

Fermilab scientist Ray Stefanski, who was integral to the design and construction of the MiniBooNE experiment, celebrates the completion of construction in 2002. It was late summer of 1969 when Ray Stefanski drove his Sunbeam Alpine from Brookhaven to Fermilab. The coupe allowed him a great view as he drove past the Fermilab landscape. “I thought, this could be a good place to stay for a few years, and then I’ll get myself a real job,” Stefanski said. But he…