Rich Blaustein

Fermilab is developing superconducting accelerating cavities similar to this one for SLAC’s Linac Coherent Light Source II. Photo: Reidar Hahn Now one year into its five-year construction plan, the Linac Coherent Light Source II, an electron accelerator project at SLAC, will produce a high-power free-electron laser for cutting-edge scientific explorations ranging from refined observations of molecules and cellular interactions to innovative materials engineering. Cornell University as well as Argonne National Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Fermilab and Thomas Jefferson National…

Lothar Bauerdick   Vivian O’Dell In March, the Large Hadron Collider will start up again, colliding particles at unprecedented high energies and opening up new worlds of discovery. In preparation for the LHC’s restart, the U.S. CMS group (consisting of the roughly 1,000 U.S. scientists working on the CMS experiment) has announced a new leadership team, including one new position. Patricia McBride, recent U.S. CMS operations program manager, moved to become the head of Fermilab’s Particle Physics Division last year….

From left: Fermilab’s Jim Kowalkowski, Marc Paterno, Saba Sehrish, Steve Kent, all of the Scientific Computing Division, and Scott Dodelson, Particle Physics Division, contributed to DESC as part of its Software Working Group, which Dodelson leads. Photo: Rich Blaustein At the supercomputing conference SC14, held in November, Fermilab astrophysics and computing experts achieved a milestone with a demonstration run of the analysis framework software they are developing for the Dark Energy Science Collaboration (DESC) of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope….

Folk singer Sheila McKenzie performs at Ramsey Auditorium on Dec. 6, 1974, in an early Fermilab Arts and Lecture Series performance. Photo: Fermilab This year the Fermilab Arts and Lecture Series celebrates 40 years of presenting events to the Fermilab and local communities. Over the years, the program has offered speakers as diverse as Stephen Hawking and Stephen J. Gould and performers as varied as Philip Glass and the South African a cappella singing group Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Currently, the…

Tanja Waltrip manages Fermilab’s student and teacher science internship programs. Photo: Reidar Hahn What is your position with Fermilab? I am the internship program administrator for the Education Office. I’ve been in the position for one year. I oversee 11 programs. Most are typically about 10 summer weeks. One program is the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy SIR Program. Those students are here every Wednesday from September through April and for six full weeks in the summer. The other programs…

Fermilab has begun construction on new beamlines for its muon programs, Muon g-2 and Mu2e. Image: Fermilab Editor’s note: The construction of the beamlines for Fermilab’s muon experiments necessitates the closure of part of Kautz Road. See the Dec. 8 issue of Fermilab Today for more about the road closure. This month construction has commenced on beamline tunnel extensions for Fermilab’s two muon experiments, Mu2e and Muon g-2. In the area of the current Delivery Ring (the former Antiproton Debuncher),…

These Fermilab physicists organize DZero tours led by physicists involved in the DZero experiment. From left: Bill Lee, Stefan Gruenendahl and George Ginther. Rich Blaustein, OC This fall, the DZero site welcomed its 2,500th visitor since arranged tours began in February 2012. Fermilab physicist and DZero co-spokesperson Dmitri Denisov hopes this milestone will spur on more of the Fermilab community and the public to tour the DZero detector site, where its namesake, the DZero detector, operated from 1992 to 2011…

Trees are bare and snow covers the ground on a late November day in the Village. Photo: Rich Blaustein, OC

Stanley Wojcicki In late October, the American Physical Society Division of Particles and Fields announced that Stanford University professor emeritus of physics and Fermilab collaborator Stanley Wojcicki has been selected as the 2015 recipient of the W.K.H. Panofsky Prize in experimental particle physics. Panofsky, who died in 2007, was SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory’s first director, holding that position from 1961 to 1984. “I knew Pief Panovsky for about 40 years, and I think he was a great man not only…