Rich Blaustein

Accelerator Division scientists Roger Dixon and Erik Ramberg were recognized by Director Nigel Lockyer last week for their contributions to the Saturday Morning Physics program at Fermilab. Photo: Reidar Hahn At the annual education volunteers reception on Oct. 20, Fermilab Director Nigel Lockyer presented Fermilab physicists Roger Dixon and Erik Ramberg with the Director’s Award for their more than 15 years of running Fermilab’s Saturday Morning Physics education program. Lockyer praised Dixon and Ramberg’s decades of commitment to teaching physics…

Antonio Ereditato (left), head of the Laboratory for High Energy Physics at the University of Bern, and scientist Thomas Strauss, also of the University of Bern, work on MicroBooNE’s UV laser calibration system. Photo: Reidar Hahn Fermilab’s MicroBooNE experiment, expected to launch in early 2015, could very well help determine whether a hypothesized fourth neutrino — referred to as a sterile neutrino — would join the three confirmed ones. Anticipating significant, perhaps momentous, findings, Fermilab and outside collaborators are working…

Fermilab recently hosted scientists from all over the world for a workshop on neutrino beams and instrumentation. Photo: Reidar Hahn From Sept. 23-26, Fermilab hosted the Ninth International Workshop on Neutrino Beams and Instrumentation (NBI 2014). Fermilab’s Alberto Marchionni, neutrino physicist in the Accelerator Division, and Bob Zwaska, accelerator physicist in the Accelerator Physics Center, co-chaired NBI 2014. Marchionni and Zwaska said the conference was a big success, with discussions chiefly concerning target materials, facility designs with increased neutrino beam…

Fermilab docent Dee Huie, left, and Education Office’s Maureen Hix show off the milkweed plants intended to attract monarch butterflies to the Fermilab site. The greener milkweed on the left was grown from seed and does not yet have a seed pod. The more yellow milkweed, which has a seed pod, was transplanted to the site. Photo: Rich Blaustein The monarch butterfly has been in the news recently because of its dramatically dwindling population due to a variety of factors,…

What is your title here and what program are you with? I am an “engineering co-op” — part of the Cooperative Education Program at Fermilab — with the Accelerator Division Mechanical Support Department. I study mechanical engineering at Kettering University in Michigan for two quarters, and I come here for the summer and winter quarters. I began at Fermilab the summer of 2011, and I finish this Friday, Sept. 26. And then what will you do? I have one more…