Sarah Charley

Sarah Charley is senior writer in the Fermilab Office of Communication.

Samantha Poeppelman Samantha Poeppelman was going to study biology in college, but that was before she fell in love with international relations. Now she is Fermilab’s new International Services Administrator and will help foreign nationals at Fermilab navigate everything from temporary work contracts to basic life services. Poeppelman, who is from a small town in Ohio, made the decision to study international relations during her freshman year at the University of Kentucky. “I lived behind the international students’ dorm. If…

Composer Mason Bates performs a previous symphony, “Mothership,” with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Watch a clip from that show here. Editor’s note: The Chicago Symphony Orchestra will perform contempory composer Mason Bates’ newest symphony, “Alternative Energy,” at 8 p.m. from Feb. 2 to Feb. 4 and Feb. 7. This piece features sounds collected at Fermilab last spring, including hums from refrigeration units, growls from transformers and the quenching of a Tevatron magnet. Most Fermilab personnel have learned to ignore the…

From left: Fermilab Deputy Director Young-Kee Kim; Gina Rameika, PPD; Kevin Bomstad and Jason Whittaker, Whittaker Construction and Excavation; Dixon Bogert, Fermilab; Mike Weis, DOE; Fermilab Director Pier Oddone; Erik Gottschalk, PPD. Photo: Reidar Hahn Despite the biting cold and snow, scientists and Fermilab personnel gathered outside to break ground for Fermilab’s new Liquid Argon Test Facility. The facility, expected to be completed spring 2013, will house liquid-argon based experiments. Scientists have speculated since the 1980s that liquid argon could…

Rocky Kolb On Friday, Jan. 20, renowned astrophysicist Rocky Kolb from the University of Chicago spoke as a part of Fermilab’s Public Lecture Series and reminded us that there is still much to discover about our cosmos. Kolb opened his lecture by examining the possibility of other “earths” among neighboring stars and then switched to a discussion about his two areas of research: graviton detection and the search for dark matter. Kolb explained that looking through a telescope is actually…