Sarah Charley

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

Brendan Kiburg (left) and Peter Winter (right) assemble a detector prototype for the Muon g-2 experiment. Tests occurred in the Fermilab Test Beam Facility. Photo: Volodya Tishchenko Muon g-2 scientists are on the hunt for the perfect detector that will satisfy their experimental needs and prepare the project for an upcoming NSF grant review. Muon g-2 collaboration members from across the country assembled at Fermilab to test-drive the different detector options with the electron beam in the Fermilab Test Beam…

As envisioned, the Illinois Accelerator Research Center will provide approximately 83,000 square feet of technical, office and classroom space for scientists and industrial partners. On March 21, Fermilab awarded the Office, Technical and Education building construction contract for the Illinois Accelerator Research Center to Barton Malow, a national construction company with offices in Chicago. Construction will begin this month. “Barton Malow is clearly qualified and offered the most competitive package of the contractors who responded,” said Bob Kephart, the IARC…

This Fermilab Accelerator Complex Illustration shows the upgrade plan. Photo: Reidar Hahn Technicians and engineers have a lot of work ahead as the beam line and accelerator complex is revamped to sustain a faster-pulsed, more intense proton beam. The 11-month long shutdown of the beam line for upgrades begins today. “This is going to be the most work done on the beam line and its supporting infrastructure since the Main Injector was constructed in the mid-1990s,” said Cons Gattuso, who…

The successful testing of this cryomodule at Fermilab will pave the way for future projects. Photo: Reidar Hahn Scientists and engineers recently completed testing Fermilab’s first SRF cryomodule, CM1, in what they are calling a successful experiment. The R&D knowledge gained from this testing will pave the way for more advance cryomodules for linear accelerators, such as the proposed Project X and ILC. “We wanted to prove that we can operate and support SRF technology at Fermilab,” said Elvin Harms,…

James Rollins Bestselling science fiction author James Rollins visited Fermilab on April 16 seeking inspiration for his next novel. “I’m always looking for a piece of science that I can play with and extrapolate into something exciting,” Rollins said. “I always have my antenna up, watching, making notes, looking for new ideas and information. Then I look for connections between bits of science and history I’ve collected and I formulate a story around it.” Rollins came to Fermilab after a…

Local high school students spoke with professionals from across the STEM fields at Fermilab’s fifth annual career expo. Photo: Sarah Charley On April 11, more than 500 students and parents from the west suburban Chicago area converged on Wilson Hall for the fifth annual STEM Career Expo. STEM careers, which include science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields, are important in our increasingly technical society. But many students are not exposed to these fields during high school. “In high school, most…

This watercolor by Vesna Jovanovic, titled “Timespans,” is now on display in the Fermilab Art Gallery. Image courtesy of Vesna Jovanovic The artist reception for the exhibit “Potential Energy” will take place today from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Fermilab Art Gallery. This spring, the Fermilab Art Gallery diverged from its typical invitation-only exhibits and hosted a juried show that features work from local artists centered on a single theme: potential energy. The show will run until May 9….

One of Fermilab’s new bulls gets a taste of life on the Illinois prairie. Photo: Cindy Arnold They may not be as cute and cuddly as a newborn bison, but the two bulls recently delivered from Silver Bison Ranch in western Wisconsin will help ensure that future Fermilab calves are strong and plentiful. “We don’t want to interbreed our herd, so every couple years we get bulls from another ranch,” senior ground keeper Cleo Garcia said. The two bulls traveled…

Sample of caption text. Sample of caption text. After several years of practicing law for the Department of Defense, Trevor Orsinger was ready for a change. “I grew up in Wheaton and, as a little kid, I remember going on field trips to Fermilab,” Orsinger said. “I know Fermilab is a revered and great institution with a noble mission. I wanted to be part of that.” When a position in the Fermilab Legal Office opened, Orsinger seized the opportunity to…

Trevor Orsinger After several years of practicing law for the Department of Defense, Trevor Orsinger was ready for a change. “I grew up in Wheaton and, as a little kid, I remember going to Fermilab,” Orsinger said. “I know Fermilab is a revered and great institution with a noble mission. I wanted to be part of that.” When a position in the Fermilab Legal Office opened, Orsinger seized the opportunity to return to DuPage county and switch his law career…