Sarah Witman

The Fermilab Inventor Recognition Awards ceremony takes place on Monday, Nov. 18, at 1:30 p.m. in Ramsey Auditorium. In a special lecture and awards ceremony next week, Fermilab Director Nigel Lockyer will formally recognize 50 lab employees for their technological innovations over the past 10-plus years. These employees are responsible for a variety of patents and record-of-invention submissions that have contributed to important advancements in technology between 2000 and 2012. The ceremony will take place on Monday, Nov. 18, at…

The SeaQuest experiment, run jointly by 15 institutions including Argonne Lab and Fermilab, saw beam last week for the first time in more than a year. While the beam was shut down during Fermilab’s accelerator upgrade, experimenters and technicians made updates to the spectrometer, shown here. Photo: Sarah Witman Scientists from Fermilab, Argonne and 13 other international institutions on the SeaQuest experiment are in good spirits now that the experiment has seen beam for the first time in more than…

Volunteers dish out a hot meal for attendees of the Veterans Day event at Kuhn Barn, complete with a festive sheet cake. Photo: Sarah Witman, DO Each year, Fermilab hosts an event at Kuhn Barn to commemorate Veterans Day and recognize Fermilab employees who have served in the armed forces. Photo: Sarah Witman, DO The Color Guard for the event comprised four students from East High. This traditional ceremony is meant to represent protecting the flag, therein guarding a nation’s…

A doorway on the 15th floor warns those who enter to beware. WDRS’ unflappable Barb Brooks take prisoners Nicole Gee and Karen Karlix-Smith back to jail. WDRS show off their cute and corny candy corns. The east side of the 15th floor is decked out with ghoulish spider webs, an all-seeing cat eye and not at all off-putting food. Photos: Sarah Witman

Fermilab Materials Specialist Todd Wagner runs through inventory at the Fermilab Boneyard, a place where experiments’ leftover materials are stored. Photo: Reidar Hahn Just about as far north as you can get on the Fermilab grounds, behind a locked security gate, is a place called the Boneyard. Towering mounds of cables sit beside equally tall spools of wire. A speedboat-sized canister of neon gas neighbors the concrete remains of an underground tunnel. This is the final resting place for leftover…

These employees attended Fermilab’s Diversity Champions employee volunteer recognition reception on Oct. 2. The Equal Opportunity & Diversity Office held the event to thank volunteers for their hard work over the years championing diversity within and outside of the lab. Photo: Jim Shultz Fermilab’s Equal Opportunity and Diversity Office recognized employee volunteers at a reception held on Wilson Hall’s 15th floor on Oct. 2. The office, led by Equal Opportunity Manager Dianne Engram and Equal Opportunity Specialist Sandra Charles, hosted…

Terri Shaw is an electrical engineer in the Particle Physics Division. Photo: Reidar Hahn How long have you been at Fermilab? Almost 30 years. I started as a co-op student in 1981 in the Accelerator Division. I liked it so much I applied for a permanent position when I graduated in ’85. I started in the Particle Instrumentation Group of the Research Division, working for CDF. What is a typical day for you like? I don’t always know what I’m…

A peregrine falcon stands on a ledge on Wilson Hall’s 15th floor. While changes in climate have caused a decline in on other types of birds at Fermilab, certain predatory birds like this falcon have seen an uptick. Photo: Reidar Hahn According to the Fermilab Bird List, the lab is a haven for more than 200 bird species. But changes in climate have led to the decline of some species in recent years, bird monitors say. Peter Kasper, Fermilab physicist,…

Researchers at the Fermilab Test Beam Facility have a more comfortable place to work while their experiments run now that the MTest control room has been renovated. FTBF will begin building a new MCenter control room soon. Photo: Sarah Witman, DO The Fermilab Test Beam Facility, on the brink of building a new MCenter control room, is fresh off another update: renovating its MTest control room. The FTBF, housed on the west side of the Meson Detector Building, uses two…