Sarah Witman

Walking the line

A red-legged partridge takes in the scenery along the Fermilab bike path. This partridge is not native to the United States, so it is likely among those that were released on site by the state of Illinois. It also may have escaped captivity. Photo: Sarah Witman, DO

Fermilab Director Nigel Lockyer presents Accelerator Division’s Todd Johnson with the 2013 Director’s Award for his outstanding volunteer work with K-12 students. Photo: Cindy Arnold Fermilab Director Nigel Lockyer took time last week to thank employees who have volunteered in the lab’s precollege education programs during the past year. In a reception held in Wilson Hall’s second-floor crossover on Thursday, Oct. 3, Lockyer presented nine awards to outstanding Fermilab volunteers, including the 2013 Director’s Award for excellence in precollege education,…

Members of US CMS celebrate the news that this year’s Nobel Prize in physics was given in honor of the prediction of the Higgs boson. Collaborators enjoy several cakes, two of which bear the words, “Congrats, CMS.” The CMS and ATLAS experiments announced the discovery of the Higgs boson at the LHC last year. Photo: Sarah Witman, DO

The staging plan for the proposed Muon Collider includes a short- and long-baseline neutrino factory, a Higgs factory and a multi-TeV collider. Image: Muon Accelerator Program This summer, physicists were abuzz discussing the preliminary conclusions of the Muon Accelerator Staging Study. The MASS working group is studying the physics potential for a series of facilities based on novel technologies being developed by the U.S. Muon Accelerator Program led by Fermilab. The working group envisions a four-stage program intended to save…

Jim Wilson, seen here at MI8, oversees the procurement of hardware used in experiments such as NuMI and NOvA. Photo: Reidar Hahn How long have you been at Fermilab? This November it will be 35 years. I started out working in the machine shop as an instrument machinist, then I was an instrument maker, and then I became a working foreman before I moved over to the Accelerator Division. I absolutely love it here; it’s a great place. What is…

Steve Nahn This fall, Steve Nahn begins work as project manager of the US CMS phase I detector upgrade project. Nahn comes to Fermilab as a guest scientist and will be in charge of upgrading equipment that is vital to the CMS experiment at CERN. CMS is designed to study the products of collisions from two counter-circulating proton beams, and in the next few years the rate of these collisions is expected to increase. The experiment’s detector will need to…