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Renee Robbins’ painting "Golden Ratio" is on display in the Fermilab Art Gallery. The Fermilab Art Gallery will host an artist reception open to the public on Sept. 26 at 5 p.m. for its newest exhibit “Negentropy,” now on display. The work of featured artists Renee Robbins and Bruce Riley contrasts sharply with the last gallery exhibit, replacing subdued lakeshore scenes with their collection of bold, dynamic representations of life. “I’m really inspired by nature and all the diversity of…

Jennifer Gondorchin makes sure Fermilab staff understand their employee benefits. Photo: Reidar Hahn What is your role at the laboratory? It is my responsibility to oversee the administration of Fermilab’s benefit plans as well as the communication of the plans to our employees. How long have you been at Fermilab? I’ve been here two years as of June. What do you enjoy most about your job? I enjoy getting to know the employees. I try to put myself in their…

Harsha Panunganti of Northern Illinois University works on the laser system (turned off here) normally used to create electron beams from a photocathode. Photo: Reidar Hahn Lasers are cool, except when they’re clunky, expensive and delicate. So a collaboration led by RadiaBeam Technologies, a California-based technology firm actively involved in accelerator R&D, is designing an electron beam source that doesn’t need a laser. The team led by Luigi Faillace, a scientist at RadiaBeam, is testing a carbon nanotube cathode —…

Summer intern Sheri Lopez, here with son Dominic, pursues her love of physics as a student at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos. She spent this summer at Fermilab as a summer intern. Photo courtesy of Sheri Lopez Dominic is two. He is obsessed with “Despicable Me” and choo-choos. His mom Sheri Lopez is 29, obsessed with physics, and always wanted to be an astronaut. But while Dominic’s future is full of possibilities, his mom’s options are narrower. Lopez is…

This aerial view shows the Neutrino Area under construction in May 1971. The 15-foot bubble chamber, pictured on the left, would later be moved to the present-day location of Lab B. Photo: Fermilab It was called Target Station C. One of three stations north of Wilson Hall at the end of beamlines extending from the Main Ring (later replaced by the Tevatron), Target Station C was assigned to experiments that would require high beam intensities for investigating neutrino interactions, according…

Students are meeting at Fermilab for two weeks for this year’s Hadron Collider Physics Summer School. Photo: Reidar Hahn The Hadron Collider Physics Summer School (HCPSS) made its biannual visit to Fermilab over the past two weeks, with a goal of uniting collider physics theory and experiment in the minds of graduate students and young postdocs. “Experimentalists and theorists really work hand in hand on two ends of the same problem. There’s a lot of interaction there,” said the school’s…