Director’s corner

Fermilab DirectorNigel Lockyer This month, we moved a step closer to completing on time and on budget the most ambitious construction project that Fermilab has taken on in the last 10 years, the NOvA experiment. The construction of this project started in 2009. With the help of the Department of Energy, the University of Minnesota, Caltech and many other institutions and funding agencies, all detector modules are now in place. The first segments in Ash River are recording neutrinos from…

Traveling

Fermilab Director Nigel Lockyer is traveling. The Director’s Corner will not appear in today’s issue. It will return in two weeks.

Fermilab DirectorNigel Lockyer In September an online feedback form was made available for Fermilab employees to submit comments and suggestions on how to make Fermilab a more productive and vibrant place to work. Thank you to the 173 employees who took the time to send many thoughtful ideas. This column will briefly summarize the actions we’ve taken in response to the feedback that you provided over the past four months. Almost half of the items you submitted either have been…

Fermilab DirectorNigel Lockyer Last week, Congress passed and the President signed into law an omnibus spending bill that will fund the federal government through the end of September. The bill contains good news for U.S. particle physics and for our laboratory. Funding for the two federal agencies that supply most U.S. particle physics funding — the Department of Energy’s Office of Science and the National Science Foundation — is up about four percent from FY13. The Department of Energy’s Office…

Fermilab DirectorNigel Lockyer Happy New Year. I hope everyone had an enjoyable break — there is nothing like the holiday season to clear the mind and recharge the batteries! The year ahead will be an important one for defining the long-term vision for Fermilab. Here are a few highlights we can look forward to in 2014. The final report from the Particle Physics Project Prioritization Panel: The U.S. particle physics community’s planning process kicked off last fall with the establishment…

Fermilab DirectorNigel Lockyer With the end of the year upon us, I would like to continue to acknowledge the hard work and progress on many key lab projects and initiatives that happened in 2013. The Dec. 3 Director’s Corner highlighted successes and milestones from the accelerator and operations sectors; this week, we focus on the particle physics and computing sectors. Congratulations to all of you for the following accomplishments: Making excellent progress on the construction of the NOvA and MicroBooNE…

Fermilab DirectorNigel Lockyer With 2013 coming to a close, I’d like to take this opportunity to acknowledge a few of the lab’s major accomplishments over the past 12 months. It has been a challenging year for us on many fronts, yet because of your continued focus and determination, Fermilab continues to make considerable progress on key projects and achieve many milestones. I look forward to celebrating the year’s achievements with all staff and users at Friday’s labwide party, starting at…

Fermilab DirectorNigel Lockyer My primary goal as laboratory director is to ensure that Fermilab is functioning at the highest level possible, with all of its scientific and operational aspects working together effectively. Achieving that goal over the next decade will require us to work together to overcome two big challenges: managing several construction projects while operating the country’s largest accelerator complex and carrying out these activities within an atmosphere of continuing fiscal restraint. The community has recognized our skill and…

P5 at Fermilab

Fermilab DirectorNigel Lockyer While this would normally be a “bye week” for my column, I wanted to take the chance to inform the entire laboratory community about this past weekend’s meeting of the Particle Physics Project Prioritization Panel (P5). The panel, chaired by Steve Ritz from UC Santa Cruz, is charged with developing an updated strategic plan for the United States that can be executed over a 10-year period in support of a 20-year global vision for the field. The…

Fermilab DirectorNigel Lockyer The first public meeting of the newest incarnation of the Particle Physics Project Prioritization Panel — known informally as P5 — will take place this weekend at Fermilab. Our lab is honored to be the first to host the panel, which has been charged by DOE and NSF with developing an updated strategic plan for U.S. high-energy physics under various budget scenarios. The P5 process is critically important for Fermilab as it will guide the focus of…