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Construction projects will cause road closures beginning in April. Photo: Cynthia Horwitz If you drive by the Industrial Center Building this week, you’ll see a construction crew excavating a seven-foot deep hole near the Tractricious sculpture. This work is part of a trio of large-scale infrastructure projects planned for now through the end of summer to upgrade the industrial area of the laboratory. In the short-term the work may cause some headaches because of traffic slowdowns and periodic detours, but…

Brian Kramper After working at Fermilab for 37 years, Brian Kramper launched a second career as a massage therapist. “It’s like the other end of the spectrum,” said Kramper, who worked as a programmer in the Accelerator Division until he retired in December. “I enjoy helping people heal themselves.” Helping people is something Kramper excelled at while at Fermilab. One of his earliest positions was as a liaison between the operators running experiments and others at the laboratory. At the…

Marcela Carena Fermilab theoretical physicist Marcela Carena has received an Alexander von Humboldt Research Award, a prestigious award recognizing a lifetime of achievement in research. “I am deeply honored by the community’s appreciation toward the work that I have done," Carena said. Matthias Neubert, Chair of Theoretical Particle Physics at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany, nominated Carena for this award. Neubert’s nomination cited Carena’s important contributions to physics at the weak scale, highlighting her work on: detailed predictions for the…

Merle Olson Merle Olson is looking forward to retirement and finally spending time with his wife and family. He has been working since he was in high school, first to help his single mother support her five children, and then to support his own family of six. Olson, senior engineering associate, retired from Fermilab in December after 26 years of service devoted to the FESS engineering group, which was known as Tevatron Construction when Olson joined the laboratory in 1984….

Bonnie Fleming and Mitch Soderberg working on the ArgoNeut detector. Photo: Reidar Hahn. As they uncover the secrets of matter and energy, physics experiments often change our perspective of the world around us. Examining the experiments also can reveal new landscapes of color, symmetry and light. Beginning on Friday, Feb. 11, the Fermilab Art Gallery will feature “Through the Lens,” an exhibit of photographs by Reidar Hahn and the Particle Physics Photowalk participants. The exhibit showcases the equipment and people…

Ben Lee fellow Graham Kribs on Mount Blanc, the highest mountain in Western Europe. Graham Kribs lives for adventure. Whether he is conquering mountains, or researching physics beyond the Standard Model, Fermilab’s newest Ben Lee fellow loves a challenge. Kribs joined the Theoretical Physics Department on the hunt for new physics in October. Today he will present a Wine and Cheese talk about new techniques to identify the Higgs boson using collider data. The talk starts at 4 p.m. in…

Fermilab’s Grid Computing Center was recently named an Energy Star award recipient. Each year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy honor organizations that have made outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through energy efficiency. Fermilab’s Grid Computing Center received the agency’s Energy Star award for 2010 for ranking in the top 25th percentile of data centers registered with the EPA. See here. Fermilab’s GCC was built in 2004 in the old wide band hall. It…

High school student Ike Swetlitz examines the DZero detector. Photo: Marc Swetlitz While perhaps fatal to felines, curiosity is a motivating force for one local high school student. Seventeen-year-old Ike Swetlitz spent his summer at Fermilab on the hunt for the Higgs boson with DZero physicists. On his quest for answers about the fundamental nature of matter and the universe, Swetlitz contacted Fermilab and arranged to spend his summer holiday working side by side with DZero experiment collaborators. Swetlitz worked…

Mohamed Hassan, the 2010 John Bardeen Engineering Fellow Photo: Mohamed Hassan Mohamed Hassan loves electronic devices, a passion that makes the 2010 John Bardeen fellow an asset to the laboratory. Hassan was selected for the John Bardeen Engineering Fellowship last year and joined the Technical Division in December to research and develop superconducting radio frequency technology. Hassan and his colleagues are using SRF technology to lay the groundwork for Project X, the proposed high-intensity proton accelerator project. Engineering has always…

5 p.m. today in Chicago The Chicago Council on Science and Technology will host a talk about near-term strategies for exploring the moon. Learn more about Earth’s closest neighbor, the moon, during an event this evening, sponsored by The Chicago Council on Science and Technology. Representatives from The Adler Planetarium and NASA’s Luna Institute will give a presentation followed by a question and answer session. They’ll discuss NASA’s near-term strategies for exploring the moon, as well as why those strategies…