From the Laboratory

FSPA officer Anna Hall talks with fifth-year University of Chicago Ph.D. student Katrina Miller, who works on MicroBooNE. They talked about how she became interested in physics, her work to make physics more accessible to marginalized communities, and overcoming adversity in her pursuit of a career in science.

On Feb. 25, we honored employees for their technological innovations in a celebration of inventors, creators and entrepreneurs at Fermilab’s annual Inventor Recognition Awards Ceremony. As part of a celebration, which was dedicated to Fermilab pioneer Alvin Tollestrup, we recognized nine Fermilab inventors who earned patents in 2020, 25 who submitted disclosures, and several unsung heroes.

From Feb. 10–14, the Fermilab Office of Education and Public Engagement held its first-ever virtual Family Open House. With live and on-demand content throughout the five-day event, attendees could participate in real time or enjoy programming on their own schedule, with over 10,000 interactions from 45 states and over 20 countries. The EPE Office is excited about both a very successful five days and about how it can be carried forward.

For researchers interested in unlocking the mysteries of the universe, having access to the most powerful high-energy accelerator on the planet, a world-class detector, and young, fresh, and enthusiastic minds are a winning combination – and the Fermilab CMS Department has all three.

From March 25-27, the Fermilab professional chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers will host the virtual Regional Leadership Development Conference. This is a great professional development and networking opportunity for Fermilab employees and users. The conference agenda includes career, leadership and professional-development workshops. Early bird registration is open until Feb. 23.

Inclusion Matters 2021 builds upon IM20 presentations and workshops focused on the theme Building a Sense of Community. Along with expressions of appreciation for the lab community’s contributions to workplace inclusion, the IM calendar includes presentations and workshops on cross-cultural communication, LGBT Safe Zones, and how to be an upstander

Register now for the All Engineers’ Retreat, which takes place from Feb. 21-27. There will sessions to learn about interesting projects at Fermilab and engineers’ contributions, as well as a specific session on finding research and collaborative synergies among the Fermilab engineers. We will also cover opportunities, address concerns and receive feedback about the lab’s efforts in building an engineering community.