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From Physics World, March 6, 2023: The MINERvA experiment at Fermilab has been used to study the structure of the proton using neutrinos. Teijin Cai and colleagues working on Fermilab’s MINERvA experiment have showed how information about the proton can be extracted from neutrinos that have been scattered by the detector’s plastic target.

From University of Virginia Today, March 7, 2023: University of Virginia physicists shipped its last truckload of five large, specialized panels that contain the detector that will form the shell of the international Muon-to-electron Conversion Experiment, or Mu2e experiment. UVA professors, technicians, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students and undergrads have worked on a total of 83 detector modules, each weighing as much as 2,000 pounds, totaling about 160,000 pounds of materials.

From New Scientist: New Scientist presents a new series with experts at the leading-edge of scientific discovery. The series includes prize-winning astrophysicist John Mather as he discusses the groundbreaking operations of the James Webb Space Telescope. Also, Fermilab senior scientist Don Lincoln will present how Fermilab has taught us so much about our universe, future research plans and how research results are helping theorists in their quest on the ‘Theory of Everything’.

From Amazon Web Services blog, March 7, 2023: The new Quantum Instrumentation Control Kit (QICK) developed by Fermilab and U Chicago engineers proved to drastically improve quantum computer performance while cutting the cost of control equipment. Now, Amazon Web Services has collaborated with Fermilab QICK engineers to have the tool kit accepted as an open-source software project for quantum devices.

From the Kane County Magazine, February 2023: Kane County Magazine speaks with Fermilab’s Rebecca Thompson, head of education and public engagement, and senior scientist Don Lincoln on their passion for science and the curiosity that led them to Fermilab. The story, “For the love of science” begins on page 40.

From University of Chicago News, Feb. 27, 2023: The University of Chicago communications office is running its second annual Science as Art contest. All members of the UChicago community are invited to submit images from their scientific research for the “Science as Art” contest. The winner will receive $300 and a framed print of the winning image. A “fan favorite,” judged by the public on UChicago’s Instagram and Twitter, will also receive $150.

From DOE Office of Science, Feb. 22, 2023: DOE’s podcast Direct Current launches its new season by talking with national lab quantum scientists Anna Grassellino and David Awschalom about their brain-bending research, the massive impacts it could have on our lives and the joy and frustration of chasing breakthroughs that can take decades to arrive.

From Big Think, Feb. 16, 2023: Common sense says nothing is nothing but science proves that nothing is in fact something. Fermilab’s Don Lincoln explains at the tiny quantum level, empty space is actually a vibrant place with tiny subatomic particles appearing and disappearing.