Brad Hooker

Tara Turner There’s a new leader of the Benefits Office. Tara Turner, the new benefits manager at Fermilab, joined the Workforce Development and Resources Section in late August. Her goal is to bring solid benefits packages to Fermilab employees. “I love the laboratory. I love the environment,” Turner said. “The people here have been very nice and welcoming. It’s a very positive, employee-focused work environment.” With a career in benefits management spanning 16 years, Turner brings not only a wealth…

On Sept. 28, Fermilab hosted the U.S. House of Representatives Science, Space, and Technology Committee roundtable discussion on DOE’s Underground Particle Physics Programs. Photo: Reidar Hahn Editor’s note: The video of the meeting is available here. Representatives Randy Hultgren and Judy Biggert met at Fermilab on Sept. 28 to lead a discussion about the future of underground science and the Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory (DUSEL). Under increasing pressure to tighten the federal budget, the Congress members asked how…

Mike Crisler, a Fermilab scientist working on COUPP, is building the chambers for the CITRE experiment. Photo: Reidar Hahn The 1970s were a thriving time in the world of physics, heralding such milestones as the development of the Standard Model and the discovery of the bottom quark. Now scientists at Fermilab are bringing some experimental pieces of that era back – bubble chambers and fixed-target physics. Peter Cooper, a Fermilab physicist, is heading a new experiment calibrating the classic bubble…

Fermilab’s art gallery is collaborating with two local galleries to artistically demonstrate energy; for example, these scientifically mapped bubble chamber tracks can appear artistically beautiful. Georgia Schwender, curator of Fermilab’s art gallery, was volunteering at a local art show when she was approached by Lane Allen. “Lane is a high-energy, dynamic person,” said Schwender. “He starts rattling off about energy and gives these thoughts about how it’d be a great idea to collaborate.” Allen is the curator of the Gallery…

Dave Mosher The museum is closing in five minutes. Guards let a few stragglers out the front, locking the door behind them. The main lights shut off. Clicking footsteps echo through the hallways as employees scuttle for an exit. Yet one person is staying. or so he hopes. Dave Mosher, a former science-writing intern at Fermilab Today, is one of six finalists in a contest to stay 30 days and 30 nights at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry (MSI)….

Registration for the 2012 EDIT school at Fermilab is now open. Eager to build your own particle detector? Want to test it in an actual beam? Students at Fermilab’s 2012 EDIT detector school will have the opportunity to do just that. Based on CERN’s Excellence in Detectors and Instrumentation Technologies (EDIT) 2011 school, the Fermilab EDIT 2012 program gives graduate students the chance to get their hands on actual particle detector components. This is unusual, since today’s doctoral candidates often…