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Fermilab’s quantum center announces Carolyn B. Parker Fellowship for postdocs

Fermilab’s Superconducting Quantum Materials and Systems Center is announcing a new fellowship opportunity for Black and African American postdoctoral scholars. The Carolyn B. Parker Fellowship honors the legacy of the first African American woman to earn a postgraduate degree in physics.

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Rock transportation system is ready for excavation of DUNE caverns

Fermilab contractors have successfully commissioned a system that will move 800,000 tons of rock to create space for the international Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment’s detectors in South Dakota. Excavation crews will transport the rock from a mile underground to the surface using refurbished mining infrastructure and the newly constructed conveyor system.

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PIP-II successfully accelerates beam using RF power amplifiers from India

Institutions in India are building major components for the new PIP-II particle accelerator, including radio frequency power amplifiers. These amplifiers power PIP-II components that accelerate the particles.

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On the marvels of physics

Theoretical physicist Clifford Johnson answers questions about his work in science and outreach, including advising on movies like Avengers: Endgame.

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Even Bananas 06: How big is a neutrino?

Have you ever wondered how big a particle is — or how scientists even measure something that tiny? Fermilab scientist Kirsty Duffy will answer a deceptively simple question with the help of some sports equipment: How big is a neutrino?

Centralized facility management begins this week

Fermilab enters a new era of facility management this week as the Centralized Facility Management program officially kicks off. Centralized Facility Management (CFM) brings the management of all* conventional facilities under one (virtual) roof.

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8 students awarded DOE Graduate Student Research Fellowships

Eight students have received the prestigious U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science Graduate Student Research Fellowships to conduct their research at Fermilab.

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Graphic talk about the universe – Public lecture by Dr. Clifford Johnson

In this graphic but family-friendly 40-minute talk, Clifford Johnson, a professor at the University of Southern California, discusses the process of turning complex scientific topics into compelling visual narratives.

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Fermilab’s Jeny Teheran wins leadership award from Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers

The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers awarded Fermilab’s Jeny Teheran the 2020-2021 Excellence in Leadership Award. She currently serves as the president of the Fermilab chapter of SHPE. Teheran received this award for a second year in a row.

Dark matter’s signature could be written in stone

A proposed dark-matter detection method would look for tracks of dark matter etched into billion-year-old mineral samples.

First baby bison
Fermilab welcomes first baby bison of the year

The first baby bison of the season was born in the morning on April 26, 2021.

Don Lincoln video: Is antigravity real
What’s the truth about antigravity?

Despite featuring in sci-fi and many UFO reports, Antigravity is an idea that is potentially scientifically reputable, and scientists at CERN are investigating possible connections between antimatter and antigravity. Fermilab’s Dr. Don Lincoln covers both the fact and fiction of this interesting topic.

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Muon g-2-measurement of the momentNEW

From the CERN Courier, May 3, 2021: Fermilab’s Muon g-2 result announcement strengthened the longstanding tension between the measured and predicted values of the muon’s anomalous magnetic moment.

Department of physics welcomes Rakshya Khatiwada (Illinois Institute of Technology)NEW

From Illinois Tech, May 3, 2021: Rakshya Khatiwada joins Illinois Institute of Technology’s Department of Physics with a joint appointment as an assistant professor at Illinois Tech and an associate scientist at Fermilab.

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