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Dare to Dream 2019NEW
In photos: Middle schoolers visit Fermilab Latina STEM conference

Earlier this month, 56 Latina girls from the local area converged at Fermilab to hear from STEM professionals about what it’s like to work in a science-based field. Members of the Fermilab community chatted with the girls, inspiring them to consider a future in STEM.

Come celebrate the Lederman Science Center’s new look!

On Thursday, May 30, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Lederman Science Center, the Education Office will host a party to celebrate a successful renovation project, which includes new exhibit signage and two new exhibits in the Accelerators room. Everyone is invited! Please come and explore our exhibits, and see Fermilab’s science from a kid’s point of view. Cake and refreshments will be available.

Can you see a black hole?

On April 10, the Event Horizon Telescope published an exciting image of that black hole. If no light can escape, how can it be seen? It cannot, not really. But that amazing image was made by cleverly combining signals from eight microwave telescopes spread over Earth, all recording signals from M87 at the same time for a few hours.

Europe’s path forward

Physicists meet this week in Granada, Spain, to update the European Strategy for Particle Physics. Hundreds of scientists from around the globe associated with the European particle physics program are meeting ti discuss and evaluate what Europe’s next collaborative projects should be. The end goal is a consolidated strategy that European research institutions can use to guide their efforts for the next several years.

Viral positivity

Fermilab management is committed to promoting a positive environment at the lab. Both the Statement of Community Standards and the lab’s Anti-Harassment Policy apply to all members of the Fermilab community — employees, users, subcontractors, visitors and guests — and communicate the expectations that all members of the community are treated with respect and interact in a way that promotes diversity and inclusion across the lab.

Casting a wide net

In their quest to discover physics beyond the Standard Model, physicists weigh the pros and cons of different search strategies.

Wayne A. Johnson retires after 34 years at Fermilab

Fermilab employee Wayne A. Johnson, badge number 6909, will retire on Friday, May 24, after 34 years of service to the lab. As an electronics technician, Johnson worked on cabling and beamlines for many of the the lab’s experiments and projects, contributed to NML and the Cryomodule Test Facility, and to the design and installation of the CDMS detector.

From Chief Operating Officer Kate Gregory: OCOO’s top five

The COO organization gathered on May 6 for an all-hands meeting. Here are the top five takeaways from presentations given by Karen Kosky, Kay Van Vreede and me.

From Deputy Director for Administration Tim Meyer: ODDA’s top five

The Office of the Deputy Director for Administration organization gathered for their first all-hands meeting on May 6. Following are the top five takeaways from the meeting.

From CFO Vanessa Peoples: the Finance Section’s top five

We are extremely busy in the Finance Section, with many unique challenges. On Tuesday, May 6, we gathered to discuss how we can best support the lab, highlight ongoing and upcoming activities and shine a spotlight on Payroll Department. Here are the highlights from the meeting.

Fermilab takes home two project management achievement awards given by Department of Energy this year

The annual DOE Project Management Achievement Awards recognize teams that have demonstrated significant results in completing projects within cost and schedule. Fermilab received two of the three given for Office of Science projects this year: one for the Muon g-2 Project and one for the Utilities Upgrade Project, both of which are key to the laboratory’s research programs.

A universe is born

By developing clever theories and conducting experiments with particle colliders, telescopes and satellites, physicists have been able to wind the film of the universe back billions of years—and glimpse the details of the very first moments in the history of our cosmic home. Take a (brief) journey through the early history of our cosmos.

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European physicists look to the future of particle colliders

From Physics World, May 16, 2019: Fermilab scientist Vladimir Shiltsev is quoted in this article on the European Strategy for Particle Physics symposium.

Excavating for science in former gold mine

From Construction Equipment Guide, May 15, 2019: Fermilab’s Chris Mossey and Doug Pelletier talk about the international Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment, hosted by Fermilab, and the Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility, much of which will be built in the extensive maze of caverns at the former Homestake gold mine in South Dakota’s beautiful Black Hills. The site is being transformed into a laboratory designed to unlock the mysteries of some of the smallest particles in the universe, neutrinos.

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