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Survey says: No-meeting program to continue

The no-meetings pilot was launched in June to help Fermilab employees manage their time and energies more effectively. The program will continue, thanks to positive feedback received through an employee survey.

What is the Cosmic Microwave Background?

The Cosmic Microwave Background, or CMB, is the remnant of the primordial fireball of the Big Bang. In this video, Fermilab’s Don Lincoln explains how it came to be. This is the first of a three-part series, with following videos to describe what secrets the CMB has revealed and what mysteries remain to be solved.

Expanded Ask-a-Scientist brings more of the lab to the public

One goal of Fermilab’s Education and Public Engagement office is to facilitate interaction between the lab and the public. One popular way of doing this is through Ask-a-Scientist, a long-running monthly program that recently began offering a more comprehensive view of work done at the lab.

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Particle accelerator magnet sets record using high-temperature superconductor

Large, powerful magnets are a vital component of particle accelerators. The general rule is, the stronger the magnetic field, the better. For many particle accelerator applications, it is as important how fast a magnet can reach its peak strength and then ramp down again. A team at Fermilab now has achieved the world’s fastest ramping rates for accelerator magnets using high-temperature superconductors.

Physics books of 2021

Explore 10 new works related to particle physics and astrophysics, plus a bonus book on math.

Vamos a Fermilab aims to boost Hispanic participation in lab internships

Three Fermilab scientists conceived Vamos a Fermilab as a way to increase Hispanic and Latinx representation in STEM careers. Their vision took a step forward recently when the outreach program received funding from the Department of Energy Office of Science’s Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists.

Fermilab launches the new Gates Fellowship

Inspired by the achievements of Jim Gates, currently Ford Foundation professor and director of the Brown University Theoretical Physics Center, the new Fermilab Sylvester James Gates, Jr. Fellowship prioritizes the inclusion of first-generation college graduates, and the representation of historically and contemporarily minoritized individuals underrepresented in theoretical physics.

Winter weather: Road closures and parking restrictions 2021-22

Green cones are beginning to show up in the campus’ parking lots—a sure sign of winter’s coming to Fermilab, which means it’s time to take more care when walking in parking lots and choosing where to park.

How to be a better mentor (and mentee)

Building a fulfilling mentor-mentee relationship requires agency and investment from both parties.

Dark matter in seven acts

Follow the story of dark matter from the Big Bang to the death of the universe and hear the tale of the 95% of our universe made of dark energy and dark matter. Each act will feature a different point in the history of dark matter, from its creation, to its discovery, to its role in the ultimate end of our universe. Fermilab scientist Dan Bauer and his colleagues weave these events into a compelling narrative, using images, animation and current data.

Fermilab scientist Marcela Carena appointed as member of the Argentinian Academy of Exact, Physical and Natural Sciences

In accepting the invitation, the distinguished scientist and head of the lab’s Theory Division will join the ranks of notable inductees, such as Nobel laureates Bernardo Alberto Houssay, Luis Federico Leloir, César Milstein and former Fermilab Director Leon Lederman.

From Joe Lykken: Kevin Burkett to lead Particle Physics Division

Kevin Burkett has been appointed Head of the Particle Physics Division, effective immediately. Kevin joined the lab in 2003 and has served in a number of leadership positions, including CMS Center Deputy Head, CMS Department Head and most recently Deputy PPD Head.

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Chang Kee Jung Wins American Physical Society’s 2022 Lilienfeld PrizeNEW

From Stony Brook University, December 1, 2021: Chang Kee Jung, founding member of the DUNE collaboration, is recipient of the 2022 Julius Edgar Lilienfeld Prize by the American Physical Society. Professor Jung is being recognized for his outstanding contributions and leadership in experimental neutrino physics and outstanding teaching and outreach, especially in the physics of sports.

Neutrino detectors often give incorrect particle energies, study revealsNEW

From Physics World, December 1, 2021: Researchers say there are gaps in the theory of neutrino-nucleus interactions and that improving this theory is crucial if next-generation neutrino detectors such as the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE) in the U.S. and Hyper-Kamiokande in Japan are to realize their full potential.

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