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Favorite summer reads

We asked members of Fermilab’s senior leadership what science-based books they read over the summer, as well as where they like to read. You may find the results inspiring.

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How COVID made physics more accessible

Accommodations necessitated by the global pandemic made participation in academic conferences easier for physicists with and without disabilities.

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Sloan Digital Sky Survey receives award for early, groundbreaking work in science data management

Sloan Digital Sky Survey received the 2021 ACM SIGMOD Systems Award for its “early and influential demonstration of the power of data science to transform a scientific domain.” The award recognized the contributions of Fermilab’s Bill Boroski, Steve Kent and Brian Yanny, as well as several others, for work done from 2000 to 2008 on the database systems developed to distribute SDSS data.

Even Bananas 11: How do we study neutrino oscillation?

Neutrinos are weird. Scientists didn’t expect them to change type as they travel, but they do! So how do we study this weird phenomenon of neutrino oscillation? On this episode, neutrino physicist Kirsty Duffy and special guest Anne Norrick will explore how to build a long-distance neutrino experiment.

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New labwide EDI and EPE time charging codes being launched

Employees have been asking for a consistent way to charge for time they spend on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion or Education and Public Engagement -related activities. The wait is over — two new time codes have been established: one for time charged to EDI and another for time charged to EPE.

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Quantum computing for undergraduates

The Fermilab Theoretical Physics Department hosted its first Quantum Computing Internship for Physics Undergraduates program this summer. Students from a range of diverse backgrounds learned about the fundamental principles of quantum mechanics.

August issue of Particles newsletter

The Fermilab Office of Communication is pleased to share Particles, a monthly newsletter from Fermilab senior management that covers key projects and initiatives and the “behind-the-scenes” support critical to our success. Each issue is designed to offer a one-stop source on the top cross-lab takeaways from our divisions, sections and programs that Fermilab employees should know.

Bringing the whole self to science

The Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science helps students and professionals find community.

DOE invests $13.7 million for research in data reduction for science

The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced $13.7 million in funding for nine research projects that will advance the state of the art in computer science and applied mathematics. One of the recipients of this funding, Fermilab scientist Nhan Tran will lead a project to explore methods for programming custom hardware accelerators for streaming compression.

Nigel Lockyer to step down as Fermilab director

The Fermi Research Alliance, which manages Fermilab on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy, announced on Sept. 10 that Nigel Lockyer will step down after eight years as director of the lab.

EPE hosted successful online teacher workshops again this summer

Fermilab’s Office of Education and Public Engagement has wrapped up another summer of virtual educator workshops, hosting 60 teachers from 19 different states via Zoom to connect their classrooms to the science of Fermilab.

The super bizarre quantum eraser experiment

The quantum eraser experiment is one of the weirdest phenomena that has ever been observed. It seems that quantum mechanics mixes past and future together. In this video, Fermilab’s Don Lincoln takes you through this quantum conundrum.

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Illinois Tech unveils Honorary Leon Lederman Way for Nobel Prize-winning physicist

From Illinois Tech, September 16, 2021: Former Fermilab director and Nobel Prize winner Leon Lederman had a portion of 33rd Street in Chicago renamed in his honor on Saturday, September 18, at an event hosted by IIT. Lederman won the 1988 Nobel Prize in Physics and is best known for his work on neutrino research. He was director of Fermilab from 1979 to 1989.

Center for Bright Beams awarded $22M in grant renewal

From the Cornell Chronicle, September 20, 2021: A collaboration of researchers led by Cornell has been awarded $22.5 million by the NSF to continue research needed to transform the brightness of electron beams. Fermilab scientists Sergei Nagaitsev and Sam Posen are part of the collaboration team working with Cornell to improve the performance and reduce the cost of accelerator technologies that would improve beams for tumor treatment, imaging individual atoms, instruments for wafer metrology, and the Large Hadron Collider.

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