LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ), a next-generation dark matter detector that will be at least 100 times more sensitive than its predecessor, has cleared another approval milestone and is on schedule to begin its deep-underground hunt for theoretical particles, known as weakly interacting massive particles, in 2020.

From Northern Star, Sept. 15, 2016: Dan Boyden, third year physics graduate at Northern Illinois University, is hoping to be sent to Switzerland to work hands-on for DUNE, an international particle experiment including more than 140 labs and universities across 27 countries.

Fermilab’s recently assembled prototype cryomodule for the future LCLS-II is entering its next phase. In late July, the cryomodule was moved to new, temporary lodgings at Fermilab’s Cryomodule Test Facility, where it is hooked up to a new test stand, also just completed.

From Berkeley Lab, Aug. 9, 2016: DESI, the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument, will measure light from 35 million galaxies to provide new clues about dark energy. Fermilab is a collaborator on the Berkeley Lab project.

The news could not have been better for our Variable Energy Cyclotron Center scientific colleagues in Kolkata, India. As part of the Indian Institutions and Fermilab Collaboration, our colleagues tested their first superconducting radio-frequency cavity, and the results exceeded expectations.

From APS News, July 2016: Indian scientists have made significant contributions to the Fermilab program, so it is natural that India is already taking a very active role in the development of a world-leading neutrino physics research program in the U.S. Fermilab scientist Vladimir Shiltsev co-wrote this article.