Join us for the International Taste of Fermilab! The Taste of Fermilab is essentially a labwide potluck — it is about culture and it is about food. It is a celebration of cultural diversity! It is co-sponsored by the Diversity and Inclusion Office and Global Services The event itself will happen on July 11 in the Wilson Hall atrium, but we are still looking for folks to represent their cultures through food and there cultural components.  So far we have… More »

Join the SPECTRUM board members to celebrate Pride Month at this amazing cidery (“brewery” but for apple cider!). Let’s hope for good weather! When: June 14, 2019, 4pm – close Where: 2 Fools Cidery, 1665 Quincy Ave #155, Naperville, IL 60540 (entrance around back) 2019-05-29_5ceed54c412d8_SpectrumSummerouting

From The Adler ‘Scope, May 15, 2019: Fermilab scientist Jessica Esquivel is one of about 150 Black women in history to obtain her Ph.D. in physics. She talks with Adler Planetarium about the obstacles she faced in being a minority in physics, neutrinos and science outreach.

Physics professor Jason Nordhaus is working to reduce barriers to STEM for deaf and hard-of-hearing students, who face numerous barriers when trying to study technical STEM fields like physics. Physicists like Nordhaus are trying to change all that with specialized programs, classes and interpreter training, all aimed at reducing barriers in STEM.

April is Autism Awareness Month, and it’s likely that you know someone affected by autism — even if you don’t realize it. In 2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that 1 in 59 children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. In the lab’s efforts to create an inclusive lab community and to improve how we relate to differently abled people generally, you are encouraged get a basic understanding of the neurological differences exhibited by autistic individuals, the impact that those differences have and how you can help.

Continuing this year’s theme of Journeys: Paths to the Academy, we have invited Dr. Roy Clarke, Marcellus L. Wiedenbeck Collegiate Professor of Physics at the University of Michigan, creator of the Applied Physics program, and recipient of the 2011 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring. Dr. Clarke will detail his experiences designing a graduate physics program that has a 90% completion rate while still managing to serve 70% more women and 92% more people of color… More »