MINERvA experiment co-spokesperson Debbie Harris gives Energy Secretary Steven Chu a tour of the MINOS underground experimental hall, where the MINERvA experiment is located. Joining Chu on the tour were Universities Research Association, Inc. Executive Chair Steven Beering, visible on the left, and Deputy Manager of the DOE Fermi Site Office Mark Bollinger, visible behind Harris. Chu visited the laboratory on June 2. Photo: Reidar Hahn.
Energy Secretary Steven Chu spoke of the rich history of Fermilab and the field of high-energy physics in his public lecture at the 44th annual Users’ Meeting on Thursday, June 2. In his lecture, titled “Revving up the great American research and innovation machine,” Chu said the U.S. must continue to invest in science and technology research and development, especially during tough economic times, to remain competitive as a world leader in the energy revolution. Watch a video of his talk. Photo: Reidar Hahn.
Funds are part of $1.2 billion from Recovery Act to be disbursed by Department of Energy’s Office of Science.
At a Washington, DC ceremony today (Monday, June 13), scientist William Ashmanskas of the Department of Energy’s Fermilab will receive the prestigious Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on outstanding scientists and engineers who are in the early stages of establishing their independent research careers.
Following the launch today by Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham of a major new Department of Energy initiative for science education, officials of DOE’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory expressed support for the new program.