In 1975, John O'Meara and his daughter Sue placed third, with their time of 63 minutes, 16 seconds. Photo: Fermilab

Sept. 30, 1979, about 1:45 p.m.: SNAP!! Gerd Hartner, in the bow of his canoe at the race starting position, dipped his paddle in the water, gave a mighty first pull and, to his astonishment, broke it in half.

This Friday, Dec. 1, the University of Chicago will host a special program to mark the 75th anniversary of the first controlled, self-sustaining nuclear reaction, successfully conducted by a group led by Enrico Fermi. You are welcome to attend! UChicago will provide a bus to take people from Fermilab to the university and back. The series of talks and panels includes a closing keynote address by former Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz. Also speaking is author Richard Rhodes, who wrote…

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Scientist Craig Moore talks about a small fix in an accelerator that paid big dividends for the Tevatron program in the 1990s.

The University of Chicago is commemorating the 75th anniversary of the first controlled, self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction, CP-1. On November 30 at 4pm, Gino Segrè and Bettina Hoerlin, co-authors of The Pope of Physics: Enrico Fermi and the Birth of the Atomic Age, will discuss Fermi’s personal life and his scientific contributions and illustrate how he was shaped by history and how he, in turn, shaped history. This event will be at the University of Chicago, in KTPC. For more information…

Fermilab scientist Dmitri Denisov recalls how, during autumn months, DZero experimenters occasionally collided with critters seeking warmth in the underground areas by the detector.

I was a young member of the Proton Lab walking down the hallway on the 11th floor of Wilson Hall when an administrative staff member handed me a telephone and asked me to please take this call. OK!