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Robert (Bob) Barger started at Fermilab in 1974 in the Main Control Room. Since then, his work has taken him to the Industrial Building Campus, the Proton Assembly Building and even Texas. Now he is retiring. His last day is Oct. 18.

A proton store!

One current employee and three former Fermilab students hope to buy some protons in Santorini, Greece. people Photo: Anne Heavey

One current employee and three former Fermilab students hope to buy some protons in Santorini, Greece.

Former Fermilab employee Frank Michael Schneider, age 64 of Hinckley, Illinois, died on Oct. 5. He worked at Fermilab as a mechanical technician from January 1980 to April 2019. A funeral service will be held on Friday, Oct. 11, at 10 a.m. at the Nelson Funeral Home, 1010 West South Street, Plano, Illinois. Interment will follow in the Greenwood Cemetery in Hinckley, Illinois. Friends may visit from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10, at the Nelson Funeral Home. Read Schneider’s…

From APS’s Physics, Oct. 3, 2019: Fermilab scientist Brian Nord imagines a future where machines test hypotheses on their own — and considers the challenges ahead as scientists embrace artificial intelligence techniques. Nord has begun applying AI to problems in astronomy, such as identifying unusual astronomical objects known as gravitational lenses. He spoke to Physics about his recent projects and how he thinks AI will change the way researchers do science.

From WDCB’s First Light, Sept. 29, 2019: About one year ago, the scientific community lost a unique and brilliant voice. Leon Lederman was much more than the voice for particle physics and the importance of science, he was a teacher, a champion for education, and by all accounts a charismatic character. In this 15-minute radio piece, First Light host Brian O’Keefe visited with Fermilab scientist Herman White and former Fermilab Education Office Head Marge Bardeen.

Miguelangel Marchan completed four Fermilab internships while studying at Northern Illinois University and University of Illinois at Chicago before starting full-time work as an electrical engineer at Fermilab. What does he have to say about his current role at Fermilab? “Electronics are magic.”

When he was growing up, Jonathan LeyVa thought he’d follow his passion for race cars and pick a profession in automotive engineering. Instead he’s working on what will become one of the world’s most sensitive searches for dark matter, the invisible substance that accounts for more than 85% of the mass of the universe.