October 2016
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South Dakota Lt. Governor Matt Michels signs a joint proclamation of support for the LBNF/DUNE project while Illinois Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti and Fermilab Director Nigel Lockyer look on.

A big month for DUNE

The international Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment is Fermilab's next flagship project, a long-distance experiment that will analyze particles called neutrinos as they travel from Fermilab's accelerator complex to enormous detectors a mile underground at the Sanford Underground Research Facility in South Dakota. This month, hundreds of scientists from around the world met at Fermilab to coordinate the construction of large prototype detectors, prepare for the start of construction at Sanford Lab and discuss next steps for the experiment. Fermilab also hosted Illinois Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti and South Dakota Lt. Governor Matt Michels, who both signed a joint resolution in support of DUNE. 

A concept drawing of the LUX-ZEPLIN detector, under construction now

Fermilab contributing to next-generation dark matter experiment

Dark matter makes up a quarter of our universe, but other than its gravitational effects we can't see it. So far scientists haven't been able to detect the particles that make up this dark matter. A new experiment called LUX-ZEPLIN will be the latest to hunt for theoretical particles that might be dark matter. LZ will be built at the Sanford Underground Research Facility in South Dakota (future home of the DUNE detectors), and Fermilab is contributing expertise to the experiment. Read more in this press release from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Fermilab's first artist-in-residence Lindsay Olson

Hear Fermilab's first artist-in-residence talk on Oct. 5 at noon

Artist Lindsay Olson spent a year talking with Fermilab scientists and learning about the lab's work, and she channeled that knowledge into dozens of new pieces. Her exhibit "Art and the Quantum World" is on display in the Fermilab Art Gallery through Nov. 23, and Olson will give a free gallery talk on Wednesday, Oct. 5 at noon to discuss her pioneering efforts as artist-in-residence and her artwork. 

Fermilab's bison

Everybody loves Fermilab's bison

Earlier this year the president officially declared bison America's national mammal. Fermilab's bison herd has long been a public attraction and a source of wonder for our neighbors. We're celebrating the bison this month with a new video all about the history of our herd and other fun bison facts. You can come see the bison every day - the Fermilab site is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.


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One of many stunning photos taken by Reidar Hahn, Fermilab's photographer for the last three decades

Fermilab photographer celebrates 29 years capturing stunning images

Business Insider: 29 unreal images from a man who has spent 29 years inside a legendary physics lab
 

Austin Peay State University student Jacob Robertson

Physics student working at Fermilab discovers quasar 

Clarksville Online: APSU physics student Jacob Robertson discovers quasar while visiting Fermilab

Illustration of the DUNE far detector

Northern Illinois University joins the international Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment

Northern Star: NIU joins DUNE project
 

Illustration of a cyclotron

Fermilab alum builds accelerators with his students 

Washington Post: This professor carries a Geiger counter and helps undergrads build particle accelerators


Events Full calendar of public events ›
Harold McGee, author of "On Food and Cooking"

"Playing with Food" with author Harold McGee - Friday, Oct. 7, 8 p.m.

Some people really love food. Harold McGee leaves most of them in the dust. The author of "On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen," which won numerous awards when its second edition was published in 2004, is an expert in the chemistry of food and the science of cooking. For five years he wrote a New York Times column called "The Curious Cook" and teaches at various colleges and universities. McGee's Arts and Lecture Series-sponsored talk is called "Playing with Food," and tickets are on sale now

Fermilab's annual Prairie Seed Harvest

Fermilab Volunteer Prairie Seed Harvest - Saturday, Oct. 15, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 

Fermilab's 1,000 acres of restored tall grass prairie is among the largest such prairies in the Midwest. Its beauty and diversity is due to the efforts of hundreds of volunteers, and a not-for-profit organization called Fermilab Natural Areas. Each year, we offer the public a chance to help diversify the prairie with our Prairie Seed Harvests. You'll join other volunteers collecting seeds to be dispersed across the prairie. Lunch is provided, but bring hand clippers and paper bags. More information is available online

Las Migas from Spain

Las Migas: Flamenco and other music from Spain - Saturday, Oct. 29, 8 p.m.

Las Migas is unique among Spanish artists. An all-female ensemble from Barcelona, Spain, Las Migas blends Flamenco and Mediterranean styles on guitars and violins, adding Latin rhythms and tender ballads to their danceable style. Las Migas' concert, presented by the Fermilab Arts and Lecture Series, promises an uncommon glimpse into the music of several parts of the world, melded together with style and grace. This show is not to be missed, and tickets are on sale now

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