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Fermilab Lecture Series presents:
The Future of Particle Physics & Fermilab
Dr. Pier Oddone
Director, Fermilab
Friday, March 27, 2009 @ 8 p.m.- Tickets $5

Fermilab is the only U.S. national laboratory dedicated to particle physics. What does the start up of the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland mean for Fermilab? What discoveries does Fermilab hope to make? Fermilab Director Pier Oddone will address these and other questions about Fermilab's future.

Oddone was appointed Director of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory July, 2005. Fermilab, a US Department of Energy Laboratory, is managed by Fermi Research Alliance (FRA), a partnership of the University of Chicago and the Universities Research Association (URA). Fermilab advances the understanding of matter, energy, space and time through the study of elementary particle physics. Fermilab provides cutting edge particle accelerators and detectors to qualified researchers to conduct basic research at the frontiers of particle physics and related disciplines. Fermilab also has a vital program in particle astrophysics and cosmology linking the physics of elementary particles to the evolution and fate of the Universe.

He was previously Deputy Director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, with primary responsibility for scientific development of the laboratory and its representation to the agencies. Achievements during his tenure as Deputy Director include gaining the National Energy Super Computer Center, launching and developing the Joint Genome Institute, breaking ground on the Molecular Foundry (the LBNL nanosciences center), establishing major new programs in quantitative biology, astrophysics and computer science and exploiting the Advanced Light Source (ALS).

Oddone’s research has been in experimental particle physics and based primarily on electron-positron colliders at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC). He invented the Asymmetric B-Factory, a new kind of elementary particle collider to study the differences between matter and antimatter and worked in the development of the PEP II Asymmetric B-Factory at SLAC and the formation of the large international collaboration, BaBar, to exploit its physics opportunities. Together with the Belle detector in Japan, BaBar discovered the violation of matter-antimatter symmetry in the decay of particles containing the b quark. Oddone received the 2005 Panofsky Award of the American Physical Society for the invention of the Asymmetric B-Factory. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society. He was elected as Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2008.

Oddone was born in Arequipa, Peru, and is a U.S. citizen. After receiving his undergraduate degree from MIT, Oddone received his PhD in Physics from Princeton University followed by a post doctoral fellowship at Caltech. He joined the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in 1972.

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