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Volume 21  |  Friday, July 3, 1998  |  Number 13
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Essay contest 

Why should the U.S. remain a world leader in the science of high-energy physics? 
The judges have chosen the winning entries in the first-ever FermiNews essay contest. FermiNews received a total of 36 entries by the May 5 deadline. All were sent to the judges "blind," identified only by letters of the alphabet, not by author. 
Contest judges were : 
  • Robert Eisenstein, Assistant Director for Mathematical and Physical Sciences of the National Science Foundation; 
  • Peter Rosen, Associate Director for High Energy and Nuclear Physics of the Department of Energy; 
  • Curt Suplee, science writer and editor for The Washington Post; 
  • Michael Witherell, Chair of the High Energy Physics Advisory Panel. 
We asked the judges to rank their top four choices in order. A first choice received five points, a second choice three points, a third choice two points and a fourth choice one point. The two essays with the most points won. 
  1. First-place winner Glen Crawford, an experimental physicist from Stanford Linear Accelerator Facility, will receive a bottle of Moët et Chandon Dom Pérignon Cuvée 1990 champagne. 
  2. Second-place winner Joe Lykken, a theorist from Fermilab, will receive a flag flown over the U.S. Capitol in his honor, presented by Representative Vern Ehlers (R-MI), a physicist and a member of the House Science Committee. 

First-place essay
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1-st prize
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Postscript(380KB)

Second-Place essay
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2-nd prize
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Postscript(470KB)


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