Fermilab Users Meeting to celebrate 40th anniversary
Alvin Tollestrup and Leon Lederman (center)enjoy a BBQ at Kuhn Barn with Fermilab founding director Robert Wilson (right) at a users' gathering in 1970.
Nobel Laureate George Smoot will highlight Fermilab's 40th annual Users' Meeting, which will be held June 6-7. In a special Wednesday night public lecture on June 6, "Relics of Creation," Smoot will discuss Big Bang and microwave background research.
Fermilab Deputy Director Young-Kee Kim will host a town hall meeting on Tuesday night, June 5 to invite input for the Steering Committee on Fermilab's future. Founding Deputy Director Ned Goldwasser and James Sanford, former assistant director for program planning and first chair of the NAL Users' Organization, will reminisce through 40 years of Users' Meetings.
The notable lineup of speakers on the June 6-7 agenda includes Fermilab Director Pier Oddone; ILC GDE Director Barry Barish; 2006 Panofsky Prize winner Bruce Winstein of the University of Chicago; DOE Office of Science Director of High Energy Physics Robin Staffin; NSF Director of Math and Physical Sciences Tony Chan, and Kathryn Beers of the Office of Science and Technology Policy.
The graduate students' poster session will again be held in the Atrium along with the banquet on June 6, with cash prizes for the best posters.
"The Users' Meeting gets major players here: researchers, the people who do funding, and policy makers. It's good for all these people to experience the physical presence of the Lab and the enthusiasm of the user community," said Jeff Appel, assistant director for program planning. "Compared to 40 years ago, the Meeting is much more outward looking and more international".
The Users' Web site has a detailed list of travel planning options and a registration guide. Visit the users meeting website for more information.
Registration for the Users' Meeting is free. Tickets for Smoot's talk can be purchased for $5 at the Arts Desk, 1 West, Wilson Hall, or online.
-- Kate Raiford