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Fermilab Director's Corner Archive – 2015

Mar. 02, 2015
Reviews help our plans for great science

Reviews are a part of our everyday life at Fermilab. We executed over 250 internal and external reviews, assessments and inspections in 2014. That's almost one for every business day of the year. Perhaps this number is not surprising to many of you. Although a significant burden on the lab staff, reviews help us ensure that we are carrying out our science efficiently and safely. Reviews often include outside experts, giving us an opportunity to "learn from the best." And they provide regularly scheduled opportunities for us to hone our strategic planning at all levels, from individual offices to projects to the lab as a whole.

Feb. 03, 2015
Electron neutrinos from supernovae

Neutrino research has the potential to lead to discoveries that rival the observation of the Higgs boson. And just as with the successful search for the Higgs, the question of the nature of neutrinos is being investigated by different teams using different methods.

Here at Fermilab we are very familiar with one method the study of neutrinos created from high-power particle accelerators. But at last month's ELBNF collaboration meeting, Duke University Professor Kate Scholberg gave a fascinating introduction to the future use of a large, deep underground liquid-argon detector (currently referred to as ELBNF) to study neutrinos from supernovae in our galaxy. In Scholberg's words:

Jan. 20, 2015
Lab-Corps pilot launches today

Fermilab encourages an environment and culture that fosters creativity, innovation and excellence. Together we will continue to produce great science in a global environment and contribute to the economic well-being of our nation, which includes particle physics-based real-world applications.

Later today, the Lab-Corps pilot will launch. Sponsored by the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Lab-Corps is a program that helps develop the entrepreneurial skills of inventors at the laboratory. Based on the successful I-Corps program of the National Science Foundation, Lab-Corps can help highly trained technical experts learn some of the softer skills that are needed to take a great technical idea and transition it into a commercial product or service. We have partnered with Argonne National Laboratory and the Chicago Innovation Exchange to bring this program to Fermilab.

Jan. 6, 2015
A focused (new) year

Happy new year, everyone. Thanks to all those who "enjoyed" working over the holidays to keep lab operations running smoothly, the accelerator complex running, and the experiments taking data. Quiet is good when you are an experimenter. Particular kudos go to the accelerator team, who not only kept the machines up and running but began slip stacking tests in the Recycler that will pave the way toward ever higher beam power, hopefully 400 kilowatts, in 2015. For those who took some time off to rest and recharge, welcome back.

As we begin 2015, this is an opportune time to remind ourselves of our highest priorities, which are based on the 10-year prioritized P5 recommendations that were released in May:

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