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Managing Conflict (half-day) on June 10

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Fermilab scientist Keith Ellis earns Humboldt Award

Keith Ellis

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation has awarded Fermilab scientist Keith Ellis a Humboldt Award.

The Humboldt Award is granted in recognition of a researcher's entire achievements to date whose fundamental discoveries, new theories or insights have had a significant impact on his or her own discipline and who is expected to continue producing cutting-edge achievements in the future.

Award winners are invited to spend a period of up to one year cooperating on a long-term research project with specialist colleagues at a research institution in Germany.

The announcement of the award comes at nearly the same time as that of a new opportunity for Ellis, who served as head of the Fermilab Theory Department for 10 years: He will become the new director of the Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology in the UK starting in October. IPPP, a world-leading research center in particle physics phenomenology, is a joint venture between Durham University and the Science and Technology Facilities Council.

Fermilab congratulates Ellis on being recognized around the world for his pioneering work.


Steve Krstulovich retires after 31 years at Fermilab

Steve Krstulovich

Steve Krstulovich came to Fermilab in 1983 to work for what was then called the Construction Engineering Services Department. Now Fermilab's site energy manager, he will retire after more than 31 years later. His last day is May 28.

As lead mechanical engineer for construction engineering services, Krstulovich made significant contributions to numerous laboratory programs. He led the mechanical design for CDF, DZero and the Feynman Computing Center, among other projects. During this time Construction Engineering Services was reorganized and became part of the Facilities Engineering Services Section, and Krstulovich's work led him to a position as site energy manager for the laboratory.

As site energy manager, Krstulovich was instrumental in the development and execution of third-party utility incentive projects totaling $47 million. He helped initiate and approve the Department of Energy's first innovative multiyear electricity purchasing strategy using dollar-cost-averaging principles. He also helped establish power-curtailment contracts. These efforts resulted in cost savings that were recently lauded by DOE.

"I believe Steve's expertise in energy and utility management is second to none throughout the entire federal complex," said Randy Ortgiesen, former head of FESS and Krstulovich's former supervisor. Ortgiesen is currently head of the Office of Campus Strategy and Readiness.

An active member of the Christian faith, Krstulovich supported the Fermilab Bible Exploration at Lunch League (BELL). He plans to continue to be active after retirement, developing Bible study tools and working with his wife in Christian outreach at home and abroad. He will also continue his own education by completing a degree in intercultural studies.

Andy Martens will succeed Krstulovich as site energy manager.

"I'd like to thank Steve for setting the example for succession with the most thorough and complete turnover I have ever witnessed, passing the baton to Andy Martens," Ortgiesen said.

Wish Krstulovich well at a reception on Thursday, May 28, between 2 and 4 p.m. on WH5E.

In Brief

Moving Toward Gender Equity in the STEM Workplace – today at 3 p.m. in auditorium

Elizabeth Simmons

The Fermilab Women's Initiative presents Elizabeth Simmons, who will give a talk today at 3 p.m. in Ramsey Auditorium.

Simmons will review the current status of women in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. She will also discuss the social science research illuminating a variety of underlying causes for gender disparities and lay out concrete actions that can improve gender diversity.

Simmons is a particle theorist and a university distinguished professor of physics in the Michigan State University Department of Physics. Her current studies focus on how physics beyond the Standard Model might manifest itself in experiments at the LHC.

Photo of the Day

Scissor tail

A scissor-tailed flycatcher rests on a twig on the south side of A.E. Sea. Photo: Gordon Garcia, Bartlett, Illinois
In the News

LHC smashes energy record with test collisions

From BBC News, May 21, 2015

A new record has been set by the Large Hadron Collider: its latest trials have smashed atoms with vastly more energy than ever before.

On Wednesday night, two opposing beams of protons were steered into each other at the four collision points spaced around the LHC's tunnel.

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From the Chief Operating Officer

Welcome to all kinds of summer

Tim Meyer

April showers bring May flowers, which bring June summer students to Fermilab. And by summer students, I mean all types of people (including some teachers!) from all over to participate in all kinds of opportunities at the laboratory. Some are already trickling in!

There are two guiding principles to Fermilab's summer programs that shape almost everything we do. The first is about why: Fermilab offers summer opportunities to students and teachers as part of the fundamental value proposition of publicly funded basic research — to "inspire the next generation and create its leaders" by attracting students to science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) education and careers. The second is about how: Fermilab seeks to create and celebrate role models in this area so as to amplify and extend impact.

Let's take a closer look at each of these principles.

Many of us believe that critical thinking and problem solving are important skills for citizens of the modern world. These ways of knowing and learning are a crucial approach that our society needs (more of) not only to survive but also flourish. As a performer of basic research for the public good, Fermilab has the special opportunity, and some would say the obligation, to support this quest. So we find ways to share our basic-research endeavor with people outside the laboratory.

Our Fermilab summer is about widely opening laboratory doors to give students and teachers a true experience of the thrill and challenge of what we do. Mentors prepare special work assignments for the "summers" so that they experience accomplishment and satisfaction, and work groups provide a safe, constructive learning environment that fosters respect for evidence-based reasoning.

We are very serious about this. Fermilab's SIST program is the longest-running summer undergraduate internship program among the DOE laboratories, and this summer it celebrates 45 years. Congratulations! Fermilab's TARGET program for high school students, with a focus on underrepresented minorities in STEM, celebrates 35 years this summer. Congratulations!

If we press in further, we reveal the second principle: creating and celebrating role models. Benjamin Carver, Emmy Noether and Albert Einstein are heroes for many of us. According to Joseph Campbell, a hero is someone who not only overcomes adversity by climbing the mountain, but also comes back from the mountain to share the story. A key element of our mission at Fermilab is to help students and teachers "climb the mountain" and then to share and celebrate their accomplishments. An individual can magnify her impact by inspiring others. A young person from East St. Louis or a middle-aged teacher from Chicago can become a hero for others when he is not just satisfied but also thrilled with his experiences at Fermilab.

Fermilab has contributed to the success of some role models such as Aziza Baccouche, Gabriel Caceres, Alicia Clay, Byron Freelon, William Hoston Jr., Reginald Perry, Arnold Tharrington and Mayda Velasco. I thank our entire community for contributing to their accomplishments, and I challenge you to continue and expand your good work. Moreover, we can be (a little bit) selfish – if there are good students in your programs, invite them to join our team and work at Fermilab and the DOE laboratory system.

To find out more about our programs and how you might participate, please contact me, Marge Bardeen or Sandra Charles.

As a citizen of Fermilab, what does this all mean for me? I am currently scheduling my 18-month-old daughter's first tour of the Tevatron tunnels as well as her first Prairie Rangers course. Whether or not she becomes a scientist or engineer, she will appreciate and respect STEM!

Summer is almost here, and Tim Meyer's daughter is already learning to appreciate nature through keen observation.

New employees - May

The following regular employees started at Fermilab in May:

Jesse Batko, AD; Luis Bonilla, TD: Thomas Cummings, TD; Joseph Hurd, AD; Donna Iraci, ESH&Q; Krzysztof Kompiel, TD; Ao Liu, AD; Mattia Parise, TD; Niral Patel, AD; Robert Santucci, AD.

Fermilab welcomes them to the laboratory.

In the News

Quantum physics: What is really real?

From Nature, May 20, 2015

Owen Maroney worries that physicists have spent the better part of a century engaging in fraud.

Ever since they invented quantum theory in the early 1900s, explains Maroney, who is himself a physicist at the University of Oxford, UK, they have been talking about how strange it is — how it allows particles and atoms to move in many directions at once, for example, or to spin clockwise and anticlockwise simultaneously. But talk is not proof, says Maroney. "If we tell the public that quantum theory is weird, we better go out and test that's actually true," he says. "Otherwise we're not doing science, we're just explaining some funny squiggles on a blackboard."

It is this sentiment that has led Maroney and others to develop a new series of experiments to uncover the nature of the wavefunction — the mysterious entity that lies at the heart of quantum weirdness.

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