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From symmetry

From the lab to the classroom

Physicist Jennifer Gimmell shares her love of physics with her students. Photo courtesy of College of DuPage

While she was earning her Ph.D. in particle physics, Jennifer Gimmell spent her time developing data analyses. Now she spends her days developing the next generation of scientists.

Gimmell teaches physics at Benet Academy, a private college-preparatory school in Lisle, Illinois, and as an adjunct physics professor at the College of DuPage, a community college in nearby Glen Ellyn.

"To me, this is my way of influencing science almost in the same way that I was before," Gimmell says. "But now I'm doing it from the inside."

Life as a particle physicist
Gimmell earned her bachelor's degrees in physics and mathematics from Hiram College, and she earned her master's degree and Ph.D. in particle physics from the University of Rochester. She did her graduate work on the CDF experiment at the Tevatron particle accelerator at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.

During her time at Fermilab, Gimmell worked in an analysis group specializing in studies of the top quark. She was also responsible for monitoring the CDF detector's radiation protection and for helping maintain the innermost layer of the detector, the silicon tracker.

Gimmell says the thing she enjoyed most about particle physics was working toward the common goal of better understanding how the universe works.

"Even though my thesis was such a narrow part of the answer to that question, knowing that you're contributing to the answer is pretty neat," she says.

As a graduate student at a large national laboratory, Gimmell often struggled to find her place. But this struggle helped to shape her, she says.

"I really think that working in such a large collaboration and always being put on the spot in collaboration meetings helped me to think a little quicker on my feet and be confident in what I do."

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Amelia Williamson Smith

In Brief

ESH&Q Oracle Web server update

Authentication requirements for ESH&Q Oracle forms (forms that begin with will change on Thursday. The ESH&Q Oracle Web server will be updated to use Services accounts for log-in rather than a KCA certificate or an Oracle database log-in account, as was previously required. Authentication for the ESH&Q Oracle data entry forms server will not change and will continue to require your ESH&Q Oracle database log-in information.

The ESH&Q Oracle Web server will be down for approximately 30 minutes between 5 a.m. and 7 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 22, while this update is installed.

Since the various ESH&Q forms use different software applications, some forms on the ESH&Q Web page will continue to use your KCA certificate. Read more about recognizing the different authentication prompts you may see.

If you have any questions about this change or have issues logging in after 7 a.m. on Oct. 22, please contact the Service Desk at x2345 or via the Web.

In Brief

Special Colloquium today celebrates Einstein's legacy, centennial of general relativity

James Hartle

Albert Einstein presented his complete theory of general relativity to the Prussian Academy of Sciences in Berlin in a series of lectures in November 1915. Fermilab celebrates the 100th anniversary of Einstein's revolutionary theory of general relativity with a special colloquium today at 4 p.m. in One West.

Professor James Hartle of the University of California, Santa Barbara, a recipient of the 2009 APS Einstein Prize and a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, will give the colloquium titled "Einstein's Vision and the Quantum Universe."

Hartle is well-known for his work on general relativity, astrophysics and interpretation of quantum mechanics. He developed the Hartle-Hawking wavefunction of the universe, in collaboration with Stephen Hawking, to explain the initial conditions of the Big Bang cosmology. He is an author of the book "Gravity: An Introduction to Einstein's General Relativity."

The colloquium is free and open to the public. A wine and cheese reception will follow.

Photos of the Day

Capacitor tree at night

nature, sky, structures, capacitor tree
Look skyward through the capacitor tree at night. Photo: Steve Krave, TD
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The capacitor tree and power switches, dressed in warm colors. Photo: Steve Krave, TD
Safety Update

ESH&Q weekly report, Oct. 20

This week's safety report, compiled by the Fermilab ESH&Q Section, contains one incident.

An employee felt a twinge in his lower back while walking on uneven gravel. He later stood up from his desk and felt sudden pain in his lower left back. He received first aid.

See the full report.

In the News

Struggling to get a handle on the flavorful neutrino

From The New York Times, Oct. 19, 2015

It was 20 years ago that Art McDonald and I stopped at a Tim Hortons near Sudbury, Ontario, for coffee and doughnuts on our way to his job at the neutrino mine. Donning hard hats, we crowded into a rattling elevator cage and descended 6,800 feet to an underground laboratory that reminded me of the one in "The Andromeda Strain."

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