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Performance recognition awards go to employees

Exceptional Performance Recognition Award recipients accepted their awards Sept. 15. Photo: Reidar Hahn

Fermilab recently recognized a group of dedicated employees for their outstanding contributions with Exceptional Performance Recognition Awards. The employees were nominated by their divisions and sections for the awards. Fermilab Director Nigel Lockyer handed out the awards at a reception on Sept. 15.

View all award recipients.

In Brief

The new Fermilab news: newsletters and distribution

Next month, Fermilab Today will evolve into three different email deliveries, each with a different purpose and audience. In addition, we will continue to distribute news using our social media channels and begin to post all news and articles on a completely redesigned Fermilab at Work Web page.

Here's your guide to the three newsletters.

1. Weekly summary: All employees will receive a weekly newsletter, Fermilab This Week. Fermilab users, contractors and former employees may also subscribe to Fermilab This Week. The newsletter will contain features, columns, photos and announcements.

2. Daily calendar and announcements: Employees, users, contractors and former employees may opt in to a daily email dispatch, which will retain the name Fermilab Today. This daily bulletin will contain a calendar of the day's events and announcements as well as photos.

3. Monthly newsletter for the public: The public can subscribe to our new monthly newsletter, Fermilab Frontiers, which will contain features on the laboratory's people, programs and projects. All current nonemployee subscribers to Fermilab Today and Science Next Door will be signed up for Fermilab Frontiers and receive their first issue at the end of November.

We will post information on how to subscribe to the newsletters when it is available.

You can also receive news and engage with us on Facebook and Twitter. We also post content on Google+ and LinkedIn.

In addition, we will post news for the public in our revamped online Newsroom and on the Fermilab home page.

In a forthcoming issue, we'll tell you all about the new Fermilab at Work website, intended for employees, users, contractors and former employees.

If you have any questions, please contact us at

Photo of the Day

Bison in the mist

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Bison feed on a misty morning. Photo: Will Alvarez and Cleo Garcia, FESS
In the News

Sorry, Einstein. Quantum study suggests 'spooky action' is real.

From The New York Times, Oct. 21, 2015

In a landmark study, scientists at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands reported that they had conducted an experiment that they say proved one of the most fundamental claims of quantum theory — that objects separated by great distance can instantaneously affect each other's behavior.

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Mattia Checchin earns first prize at SRF 2015 for poster on accelerator cavity work

Graduate student Mattia Checchin, who is conducting his thesis research at Fermilab, won first prize for his poster on superconducting radio-frequency accelerator cavity performance at the recent SRF 2015 conference. Photo: Reidar Hahn

Mattia Checchin, a Ph.D. student at the Illinois Institute of Technology who is conducting his thesis research at Fermilab, earned first prize at the Young Researchers Poster Session of the recent international SRF 2015 conference in Whistler, Canada.

Checchin's work focused on better understanding the performance degradation of a superconducting accelerator cavity when it fails and becomes normal-conducting. This phenomenon is known as a quench.

His work will serve as guidance for improving the performance of superconducting radio-frequency accelerators such as SLAC's LCLS-II.

Checchin's research is supported by Technical Division scientist Anna Grassellino's DOE Early Career Award.

"Mattia's work is an excellent demonstration of how Fermilab benefits from our outstanding SRF science program, bringing to the lab accelerator technology advancements, international recognition, high-impact science and the training of the next generation of brilliant young scientists," Grassellino said.

Video of the Day

Why I Love Neutrinos - Georgia Karagiorgi

Georgia Karagiorgi of Manchester University loves how stingy neutrinos are in revealing their mysteries, likening them to a popular game. View the 1-minute video. Video: Fermilab

New employees - October

The following regular employees started at Fermilab in October:

Sergey Belomestnykh, TD; Bruce Bieritz, TD; Tatiana Hamilton, AD; Roberta Kucharski, TD; Amanda Mall, LBNF; Theodore Schmidt, CCD; Diktys Stratakis, AD; Gregory Wray, FS.

Vyaghri Lalitha Sanyasirao Sista, AD; Vikas Kumar Jain, TD; and Shailesh Khole, AD; started at Fermilab in September.

Fermilab welcomes them to the laboratory.

In the News

Chasing wormholes: the hunt for tunnels in space-time

From, Oct. 15, 2015

Science fiction literature is full of stories in which tunnels in space-time — known as wormholes — are used for time travel. How much fact lies within the fiction? The answer is, more than you might think. Scientists are looking at ways to use traversable wormholes (if they exist) to travel faster than the speed of light — and even to travel through time itself.

"A traversable wormhole is a hyperspace tunnel, also called a throat, that connects together two remotely distant regions within our universe, or two different universes — if other universes exist — or two different periods in time, as in time travel, or different dimensions of space," physicist Eric Davis told by email.

Davis specializes in the field of space-time as a member of the Tau Zero Foundation, where he uses equations from Einstein's general theory of relativity to think about possible (or impossible) designs for traversable wormholes, warp drives and time machines.

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