How to Join
"Fermilab in 2018: A General Overview of the Lab,
Plus a Bit about Our Bison"
by Dr. Jason St. John of Fermilab
FRIDAY, February 23, 2018
To be held at
McCrone Research Institute
2820 S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60616
6:00 PM: Mexican Dinner ~ Tariff: $15.00 (if eating)
if you require a meat-free option, please indicate that when you make your reservation
Contact Freddie Smith for Reservations / Cancellations at 312-842-7100 or
by Noon THURSDAY, February 22, 2018
(this is a special catered event, early RSVP is required, if eating)
7:00 PM: Presentation
Fermi National Accelerator Lab became the nation's first National Accelerator Lab fifty years ago on the former site of Weston, IL. These 6,800 acres host cutting-edge particle physics experiments designed, assembled and operated by collaborations of thousands of scientists and engineers from around the globe, as well as a herd of American bison to remind us of the frontier spirit of discovery. An open laboratory which welcomes the public on guided and self-guided tours, Fermilab boasts restored tallgrass prairie, wetlands, and oak savanna. This talk will introduce the lab's particle accelerators and the discoveries they made possible, giving an overview of subatomic particle physics, what the big questions are right now, and cover the lab's next very big experiments to understand the very smallest bits of matter which can exist.
Dr. Jason St. John is a long-time member of the Fermilab community. He has worked at the lab and made use of its facilities as a graduate student from Boston University, then as a postdoctoral research fellow with the University of Cincinnati. So far he has made use of thousands of computers at the lab, helped to construct and commission a neutrino-detecting liquid argon time projection chamber, and oversaw the operation of a fun-loving "test beam" experiment in the so-called fixed target area. He encourages everyone to come visit the lab.
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