Visit to Fermilab
I am spending a few days at Fermilab this week. It is always interesting to see how much goes on at a major physics research center like this. Two tidbits struck me. One was the weekly colloqium which was given by Elizabeth Simmons this week and was titled How to Popularize Physics. I saw the crowd leaving the lecture hall, and I realized I had missed the talk. I went and looked to see who had spoken. I was kicking myself for not checking the topic earlier in the day.
The second occured as I was entering the lab today. I reached the intersection at the center of the lab, and it was blocked by lab security cars. A red van driving about 10 mile sper hour was escorted through the intersection by security. As I thought about it, I realized they were probably transporting the new upgrade to D-Zero silicon vertex detector from the fabrication facility out to the detector. It was the right road and the Tevatron is currently shutdown for detector upgrade work.
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