Photos from the 2007 Annual Users Meeting
We had a good audience, especially for some of the keynote events such as the public lecture.
George Smoot, co-winner of the 2006 Nobel Prize in
Physics (along with John Mather), gave an evening
Public Lecture on the first day of the Users Meeting to an overflowing
crowd. His talk was titled Echoes of Creation: The Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation
and the COBE Satellite
George Smoot, co-winner of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Physics (along with John Mather), gave an evening Public Lecture on the first day of the Users Meeting to an overflowing crowd. His talk was titled
Echoes of Creation: The Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation and the COBE Satellite
This year marked the 40th anniversary of the
first Users Meeting (held April 7-8, 1967.
To commemorate this anniversary, we heard a
reminiscence by Edwin L. Goldwasser, founding
deputy director of NAL under Robert Wison, of the
Laboratory’s founding and the heroic efforts to bring a “Truly National
Laboratory” the prairie of
Also as part of the 40th anniversary of the first
Users Meeting, we heard presentations from Jim Sanford (BNL), first chair of
the NAL Users Organization (now Fermilab UEC) and
first Assistant Director for Program Planning, as well as Prof. Norman Ramsey
(Harvard), 1989 winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics, and founding President of
Universities Research Association. Jim
spoke about the need for a strong users organization
and the partnership between users and the laboratory, and
Left: Tim Scanlon (Imperial Colleage,
Ryoichi Miyamoto, Jennifer Pursley, Dag Gillberg, and Peter Dong (pictured above) each gave one of four “Featured Graduate Student Talks” at the Users’ Meeting. The talks were selected from over 30 nominations in a competition to feature the work of youngsters based on their scientific accomplishments and their ability to communicate their work.
Left: Bruce Winstein (U. Chicago), co-winner of the 2006 Wolfgang Panofsky Prize from APS, summarized his work on direct CP violation in neutral Kaons over 30 years at Fermilab. Right: Lyn Evans (CERN) discussed progress on the Large Hadron Collider.
Dr. Tony Chan (Director of Math and Physical Sciences at NSF) and Dr. Robin Staffin (DOE-HEP), offered frank commentary on how they saw the future of particle physics shaping up in the present budget climate.
Kathryn Beers from the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive
Office of the President discussed how science receives priority in the
President’s budget, and about the particular goals of the American
Competitiveness Initiative. She also
talked about the role of basic research and discovery in maintaining a vital
culture of science in the
Left: Barry Barish (Caltech) gave an update on the ILC and the efforts of the GDE.
Right: Abe Seiden (UC Santa Cruz) gave an update on the P5 subpanel of HEPAP.
Left: Deputy Director Young Kee Kim gave a summary of the Steering Committee she leads which will make recommendations on the Lab’s future accelerator-based program by the August. Right: Director Pier Oddone summarized the state of the Laboratory and the near-term goals of managing the present program while planning for the future in a complex environment.
Students and scientists presented 72 posters during the poster session in the atrium at the end of the first day of the Users’ Meeting. The evening banquet, concurrent with the poster session, allowed users to enjoy good company, good food, and good science all at the same time.
The Barbeque in the Kuhn Barn was held on Thursday June 7. With bad weather sweeping over O’Hare, many users were able to stay longer and we had a ‘captive audience’. The record attendance meant that GSA members had to run to the grocery store several times over for more provisions!