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Brenna and Tom standing with the Dark Energy Camera in Chile

Brenna and Tom standing with the Dark Energy Camera in Chile

One of the things First Light host Brian O’Keefe has tried to include in the first 100 episodes of the show is science stories, and the researchers at Fermi Lab have been a great resource. Like the time he sat down with Brenna Flaugher to talk about her amazing camera

Brenna said, even the view looking down from the Dark Energy Camera observatory was pretty spectacular

Brenna said, even the view looking down from the Dark Energy Camera observatory was pretty spectacular

Fermilab Breaks Ground For New Accelerator

PIP-2 Project Director Lia Merminga will oversee the construction of a new accelerator at FermiLab (photo courtesy of Fermi Lab)

PIP-2 Project Director Lia Merminga will oversee the construction of a new accelerator at FermiLab (photo courtesy of Fermi Lab)

Workers started a project this month at FermiLab that will be critical to the particle physics research center’s future. A collections of local…state and federal leaders and researchers gathered at the lab for a ground breaking ceremony for the Proton Improvement Plan II…or PIP-2 accelerator

Shortly after breaking ground on the PIP-II accelerator project on Friday, March 15, Fermilab employees were joined by the governor of Illinois, six members of Congress and partners from around the world in this group photo (photo courtesy of Fermi Lab)

Shortly after breaking ground on the PIP-II accelerator project on Friday, March 15, Fermilab employees were joined by the governor of Illinois, six members of Congress and partners from around the world in this group photo (photo courtesy of Fermi Lab)

Dark Energy Survey Snaps Its Last Picture

Brenna Flaugher and Tom Diehl inside the observatory that houses the Dark Energy Camera in Chile

Brenna Flaugher and Tom Diehl inside the observatory that houses the Dark Energy Camera in Chile

A pretty amazing project that started at Fermi-Lab isn’t quite complete but an important part of the process wrapped up in recent weeks. Up next could be the compilation of one of the most incredible photo albums. First Light host Brian O’Keefe sat down with Dark Energy Camera designer Brenna Flaugher and Dark Energy Survey Deputy Director Tom Diehl. The husband and wife researchers talked about their big science project

Dark Energy researchers Brenna Flaugher and Tom Diehl (center) outside the observatory in Chile

Dark Energy researchers Brenna Flaugher and Tom Diehl (center) outside the observatory in Chile

Researchers routunely watched the Chilean sunset with the viscachas before heading into the observatory to take pictures of galaxies as part of the ‘Dark Energy Survey’

Researchers routunely watched the Chilean sunset with the viscachas before heading into the observatory to take pictures of galaxies as part of the ‘Dark Energy Survey’

Fermi Lab Internship Gives Veterans A Hand Up

On the surface, it may seem a little strange for a high level research center to turn to the veteran community as a resource for new workers. For the Batavia based Fermi Lab, it’s been a perfect match. First Light host Brian O’Keefe talked with a couple of the veterans involved in the Vet-Tech Internship program

US Navy veteran Frederick Davis went from maintaining diesel engines on a ship to working on particle accelerator components at Fermi thanks to a internship program

US Navy veteran Frederick Davis went from maintaining diesel engines on a ship to working on particle accelerator components at Fermi thanks to a internship program

Navy veteran Frederick Davis is working on a mechanical engineering degree and getting real world experience at Fermi Lab thanks to the Vet-Tech Internship program

Navy veteran Frederick Davis is working on a mechanical engineering degree and getting real world experience at Fermi Lab thanks to the Vet-Tech Internship program

Fermi Researcher Look To Confirm New Neutrino

For years, physicists have known there were three types of particles called neutrinos. What’s interesting about neutrinos is they switch from one type to another, and then maybe to another or back to their original state. Recently researchers discovered what could be a fourth type of neutrino. David Schmitz is a neutrino researcher at Fermi Lab. First Light host Brian O'Keefe asked him to explain the significance of this discovery, in a very basic way.

Short Baseline Neutrino Program detector at the Batavia based Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (photo courtesy of the  Fermi Lab Office of Communications)

Short Baseline Neutrino Program detector at the Batavia based Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (photo courtesy of the  Fermi Lab Office of Communications)

Fermi Lab's Wilson Hall (photo courtesy of the Fermi Lab Office of Communications)

Fermi Lab's Wilson Hall (photo courtesy of the Fermi Lab Office of Communications)

Fermi Lab Hosts Massive Neutrino Project

The Chicago area is set apart from other parts of the country by virtue of the fact that it’s home to not one, but two Department of Energy research centers. Argonne National Lab in Lemont is developing new technologies to improve products you use every day. The researchers at Fermi Lab on the other hand are trying to find the answers to some of the universe’s biggest questions. First Light host Brian O'Keefe has the story

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Fermi's Dark Energy Survey Encourages Citizen Scientists

Sometimes when First Light host Brian O'Keefe heads out to work on a story, he knows there’s a chance the subject matter is going to be over his head. When the story includes driving through the gates at Fermi Lab, there’s a very good chance it will be way over his head. Never the less, he was undeterred this week when he got a chance to speak with the Director of the Dark Energy Survey, and one of the researchers on the project.

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Jenkins Wraps Up His Residency

2017 Fermi Lab Artist in Residence Jim Jenkins

2017 Fermi Lab Artist in Residence Jim Jenkins

Jim Jenkins became the third Fermi Lab Artist in Residence in early 2017. This month an exhibit of his work opened at the gallery space in Wilson Hall, it serves as a capstone for his year at the lab. It was a very busy year for the Geneva resident.

2017 Fermi Lab Artist in Residence Jim Jenkins explains his snow flake detector to Fermi Director Nigel Lockyer.

2017 Fermi Lab Artist in Residence Jim Jenkins explains his snow flake detector to Fermi Director Nigel Lockyer.

Winter Birding Focuses on Migratory Water Fowl

This week for our ‘Into The Woods’ segment…First Light host Brian O'Keefe met up with an old friend. Carl Strang contributed to WDCB’s ‘Wildthings’ segment for many years before he retired from the DuPage Forest Preserve District. Carl’s still active with the DuPage Birding Club and other pursuits…he took me out to Fermi Lab to look for some migratory water fowl

Spotting migratory water fowl at Fermi Lab's Law Lake

Spotting migratory water fowl at Fermi Lab's Law Lake