Features – July 2017

WA105 1x1x3 records first particle tracks

In a lab at CERN sits a very important box. It covers about three parking spaces and is more than a story tall. Sitting inside is a metal device that tracks energetic cosmic particles: the prototype detector WA105 3x1x1… On June 21, WA105 recorded its first particle tracks…

Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook visits SURF

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of FaceBook, visited the Sanford Underground Research Facility to learn about how the former Homestake Mine has transitioned into a scientific research facility…

DUNE’s strong showing at Neutrino Day

Once a year the Black Hills come alive with the sounds of science. That annual occasion is Neutrino Day. This year’s Neutrino Day featured a talk by Bonnie Fleming and a video chat with Mark Thomson…

At Fermilab, resources for the LGBTQA+ community

In line with its commitment to human rights, Fermilab has formed a series of resource groups, the newest of which is Spectrum. This group provides resources for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and allies (LGBTQA+) community and builds awareness to ensure that the laboratory has inclusive policies…


At your fingertips

Google map of DUNE institutions

“I had a few idle moments the past couple of weekends (amazing how that happens when I don’t travel!),” said Institutional Board chair Bob Wilson back in April, “so I added the DUNE institutions to an active Google map…”

Video: The science of DUNE

Feel free to use a version of this new 4-minute video in any of your presentations or outreach events…

Request computing services – faster!

The new DUNE service portal provides a streamlined way to make requests for DUNE computing services. Your request goes straight to the DUNE collaborators who can take care of it — the middleman is out!

News and updates

Contract to design rock conveyor awarded

On June 28, Fermi Research Alliance LLC, which operates Fermilab, signed a contract with North Alabama Fabricating Company to design and fabricate the pipe conveyor to be installed at Sanford Lab. The contract supports the excavation for the Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility (LBNF), the facility that will house and support DUNE…

Forming far detector consortia – tight deadline!

DUNE is beginning the process of replacing the existing working groups with the organizational structures needed to develop the far detector Technical Design Report and carry out the actual detector construction efforts starting in 2020… In order to proceed with formal introduction of the far detector consortia by the upcoming August collaboration meeting, we are requesting responses by Sunday, July 23…

nus2surf on vacation in August

nus2surf will take a vacation in August, along with many of you.  Happy travels, whether they be to exotic locales, grandma’s house — or to the collaboration meeting at Fermilab!