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Out with the old: Fermilab accelerator magnet adorns Google Chicago’s office

19 May 2014, 21:04 UTC
Out with the old: Fermilab accelerator magnet adorns Google Chicago’s office
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Fermilab does a good job of recycling — from the ubiquitous blue trash cans to antiprotons to — in some cases — employees. I myself left Fermilab in 1999 only to recycle back to the Experimental Astrophysics Group in 2000 to work on the Sloan Digital Sky Survey before finally leaving in 2012. When the […]

Dan Yocum, left, formerly of Fermilab, shakes hands with Google’s Brian Fitzpatrick in front of a quadrupole magnet’s new home in Google’s Chicago offices. Photo: Troy Dawson
Fermilab does a good job of recycling — from the ubiquitous blue trash cans to antiprotons to — in some cases — employees. I myself left Fermilab in 1999 only to recycle back to the Experimental Astrophysics Group in 2000 to work on the Sloan Digital Sky Survey before finally leaving in 2012.
When the announcement hit the newswire in October 2011 that the Tevatron was about to be decommissioned, Brian Fitzpatrick, head of software engineering in the Chicago offices of Google, sent me a short email lamenting the Tevatron closure. He included a request for a souvenir to display in the Google Chicago offices. Brian and I met when he came to Fermilab to give a ...

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