This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site you agree to our use of cookies. To find out more, see our Privacy and Cookies policy.
Skip to the content

Share this

Free weekly newswire

Sign up to receive all our latest news direct to your inbox.

Physics on film

100 Second Science Your scientific questions answered simply by specialists in less than 100 seconds.

Watch now

Bright Recruits

At all stages of your career – whether you're an undergraduate, graduate, researcher or industry professional – can help find the job for you.

Find your perfect job

Physics connect

Are you looking for a supplier? Physics Connect lists thousands of scientific companies, businesses, non-profit organizations, institutions and experts worldwide.

Start your search today


Pier Oddone to step down as Fermilab’s director

By Tushna Commissariat


Fermilab’s director, Pier Oddone (right, image courtesy Fermilab) announced yesterday that he is retiring, after heading one of the world’s biggest particle physics laboratories for eight years. Oddone will continue in his role as director until July 2013, which ought to give a committee appointed by the Fermi Research Alliance (FRA) board of directors, who manage the lab, plenty of time to find a suitable successor. Oddone joined Fermilab as its fifth director in 2005, after a long stint at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where he also served as lab director for a time.

His time at Fermilab has been a busy and fruitful one, with many successes for the lab’s Tevatron collider, from contributions towards finding the Higgs boson to neutrino experiments, as well as research at the cosmic frontier.

“During Pier’s eight years as director, Fermilab has made remarkable contributions to the world’s understanding of particle physics,” says Robert Zimmer, chairman of the FRA board. “Pier’s leadership has ensured that Fermilab remains the centrepiece of particle physics research in the US, and that the laboratory’s facilities and resources are focused on ground-breaking discoveries.”

“Working with Fermilab’s employees and users from across the country and around the world is a wonderful experience. It has been an honour to partner with you over the past seven years to achieve significant milestones in the performance of our accelerators and detectors and in our contributions to the Large Hadron Collider,” says Oddone in an online message to Fermilab’s staff through their newsletter.

In September last year, the Tevatron accelerator was shut down. To find out more about life at Fermilab and the rather nomadic careers of particle physicists who worked there, tune in to the podcast put together by my colleague Margaret Harris, following visits to Fermilab and CERN. You can listen to the podcast here, or download it via this link.

This entry was posted in General. Bookmark the permalink.
View all posts by this author  | View this author's profile

Comments are closed.


  • Comments should be relevant to the article and not be used to promote your own work, products or services.
  • Please keep your comments brief (we recommend a maximum of 250 words).
  • We reserve the right to remove excessively long, inappropriate or offensive entries.

Show/hide formatting guidelines

Tag Description Example Output
<a> Hyperlink <a href="">google</a> google
<abbr> Abbreviation <abbr title="World Health Organisation" >WHO</abbr> WHO
<acronym> Acronym <acronym title="as soon as possible">ASAP</acronym> ASAP
<b> Bold <b>Some text</b> Some text
<blockquote> Quoted from another source <blockquote cite="">IOP</blockquote>
<cite> Cite <cite>Diagram 1</cite> Diagram 1
<del> Deleted text From this line<del datetime="2012-12-17"> this text was deleted</del> From this line this text was deleted
<em> Emphasized text In this line<em> this text was emphasised</em> In this line this text was emphasised
<i> Italic <i>Some text</i> Some text
<q> Quotation WWF goal is to build a future <q cite="">
where people live in harmony with nature and animals</q>
WWF goal is to build a future
where people live in harmony with nature and animals
<strike> Strike text <strike>Some text</strike> Some text
<strong> Stronger emphasis of text <strong>Some text</strong> Some text