Why I love FermiLab

In March 2006, I had the opportunity to spend a month living on the FermiLab campus while learning about the CMS experiment. FermiLab is our nation's largest particle accelerator complex, built on the prairie west of Chicago. When the vast site was carved out in the 1960's, the area was largely open fields and farms. Since then, the Chicago suburbs have spread across the countryside, populating it with strip-malls and housing developments, with FermiLab protected like a bubble. You can feel the difference on a windy day, as wind which would be hobbled by two- and three-story buildings rips across the bare land with ever-gathering force.

The original purchase included a small village of farmhouses, which have been maintained for medium-term visitors like myself. This is where I lived.

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