Saturday, November 20, 2004
Oddone to direct Fermilab
After a long search, the new director of Fermilab will be Pier Oddone, currently deputy director of Lawrence Berkely Labs. Oddone is an experimentalist, and the originator of the idea of asymmetric B-factories to study CP violation; two such facilities have since been built at SLAC in California and at KEK in Japan.
According to the news reports, Oddone seems to be in favor of an aggressive push to keep Fermilab moving forward in particle physics:
Oddone, 60, takes the helm of the laboratory at a critical time in energy research. Although Fermi remains the top high-energy physics lab in the world, it is expected to be surpassed by a European facility in three years.That's good news, it's just what the field and Fermilab need.