When I was a kid, I would watch Mr. Wizard religiously.
I credit the late Don Herbert with sparking my interest in science, an interest that has waxed and waned over the years, but never gone away. I remember trying out a few of Mr. Wizard’s experiments at home, much to my mother’s chagrin. (They often involved large quantities of water, which invariably would end up spilling.)
One year for Christmas, my parents bought me a home science kit, perhaps not realizing that this, also, required lots of liquid. I doubt the stains and scorch marks were permanent, but they did stick to buying me books from then on.
The enduring influence of Mr. Wizard notwithstanding, I never truly pursued science. I was never the kid with the brilliant science fair project. (I think one year I slapped some bread in a plastic bag and shoved it in my closet for a month as a mold-growing experiment. Yeah, I was that guy.) In college, I took the required science courses, and that was about it. No one who knows me would necessarily associate me with science, unless the word “fiction” was written after it.
So in many ways, you might think I’m the guy least likely to be working at the premier particle physics laboratory in the country. But here I am. I started as Fermilab’s media and community relations specialist about three months ago, and every day I'm here, I find my interest in science growing.
There’s no doubt about it, Fermilab and the work that goes on here is incredibly cool. That’s what this blog will be about—a layman’s-eye view of some of the most amazing science being conducted in the world today, right here in our back yard. I want you to experience it at the same time I am, and hopefully with the same sense of wide-eyed wonder.
I also hope to use this blog to answer some of your questions, and clear up some misconceptions I’ve been hearing in the community recently. If you have burning questions about Fermilab, what we do here, and how you can find out more, please let me know.
I’ve always felt that we’re lucky to have Fermilab here in the Fox Valley, and now I feel even luckier to have a ringside seat for the research happening here. Frankly, I think even Mr. Wizard would be impressed. I’m looking forward to sharing it all with you.
Andre Salles is the media and community relations specialist at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or 630-840-6733.