Communication Director, Fermilab
in Batavia (Illinois)
Katie Yurkewicz leads communications and public relations at Fermilab, the country's premier national laboratory for particle physics and accelerator science. A scientist by training (holding a Ph.D. in nuclear physics from Michigan State University), Katie moved to science communication in 2004 when she discovered her true calling was in writing, talking about and building public support for scientific research.
Working in science communication at Fermilab has taken Katie across the country and around the world. From 2006 to 2010 she and her family were stationed at the CERN laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland. While at CERN, Katie was part of the PR and communications team that told the world the story of the Large Hadron Collider's start up, break down, restart and--eventually--Higgs boson discovery.
Katie lives in Batavia with her husband and their two children. Her days are filled with all kinds of stories, from board books to graphic novels to particle physics magazines.
Designing a Laboratory: Art, Architecture, and the Founding of Fermilab
BY KATIE YURKEWICZ
@ VOL 5
ON NOV 10, 2016
"The sculpture that straddles the lab's entrance appears symmetrical when viewed from below but asymmetrical from all over views, reflecting the view of broken symmetry that is crucial in modern physics."
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory looks like no other science lab on Earth—thanks to the vision of founding director Robert Wilson and artist Angela Gonzales. Under their aesthetic direction, architecture, sculpture, color, and design combined to produce a lab that was revolutionary for its time. In Designing a Laboratory: Art, Architecture, and the Founding of Fermilab from PechaKucha Night Batavia Vol. 5, Katie Yurkewicz shows off another side of the legendary physics lab.
This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Wednesday, February 2nd, 2017.