- Associated Press - Saturday, June 13, 2015

BATAVIA, Ill. (AP) - A nonprofit group devoted to advancing the understanding of physics has honored an Illinois research center as a historic site.

The American Physical Society gave the recognition this week to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, located outside Chicago.

Fermilab was honored for its “pivotal contributions to high-energy physics.” The lab’s discoveries include the bottom and top quarks and the tau neutrino, an elusive subatomic particle that was thought to be the last missing piece in the architecture of matter.

The Chicago Tribune reports (https://trib.in/1GyVzT9 ) a plaque commemorating the honor was presented to Fermilab Director Nigel Lockyer by American Physical Society vice president Laura Greene.

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Information from: Chicago Tribune, https://www.chicagotribune.com

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