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New director named for suburban Chicago's Fermilab

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BATAVIA, Ill. (AP) — The head of a Canadian research facility will become the new director of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in suburban Chicago.

Nigel S. Lockyer was named to the post Thursday.

The 60-year-old professor at the University of British Columbia is the director of Canada's TRIUMF laboratory for particle and nuclear physics.

He succeeds Pier Oddone, who's retiring next month.

Scientists at the facility in Batavia once worked on the world's most powerful particle accelerator, trying to recreate conditions that existed just after the Big Bang. But Fermilab's once-unrivaled atom smasher has been eclipsed by the Large Hadron Collider buried beneath the border of France and Switzerland.

Lockyer, who once worked at Fermilab, says the facility will continue its research on subatomic particles known as neutrinos.

He'll start work in September.

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