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Doctor Who thing: the Doctor appointed head of Fermilab

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Doctor head of Fermilab

Not really. Because the Doctor is a fictional character. It was the April Fool’s joke earlier this week of Fermilab’s daily newsletter:

For months, the search committee tasked with finding a new Fermilab director has been looking for someone dedicated to exploring the mysteries of space and time. In the end, they said, the choice was obvious.

On July 1, the Time Lord known as the Doctor will join Fermilab as its new director, replacing outgoing director Pier Oddone. The Doctor is the first non-human to head up Fermilab, and at more than 1,200 years of age, he is the oldest director in the lab’s history.

It was his extensive experience, as well as his vague yet somehow still impressive educational background, that tipped the scales in the Doctor’s favor, members of the committee said. This despite the fact that none of the members could determine with any certainty exactly what the new lab director’s doctorate is in.

Click over for the rest, which is highly amusing.

I guess it’s a bunch of geeks working at Fermilab. Who’da thunk?

Thanks to Sherry for the heads-up.

(If you stumble across a cool Doctor Who thing, feel free to email me with a link.)


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