Durbin Talks Research Funding With University Of Chicago President

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today spoke by phone with University of Chicago President Paul Alivisatos about the ongoing development of the University of Chicago and Fermilab’s Long Baseline Neutrino Facility/Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (LBNF/DUNE). Durbin and President Alivisatos discussed federal funding for the project, including the $189 million for LBNF/DUNE in the Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) omnibus appropriations bill Congress passed earlier this month.


“Illinois is home to world-class research institutes, including Fermilab and the University of Chicago. It’s vital that our federal government invest in groundbreaking research, and I remain a committed federal partner in securing funding for science and innovation,” said Durbin.


LBNF/DUNE is an international flagship experiment to unlock the mysteries of neutrinos. LBNF/DUNE will pursue three science goals: find out whether neutrinos could be the reason the universe is made of matter; look for subatomic phenomena that could help realize Einstein’s dream of the unification of forces; and watch for neutrinos emerging from an exploding star.