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Fermilab Lecture Series presents:
PHYSICS SLAM III
Friday, November 21, 2014 @ 8 p.m.
Tickets - $7

Multiple physicists duke it over in short presentations about their respective topics. YOU get to choose which one does it best! Chris Miller from the College of DuPage will be back to reprise his role as MC. This event sold out to an enthusiastic audience last year, and we are sure it will sell out again, so order early!

Our Contenders:

Michael Hildreth, University of Notre Dame
Freezing the Data Tsunami: Why should you care about data preservation, and what are we doing about it?

The talk will present some of the issues facing particle physics and other sciences regarding knowledge preservation: what data/software/knowledge must be preserved in order to re-use scientific data in the future? The sheer quantity of scientific data being generated is staggering. What is the scope of the problem? What are some of the recent ideas of how to deal with it? What effort is necessary to guarantee that it will be around decades from now? Hildreth is a Professor of Physics at the University of Notre Dame, where he has taught for 14 years. He has done research at all of the world's leading high energy physics laboratories, including many years on the D0 experiment at Fermilab and his current research on the CMS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, in Geneva, Switzerland. He has worked on measurements of fundamental quantities in the Electroweak sector of particle physics, including measurements of Higgs boson couplings, and searches for new physics, specifically supersymmetry. Hildreth has also a long involvement in high energy physics software, and has recently begun work in open data and data and software preservation. He is the Principle Investigator of the Data and Software Preservation for Open Science (DASPOS) project, which is studying potential knowledge preservation architectures for particle physics and other disciplines.

Marcelle Soares-Santos, Fermilab Center for Particle Astrophysics
The Doctor's Energy

The time-traveling hero faces the mystery of the accelerated expansion of the universe. What lurks in the emptiness between galaxies? Marcelle Soares-Santos is part of the Dark Energy Survey group at Fermilab. She has helped build the survey's instrument, one of the most powerful cameras in the world, and now analyzes its data seeking to shed light onto the problem of the accelerated expansion of the universe.

Vic Gehman, Los Alamos National Lab - MAJORANA Detectors
Supernova Bursts: Hunting for the Monsters That Made You Everything You Are

Old stars created every element in your body heavier than hydrogen: the iron in your blood, the calcium in your bones, and the carbon in your DNA. Supernova explosions then created all of the elements heavier than iron, and distributed them all across what would eventually become our solar system. We see supernova explosions in other galaxies through telescopes all the time, but ones in our own galaxy are usually hidden behind gas, dust and other stars. What's more, is that telescopes only allow us to see light from the very surface of a supernova explosion. Seeing the burst of neutrinos emitted by a supernova explosion would allow us to look deep into its heart and watch the inner workings of the explosion form. The far site detector for the US long-baseline neutrino program will be able to see these events better than any other detector in the world, and we will tell you more about how that works, what these events will look like, and everything else in the detector that will try to cover these up so we can't see them.

Vic Gehman is a junior staff scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory working on neutrino physics and dark matter. When not jetting back and forth between Berkeley, Fermilab and Deadwood, Vic spends his free time cooking, surfing, and taking unnecessarily long walks to places that could be easily reached by car for no good reason other than the weather being nice.

Wes Ketchum, Fermilab - MicroBooNE Collaboration
How to Take a Picture of a Neutrino

At Fermilab, we are building a new kind of detector to help us better investigate the weird nature of neutrinos. Fermilab will have the first liquid-argon time projection chamber to see hundreds of thousands of interactions from a neutrino beam. But while the technology behind the liquid argon time projection chamber is new, the detector has a lot in common with some of the earliest types of particle detectors, creating detailed pictures of the particles produced when neutrinos collide with atoms. Come hear about how we take these pictures, and how we use them to reconstruct the details of the otherwise elusive neutrino, allowing us to explain some odd results from previous experiments and pave the way for future exploration into the origins of our universe.

Wesley Ketchum is a particle physicist from Los Alamos National Laboratory, and has been working at Fermilab for the past seven years. He received his Ph.D. looking at the high-energy proton collisions at Fermilab's Tevatron accelerator, but has recently joined the search for new physics on the MicroBooNE neutrino experiment. When he's not doing physics, Wes is probably attempting to bicycle, attempting to cook, attempting to play the mandolin, and drinking lots of coffee.

Joseph Zennamo, University of Chicago
The Weird and Wonderful World of Neutrinos

Neutrinos are strange, ghostly particles which permeate the entire universe. Scientists have only recently begun to get a glimpse at how they behave by building massive detectors and powerful beams to only capture handfuls at a time. Fermilab has taken a world leading role to studying these shy particles. I will discuss some of the weird and wonderful properties of neutrinos and what they can tell us about the universe around us! Joseph Zennamo is a physicist at the University of Chicago who has recently started studying the world of neutrinos. He is looking forward to MicroBooNE starting data-taking early next year, and is helping design Fermilab's next neutrino detector, LAr1-ND. Before neutrinos he was working on the Tevatron studying the force that holds protons together.

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