Tuesday, May 17|
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK 2nd Flr X-Over
THERE WILL BE NO ACCELERATOR PHYSICS AND TECHNOLOGY SEMINAR TODAY
Wednesday, May 18
11:00 a.m. Fermilab ILC R&D Meeting, 1 West Speaker: C. Milstene
Title: Light Stops and Dark Matter at the ILC
THERE WILL BE NO PROTON DRIVER GENERAL MEETING THIS WEEK
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. Fermilab Colloquium - 1 West
Speaker: A. Höcker, Laboratoire de l'Accélérateur Linéaire
Title: B Physics, CP Violation and the CKM Fit
Tuesday, May 17|
Chicken and Rice Soup $1.90
Mushroom Swiss Burger $4.75
Baked Meatloaf $3.75
Parmesan Baked Fish $3.75
Southwestern Turkey Wrap $4.75
Ham and Pastrami Calzones $3.25
Burritos w/ Chips and Queso $4.75
The Wilson Hall Cafe now accepts Visa, Master Card, Discover and
American Express at Cash Register #1.
Wilson Hall Cafe Menu
is now open. Call x4512 to make your
EPP 2010: Strategies For
Deciding Future of HEP|
This article is the first of a three-part series on the EPP 2010
meeting at Fermilab. Wednesday: The ILC R&D program, accelerator
neutrino program, and particle astrophysics and cosmology.
Thursday: Director-designate Pier Oddone's vision of the future of Fermilab.
In a day of meetings that could produce an impact for years to come,
the National Academies' panel on Elementary Particle Physics in the
21st Century (EPP 2010) assembled in One West on Monday morning to
begin listening listening to how the national high-energy physics program
fits into an international context; how Europe and Japan view issues of
international connections; how Fermlab envisions its own future; how the
proposed International Linear Collider is intertwined with all issues.
Albrecht Wagner at
yesterday's EPP 2010
"We're not trying to make decisions experiment-by-experiment," said EPP 2010
chair Harold Shapiro of Princeton University. "Our goal is to establish
broad priorities in the major fields of high-energy physics, in a scientific,
international and budgetary context. We hope to suggest sensible strategies."
The panel's charge, from the National Academies' Board on Physics and Astronomy,
involves prioritizing scientific questions, and recommending a 15-year
implementation plan with realistic, ordered priorities. In its two-year study,
the panel has met previously in Washington DC (Nov. 30, 2004) and at SLAC
(Jan. 31, 2005). The next meeting will be at Cornell University's Laboratory
for Experimental Particle Physics (Aug. 2).
Mike Witherell at
yesterday's EPP 2010
Fermilab Director Michael Witherell emphasized that the field of particle
physics sees "a scientific revolution in the making," with collider physics
able to attack all the major themes in the challenge ahead: the quantum
vacuum, the Higgs search, supersymmetry, and extra dimensions. Tight
budgets have led to optimizing the operating program, but US high-energy
physics "currently provides outstanding science for the investment."
-- Mike Perricone
From AScribe, May 16, 2005|
Berkeley Lab Technology Dramatically Speeds Up Searches of Large Databases
In the world of physics,
one of the most elusive events is the creation and detection of "quark-gluon plasma,"
the theorized atomic outcome of the "Big Bang" which could provide insight into the
origins of the universe. By using experiments that involve millions of particle
collisions, researchers hope to find unambiguous evidence of quark-gluon plasma.
Scientists describe such a collision with unambiguous evidence as a "rare event," which may be an understatement. For example, out of hundreds of millions of particle collisions in one experiment, an analysis found that only 80 collisions or "events" merited further study as scientists search for evidence of "jet quenching," a phenomenon that may indicate the existence of quark-gluon plasma. Other research into such exotic physics phenomena as "strangelets" needs to go through similar search processes.
Compounding the complexity of the search is the fact that the data files are on mass storage systems around the world, so locating and extracting these scientific needles from a virtual haystack of information would be very time-consuming and labor-intensive. For example, the brute-force approach of reading every record of the petabytes of distributed data from the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider experiment called STAR at Brookhaven National Laboratory could take weeks at a time. The key to speeding up the searching process is to quickly locate those interesting events while ignoring millions of others so the important data can be extracted for further analysis.
Because of the ongoing EPP 2010 meeting, this week's Director's
Corner has been postponed.
Santoro Receives Golden Dolphin Award|
|Alberto Santoro (left), Helio de Motta, Andrew Brandt and John Womersley with the DZero Forward Proton Detector in 2000. (Click on image for larger version.)|
It wasn't the Oscar awards ceremony, but perhaps it was as close as it can get
for a particle physicist. On April 30, DZero experimenter Alberto Santoro,
Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, was honored with the Golfinho
de Ouro ("Golden Dolphin") at an awards ceremony in a theater in downtown
Rio de Janeiro. He received the award for his leadership role in particle physics,
and the contributions that he and his group made towards the discovery of the top
quark at Fermilab.
"The prize is for DZero and its contributions to science," said Santoro, a fellow
of the American Physical Society. "The congratulations go to the whole group."
Each year the state of Rio de Janeiro recognizes people for their contributions
in eleven categories--including science, architecture and music--with Golden
Dolphin awards, and many famous Brazilian artists have been honored. The award
winners, one in each category, are selected from nominees from across the country.
In 1977, Santoro's brother, a composer, won a Golden Dolphin award.
Santoro and five Brazilian colleagues first came to Fermilab in 1984,
receiving support from Fermilab director Leon Lederman. The group worked
on experiment E691 and joined the DZero collaboration, participating in
the DZero experiment from its beginning. Today, about 20 Brazilians
from six institutions collaborate with DZero and Fermilab. They are involved
in data analysis, software and hardware development. For Run II, Brazilian
engineers and scientists developed and built the Forward Proton Detector (
Employee Health & Fitness Day|
Employee Health & Fitness Day will be on
May 18 from 11:30-1:30 on Ring Road beginning at A1.
Walk, run, rollerblade, or bike your way around the ring.
This year's theme is "Laughter is the Best Medicine." A table
will be set up at A1 where participants may sign-in, pick up
their game ticket, and a bottle of water. Stations will be
set up around the ring where you will find games to play,
prizes to win and cheers of encouragement. At the end stop
off at the prize table and pick a ticket to see if you are a
winner. The rain date will be May 19.
Weight Watchers Turnaround
Join Weight Watchers At Work Program for a Free Open House meeting this
Tuesday, May 24 at 12:00 p.m., WH15NW. Register and prepay on Tuesday,
May 24, 2005. For more information please contact Bernie Dugan at x3591.
Scottish Country Dancing
The Scottish Country Dancers will meet Tuesday, May 17, at Kuhn Barn on the
Fermilab site. Instruction begins at 7:30 p.m. and newcomers are always
welcome. Most dances are fully taught and walked through, and you do not
need to come with a partner. Info at 630-840-8194 or 630-584-0825 or
Fermi Days at Great America in July
The Recreation Office
has designated July 9, 10, 23 & 24 as Fermi Days at Great America.
Purchase tickets in the Recreation Office for only $25.00 and enjoy
one of these days at Great America with your friends and family.
Price includes unlimited rides and shows for a one-day event.
This ticket also includes the colossal
new water park, Hurricane Harbor, next to Six Flags which opens this
spring. Tickets can be purchased in the Recreation
Office beginning in June.