Fermilab Today Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Wed., February 7
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. Fermilab Colloquium - 1 West
Speaker: T. Baltz, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center
Title: Solving the Dark Matter Problem


Thurs., February 8
11:00 p.m. Academic Lecture Series - 1 West
Speaker: M. Herndon, Johns Hopkins University
Title: Course 3 - B Physics at Hadron Colliders
2:30 p.m. Theoretical Physics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: I. Low, University of California, Irvine
Title: Probing New Physics with the Higgs Boson at the LHC
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar - 1 West
Speaker: J.-P. Carneiro, Fermilab
Title: Overview of the High Intensity Neutrino Source


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Wilson Hall Cafe
Wednesday, February 7
-Creamy Mushroom Chicken Soup
-Cajun Chicken Ranch
-Chicken Wellington
-Italian Sausage with Peppers
-Smoked Turkey Panini Pesto Mayo
-Assorted Slice Pizza
-Chicken Alfredo Fettuccine

Wilson Hall Cafe Menu

Chez Leon

Wednesday, February 7
Trout with Saffron Butter Sauce
Winter Vegetable Medley
Plum and Marzipan Tart

Thursday, February 8
Green Bean, Feta and Walnut Salad
Spanish Bouillabaisse
Cappuccino Soufflé

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SciBooNE coming together:
6,000 words in pictures

When each of SciBooNE's detector components squeeze into their 23-by-16-foot underground home this spring, it'll be like a three-dimensional game of Tetris, according to project director Rick Tesarek. In the meantime, across the site, all the bits and pieces are coming together. Each of the six pictures below is worth at least 1,000 words.

Back in September 2006, Kendall Mahn and Zelimir Djurcic of Columbia University tested photo tubes at Lab 6.

Working in the CDF assembly hall in November, Chris Richardson and John Cornele (both from Fermilab) installed the horizontal portion of the electron catcher. Lucio Ludovici can be seen in the background as Camillo Mariani guides the module from above; both are from the University of Rome.

Rob Napora, from Purdue University Calumet, checks photo tubes attached to counters after they are assembled at Lab 6.

In December, the group signed the final plane just before it was tucked inside the SciBar detector. From left: John Cornele, Hideyuki Takei (Tokyo Institute of Technology), Hidekazu Tanaka, Katsuki Hiraide, Yoshinori Kurimoto and Yasuhiro Nakajima (all from Kyoto University).

The team finished installing 15,000 optical fibers (by hand) into SciBar last week at the CDF assembly hall. "This is almost the final stage," said SciBar detector manager Hidekazu Tanaka. From left: Noriaki Kobayashi (Tokyo Institute of Technology), Hiroyuki Kawamukou (Tokyo University) and Sinichi Gomi (Kyoto University).

All the pieces will fit inside this tiny shaft, just downstream of the MiniBooNE horn.

To brush-up on what the pieces shown above will actually do, check out this recent Fermilab Today article. Watch a time-lapse video of the assembly here.

--Siri Steiner

In the News

From BBC News,
February 4, 2007:

Satellite prepares to go super-cold

George Smoot wants to know the answers to some big questions.

"I want to know how the Universe came into being, how it developed and what its future might be," he says.

The US Nobel Laureate has spent a large part of his career investigating the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) - the "first light" released after the Big Bang.

Scientists like Professor Smoot study this remnant radiation from the birth of the Universe in the hope of answering some of these questions.

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From the Computing Division

CD moves forward

This column is written by Vicky White, head of the Computing Division.

The Computing Division has completed the reorganization that we began in December. The new structure of the division will help us meet the future challenges of the lab and the computing world.

Patricia McBride is now my deputy. She is going to be busy because she will also oversee the Scientific Program area of our division. This area directly supports Run II, CMS, neutrino experiments and astrophysics projects. Patty also serves as deputy computing coordinator for the CMS experiment and will spend time at CERN because of that.

Steve Wolbers takes over the CD ILC liaison role from Patty. Steve leads the area of our division that focuses on "ILC and Future Programs."

Bob Tschirhart, who served so ably as my deputy, now moves to a lab-wide coordination role for ILC physics and detectors. He will work closely with Steve on coordinating ILC detector activities within our division.

Mark Kaletka leads the area of "Lab and Scientific Core Services" with a focus on working more closely with all of the divisions and sections at the lab to improve our core computing, network and security infrastructure.

Don Petravick leads the area of "Scientific Facilities" with the goal of further strengthening the interoperation of all of our major computational and storage services for CMS, Run II and neutrino experiments, lattice QCD, astrophysics, accelerator modeling as well as legacy experiments. This area of our division will ensure that our wide-area networking and Grid presence is top notch.

Bill Boroski has joined us to take charge of project management and quality assurance - an area where we see a need for more help in the future.

In our new organizational chart you'll find several new departments and new department heads. Please do talk to them about your needs and expectations. I know they are all very positive about this reorganization and regard it as an opportunity for us to better serve the lab, to better communicate and to move forward together on the road ahead.

In Memoriam

George J. Wojcik

George Wojcik, a member of the Alignment & Metrology Group at Fermilab, passed away on February 5, 2007. He was 63 years old.

For more than 22 years, Wojcik served both Fermilab and the SSC as an Engineering Physicist. Classically educated as a photogrammetrist, he quickly became an expert in precision alignment for high-energy physics, and managed many of Fermilab's beamline survey networks.

Friends and colleagues are invited to attend a visitation on February 11 at 4:00 p.m., followed by services at 6:00 p.m. at Daleiden Mortuary, 220 N. Lake Street, Aurora.


Prairie special on television
Today, February 7 and tomorrow, February 8, Batavia public access television will air a special about Fermilab's prairie restoration efforts titled, "Part and Parcel of Nature: Illinois tall grass prairie at Fermilab." For showtimes, visit the BATV-17 website.

Muscle toning classes
Muscle Toning classes will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings in the exercise room of the Recreation Facility. Classes run from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in two, four-week sessions: February 13 to March 8, and March 15 to April 19. Each four-week session costs $32.00. Registration and payment must be made through the Recreation Office no later than the Friday prior to the start of each session. You must be a current Recreation Facility member to participate.

Ballroom Dancing
The Recreation Office is planning a private group class for ballroom dancing at the DuPage Dance Center in Naperville. The price will be $7-$10 per class, depending on the class size. If you are interested in participating, please contact Jean Guyer, X2548, or Kathy Phelan, X5427. Let them know how many people you would like to register and what day(s) of the week would work out best for you. Deadline to contact the Recreation Office is Friday, February 23.

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