Fermilab Today Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Wednesday, Sept. 26
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Fermilab Colloquium - One West
Speaker: M. Neubert, Mainz University
Title: Precision Studies in the Quark Flavor Sector and the Search for New Physics

Thursday, Sept. 27
1 p.m.
ILC ALCPG Physics and Detector R&D Seminar - West Wing, WH-10NW
Speaker: C. Gatto, INFN Lecce
Title: Tracking Studies for the ILC
2:30 p.m.
Theoretical Physics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: M. Herquet, Université Catholique de Louvain
Title: Twisted Higgs Phenomenology at Hadron Colliders
3:30 p.m.

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Wilson Hall Cafe
Wednesday, Sept. 26
- Italian wedding w/meatballs
- Diner-style patty melt
- Chicken w/Yucatan sauce
- Mongolian beef
- Greek chicken panini w/feta cheese
- Assorted sliced pizza
- Chicken w/pesto cream

Wilson Hall Cafe Menu

Chez Leon

Wednesday, Sept. 26
- Cheese ravioli w/tomato basil cream
- Italian chopped salad
- Apple walnut turnovers

Thursday, Sept. 27

Chez Leon Menu
Call x4598 to make your reservation.


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In Memoriam

Former SLAC Director Wolfgang Panofsky dead at 88

Pief Panofsky

Menlo Park, CA-Wolfgang K. H. "Pief" Panofsky, professor of physics at Stanford University and director emeritus of the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC), died of a heart attack at his home in Los Altos, Calif., Monday, Sept. 24. He was 88 years old.

Panofsky was a renowned particle physics researcher, an accelerator builder and an administrator of basic research. In parallel with his science career, he pursued two other interests of interrelated historical significance: nuclear arms control and international peace and security.

"Pief Panofsky's contributions to SLAC and the field of physics have certainly earned him a place in Stanford's pantheon of scholars. But it is equally important to note that his work on nuclear arms control earned him a reputation not just as a scientist but as a patriot whose life will continue to influence and inspire us for generations to come," said Stanford Provost John Etchemendy.

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Fermilab named one of
top Chicago work sites

Kay Van Vreede, Fermilab's head of work force development and resources, displays the NABR award.

For the second year in a row, the Department of Energy's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory has earned a spot on the list of best places to work in the Chicago area.

The Michigan - based National Association for Business Resources announced the 2007 winners of the "101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For" at an August banquet in Oak Brook.

"Being named a 'Best and Brightest' company is a powerful recruitment tool in the drive to attract and retain exceptional employees," said Jennifer Kluge, NABR president. "These are companies that work with imagination and conviction to create organizational value and business results through their policies and best practices in human resource management. We are honored to recognize their efforts."

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Special Announcement

DOE review poster display

Scientists gather Tuesday night for the annual DOE poster session in Wilson Hall.

Each year Fermilab researchers pull out the poster board and think of colorful ways to summarize their research for the Annual DOE Program Review. This year's posters are on display now through Oct. 1 on Wilson Hall's 15th floor. They provide an excellent overview of research at Fermilab. If you can't get away from the desk, you may view a sampling of the more than 30 posters here.

In the News

When protons collide

From Techworld, Sept. 25, 2007

Smashing protons together is very hard to do and, when it is done, 15 petabytes of data will be generated annually and stored on tape.

CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, is the world's largest high-energy physics research establishment and approximately half of the world's particle physicists use its facilities.

It has embarked on a multi-year effort to find and observe some of the most elusive particles in sub-atomic physics. To find them, CERN is building the largest and highest-energy particle accelerator in the world at its Geneva headquarters. This is the LHC, the Large Hadron Collider (protons belong to a class of subatomic particles called hadrons).

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In the News

Colors and shapes:
The magic of Fermi

From The Daily Herald, Sept. 26, 2007

In seven-plus years of shooting photos at Fermilab, I've learned some things: There's lots of science stuff there.

The science people, or scientists as they like to be called, have their own language with lots of long, complicated science-y words. I've come to learn that neutrinos are in no way related to Cheerios and that the Tevatron is not an arcade game that I once had the high score on at the Charlestowne Mall.

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From Center for Particle Astrophysics

Beyond dark energy

Today's column is by Scott Dodelson, the acting head of the Center for Particle Astrophysics

Scott Dodelson

Recently, the Director's Corner highlighted the recommendation by the Beyond Einstein Program Assessment Committee to launch the Joint Dark Energy Mission as the first Beyond Einstein experiment. We at Fermilab are collaborators in one of the JDEM proposals, the SuperNova Acceleration Probe, because we are eager to learn more about the mysterious dark energy that makes up the vast majority of our universe. Through SNAP, we could understand how fundamental principles of physics are connected to the acceleration of the universe.

Besides dark energy, there is another aspect to the JDEM mission. In its report, the assessment committee emphasized how much valuable astronomy will be learned from JDEM data and compared its output to that of the Hubble Space Telescope. The committee wrote that SNAP "would greatly complement the exquisite detail obtained from HST."

Think of what the Hubble Space Telescope means to the community of astronomers and to the public, and you get a sense of the task in store for SNAP. If the SNAP team can demonstrate that we will be able to provide data to interested scientists and to the public the way that HST does, we can improve our chances of being selected.

The Computing Division at Fermilab has an extraordinary track record of moving large quantities of data. In particular, it processes and distributes the data from the highly successful Sloan Digital Sky Survey. We plan to apply these skills to SNAP. The Center for Particle Astrophysics has been working on a resource plan for Fermilab's involvement in SNAP and has identified data management as one area in which our laboratory could play a substantial role. This will be a challenge, one that goes far beyond the SDSS effort, but the potential gains are commensurate. We can serve national interests, help the selection chances of SNAP, and - most important - learn about the properties of the dark energy that makes up 70 percent of the universe.

Special Announcement

Chicago welcomes prospective students

The University of Chicago will hold a Columbus Day open house for prospective students and their families Monday, Oct. 8, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 East 59th St., Chicago. The open house offers the opportunity to tour the campus, attend a class, speak with faculty about academic departments and extracurricular opportunities, eat in one of the dining halls, learn about extracurricular activities on campus and attend a session on admissions and financial aid.

Interested parents and prospective students can register for the Columbus Day open house online.


Have a safe day!

Praire Harvest on Oct. 6
The first 2007 Prairie Harvest is being held in conjunction with National Lands Day on Oct. 6, 2007, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. More information on the event can be found here. Plan to learn more about our ecology and the prairies and participate in a national program.

FNALU inbound e-mail stopped Oct. 1
On Oct. 1, 2007, direct e-mail delivery to FNALU nodes will cease. This change only affects delivery, not how or where mail is read. Unless directed otherwise, mail forwarding will be retargeted to the IMAP servers. Users are encouraged to move their existing mail folders to IMAP. Please read the FAQ for further details. Please contact the help desk at x2345 if you have additional questions.

Kyuki-Do class begins on Oct. 1
Kyuki-Do combines the kicking of Taekwon-Do, the throwing and grappling techniques of Judo and Jujitsu, and the joint locks of Hapki-Do into one art. Classes are held on Monday and Wednesday from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Recreation Facility in the Village. Teacher Bruce Worthel will focus on a practical self-defense that can be used by women or men. You will learn kicks, blocks, hand techniques, throws, pins and self-defense. You will learn forms that teach you balance, power and grace. Register through the Recreation Office; classes cost $45 per six-week session. You must be a member of the Recreation Facility to join.

Exciting Explorations fall program
Exciting Explorations will take place the following dates: Monday, Oct. 8 (Columbus Day); Monday, Nov. 19; and Tuesday, Nov. 20. Additional days may be added if there is enough interest. The cost is $35 per day per child. Two snacks and beverages are included; lunch is not provided. Please call Patti or Mary Simmons at x3762 to register your child or send an e-mail to request additional days.

Interpersonal Communication Skills
Learn effective communication strategies by assessing your communication style and developing skills for more productive work relationships through the Interpersonal Communications Skills course on Oct. 18. For more information and enrollment, go to the Web site.

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