Fermilab Today Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Wednesday, Jan. 16
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Fermilab Colloquium - One West
Speaker: R. Roser, Fermilab
Title: The Tevatron and the CDF Experiment - A Year in Review

Thursday, Jan. 17
1 p.m.
Physics and Detector Seminar - West Wing, WH-10NW
Speaker: W. Morse, Brookhaven National Laboratory
Title: The Far Forward Region of ILC Detectors
2:30 p.m.
Theoretical Physics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: J. Shu, University of Chicago
Title: Top Compositeness at the Tevatron and LHC
3:30 p.m.

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Wilson Hall Cafe
Wednesday, Jan. 16
- Italian wedding w/meatballs
- Diner style patty melt
- Chicken w/Yucatan sauce
- Mongolian beef
- BLT wrap
- Assorted slice pizza
- Chicken w/pesto cream

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Chez Leon

Wednesday, Jan. 16
- Catfish fillet Veracruz
- Green rice
- Corn and red pepper

Thursday, Jan. 17
- Closed

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DZero collaborator awarded APS Fellowship

DZero collaborator Meenakshi Narain is a 2007 APS fellow in the Division of Particles and Fields.

Last week, DZero collaborator Meenakshi Narain of Brown University was elected an American Physical Society Fellow in the Division of Particles & Fields, an honor bestowed annually on only one-half of one percent of the APS total membership. Narain was elected for her important contributions to the measurement of the properties of the top quark.

"I am really honored by this recognition from my colleagues," Narain said. "I thank the DZero collaboration and Fermilab for the opportunity to contribute to the discovery of the top quark and to study its properties."

"We congratulate her," said Dmitri Denisov, DZero co-spokesman. "We feel that this is also a success story for DZero, for the Tevatron and for Fermilab."

Narain began her tenure at Fermilab in 1991 as a postdoc. She joined the DZero experiment before its first collisions and collaborated in the discovery of the top quark in 1995.

"She was deeply involved in every area from developing tools and software to the discovery itself," said Denisov.

After the top quark's discovery, Narain continued to study the particle and its properties, recently contributing to the search that produced the first evidence of the single top production. She also worked on the DZero tracking trigger upgrade for Run IIb."As co-manager of the track trigger upgrade, she kept the project on time and under budget," said co-spokesman Darien Wood. "This trigger was running and being used for physics from the very beginning of the run."

In recent years, Narain has split her focus between DZero and the CMS experiment. She is a co-leader of one of the new LPC physics groups based on the topology of events that will come from CMS.

"It is nice to finish something I started a decade and a half ago, and to continue with that knowledge at the LHC," Narain said. She looks forward to exciting physics in the near future at both the Tevatron and the LHC.

-- Rhianna Wisniewski

Budget News Update

Kane panel calls for Fermilab assistance

From Chicago Tribune,
Jan. 16, 2008

Loss of federal funds called 'crippling'

A Kane County Board committee Tuesday recommended that the full board join the chorus of public entities looking to head off budget-related layoffs at Fermilab in Batavia.

The Development Committee recommended a resolution in support of supplemental funding for the national physics lab on Farnsworth Avenue. The resolution mirrors similar ones adopted in recent weeks by several Fox River Valley communities where many Fermilab employees live. Roughly half the lab's workforce lives in Kane County, said Economic Development Director Chris Aiston.

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Kane might join Fermilab fight
Daily Herald, Jan. 15, 2008

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Interview: Raymond Orbach Responds to DOE Budget Crisis

From Science Now, Jan. 16, 2008

Ray Orbach is the undersecretary for science at the U.S. Department of Energy

These have been trying times for Raymond Orbach, the undersecretary for science at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)--and for the U.S. physical scientists who depend on funding from his department.

Two weeks ago, Congress slashed $400 million in proposed increases for the 2008 budget of DOE's Office of Science, the largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United State. The cuts wreaked havoc on DOE's programs in fusion and particle physics and took a big bite out of its efforts in "basic energy sciences" such as chemistry and materials sciences. Funding was zeroed for the U.S. contribution this year to the multibillion-dollar International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor, and U.S. participation in the proposed International Linear Collider particle physics experiment was also effectively stopped, jeopardizing the project's existence. The rollbacks are also forcing hundreds of layoffs at two of the Office of Science's national labs and have led to deep cuts in running time at x-ray sources and other user facilities at the other eight.

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From the Technical Division

Tempora mutantur et nos mutamur in illis

Today's column is written by Giorgio Apollinari, head of the Technical Division

Giorgio Apollinari

"The times are changing, and we are changing with them." (Cicero)

Recent and well known events are altering our perception of the future, but at the same time are allowing us to recover lost ground on activities that are also of critical importance for our field and address basic questions from a different perspective from the ILC.

Several engineers and technicians who worked on the ILC cryomodule construction had appropriate experience to join the 3.9 GHz development effort. This effort is part of a collaboration and technology transfer with DESY and benefits from the unique capability, developed at FNAL, to build and test cavities that can be operated also in the "deflecting" mode. "Deflecting," or "crab" cavities, could benefit LHC upgrades and represent a possible path for our future involvement in upgrades at the high energy frontier at CERN.

Some of the scientists and engineers working on the ILC focusing elements are now revamping our R&D effort on LHC magnet upgrades. This effort will increase the luminosity of the CERN collider and places us in the best position to pursue major discoveries at the CMS experiment.

Finally, the experience and expertise of several engineers and scientists from the ILC effort will bring extraordinary help to our accelerator R&D tasks, such as the muon cooling and muon collider efforts or the High Intensity Neutrino Source. These activities will benefit Project X and the high intensity frontier at Fermilab.

The past two weeks have taught that even a major debacle provides opportunities for skilled and motivated people to contribute to science and the future of our laboratory.

Safety Update

ES&H weekly report, Jan. 15

This week's safety report, compiled by the Fermilab ES&H section, lists no incidents. Fermilab employees now have worked 34 days without a Recordable Injury, and 101 days since the last injury that resulted in restricted or lost time. The full report is here.

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Have a safe day!

Project X physics workshop Jan. 25-26
Fermilab will host a second users' workshop Jan. 25-26 to discuss the physics of Project X. The workshop will focus on the details of the experiments that might be proposed to take advantage of a high-intensity proton source, their physics impact and the development of the overall experimental strategy. Information about the workshop, working groups and ongoing efforts is available online.

New location for International Services
The Visa Office and Assignment Services have joined the User's Office to form International Services. The office has moved to the first floor of Wilson Hall on the west side. The contact information is as follows: Amanda Petersen, x4203; Barb Book, x3111; Melissa Clayton Lang, x3933; and John Galvan, x3811. The mail stop is MS 103 and the fax is x3688.

403b counseling today
Jim Stair from Fidelity Investments will be onsite today, Jan. 16, to conduct individual counseling sessions for Fermilab employees eligible and participating in the Fermilab 403b. Meetings are scheduled on a first come, first serve basis and will take place in the Aquarium. They generally last 30 minutes and can cover a range of topics from asset allocations to retirement income planning. In order to schedule a meeting go visit www.fidelity.com/atwork/reservations, or call 1-800-642-7131.

Blood drive success
Heartland Blood Centers thanks Fermilab employees for participating in December's blood drive. A total of 113 units of blood were collected. These helped many during the holiday season. Many thanks to all for their most generous contribution.

Pidgin: Secured Onsite Instant Messaging Client course
A course on Pidgin, an instant messaging client supported by the Computing Division, will be offered Feb. 12 and 14. Learn what instant messaging has to offer and how to use Pidgin. Learn more and enroll

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