Fermilab Today Friday, Aug. 1, 2008

Friday, Aug. 1
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Joint Experimental-Theoretical Physics Seminar - One West
Speaker: C. Polly, University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign
Title: Updates to the Low Energy Excess in MiniBooNE
5-7 p.m.
Fermilab Art Gallery Artist Reception - Second Floor Art Gallery
Title: McMahon Family Affair

Monday, Aug. 4
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II
Special Topic: CMS Installation and Commissioning

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Wilson Hall Cafe
Friday, Aug. 1
- *Italian vegetable soup
- Teriyaki chicken
- Southern fried chicken
- *Mediterranean baked tilapia
- Eggplant parmesan panini
- Assorted slice pizza
- Assorted sub sandwich

*Carb Restricted Alternative

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Chez Leon

Wednesday, Aug. 6
- Spicy Italian sausage & 3 cheese calzone
- Caesar salad
- Fresh fruit plate

Thursday, Aug. 7
- Melon & prosciutto
- Ancho chili pork tenderloin with caramelized onions
- Red rice
- Vegetable of the season
- Hazlenut cake with blueberries

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Making art a family affair

Oak Street Beach, a watercolor from artist Mark McMahon. A selection of McMahon's work, and that of his family members, is featured in the Fermilab Art Gallery's current art exhibit.

Most people would feel lucky if their children followed in their footsteps, taking on the family practice or picking up the same trades. But when most of Franklin McMahon's nine children and a few of his 13 grandchildren decided to become artists, he was a little overwhelmed.

"They all learned on their own. Some are artists and some have real jobs," Franklin joked.

Much of the McMahon clan chose art as a career, but they produce works using different media. Sculpture, watercolor paintings, sketches, furniture, Web design, photography and carvings all find a place in the McMahon Family Affair, an art exhibit now on display in Fermilab's Art Gallery.

"I was sort of born into it," said son Mark McMahon. "Art was always around."

Franklin, the 87-year-old patriarch, began sketching cartoons in high school and made a career of painting and sketching. He has captured some of last century's most memorable events on paper, including the opening day of Vatican Council II, the 1960 Democratic and Republican conventions and the first landing on the moon.

Like his father, Mark paints from on-location sketches. His personality-injected watercolors depict events and scenes from locations around the world. Mark's wife, Carolyn, focuses her artistic efforts on sculpting with metal, ceramic and glass, in often overlapping techniques. She also produces sculptures in neon, which she says can combine color and multiple dimensions. Franklin's son Frank spent most of his life as a photographer before turning to Web development. Both elements mingle in his printed pieces.

This is the first time that more than 10 family members have been in the same exhibit.

"These events have kind of substituted for family reunions," said Elise McMahon, daughter of Mark and Carolyn, whose sculpted furniture appears in the exhibit.

The McMahon family's art works will remain on display through Wednesday, Sept. 17. All employees may attend an opening reception today, Aug. 1, from 5-7 p.m. in the Fermilab Art Gallery.

-- Rhianna Wisniewski

From iSGTW

Simulating starry images

The Blanco telescope. The dark-colored, horseshoe-shaped piece is part of the telescope support structure. It can rotate about the axis perpendicular to its plane. The light-colored structure holds the 4-meter in diameter mirror at the bottom and the old prime focus imager, black in color and facing downward, at the top. The DES camera, DECam, will replace the imager. Image courtesy of DES.

Ever since the universe exploded into existence, it has been violently rushing outward. Scientists expected the inward tug of gravity to slow this expansion over time, but the opposite is true. The startling discovery that the universe's expansion is accelerating has led scientists to postulate the existence of an outward-pushing dark energy.

To better understand dark energy and its implications on our current knowledge of matter, energy, space, and time, scientists will conduct the large-scale Dark Energy Survey (DES), starting in 2012.

Atop a mountain at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile, researchers will use the 4-meter Blanco telescope, equipped with the Dark Energy Camera, to capture brilliant images of more than 300 million galaxies. They expect to measure quantities related to pressure and energy density five times more precisely than currently possible, says physicist Huan Lin of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.

To test and debug the image processing programs, researchers use Open Science Grid to create complex simulations of telescope signals and Teragrid to process these simulations.

--Amelia Williamson, iSGTW

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In the News

In Russian

Check out this news story, from Voice of America, about the ZZ.

In the News

Known and unknown unknowns

From The Economist, July 31, 2008

WELL, it is about to happen. After more than a decade, SFr10 billion ($10 billion) and a lot of nail-biting, the first protons should spin their way into the Large Hadron Collider on August 8th. These protons will only be tests. But in a couple of months' time, when the tests are complete, the particle-smashing will begin in earnest. At that moment the LHC, as the giant machine near Geneva is known to its friends, will take the first big step into the unknown reaches of particle physics for a quarter of a century. For, although physicists have been trying to keep themselves busy on marginal projects during this period, the truth is that the last truly fundamental subatomic particles, the W and Z bosons, were found in 1983.

The next one, unless everyone's theories are wrong, will be the Higgs boson, a theoretical construct required to give mass to the other particles of which matter is composed. That should come quite quickly. Only if it does not will people start scratching their heads.

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Have a safe day!

WH horseshoe closed Saturday
The Wilson Hall horseshoe parking lot will close at 6 a.m. on Saturday for crack sealing. Roads and Grounds crew members will block off the entrances. Park near and use the lower entrances to Wilson Hall. The parking lot will open at 3 p.m.

Pidgin: On site IM Client Class
Aug. 26 or Aug. 28

Learn what instant messaging has to offer and how to use Pidgin, an instant messaging client supported by the Computing Division. More information

Summer intern photo Aug. 5
VMS will take a photo of all summer interns at 11:45 a.m. in the Wilson Hall atrium. Please come on time.

Performance review help for supervisors
Managers and supervisors who need help with the performance review can attend a review briefing from 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 7. The briefing will help answer questions about the performance review process, including the form and compensation. Learn more and enroll

UEC elections underway
Elections for the 2008-2009 Users' Executive Committee are now open. Votes must be cast by Aug. 5. More information is available here.

Swimming lesson registration
ends Thursday

The final swimming lesson session starts on Monday, Aug. 4, and lasts for two weeks.
Four classes are offered:
9-9:40 a.m. - Youth Lessons
9:50-10:30 a.m. - Youth Lessons
10-10:30 a.m. - Preschool Lessons
10:40-11:10 a.m. - Preschool Lessons
Registration will close on Thursday, July 31, at noon. Register at the Recreation Office on WH15 (x5427).

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