Fermilab Today Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009

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Wednesday, Nov. 11
8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Muon Collider Physics Workshop
10 a.m.
Particle Astrophysics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: Christiano Galbiati, Princeton University
Title: Results from the Borexino Solar Neutrino Experiment
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Veterans Day celebration -
Kuhn Village Barn
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Fermilab Colloquium - One West
Speaker: Ben McCall, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Title: H3+: The Simplest Polyatomic Molecule in the Laboratory and the Interstellar Medium

Thursday, Nov. 12
8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Muon Collider Physics Workshop
9:40 a.m.
Presentations to the Physics Advisory Committee - Curia II
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: Isao Sugai, KEK
Titles: Present Status of the HBC Stripping Foil; J-PARC Update

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Wednesday, Nov. 11
- English muffin sandwich
- Beef barley soup
- Gyros
- Caribbean grilled salmon
- Corned beef
- Beef and cheddar panini
- Assorted slices of pizza
- Grilled chicken bowtie with tomato cream

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Wednesday, Nov. 18
- Scallops with chipotle-orange sauce
- Yellow pepper rice
- Steamed broccoli
- Coconut cake with caramel sauce

Thursday, Nov. 19
- Egg drop soup
- Asian braised beef short ribs
- Roasted new potatoes
- Sautéed spinach
- Lemon Napoleon

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LHC Theory Initiative Fellows share research at meeting

LHC theory fellow Cathy Bernaciak from State University of New York at Buffalo attends a coffee break and poster session. Bernaciak presented a summary of her research at the meeting.

Graduate and post-doctoral fellows working to generate the theoretical underpinnings for experiments at the Large Hadron Collider met in October at Fermilab.

The LHC Theory Initiative Fellows Meeting was a chance for 17 program fellows — five of whom are 2009 fellows — to meet and collaborate with peers. The initiative began in 2007.

Fellows attending the meeting, all of whom attend American institutions, shared their work with other fellows through presentations and poster sessions. Jonathan Bagger of Johns Hopkins University, principal investigator for the initiative, said theorists trained in the program will create some of the groundwork for the LHC experiments.

"You need a lot of different theory at the LHC," Bagger said. "You need sophisticated calculations to understand the predictions of the Standard Model, and moreover, you need to understand them really well to see what lies beyond the Standard Model."

Fellows gave summaries of their research at the two-day event. Cathy Bernaciak, a 2008 fellow from the State University of New York at Buffalo, who presented at the meeting, said her theory work aimed to provide more precise predictions for what experimentalists will observe at the LHC. A benefit of the meeting was the chance to collaborate with her peers, she said.

"Theorists are often isolated, so it's nice to finally get to meet colleagues and feel like a community," Bernaciak said.

The fellowships, which the National Science Foundation funds, are designed partly to ensure enough support for collider theory in the United States, said Michigan State University physics professor Sekhar Chivukula, who is co-principal investigator of the project, along with Ulrich Baur from SUNY Buffalo and Lynne Orr from Rochester.

Chivukula said he was impressed with the breadth and depth of the research presented at the meeting.

"The goal of this workshop was to talk about the research they're doing," Chivukula said, "and also to form collaborations beyond the length of the fellowship."

Chris Knight

Video of the Day

Accelerators for America's Future videos available

A poster from Accelerators for America's Future.

Some of the top minds in the nation say accelerators offer one of the best chances to strengthen the American economy and improve your quality of life.

A series of lectures recorded at the Accelerators for America's Future workshop, and now available online from Fermilab, offer insight into how high-tech particle beams have been used for everything from strengthening plastic to treating cancer. The lectures also examine the challenges of identifying, developing and deploying future accelerators to meet the nation's needs in basic science, medicine, energy and the environment, nationals security and industry.

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Tona Kunz

In Brief

Fermilab PAC gathers to advise laboratory

The Fermilab Physics Advisory Committee will convene Nov. 12-14 to consider an unusually large number of newly proposed initiatives. These include plans for upgrades to the CMS detector, six topics at the cosmic frontier and four at the intensity frontier (with neutrinos, kaons and muons). Public presentations to the PAC on each topic will take place in Curia II. The schedule and the director's charge to the PAC are available from the public PAC Web page.

Submitted documents and presentation slides are available on the agenda Web page.

Special Announcement

Save the date: Fermilab holiday potluck Dec. 16

Mark your calendars now for the Fermilab holiday celebration, scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 16, from 5 to 7 p.m. All Fermilab employees, Fermilab users and their families are invited to celebrate the holiday season with a potluck dinner followed by skits and songs. Watch Fermilab Today for further details.

In the News

Initial plan for underground SD lab gets $29 million

From the Associated Press,
Oct. 20, 2009

The National Science Foundation has authorized about $29 million to develop a preliminary plan to turn a 1 1/2-mile-deep former gold mine in western South Dakota into the world's deepest laboratory.

The foundation says the plan will be a major tool in the decision whether to proceed with the Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory at the former Homestake site at Lead. Physical preparations also have hit a critical point: Water removal inside the 8,000-foot-deep mine has surpassed the 5,000-foot level.

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From the Finance Section

FY2010 budget news

Cindy Conger, chief financial officer and head of the Finance Section, wrote this week's column.

Cindy Conger

The laboratory got great news last month. On Oct. 28, the President signed the Energy and Water Appropriations legislation, which includes the Fiscal Year 2010 appropriation for DOE's Office of Science and provides funding for Fermilab through the DOE Office of High Energy Physics. We had been operating under a Continuing Resolution since Oct. 1, which held us to last year's funding level through the month of October.

The signing of this legislation marked the end of the shortest Continuing Resolution in recent memory - much shorter than last year's, when we did not know Fermilab's funding level until nearly halfway through the fiscal year. The earlier passage of the appropriation allows us to more efficiently execute the plans we have for a tremendous FY2010 program.

The FY2010 funding will be very close to the President's budget request released in May. It is a tight but good budget that includes a large funding increase for the NOvA project, which is under construction, and funding at or near request levels for design and planning of our new initiatives - the Long Baseline Neutrino Experiment, mu2e, Project X and MicroBooNE. Tevatron operations are fully funded in the FY2010 budget as well.

The laboratory also anticipates additional American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding in FY2010 on projects begun in FY2009. In addition, a significant amount of the $95.1 million in ARRA funding received in the second half of FY2009 will carry over into FY2010.

ARRA projects are well underway, and on Oct. 9, the Finance Section successfully submitted the laboratory's first quarterly report into the federal database at www.federalreporting.gov. Fermilab also maintains its own Web site with more comprehensive information on Fermilab's ARRA projects. We also created two fact sheets for visitors.

The funding news for FY2010 is good. Of course, it means that we have to deliver and accomplish a great many programs, projects and activities in FY2010. This is a wonderful problem to have.

Special Announcement

Veterans Day celebration 11:30 a.m. today in Kuhn Barn

AD's Greg Vogel took this photo of the flag display in honor of Veterans Day on Rotary Hill in Naperville.

Veterans at Fermilab will host a Veterans Day celebration in Kuhn Barn from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today. All veterans are welcome.

WWII veteran Ray Waver, a B24 radio gunner with the 367th Heavy Bombardment Group, European theater, will recount his war experience. Waver, father of Fermilab employee Glenn Waver, was shot down on Feb. 7, 1945, and was a prisoner of war for six months.

East Aurora High School's Navy Junior ROTC will present the colors. Fermilab employee and veteran Randy Ortgiesen will read President Obama's Veterans Day proclamation.

Veterans at Fermilab will also play "Taps" for their departed brethren and will have a moment of silence for victims of the Fort Hood tragedy.

Tickets for lunch are $8 and will be available at the door. Contact Greg Gilbert, x6835, for more information.

Safety Update

ES&H weekly report, Nov. 10, 2009

This week's safety report, compiled by the Fermilab ES&H section, includes no injuries. We have now worked 19 days since the last recordable injury. Find the full report here.

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