Fermilab Today Tuesday, April 6, 2010

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Tuesday, April 6
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar - One West
Speaker: Daniel Mazur, Université de Genève, Switzerland
Title: Condensed Matter Physics Experiments Relevant to Accelerator Development

Wednesday, April 7
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Fermilab Colloquium - One West
Speaker: Erich Poppitz, University of Toronto
Title: The Wonders of Supersymmetry: From Quantum Mechanics, Topology, and Noise, to (maybe) the LHC

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Tuesday, April 6
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Attend the 2010 Women in Science Symposium April 17

Women are statistically underrepresented in the science workforce nationwide. The Women in Science Symposium 2010: Building an Identity will discuss this fact and the issues that contribute to the shortage from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, April 17.

During thyis daylong event, learn more about the state of women in science and why more women aren't pursuing careers in the scientific workforce. Also, discuss what changes are taking place, and need to take place to successfully reshape the scientific workforce landscape so that it includes more women during this daylong event.

Fermilab will cover the registration fee for any Fermilab employees who want to attend.

The event, which is open to scientists, communicators, educators, administrators and anyone interested in the shortage of women in scientific careers, will take place on the Chicago campus of Northwestern University.

The symposium, which is sponsored by The Chicago Council on Science and Technology (C2ST) in partnership with the Association for Women in Science (AWIS), will allow women scientists at the academic, industry and government levels to better recognize the numbers of and diversity of their counterparts. Women scientists attending the event can create a sense of solidarity and help find ways to broaden the available opportunities for women scientists in Chicagoland.

View the symposium agenda Web page to learn more about the event. Use the Fermilab code "FNALWIS" when you register.

Special Announcement

Sitewide Emergency Warning System test cancelled today

Due to the potential severe weather that may affect the laboratory today, the regularly scheduled test of the Sitewide Emergency Warning System is cancelled. The next regularly scheduled test of the SEWS will take place at 10 a.m. on the first Tuesday of next month.

In the News

A primer on the great proton smashup

From the New York Times, April 2, 2010

For those whose physics knowledge was a bit rusty, the news about the Large Hadron Collider, the world's biggest physics machine, might have been puzzling.

Yes, the collider finally crashed subatomic particles into one another last week, but why, exactly, is that important? Here is a primer on the collider - with just enough information, hopefully, to impress guests at your next cocktail party.

Let's be basic. What does a particle physicist do?

Particle physicists have one trick that they do over and over again, which is to smash things together and watch what comes tumbling out.

What does it mean to say that the collider will allow physicists to go back to the Big Bang? Is the collider a time machine?

Physicists suspect that the laws of physics evolved as the universe cooled from billions or trillions of degrees in the first moments of the Big Bang to superfrigid temperatures today (3 degrees Kelvin) - the way water changes from steam to liquid to ice as temperatures decline. As the universe cooled, physicists suspect, everything became more complicated. Particles and forces once indistinguishable developed their own identities, the way Spanish, French and Italian diverged from the original Latin.

By crashing together subatomic particles - protons - physicists create little fireballs that revisit the conditions of these earlier times and see what might have gone on back then, sort of like the scientists in Jurassic Park reincarnating dinosaurs.

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Director's Corner

National Lab Day

Fermilab Director Pier Oddone

In an April 2009 speech to the National Academy of Science on the importance of science and science education to the nation, President Obama told the assembled scientists, "I want to persuade you to spend time in the classroom, talking and showing young people what it is that your work can mean, and what it means to you.... "

National Lab Day is a response to the President's call to action. National Lab Day is more than just a day. It's a nationwide initiative that will foster ongoing collaborations among volunteers, students and educators in a variety of on-going projects. We have the perfect mechanisms through our Education Office to make Fermilab count in this initiative.

At Fermilab, we are celebrating National Lab Day all week from May 3-7. I encourage Fermilab scientific and technical staff to contribute and volunteer time to this initiative during that week. The Education Office is coordinating Fermilab's volunteer participation in National Lab Day.

Employees can visit the Web site to sign up to:
1. visit their own child's K-12 classroom,
2. be matched up with a request from a K-12 classroom, or
3. help with an evening Family Science Adventure at the Lederman Center.

The Education Office will provide coaching and classroom presentation kits to volunteers.

I will be on vacation during that week in Hawaii, but I have arranged to give a talk and have discussions with students at one of the schools in our Quarknet collaboration. Deputy Director Young Kee Kim will visit Rosary High School, a girls' school in Aurora.

I would like to see as many members of Fermilab's scientific and technical staff as possible join me in celebrating National Lab Day in classrooms in local communities--or wherever they happen to be. Our Education Office has a huge range of contacts. This is an opportunity for us to join with thousands of scientists and engineers across the country in celebration of science and service to the nation by showing what science means in our own lives.

Accelerator Update

April 2-5
- Five stores provided ~65.25 hours of luminosity
- MIRF problems resolved
- Meson MTest experiment T1004 begins taking beam
- P1 transfer line vacuum pumps trip off

* The integrated luminosity for the period from 3/29 to 4/5 was 71.71 inverse picobarns. NuMI reported receiving 8.68E18 protons on target during this same period.

Read the Current Accelerator Update
Read the Early Bird Report
View the Tevatron Luminosity Charts


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