Fermilab Today Wednesday, May 5, 2010

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Wednesday, May 5
11 a.m.-12 p.m.
PPD/Neutrino Seminar - Hornet's Nest, WH8XO
Speaker: Lalit Sehgal
Title: Electron-like Anomaly in Neutrino Reactions: A Possible Interpretation
3:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 6
2:30 p.m.
Theoretical Physics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: Harald Fritzsch, Universitaet Muenchen
Title: Flavor Mixing, Neutrino Mixing and Neutrino Masses
3:30 p.m.

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Wednesday, May 5
- Breakfast: English muffin sandwich
- Cajun-style lentil soup
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Chez Leon

Wednesday, May 5
- Crepes w/ Black Forest ham & gruyere
- Cabbage salad
- Chocolate mousse w/butter cookies

Thursday, May 6
- Pear and parmesan salad
- Steak au poivre
- Potato gratin
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Special Announcement

Wilson Hall parking layout changes take effect Friday

Roads and Grounds crews will add handicapped parking and two-hour parking spaces to Wilson Hall at the end of this week. The handicapped spaces will be adjacent to existing handicapped parking on either side of the building. The 12 two-hour parking spaces will be located on the west side of Wilson Hall just below the horseshoe. Existing parking spaces will be converted into the new handicapped and two-hour parking spaces. Crews will install the signs for these new spaces on Friday, May 7. Pavement striping will take place on Saturday, May 8, weather permitting. Please pay close attention to the signs before parking. Contact Roads and Grounds at x3303 with any questions.


Strategic Collaborative Initiative: Call for proposals

The University of Chicago again seeks proposals for projects that foster collaboration between the university and Fermilab.

"I am pleased to announce the continuation of the Strategic Collaborative Initiative program that supports collaborative research projects between the University of Chicago faculty and Fermilab scientists/engineers," wrote Donald Levy, vice president for research and national laboratories at the University of Chicago, in an e-mail to Fermilab scientists.

The program aims to initiate projects that provide the basis for future collaborative research between the University of Chicago and Fermilab. Joint proposals involving researchers from Argonne National Laboratory also are welcome.

"This program provides a unique opportunity for scientists from these institutions to come together to pursue a common goal," said Young-Kee Kim, Fermilab's deputy director.

Ongoing projects that received SCI support last year may apply. Applications are due on Tuesday, June 1. Proposals must include at least one applicant from each institution. Proposal budgets should stay in the range of $50,000-$100,000 for one year.

Application forms and proposal guidelines are available from Katie Weber at kpweber@uchicago.edu. Additional questions should be directed to Larry Hill, associate vice president for national laboratories, at lhill@uchicago.edu or (773) 702-2060.

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IMAP users: last day to secure e-mail programs

Today is the last day for IMAP users to alter the programs they use to read their e-mail to ensure secure communication. After today, you will not be able to access e-mail on IMAP servers using unaltered programs.

If you use a program such as Outlook or Entourage to access your IMAP e-mail account, you should change it to use Transport Layer Security or Secure Sockets Layer. These programs ensure e-mail privacy by encrypting your password when you sign in before sending it to the IMAP server. Changing your settings usually takes less than 10 minutes.

Instructions for altering multiple e-mail programs are available here.

If you access your IMAP e-mail through the Web, your access is already secure.

Please contact the Service Desk at x2345 with any questions or visit the Password Doctor booth during lunch hours in the Wilson Hall atrium.

In the News

Inside Russia's 'nanotech park'

From BBC News, May 4, 2010

With Russian science not at its best since the break-up of the USSR, Moscow is now attempting to follow an example from its Soviet past.

It plans to co-operate with nations from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) - made up of former Soviet republics - in the areas of nanotechnology and innovation.

An organisation with a grand-sounding name, International Innovative Nanotechnology Centre (IINC) of the CIS countries, has been set up in Dubna, just outside Moscow.

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From the Computing Division

Making a better blueprint for computing

Don Petravick, head of the Enterprise Architecture initiative for Fermilab, wrote this week's column

Don Petravick

Communication is important at a national laboratory, not only among people but also among the computing systems they use. The Computing Division is working to coordinate and modernize the way Fermilab's growing number of computing systems talk to one another.

When each system does only its assigned task and talks to other systems in standard ways, it's easier to get accurate data to people who need it. We have begun surveying our laboratory's IT needs in order to create a blueprint that will help us find ways to connect systems and prevent people from duplicating their efforts. These new connections could simplify tasks such as making a vacation request or planning an experiment.

The tools and techniques for creating this blueprint come from a discipline in computer science called Enterprise Architecture. The goal of EA is to make computing systems simpler, better understood and more effective.

We are already making progress on this front. Laboratory employees and users can use new services account passwords to complete a growing number of tasks, such as filling out a timecard, opening a Service Desk ticket and, for some, checking their Fermilab e-mail. This has been possible because, behind the scenes, the Computing Division has begun to work on a coherent infrastructure to manage your digital identity and to make it available to the applications you use every day.

DOE and the taxpayers who fund it expect a national laboratory to be a modern, capable organization that can manage complex projects, be financially responsible, respect the environment and support its workforce, all while operating in a safe and efficient manner. As expectations for the laboratory rise, we need to become more organized at larger and larger scales. Improving the underlying architecture of our computing systems will help us get our work done better, faster and more cheaply.

Safety Update

ES&H weekly report, May 4

This week's safety report, compiled by the Fermilab ES&H section, includes one injury after extensive use of a keyboard. Find the full report here.

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