Fermilab Today Friday, June 4, 2010

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Friday, June 4
1 p.m.
Special Joint Experimental-Theoretical Physics Seminar (NOTE TIME) - One West
Speaker: Giovanni De Lellis, University Federico II and INFN
Title: Observation of Events with Decay Topologies in the OPERA Experiment
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Joint Experimental-Theoretical Physics Seminar - One West
Speaker: John Harris, Yale University
Title: First Results from ALICE

Monday, June 7
2:30 p.m.
Particle Astrophysics Seminar (NOTE LOCATION) - Racetrack
Speaker: Myungkook James Jee, University of California, Davis WH-7XO
Title: Probes of Dark Matter Structures with Gravitational Lensing
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II
Special Topic: T-980 Crystal Collimation: New Results, New Insights

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Wilson Hall Cafe

Friday, June 4
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Jacobo Konigsberg passes CDF role to Giovanni Punzi

Giovanni Punzi

Members of the CDF collaboration have selected Giovanni Punzi, a scientist at INFN and the University of Pisa, as the next co-spokesperson for the experiment. Punzi took over for Jacobo Konigsberg, from University of Florida, on June 1.

Punzi serves as co-spokesperson alongside Rob Roser, a Fermilab scientist. Konigsberg, who served two consecutive two-year terms as co-spokesperson, did not run for re-election.

"Being CDF spokesperson has been a wonderfully exciting and productive journey," Konigsberg said. "This is a good moment to step down and a good opportunity for CDF to have renewed leadership."

Jacobo Konigsberg

Punzi, who has worked as a collaborator on CDF for almost 25 years, is excited about the role.

"This experiment is at the edge of achieving big results and making discoveries," Punzi said. "This is an extraordinary time to be a spokesperson."

Punzi looks forward to working with Roser to lead the collaboration and said he's ready to face the challenges that come with the position, including keeping up the collaboration's momentum and attaining the experiment's final goals.

"Giovanni is an excellent and experienced physicist and a good friend," Konigsberg said. "He will bring a fresh perspective and energy to CDF. The collaboration is in great hands."

Roser said that he'll miss Konigsberg's leadership and people skills, but is looking forward to working with Punzi.

"Jaco was one of the best co-spokespersons that the CDF collaboration has ever had. I think about one-third of all CDF publications were produced under Jaco's watch. He did a great job and left some pretty big shoes to fill," Roser said.

But, Roser said, Punzi does bring solid leadership experience to the role, most recently as the collaboration's b-group physics convener.

"I think Punzi's experiences complement mine nicely and we will make a strong team," Roser said. "I think the coming year will be a lot of fun."

-- Rhianna Wisniewski


Leon Lederman takes physics to Chicago streets

Leon Lederman may have grown up in New York, but he's called the Chicago area home for a longtime. Because of that, when news got out that he set up a table on 34th Street to let Manhattanites pose physics questions to him, the response was quick: We have to do that here.

With the help of the Chicago Council on Science and Technology, Lederman will again hit the streets for science, this time from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, June 6, in front of the Chicago Wrigley Building at 400 N. Michigan Ave.

Lederman has long been an advocate of science outreach and the need to make physics understandable to people outside of the field. Many of the biggest issues facing voters involve science and an understanding of how the world and nature work.

"I think it's important to let people on the street ask questions about physics," he said. "People need to have a grasp of what science is, what science can do for people and what science can't do for people."

While some may consider particle physics too esoteric to apply to current issues such as natural disasters, Lederman said that at their roots all problems come back to a need to understand how the world works.

"When we understand then we can protect ourselves from the harmful effects and enjoy the beauty," he said.

The New York "Ask a Nobel Laureate" drew mostly well thought out questions from a crowd of about 30. Lederman hopes to top that.

"Maybe we should hand out gum for good questions," he said with a devilish grin.

-- Tona Kunz

Special Announcement

Wilson Hall closed on Saturday, June 5

The high-rise building will be closed starting at 12:01 a.m. June 5 and re-open at 6 p.m. to accomodate generator upgrades. Crews must connect the power distribution from the new generator to the existing electrical switchgear, which is located in the basement of the high rise. To make the connection, the power must be shut off in Wilson Hall.

During this shutdown, crews will also upgrade domestic water pump controllers by installing energy-efficient controllers. As a result, all restroom facilities will be closed during this outage.

Additionally, Facilities Engineering Services Section staff members will take advantage of the outage and perform preventive maintenance on electrical equipment throughout Wilson Hall.

Please power down all personal electronics before you leave for the weekend.

If you have questions, please contact John Kent III at x4753.

In the News

Physicists and medics set out strategy on physics for health

From Interactions, June 3, 2010

Following a workshop hosted by the CERN European particle physics laboratory in February, doctors and physicists today published a strategy for harnessing physics for health. Techniques developed for physics research have a long history of application in medicine. Today's news recognises that synergy, and sets out a programme of strengthened collaboration.

The workshop, which was the first of its kind, brought together some 400 healthcare professionals, biologists and physicists to examine the increasingly important interface between physics and health. Over recent decades, many important diagnostic and therapeutic techniques have been built on either basic physics principles, or the tools developed to conduct physics research. Notable examples are the technique of positron emission tomography (PET), which emerged in the medical community, but whose technology owes much to research in particle physics.

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