Fermilab Today Tuesday, July 20, 2010

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Tuesday, July 20
10:30 a.m.
Research Techniques Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: Andrey Sviridov, All-Russia Research Institute of Automatics
Title: Radiation-Tolerant Fast Electronics and Detectors and Portable Neutron Generators
12 p.m.
Summer Lecture Series - One West
Speakers: Donna Kubik, Fermilab
Title: Astrophysics
3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 21
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Fermilab Colloquium - One West
Speaker: Anthony Tyson, University of California, Davis
Title: LSST and the Physics of the Dark Universe

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Tesla Roadster revs (quietly) into Fermilab

Tesla representatives will bring the Tesla Roadster, an electric sports car with an environmental conscience, to Fermilab's Sustainable Energy Club meeting today.

Electric cars have long been seen as green but unglamorous. Today’s visit from Tesla Motors could change that. Tesla representatives are bringing their zero-emissions all-electric sports car, the Roadster, to a meeting of Fermilab’s Sustainable Energy Club.

“We invited Tesla because the Roadster is a technologically innovative piece of machinery,” said Jim Zagel of the Fermilab Sustainable Energy Club. “It’s fun to drive, too.”

Zagel test-drove the Roadster last month in Geneva, Ill., an experience that inspired him to ask Tesla representatives to speak to the club at Fermilab. The Sustainable Energy Club promotes and discusses environmentally conscious technologies, such as electric cars, alternative energy production and solar panels.

“The Roadster is something we’ve all read about, and this is an opportunity to see it in person,” said Sustainable Energy Club President Brian Chase. “Seeing something and putting your hands on it make it a lot more real.”

Sustainable Energy Club members have a number of questions for the presenters regarding the technologies and future of transportation. Many club members have built their own emissions-free vehicles, including electric bikes and automobiles. Member Rick Mouche has built his own electric car that he hopes to drive to the presentation.

“I hope that people get the idea that you could do a lot of what you need to do, like most short trips around town, with an electric car,” Mouche said.

Those interested in seeing the Tesla Roadster can attend the Sustainable Energy Club’s meeting today, outside of the User’s Center at 5:10 p.m. The Sustainable Energy Club’s September meeting will feature representatives from the city of Naperville who will discuss the Smart Grid Initiative. Club members hope to get Fermilab involved in Naperville’s grid system, which will allow individuals to monitor their energy consumption with electronic meters.

-- Daisy Yuhas

Special Announcement

Paving resumes on A1 today

Paving on A1, from B Road to the Training Center will resume this week. Crews will prepare the area today and pave the stretch of road on Wednesday and Thursday. Paving might result in traffic delays.

Photo of the Day

Osprey protect their nest

CD's Eric Vaandering submitted this picture of territorial osprey near the Main Injector.
In the News

Energy research takes a hit in House spending bill for 2011

from ScienceInsider, July 16, 2010

Not-so-happy days may be here again for scientists supported by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). In a mark-up of the budget for 2011, a spending panel in the House of Representatives has trimmed the budget for DOE's Office of Science from a requested $5.121 billion to $4.900 billion. That $221 million drop is actually $4 million less than the office is getting for the current fiscal year, which ends September 30. House appropriators also reduced the amount allotted for the new Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), which received $400 million in last year's $787 billion stimulus package, from a requested $300 million to $220 million.

Researchers within the DOE science complex say they do not know which specific programs would get less than they have sought. But some officials are bracing for the worst. A laboratory budget stuck at this year's level "would be a disaster," says Pier Oddone, director of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) in Batavia, Illinois. The last dedicated U.S. particle physics laboratory aims to start new projects while continuing to run its Tevatron collider through 2011. But doing both things will be difficult if the lab's budget remains at the 2010 level of $410 million, Oddone says.

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Director's Corner


Dennis Kovar, associate director for the DOE Office of High Energy Physics, speaks about projects during a recent meeting at Fermilab.

Last week we had a three-day Science and Technology Review in which a large fraction of our activities was reviewed by a committee of peers together with managers from the Department of Energy Office of High Energy Physics. The review went well. It is clear that the level of activity at the laboratory is huge and includes current programs, new projects and the continued running of the Tevatron. Given the overall strain in resources we are doing quite well and getting a lot done.

In connection with how we run projects and while he was at the laboratory for the review, Dennis Kovar, Associate Director for OHEP held a meeting with senior managers including division directors and project managers. It was a very useful exchange. Kovar explained what OHEP staff members see when they look at our projects, including how we handle the formalities required by the DOE Project Management Order 413.3, which also governs the critical decision process. The principles imbedded in the order are largely common sense, but there are a lot of formalities associated with the process that we need to manage accurately. The Office of Project Management Oversight can provide advice. Our project managers are gaining great experience as the drought of projects we have had during the last decade has ended. As we work on more projects, we'll be better able to take care of the formalities as we move forward.

Our project managers also articulated the main problems they encounter, especially when staffing new projects. This is something that we need to review constantly to avoid falling behind. Sometimes falling behind could lead to big problems in the funding of projects. For instance, we must use allocated R&D funding to advance research and design that will help us achieve Critical Decision 1 approval in the next fiscal year for some of our projects. If we do not meet this schedule, we will not be allowed to spend funds formally designated next year for the projects, and the projects could grind to a halt!

There are other substantive issues that require our attention. One important issue is in planning beyond the strictly defined project completion, which normally includes the time up to the commissioning of hardware components. We need to plan operations and the integration of projects within the laboratory much earlier than when the project is completed. Sometimes these projects involve other agencies beyond DOE, which makes integration more complex and requires coordination with other parties. In these cases we need to take the lead and bring the parties together to derive a clear understanding of everyone's responsibilities.

Accelerator Update

July 16-19

- Two stores provided ~36.75 hours of luminosity
- Stack lost
- LRF1 problems
- Power supplies turned off everywhere on Saturday except for the Tevatron in preparation for shutdown
- Many machine studies
- Shutdown began at 8 a.m., 7/19/10

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


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