Fermilab Today Friday, Oct. 1, 2010

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Friday, Oct. 1
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Joint Experimental-Theoretical Physics Seminar - One West
Speaker: Luciano Ristori, Pisa/Fermilab
Title: Measurement of the CP Asymmetry in the Decay D0 → π π

Monday, Oct. 4
2:30 p.m.
Particle Astrophysics Seminar - One West
Speaker: Marla Geha, Yale University
Title: The Darkest Galaxies
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II
Special Topics: Antiproton Production Targets; Automatic Tuning Machine for SRF Cavities; NuMI Targets

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Wilson Hall Cafe

Friday, Oct. 1
- Breakfast: Chorizo burrito
- Smart cuisine: Italian vegetable soup
- Teriyaki chicken
- Southern fried chicken
- Teriyaki pork stir-fry
- Smart cuisine: Mediterranean baked tilapia
- Eggplant parmesan panini
- Assorted sliced pizza
- Assorted sub sandwich

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Chez Leon

Wednesday, Oct. 6
- Herb-roasted cornish hen
- Sage & onion stuffing
- Steamed broccoli
- Pumpkin cheesecake

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First "Physics for Everyone" lecture in auditorium Oct. 6

This photo of the Fermilab site was taken April 5, 1973. Herman White will discuss the history of the laboratory on Wednesday, Oct. 6.

Fermilab was under construction when physicist Herman White first arrived as an invited speaker in 1971. It was raining, and the whole site was "just mud and cement," he said.

Next week, with 35 years as a Fermilab scientist under his belt, White will give the inaugural talk of the “Physics for Everyone” lecture series. He will tell the story of how Fermilab came to be, explain the science done at the laboratory, discuss why it is important and predict what the future might hold. 

"Physics for Everyone" is a non-technical lecture series about Fermilab science and culture. The first lecture will take place from 12:30-1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 6, in Ramsey Auditorium. There will be time for questions and answers.

This lecture series is organized by the Diversity Council Subcommittee for Non-Scientific and Non-Technical Employees.

-- Rhianna Wisniewski

Photo of the Day

Service Award - 20 years

Pictured above are employees who achieved 20 years of service last year (2009). They celebrated with a luncheon at Chez Leon on Sept. 17. Front row from left: Jim Wish, Jerry Judd, Tom Kelly, William Koncelik, Greg Mitchell, Marge Bardeen, Cindy Conger, Hazel McGowan, Fred Nobrega and Greg Deurling. Second row from left: Greg Bock (Directorate), Adrienne Kolb, Carl Holmgren, Hubert Mosby, Sherri Larson, Suzanne Weber, Linda Christiansen, Kris Anderson, Zubao Qian, Simon Kwan, Mae Strobel and Bruce Chrisman (Directorate). Third row from left: Frank Rucinski, Jean-Francois Ostiguy, Dana Walbridge, Michael Cherry, Joel Kofron, Mark Kaletka, Dave Durando, Greg Vogel, Sonya Wright and Mary Sutherland.
Special Announcement

Help preserve and restore the prairie at harvest event Oct. 2

This year's first prairie harvest will take place on Saturday, Oct. 2. Fermilab employees are welcome to help collect seeds for re-planting, which is a step in preserving and restoring the prairie. A picnic lunch will be provided. Attendees should wear field clothing – long pants and long sleeves and closed-toed shoes – and gloves. Bring hand clippers and paper bags if possible. The harvest will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on site.

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In the News

No scope for agency collaboration in space

From Nature, Sept. 29, 2010

It ought to be a match made in heaven. Two telescopes - one European, one American - with similar research objectives and a combined price tag of more than US$2 billion are both looking for support from funding agencies and the scientific community. In the current budget climate, it would seem natural for the projects to combine forces and push for one joint mission. Instead, it seems that in about a dozen years' time there will be two orbiting observatories doing the same job.

"Does it make sense to send two missions if their scientific goals are so similar?" asked James Kasting, a geoscientist from Pennsylvania State University in University Park, during a meeting of the 17-member NASA Advisory Council astrophysics subcommittee in Washington DC on 16-17 September. Other subcommittee members, who have the task of deciding how NASA should proceed on the telescopes, echoed the question. "Unless you change things, we might be doing the same thing twice," says chairman Alan Boss, an astrophysicist at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington DC.

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New UEC sets priorities for coming year

Todd Adams

At its September meeting, Fermilab's six newly elected Users' Executive Committee members, along with its continuing members, developed priorities for the coming year.

Heading the group is the new UEC chair, Todd Adams, associate professor of physics at Florida State University. As a collaborating member of the DZero and CMS experiments, he’s a frequent traveler to Fermilab, and he’s keen to foster communication between the UEC and laboratory users.

“We’re 13 committee members, but there are about 2,600 users out there,” he said. “We represent them, and we’re interested in hearing any suggestions and comments they have.”

Maintaining a satisfactory quality of life for all who use Fermilab is a high priority for the UEC. The committee invites users to drop a line to anyone on the UEC regarding any matter, whether a suggestion about the taxi service schedule or questions about safety concerns at the laboratory.

A significant effort for the 2010-11 UEC members will be to formulate a clear message for their annual visit to Washington, D.C. Every spring they visit the capital to discuss the challenges and opportunities of high-energy physics and basic science with policy makers.

“Our Washington trip is going to be important, given the possibility of the extension of the Tevatron and the uncertainty of the budget post-election,” Adams said.

The UEC also plans the annual users meeting, which takes place every June at the laboratory.

Adams takes over as chair from Ron Moore, who's excited about the new faces at UEC.

"I like having a broad representation across experiments, and both younger and older members," he said of the UEC's diverse membership, which includes five postdoctoral students and one member who previously served twice on the UEC.

Adams looks forward to working with a group that's willing to engage with the community.

“We’re very happy with the new candidates and looking forward to a productive year,” Adams said.

-- Leah Hesla


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