Fermilab Today Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010

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Tuesday, Oct. 12
2:30 p.m.
Theoretical Physics Seminar (NOTE DATE) - Curia II
Speaker: Andreas Karch, University of Washington
Title: A Particle Physicist's Perspective on Topological Insulators
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar - One West
Speaker: Hisham Kamal Sayed, Old Dominion University/JLab
Title: Design Studies for MEIC: Medium Energy Electron-Ion Collider at JLab

Wednesday, Oct. 13
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Fermilab Colloquium - One West
Speaker: Vera Luth, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
Title: Wolfgang K.H. Panofsky - Physics, Science Policy, and Arms Control

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Tuesday, Oct. 12
- Breakfast: Bagel sandwich
- Tomato bisque soup
- Lemon pepper club
- Beef fajitas
- Korean garlic chicken
- Grilled chicken Caesar salad wrap
- Assorted sliced pizza
- Rio Grande taco salad

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Wednesday, Oct. 13
- Hot & sour coconut soup
- Wasabi salmon sandwich
- Cucumber salad
- Gingered pear crisp

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Special Announcement

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of collisions in the Tevatron

Come to the Wilson Hall atrium at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 13, to enjoy cake in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the first collisions in the Tevatron.

Later in the year, on Friday, Dec. 17, Fermilab will hold a mini-symposium to reflect on the early days of the Tevatron and its rich history. That evening Fermilab employees, users, contractors, funding agency employees and their families and friends will be invited to a potluck dinner. See the tentative agenda here.

In Brief

Dealing with difficult people: administrative event - Oct. 21

An event to help administrative employees learn skills to best deal with difficult people will take place at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 21, in Curia II.

During her 90-minute workshop, speaker Laura Lewis-Barr will teach strategies and skills to work more effectively and efficiently with difficult people. The workshop will cover meeting the service and psychological needs of customers, recognizing emotional messages in others and ourselves and strategies and techniques to defuse conflict situations and convert angry customers into happy ones.

All administrative professionals are welcome.


Ned and Liza Goldwasser celebrate 70 years together

Ned and Liza Goldwasser wait for a ride outside Wilson Hall on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009. Image courtesy of Jackie Coleman.

Ned Goldwasser, Fermilab's founding deputy director, and his wife, Liza, will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary on Oct. 27. They will travel to Paris to celebrate. Congratulations!


Obituary: Bill Williams

Bill Williams, pictured in front of the power box between the two individuals in striped shirts, died last week.

From the Baraboo News Republic, Oct. 9, 2010

Editor's note: Bill Williams, a nearly 30-year employee, died Oct. 8. Williams began his career at Fermilab in 1972 in the Research Division. He most recently worked in electrical engineering at PPD until he retired in 2002.

PORTAGE - William A. "Bill" Williams, age 75, of Portage, passed away on Friday, Oct. 8, 2010 at Divine Savior Healthcare Hospital.

Bill was born on Oct. 3, 1935, in Highland, the son of Joseph and Mary (Vacha) Williams.

He graduated from DeVry University and worked at Fermi National Accelerator Lab in Batavia, Ill. He married Janice Cook of Baraboo on July 13, 1963. Bill and Janice recently celebrated 47 years of marriage. Bill enjoyed woodcarving, gardening, and various outdoor activities.

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In the News

Giant Antarctic balloon sees surprise cosmic rays

From New Scientist, Oct. 11, 2010

A neutrino telescope that makes use of thick Antarctic ice and a giant balloon is unexpectedly detecting mysterious, ultra-high-energy cosmic rays.

The Antarctic Impulsive Transient Antenna (ANITA) is a radio wave detector mounted on a giant balloon at an altitude of 38 kilometres. It is designed to detect the radio waves produced when a high-energy cosmic neutrino smashes into the thick ice below.

But although ANITA has yet to capture this signature, it has found another kind of particle: ultra-high-energy cosmic rays. These are protons and other charged nuclei that zoom in from space with mysteriously high energies.

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Director's Corner

A state of mind

Fermilab Director Pier Oddone

Among the important challenges Fermilab must meet in the next decade are a set of ambitious goals to reduce our emission of greenhouse gases, increase our energy efficiency, reduce potable water consumption, increase our use of renewable energy and incorporate sustainable practices in all major buildings and renovations. These goals are especially important to the Department of Energy in leading the way to a more sustainable world. As the laboratory with the largest consumption of electrical power among the DOE Office of Science laboratories we have a special responsibility to work towards these goals.

The goals for all government agencies are very ambitious. They are codified in Executive Order 13514, "Federal Leadership in Environment, Energy and Economic Performance." DOE has required the development of specific sustainability plans from its laboratories and is aggregating these in an overall plan for the Department of Energy. Individual sites might find some of the goals difficult to meet. These goals will have to be tackled across the DOE complex in innovative ways.

The laboratory has made good progress in some of these goals. We have made a 16 percent reduction in water consumption; we are making good progress in reducing our energy intensity in non-accelerator related facilities; we are implementing a land-management strategy that conserves water, increases biodiversity and slows the accumulation of greenhouse gases; and we operate a fully functioning recycling program.

But there are huge challenges ahead. The specific area of greenhouse-gas reduction is particularly difficult for us, because emissions are tied directly to electricity consumption. Fermilab operations now--and even more so in our future--require large amounts of electricity. DOE recognizes this and continues to look for ways to meet the mandates across the agency without affecting the science mission. The department also recognizes that meeting these mandates will take innovative thinking and a commitment to make our operations more sustainable throughout.

The laboratory has met similar mandates from earlier energy conservation orders, but none as sweeping or ambitious as the present one. I encourage you to share ideas and or comments with Rod Walton and Eric Mieland, who are co-authoring Fermilab's sustainability plan. We all have a responsibility to work for a sustainable future. For us it will mean a change in culture. Just as safety is present in our minds in all our activities, sustainability must be as well. It has to become a state of mind.

Accelerator Update

Oct. 8-11

- Four stores provided ~39.75 hours of luminosity
- TeV quench took place during shot setup
- TeV sector A4 dry engine failed after quench
- Cryo system techs overhauled dry engine

*The integrated luminosity for the period from 10/4/10 to 10/11/10 was 48.65 inverse picobarns. NuMI reported receiving no protons on target during this same period due to target work.

Read the Current Accelerator Update
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View the Tevatron Luminosity Charts


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Card Stampers Club Oct. 12

Fibromyalgia Awareness seminar - Oct. 11

Mental Health Awareness Part II - Oct. 12

Down Syndrome Awareness seminar - Oct. 13

NALWO Children's Playgroup Halloween Party

Word 2007: New Features class offered Oct. 20

Excel 2007: New Features class offered Oct. 20

Regal Movie Theater discount tickets available

Fermilab Lecture Series presents The Long Thaw: How Humans are Changing the Next 100,000 Years of the Earth's Climate - Oct. 22

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