Monday, Nov. 15, 2010

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Monday, Nov. 15
2:30 p.m.
Particle Astrophysics Seminar - One West
Speaker: Alyson Brooks, California Institute of Technology
Title: The Role of Gas in the Evolution of Disk Galaxies 3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II
Special Topic: TeamCenter for Labwide Engineering Document Management

Tuesday, Nov. 16
3:30 p.m.

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Monday, Nov. 15

- Breakfast: Croissant sandwich
- Italian minestrone soup
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Wednesday, Nov. 17

- Chicken breast stuffed w/ sundried tomatoes & goat cheese w/ shallot thyme sauce
- Orzo
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Thursday, Nov. 18

- Mushroom duxelle
- Duck breast w/ blackberry sauce
- Brussels sprouts
- Panna cotta w/ cranberry wine sauce

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From symmetry

When muons collide

Illustration: Sandbox Studio

Editor's note: This article is featured in the newest issue of symmetry magazine.

A new type of particle collider known as a muon collider, considered a wild idea a decade ago, is winning over skeptics as scientists find solutions to the machine's many technological challenges.

When Fermilab physicist Steve Geer agreed to perform a calculation as part of a muon collider task force 10 years ago, he imagined he would show that the collider’s technical challenges were too difficult to be solved and move on to other matters. But as he delved further into the problem, he realized that the obstacles he had envisioned could in principle be overcome.

“I started as a skeptic,” he says. “But the more I studied it, I realized it might be a solvable problem.”

A muon collider—a machine that currently exists only in computer simulation—is a relative newcomer to the world of particle accelerators. At the moment, the reception from the particle physics community to this first-of-its-kind particle smasher is “polite,” says Fermilab physicist Alan Bross.

Politeness will suffice for now: research and development on the machine are gearing up thanks to funding from the US Department of Energy. In August, a DOE review panel supported the launch of the Muon Accelerator Program, or MAP, an international initiative led by Fermilab. Scientists hope the program will receive about $15 million per year over seven years to examine the collider’s feasibility and cost effectiveness.

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Burning trees in Fermilab's
Big Woods

A tree on fire during a controlled burn in Fermilab's Big Woods last week.
In the News

Chicago scientists, professors gather to discuss ethics in science

From Medill Reports, Nov. 11, 2010

At Frank Lloyd Wright’s austere Unity Temple, 70 scientists, researchers and faculty sat attentively in rows of pews as a professor of theological ethics authoritatively asked, “How do we act with the power that we have?” At the out-of-the-ordinary event, a panel composed of scientists, a surgeon and a professor answered.

“Society expects to see results from science,” Pam Sydelko said Wednesday evening at a panel discussion of ethics in science.

Sydelko, deputy associate laboratory director for energy engineering and systems analysis at Argonne National Laboratory, said that the general public does not understand the “pipeline” from basic science to applied science—the path from scientific research, that produces better understanding, to research that may lead to innovation and salable products. She said that in the past the funding process between basic and applied sciences “used to be so much more of a balance.”

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ES&H Tip of the Week - Safety

Keep your Thanksgiving safe

Stay safe and healthy on Thanksgiving with these tips. Photo: stock.xchng Rehan

With Thanksgiving Day fast approaching, many Fermilab employees are thinking about cooking or eating turkey with family and friends.

We want the holiday to be fun for all by making sure employees remember that this delicious bird can ruin the day if not prepared correctly. Salmonella bacteria from turkey can cause food poisoning, which leads to a fever, headache, vomiting, stomach pain and diarrhea.

Follow these tips to keep your Thanksgiving turkey safe from bacteria.

  • Choose a turkey that has intact packaging.
  • Only defrost a frozen turkey in the refrigerator or a cold water bath.
  • Allow one day of thawing for every 5 pounds of turkey. If using a cold water bath, change the water every 30 minutes.
  • Clean hands, utensils, dishes and kitchen areas that come in contact with an uncooked turkey.
  • Don’t refreeze a thawed turkey.
  • Separate the giblets and the neck from the turkey before cooking.
  • Cook the turkey entirely in one session to 180 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Don’t cook stuffing inside the turkey.
  • Leftover turkey should be refrigerated within two hours of being served and will last three to four days.
  • Frozen leftovers will last three to four months.
  • When reheating leftovers, make sure that the turkey reaches 160 degrees Fahrenheit.

--John Dawson, ES&H

Accelerator Update

Nov. 10-12

- Three stores provided ~42.5 hours of luminosity
- Pbar Accumulator power supply LCW leak repaired
- Electron Cooling problems fixed
- CDF needs to repair their detector on Saturday; the repair might take from 10 hours to two days

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