Monday, Dec. 6, 2010

Monday, Dec. 6
2:30 p.m.
Particle Astrophysics Seminar - One West
Speaker: Silvia Galli, University of Paris
Title: Constraining Fundamental Physics with Present and Future CMB Experiments
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II
Special Topics: 3.9 GHz Cryomodule Operation at FLASH-DESY;
JASMIN Radiation Safety Counter Program (T972/993/994)

Tuesday, Dec. 7
1:30 p.m.
Particle Astrophysics Seminar (NOTE DATE and TIME) - One West
Speaker: Eric Switzer, University of Chicago
Title: Some Aspects of Cosmological Helium
3:30 p.m.

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Lattice QCD collaboration wins 2011 INCITE Award

The U.S. lattice gauge theory community has recently received one of the three largest awards under a program that delivers supercomputing resources for scientific computing. The national lattice gauge theory collaboration, USQCD, is led by Fermilab's Paul Mackenzie.

The Department of Energy recently awarded the collaboration 80 million processor hours on two supercomputers: 50 million on the IBM Blue Gene supercomputer at Argonne National Laboratory and 30 million on the Cray XT supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

The award is one of many awards given as part of DOE's Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment (INCITE) program. Projects were chosen for their potential to advance scientific discoveries, speed technological innovations and strengthen industrial competitiveness, as well as for their ability to make use of hundreds of thousands of processors work in concert to do so.

The Lattice QCD collaboration at Fermilab will use these hours to further scientists' understanding of the interactions of quarks and gluons, constituents of 99 percent of visible matter. This project is part of ongoing efforts to carry out computer simulations of the strong nuclear force and eventually to develop a unified theory of the four fundamental forces of nature.

Read more in the Department of Energy press release.

-- Rhianna Wisniewski


Danny the Builder teaches children about recycling

Bob the Builder's cousin, contractor Danny Urrea, teaches daycare students about recycling. Photo: Sara Reardon

Fermilab’s daycare welcomed a TV celebrity guest on Dec. 1 – well, sort of.

Bob the Builder’s cousin, Danny the Builder (contractor Danny Urrea), stopped by the Fermilab daycare to bring the children a message about recycling.

“I’m here to show you how recycling plays a big role on our planet,” he said. “All you gotta do is play your part.”

Urrea, who wore a yellow hard hat, showed the children examples of recyclable bottles and cans.

“Every square mile of the ocean has 46,000 pieces of plastic floating in it,” he said. For a scale model, he showed the kids a box full of beans, then filled it with water.

“Would you want to swim in that?” he asked them. He received disgusted noises in response.

Event organizer Enixe Castro, janitorial site manager and recycling coordinator, said she was impressed that the kids already knew so much about recycling. They were eager to share stories of how their own families did or didn’t recycle.

“If they learn it now, it becomes a habit rather than something they need to learn as they grow older,” Castro said. “It becomes a part of their lives.”

After his presentation, Danny the Builder taught the children how to build snowmen out of Styrofoam cups, buttons, pom poms and old socks. A hat for a snowman, he said, was one of many uses for the ubiquitous single sock whose mate was lost in the dryer.

“Reuse it, don’t throw it away,” he said.

For adults interested in reusing materials for crafts, Castro is planning a recycling presentation and craft project early next year.

"The kids really had fun making crafts from recycled products," said daycare teacher Jenn Scott.

-Sara Reardon

With the help of Enixe Castro, daycare students craft snowmen out of recycled styrofoam and socks. Photo: Sara Reardon

In the News

Science is not irreducibly complex

From Uncertain Principles, a ScienceBlog, Dec. 2, 2010

The poor coverage of science in the media is an evergreen topic in blogdom, to the point where I've mostly stopped clicking on links to those sorts of pieces. This ScienceProgress post about newsroom culture bugged me, though, and it took me a while to figure out the problem. The author worked as a reporter in North Carolina over the summer, covering science topics, and writes about his dissatisfaction with the journalistic template:

"I had one editor who required that I give him my story pitches using six words or fewer. But the message wasn't even simply to shorten; it was to make it punchy. Cutesy. Puns and clever twists of phrases signaled good writing. "Hooking the reader" meant playing with language to get your punch line across as glibly as possibly. A short article was a point of pride.

Cleverly packaged writing is not inherently bad writing, of course. The ability to explain something in a succinct way suggests an impressive grasp over language. It reflects a clear line of thinking. Extra words can take readers on tangents, overcomplicate an idea, and dilute a focus. Writing concisely is a tremendous skill, requiring years of practice.

Read more

ES&H Tip of the Week - Ecology

Requirements for green purchasing tighten

The Green Seal is one of many logos on home cleaning products that indicate an environment-friendly status.

Fermilab needs your help to meet new federal requirement to “buy green”.

Our procurement system relies heavily on employees identifying a product for purchase also carefully considering that product’s various impacts.  If you identify a product for purchase,  whether you use a Pro-card, purchase requisition or  stand-alone contract, you are responsible for ensuring that the products are safe, appropriate, and now, sustainable.

Buying green whenever possible is one of the provisions of the new federal mandate to achieve sustainability. In previous years, this effort has been officially called environmentally preferred purchasing, but it is now referred to as sustainable acquisition, or simply SA.  The federal mandate requires that all government sites have programs in place to ensure that procurements “…are energy-efficient …, water- efficient, bio-based, environmentally preferable …, non- ozone depleting, contain recycled content, or are non-toxic or less-toxic alternatives.”

While Fermilab employees already focus on green purchasing, the new mandate requires each product requisitioner to increase awareness of environmentally friendly purchasing options. Check out some suggestions for green-product parameters at the ES&H Section web site. Laboratory-wide training to explain the new requirements will occur in January.  A future Fermilab Today article will announce the times and dates of training.

In many areas, we already do a great job, particularly for computer purchasing, where we buy almost exclusively EPEAT-certified equipment for desktop computing. In fact, the laboratory has won awards for this effort.  Part of our current purchasing policy requires Energy Star (i.e., energy-efficient) products.  We routinely purchase construction materials with recycled content, especially concrete and structural steel. We increasingly require sub-contractors to recycle all construction and demolition waste. 

You can use the same principles of buying green in your home that we use in the workplace.  Purchasing recycled and recyclable products, safe cleaning supplies and items made of sustainable materials such as bamboo instead of hardwood will increase the sustainability of your family just as it does the workplace.

--Rod Walton, FESS environmental officer

Photo of the Day

New employees - Nov. 15

From left: Alexander Dzyuba, Kyle Kendziora, Robert Steinberg and Simone Moio. Photo: Cindy Arnold
Accelerator Update

Dec. 1-3

- Three stores provided ~42.25 hours of luminosity
- New Meson FTBF experiment T-1008 began taking beam
- Clogged DZero pond water inlet pipe forced experiment to turn off detector
- Booster 400 MeV Chopper repaired

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


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