Monday, Jan. 3, 2011

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Monday, Jan. 3
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II
Special Topic: TD: Muon Collider 6D Cooling – Magnet Models

Tuesday, Jan. 4
3:30 p.m.

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Wilson Hall Cafe

Monday, Jan. 3

- Breakfast: Croissant sandwich
- Spicy beef & rice soup
- Corned beef reuben
- Roast pork loin
- Lasagna
- Chicken Oriental pineapple wrap
- Assorted sliced pizza
- Pacific Rim rice bowl

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Chez Leon

Wednesday, Jan. 5

  • Chicken enchiladas
  • Refried beans
  • Spanish rice
  • Coconut cake

Thursday, Jan. 6

  • Coquille St. Jacques
  • Pork tenderloin w/ marsala sauce
  • Steamed broccoli
  • Roasted potatoes w/onions
  • Apple turnover w/ cream chantilly

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From symmetry

Community + laboratory

Fermilab physicist Rob Plunkett explains safety precautions planned for an upgrade of the neutrino beam that runs from Fermilab to the NOνA experiment in Minnesota.

Fermilab has joined up with local residents to think about the best ways for the lab to serve not only science, but also the surrounding area.

When planning a project a decade ago, Fermilab told its neighbors they might want to prepare for a little construction noise. In retrospect, that wasn’t the greatest decision, even though the project took place entirely within the laboratory’s boundaries.

For one thing, the heads-up to local residents didn’t come until the laboratory had already signed contracts to blast thousands of tons of rock and dirt into the air for a tunnel to house a neutrino detector.

For another, Fermilab had announced that the blasting would sound to neighbors “like distant thunder.” Actually, in certain weather conditions it sounded like a semi-truck driving through their living rooms. Blasts rattled windows and had neighbors fearing for the safety of their homes’ foundations.

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Retirement event

A luncheon to honor Fermilab retiree Joel Misek will take place in the Kuhn Barn in the Village on Tuesday, Jan. 11 at 11:30 am. Contact Ruth Becker to attend. The cost is $10 which covers pizza, soda and a gift.

In the News

New year, new science

From Nature News, Jan. 2, 2011

Nature looks at key findings and events that could emerge from the research world in 2011.

Editor's note: The following are excerpted paragraphs from the Nature News article that relate to Fermilab.

...That damned elusive Higgs
Although it is unlikely that the Higgs boson will be spotted this year by the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva, Switzerland, there's a good chance the collider will turn up something, such as evidence for supersymmetry — the theory that every known fundamental particle has an undiscovered, superheavy partner. Meanwhile, Fermilab's Tevatron in Batavia, Illinois, is pushing for an extension beyond its September 2011 shutdown, and still hopes to hit the Higgs jackpot.

Dark matter's moment of truth
A number of underground experiments, such as XENON100 at Italy's Gran Sasso National Laboratory near L'Aquila, and the Cryogenic Dark Matter Search (CDMSII) in northern Minnesota's Soudan Mine, are hunting for dark matter particles and expect to release results in 2011.

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In the News

The Italian government funds the Super-B accelerator

From, Dec. 23, 2010

The Ministry for Education, University and Research has decided to select the SuperB project conducted by the Italian National Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN) as one of its "flagship projects" in Italy over the next few years and has delivered an initial funding for 2010 as a part of a multiannual funding program. Reconstructing the history of the Universe by researching the most infrequent events using high-precision technology. This is the INFN idea underlying the construction of SuperB, the particle accelerator based in Italy and with international involvement, which the Ministry for Education, University and Research has decided to sponsor and finance. A large interest has been expressed in many countries, meanwhile physicists from the United States, Germany, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, Israel, Canada, Norway, Spain, Poland are taking part to the design effort. The purpose of the project is to conduct top-level basic research, developing innovative techniques with an important impact in terms of technology and other research areas. In the words of the ministerial decree, "the project involves entities and Universities, as well as companies in various business sectors. It is expected to have a number of effects on relevant issues for the country, especially as regards the expansion of basic scientific perspectives and specific applications concerning particle detection, advanced simulation techniques, nanometre metrology, and others." Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) is cooperating to the project with INFN. It will be in fact possible the use of the accelerator as a high brilliancy light source. The machine will be equipped with several photon channels, allowing the extension of scientific program to physics of matter and biotechnology.

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ES&H Tip of the Week: Safety

Watch out for slick and uneven surfaces

Be careful when walking on icy or snow-covered surfaces.

Even though Fermilab has a very good program for dealing with snow and ice, it is impossible to immediately clear all walking and driving surfaces. According to quarterly injury and illness reports, snow and ice accumulation on Fermilab grounds means that one or two people show up in the Medical Department with injuries resulting from slips and falls. In most cases, they are minor bumps and bruises, but they can be more serious like fractures and dislocations.

Mike Becker, manager of Fermilab's Roads & Grounds, explains that his group's first priority is to clear roads and parking lots. That leaves building managers initially responsible for attacking the stairs and walkways around their buildings using salt, shovels and (in some cases) snow blowers. After treating roads and parking lots, Roads & Grounds helps with clearing around buildings and responding to special requests.

Despite all of these efforts, there are bound to be slick areas. Here are some steps you can take to minimize the risks of accidents from winter weather:

  • Pay close attention to surfaces before every step you take.
  • Avoid unshoveled or ice-covered areas.
  • If you must walk on ice, take short steps, shuffle your feet, bend slightly and walk flat-footed with your center of gravity over your feet.
  • When entering or exiting a vehicle, use the vehicle for support.
  • Toss salt on nearby untreated surfaces - especially stairs and slippery surfaces.
  • Use footgear that provides traction on snow and ice. For information on footgear with traction, contact your supervisor or SSO, the Fermi Stockroom or shoe mobile.

For more examples on how to walk in winter weather, check out this video clip.

If you see icy or snowy areas that might need special attention, call Roads & Grounds for help at x3303.

--John Dawson, ES&H

Photo of the Day

Winter wonder

TD's Tom Nicol took this photo of the pond behind the Technical Division industrial complex during the morning of Wednesday, Dec. 29.
Accelerator Update

Dec. 20-22

- Three stores provided 32 hours of luminosity
- Problems with two Linac quadrupole power supplies
- Cryo system technicians work on TEV sector D1 wet engine
- TEV quench during checkout
- JASMIN's run at MTest ends

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