Monday, Jan. 10, 2011

Monday, Jan. 10
2:30 p.m.
Particle Astrophysics Seminar - One West
Speaker: Daniele Spier Moreira Alves, Stanford University
Title: What We May Learn About Dark Matter and the Milky Way Halo Profile with Directional Detection
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II
Special Topics: High-Power Laser Lab in MP8; Developing a New Test Beam Facility in MCenter

Tuesday, Jan. 11
3:30 p.m.

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Wilson Hall Cafe

Monday, Jan. 10
- Breakfast: Croissant sandwich
- *Potato leek soup
- Monte Cristo
- *1/2 roasted chicken
- Alfredo tortellini
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- Assorted sliced pizza
- Szechuan style pork lo mein

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Wednesday, Jan. 12
- Spicy black bean & sausage calzone
- Confetti corn salad
- Pineapple flan

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- Closed

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Special Announcement

Join in a minute of silence today at 10 a.m.

At 10 a.m. CST Fermilab will join the rest of the country in observing a minute of silence for the shooting victims in Tucson, AZ.


Upbeat personality helped Pfund help laboratory

Phil Pfund's office at the Machine Shop in the village offered a scenic, wooded view. Photo: Tona Kunz

In the summer of 1998, when Philip Pfund left his position with the Ohio-based Babcock & Wilcox Company for an opportunity to become project engineer for the U.S. Large Hadron Collider Accelerator Project, he didn’t want to be “too hasty” in uprooting his family.

Thus began what Pfund humorously refers to as his hobby of the past 12 years: commuting from North Canton, Ohio to Fermilab.

“A week became a month, a month became a year, a year became a decade,” Pfund said. He and his wife would end up taking turns flying back and forth between their Ohio home and a townhouse near the Batavia facility. Pfund also flew often for work to CERN and Berkeley and Brookhaven national laboratories.

His retirement this month means he will finally have just one place to call home.

Not everyone could handle a life of nearly constant commuting, but Pfund’s enthusiasm and upbeat character proved to be real assets for such a lifestyle.

Thomas Nicol, who worked with Pfund on the LHC project, fondly recalls traveling with him.

“What I really appreciated about Phil was his enthusiasm for whatever we did, whether it was crawling around the CERN tunnel looking at magnets, getting lost on a snow-covered gravel road somewhere in the Jura Mountains or standing on top of the Aguille du Midi in the French Alps, he always worked hard, was always upbeat, always enjoying himself, and always a friend.”

James Strait, former U.S.LHC project manager, said he especially valued Pfund’s steady hand and sense of humor, which he credits for helping the group “get through many crises with our mental health intact.”

Pfund carried those traits to the Machine Shop Department when he took it over as manager nearly three years ago.

Pfund’s boss there, Dave Harding, said Pfund’s analytical approach as an engineer, calm demeanor and forceful advocacy for the people in his department was exactly what was needed.

While there Pfund also contributed to superconducting radio-frequency cavity work at the New Muon Laboratory, developed the Project X cryomodule production plan and served on various cryogenic safety committees.

While he intends to make Ohio his permanent home base, Pfund most likely has more traveling in his future. His wife retired last June, and now, Pfund said they will set out to "figure out what retirees do.” Their daughters have already started giving them travel ideas.

With two daughters and five grandchildren spread between Minnesota and Texas, Pfund said he and his wife will most likely be found commuting along the length of Interstate 35 on a regular basis.

--Rita Hoover

Special Announcement

Old SSC t-shirts needed for photo shoot

Do you have an old Superconducting Super Collider t-shirt? Is it well worn? Fermilab's Office of Communication is searching for an old, beat up SSC t-shirt for a symmetry magazine photo shoot. If you have one, and you're willing to let us borrow it, please bring it to Barb Kronkow in the Office of Communication, WH1E.

In the News

A heavy holiday at Fermilab? - January 06, 2011

From Nature, Jan. 6, 2011

Normally I live in London, but the past couple of weeks I've been visiting family in Chicago, which is quite a bit colder (but prettier). While I've been here, the Collision Detector at Fermilab (CDF), a particle physics experiment located at the Tevatron accelerator just outside the city has put out an intriguing paper.

In a nutshell, the paper uses a ton of data (5.3 inverse femtobarns in particle physics speak) to examine the decay of Top quarks, the heaviest of all the quarks. They find a rather puzzling asymmetry in the way the quarks decay into lighter particles. Even more strange, the asymmetry appears pronounced at higher collision energies, and non-existent at lower ones.

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ES&H Tip of the Week -
Quality Assurance

Follow standard practices to get consistent results

Forgetting to follow standard practices when driving can result in an accident and ticket. Photo: Fermilab

By finding what actions work best to get a task done and then making those actions the norm; we create a set of standard practices that allow us to get expected results for many of our daily activities at home and at work.

An example of standard practices is traffic rules for the use of the road. By using these practices, we get the desired result of safely arriving at our destination. When these practices are not followed, the results may be a ticket or worse.

At Fermilab, standard practices are used to achieve the same result efficiently and consistently. This ensures safe and high-quality work. The Integrated Quality Assurance manual encourages written procedures to ensure quality “for activities of sufficient complexity or potential hazard.”

The more critical the task is to a job, the greater the need to create explicit standard practices and follow them. When starting a new task, check to see if your department or division has a set of standard practices for that task that you should follow. Some practices may be written down in manuals or memos as work instructions. The Office of Quality and Business Practices encourages the use of standard practices and assesses if those practices are followed throughout the laboratory.

It is in all of our best interests to follow standard practices or make suggestions for how those practices may be improved to get more consistent results. If you have questions or ideas or improvements, contact your quality assurance representative.

--edited by Tom King


Physics for Everyone:
12:30 p.m. Jan. 12 in auditorium

Scientists at Fermilab and at the LHC spend their days sifting through data in search of an elusive particle, the Higgs boson.

You've likely heard about the race to find the Higgs. Now, join Fermilab at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday to learn what all of the fuss is about. In his lecture, titled "The hunt for the Higgs," Fermilab theorist Patrick Fox will explain what scientists believe the Higgs is, why finding it is so important and what scientists could learn from that discovery.

"The hunt for the Higgs " will take place from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 12, in Ramsey Auditorium. There will be time for questions and answers. The lecture is part of a non-technical series about Fermilab science and culture. A video of the second lecture by Brenna Flaugher is now available online.

Accelerator Update

January 5-7

- One store provided ~8.25 hours of luminosity
- Tevatron recovery continues
- First store since Christmas

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