Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011

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Wednesday, Jan. 26
10:30 a.m.
Research Techniques Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: Claudio Piemonte, FBK/AdvanSid, Trento, Italy
Title: Silicon Photomultiplier Technology at FBK
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Fermilab Colloquium - One West
Speaker: Gigi Rolandi, CERN
Title: First Results of the CMS Experiment at the LHC

Thursday, Jan. 27
2:30 p.m.
Theoretical Physics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: Stefania Gori, University of Chicago
Title: FCNC's in Two Higgs Doublet Models
3:30 p.m.

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Wednesday, Jan. 26

- Breakfast: English muffin sandwich
- *Cajun style lentil soup
- Cajun chicken ranch
- BBQ ribs
- Chicken parmesan
- Smoked turkey panini with pesto mayo
- Assorted sliced pizza
- Chicken alfredo fettuccine

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Chez Leon

Wednesday, Jan. 26
- Poached salmon with scallion sauce
-Vegetable of the season
-Long-grain rice
-Yogurt with raspberry sauce

Friday, Jan. 28

- Closed

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From Quantum Diaries

Years of Fermilab computing work will build base for stunning SDSS image

Images showing SDSS-II's view of the galaxy Messier 33.

The world’s largest, digital, color image of the night sky became public this month. It provides a stunning image and research fodder for scientists and science enthusiasts, thanks to the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, which has a long connection to Fermilab.

Oh, yeah, and the image is free.

The image, which would require 500,000 high-definition TVs to view in its full resolution, is comprised of data collected since the start of the survey in 1998.

This image provides opportunities for many new scientific discoveries in the years to come,” said Bob Nichol, SDSS-III scientific spokesperson and professor at University of Portsmouth.

Fermilab oversaw all image processing and distribution of data to researchers and the public from 1998 through 2008, for the first seven batches of data. These batches make up a large chunk of the ground-breaking more than a trillion-pixel image. The eighth batch of raw, reduced data, which was released along with the image at the 17th annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Seattle was processed by Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory. LBNL, New York University and Johns Hopkins University distributed that data. Fermilab’s SDSS collaboration members now focus solely on analysis.

“This is one of the biggest bounties in the history of science,” said Mike Blanton, professor from New York University and leader of the data archive work in SDSS-III, the third phase of SDSS. ”This data will be a legacy for the ages, as previous ambitious sky surveys like the Palomar Sky Survey of the 1950s are still being used today. We expect the SDSS data to have that sort of shelf life.”

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In the News

How strong is the weak force? New measurement of the muon lifetime

From Science Daily, Jan. 25, 2011

A new measurement of the muon lifetime -- the most precise determination of any lifetime -- provides a high-accuracy value for a crucial parameter determining the strength of weak nuclear force. The experiments were performed by an international research team at the accelerator facility of the Paul Scherrer Institute.

The results are about to be published in the journal Physical Review Letters.

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In the News

What is a neutrino...and why do they matter?

From PBS Newshour's The Rundown, Jan. 25, 2011

Neutrinos are teeny, tiny, nearly massless particles that travel at near lightspeeds. Born from violent astrophysical events like exploding stars and gamma ray bursts, they are fantastically abundant in the universe, and can move as easily through lead as we move through air. But they are notoriously difficult to pin down.

"Neutrinos are really pretty strange particles when you get down to it," says John Conway, a professor of physics at University of California, Davis. "They're almost nothing at all, because they have almost no mass and no electric charge...They're just little whisps of almost nothing." Ghost particles, they're often called.

But they are one of the universe's essential ingredients, and they've played a role in helping scientists understand some of the most fundamental questions in physics.

For example, if you hold your hand toward the sunlight for one second, about a billion neutrinos from the sun will pass through it, says Dan Hooper, a scientist at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and an associate professor of astronomy and astrophysics at the University of Chicago. This is because they're shot out as a byproduct of nuclear fusion from the sun - that's the same process that produces sunlight.

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Get the stress out

Benefits' Mary Todd and Wellness Office's Jeanne Koester.

The Wellness Office's Jeanne Koester and Benefits Office's Mary Todd wrote this article.

Work can be a stressful place, even in the best financial situations. To help you manage your stress level in these transitioning times, the Workforce Development and Resources Section has a few things to offer.

The Wellness Office will offer free 10-minute massages to assist employees with relaxation and stress relief. These will take place from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 11, in Wilson Hall. Contact Jeanne in the Wellness Office at x2548 to schedule your stress relief massage.

You can also take advantage of Fermilab's Employee Assistance Program. The EAP offers confidential and voluntary professional assessment, short-term counseling and referral services for you, your co-workers and family members 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For confidential assistance and resources contact Ginny Stack directly at x3591, or toll free 1-800-843-1327. You can also go to Use the login: Fermilab and the password: EAP.

Physical activity also helps to lift your mood and beat stress. The Wellness Office offers Yoga, Muscle Toning, Butts & Guts and Kyuki-Do Martial Arts classes. Visit the Wellness Office page to learn more.

Qigong, Mindfulness and Tai Chi Easy for Stress Relief is a free wellness class that features moving meditation practices for stress reduction, vitality and health. Classes are offered from 7 – 8 a.m. on Wednesday mornings in the Auditorium from noon – 12:45 p.m. on Fridays. No registration is required.

You can find other resources for stress relief through your health care plan. Both Blue Cross and Blue Shield and CIGNA offer free stress management programs to participants.

Safety Update

ES&H weekly report, Jan. 26

This week's safety report, compiled by the Fermilab ES&H section lists no reportable injuries. A truck hit a building after sliding on ice. Find the full report here.


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