Friday, March 4, 2011

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Friday, March 4
2 p.m.
LHC Physics Center Topic of the Week Seminar - Sunrise (WH11SE)
Speaker: Albert De Roeck, CERN
Title: Searches for New Physics with the CMS Experiment
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Joint Experimental-Theoretical Physics Seminar - One West
Speaker: Akito Kusaka, University of Chicago
Title: A Measurement of the CMB Polarization at 43 GHz by the QUIET Collaboration

Monday, March 7
2 p.m.
LHC Physics Center Topic of the Week Seminar - WH11SE, Sunrise
Speaker: Chris Vermillion, University of Louisville
Title: Boosted Physics
2:30 p.m.
Particle Astrophysics Seminar - One West
Speaker: Aurelio Carnero Rosell, CIEMAT
Title: Measuring BAO in Photometric Surveys
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II

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Friday, March 4

- Breakfast: Chorizo burrito
- Italian vegetable soup
- Teriyaki chicken
- Southern fried chicken
- *Mediterranean baked tilapia
- Eggplant parmesan panini
- Assorted sliced pizza
- Assorted sub sandwiches

*carb-restricted alternative

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Chez Leon

Friday, March 4
- Closed

Wednesday, March 9
- Stuffed flank steak
- Parmesan orzo
- Italian cream cake

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From symmetry magazine

Crossing the valley of death

Many a promising innovation dies on its way from the research lab to the commercial market. But with help from government or industry, the survival odds increase.

Editor's note: The latest issue of symmetry magazine is now available online.

It's a classic boy-meets-girl, they-start-up-a-high-tech-company, spend-decades-getting-it-off-the-ground, nearly-lose-it-all but ultimately-live-happily-ever-after accelerator-physics story.

Bob and Marianne Hamm met and married in graduate school. Together they pursued Ph.D.s in physics, got jobs at a national research laboratory, left that laboratory to start an accelerator technology company, and successfully crossed the “Valley of Death” not once but twice, eventually generating $57 million in sales during their 22 years in business.

The Valley of Death. It's a phrase familiar to anyone who owns a small high-tech business, Marianne Hamm says. It all starts with an innovative idea and a small business loan. The company builds a prototype and proves that the technology works. Maybe a seed grant comes along. Then, somewhere between the laboratory bench and the commercial market, the loans expire and the seed money is gone. The business runs out of cash and out of steam and dies a painful death in a landscape littered with the carcasses of companies that came before.

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- Elizabeth Clements

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"Frontiers of Discovery" photobook now available

The "Frontiers of Discovery" photobook is available for free in the Office of Communication, WH1E.

Read more about the future of Fermilab in "Frontiers of Discovery," a coffee-table book featuring high-quality photos and short explanation about science at the laboratory. Copies of "Frontiers of Discovery" are now available in the Office of Communication, which is located on the first floor of Wilson Hall, behind the east elevators. Stop by and get your copy today. You can also view the book online.

In the News

Have physicists already glimpsed particles of dark matter?

From Science, March 4, 2011

For decades, astronomers' observations have indicated that some elusive “dark matter” provides most of the gravity needed to keep the stars from flying out of the galaxies. In recent years, cosmologists' studies of the afterglow of the big bang, the cosmic microwave background, have indicated that dark matter makes up 80 percent of all matter in the universe. Now, many physicists expect that within 5 to 10 years they will finally discover particles of dark matter—that is, if they haven't already done so.

Data from three experiments all suggest that physicists have glimpsed dark matter particles much less massive than they had expected, or so argue Dan Hooper, a theorist at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Illinois, and his colleagues. Physicists working on other experiments say their results rule out such particles, but Hooper contends that a realistic look at the data and the uncertainties shows no fatal contradictions.

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Neutrino physicist fixes a feast

Chez Leon guest chef Joe Walding talks to a table of diners including (from left): Leon and Ellen Lederman and Alvin and Janine Tollestrup.

Cooking is a science. Joe Walding would know. The neutrino physicist put his scientific skills to work on Friday, Feb. 11, making a French and African inspired three-course meal for a crowd of 50.

Walding, who normally works on the MINOS and MINERvA neutrino experiments, was the first guest chef in a new program at Chez Leon, Fermilab’s on-site gourmet restaurant. While Walding has always loved food and cooking, this was his first try at such a large-scale meal. Walding said the careful planning and organization he learned as a physicist, helped him prepare the decadent meal and serve it on time. He also had the expert guidance of Chez Leon’s head chef, Konni Barnes.

The Valentine’s Day feast began with moules mariniere served alongside freshly baked bread. A main course of honey and coriander marinated lamb chops followed, accompanied by a North-African style vegetable tagine. Dessert was a French blueberry and pear tart with an unusual but delicious thyme ice cream.

Walding began preparing for the meal days in advance, paying careful attention to every detail right down to the truffles served with after-dinner coffee.

His favorite part of the evening was talking to the many satisfied Chez Leon customers, including Leon Lederman.

“It’s not often you get to serve dinner to a Nobel Prize winner. It was pretty awesome,” Walding said.

Konni Barnes, Chez Leon’s regular head chef, thought the evening was a complete success.

“The food was fantastic,” Barnes said. “Everyone enjoyed themselves.”

Barnes plans to have a guest chef each month. On Friday, March 25, guest chef William Wester will prepare pan-seared duck breast with fig sauce. Check the Chez Leon website for more details.

To make reservations, call Chez Leon at (630) 840-3524. Dinner reservations must be made at least three days in advance.

-- Cynthia Horwitz

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In the e-mailed Thursday, March 3, 2011 issue of Fermilab Today, the link to the newest version of Scientific Linux was broken. Access the newest version of Scientific Linux.


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