Friday, March 18, 2011

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Friday, March 18
2 p.m.
LHC Physics Center Topic of the Week Seminar - Sunrise (WH11SE)
Speaker: Christos Leonidopoulos, CERN
Title: Trigger 101: The Role of the Trigger at a Hadron Collider and Why You Should Care
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Joint Experimental-Theoretical Physics Seminar - One West
Speakers: Chris Jones, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Title: Reactor Simulations with DRAGON for Antineutrino Experiments and Nonproliferation

Sunday, March 20
2:30 p.m.
Gallery Chamber Series - 2nd Flr Art Gallery
Performer: Arianna String Quartet
Tickets: $17

Monday, March 21
2 p.m.
LHC Physics Center Topic of the Week Seminar - WH11SE, Sunrise
Speaker: Harrison Prosper, Florida State University
Title: Practical Bayesian Analysis – Lecture 4
2:30 p.m.
Particle Astrophysics Seminar - One West
Speaker: David Moore, California Institute of Technology
Title: Constraints on Light Dark Matter from the Cryogenic Dark Matter Search
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II
Special Topics: Preparing for Onsite Cyber Security Audit; Completion of DES Test Simulator Work; NuMI Target Updates

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Friday, March 18

- Breakfast: Chorizo burrito
- Old fashioned ham and bean soup
- Philly-style chicken
- Chicken pot pie
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- Roasted veggie and provolone panini
- Assorted sliced pizza
- *Carved baked ham

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Friday, March 18
- Closed

Wednesday, March 23
- Hearty vegetable lasagna
- Caesar salad
- Chocolate fondue

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Special Announcement

Fire in Soudan Mine Access Shaft

A fire was detected last night about half a mile down the access shaft of the Soudan Underground Mine. All personnel are safe; no one was in the mine at the time the fire was detected.

The Soudan Underground Laboratory, managed by the University of Minnesota, houses two Fermilab experiments: the far detector for the MINOS neutrino experiment and the Cryogenic Dark Matter Search. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is the operator of the mine and is coordinating emergency response. The Soudan laboratory is currently without power, as the fire system is designed to cut power in the event of a fire alarm.

More information will be posted to an update page as it becomes available.

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KEK earthquake report

Fallen ATF2 shield blocks after the earthquake in Japan.

As many people in the world already know, Japan is currently dealing with its worst disaster: Japan's biggest earthquake on record and the fourth largest in history. Thousands of lives have been lost. Tens of thousands people are forced to evacuate and live without basic necessities. Hundreds of thousands are still missing.

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In Memoriam

Larry Sauer, accelerator installation maestro

Larry Sauer

Larry Sauer, the engineer primarily responsible for the mechanical installation of Fermilab’s Main Ring, Tevatron and Main Injector accelerators passed away Sunday, February 13, after a prolonged fight with pulmonary fibrosis.

Sauer joined the Main Ring section during the early days of Fermilab and took on the challenge of installing all the Main Ring mechanical systems, including the magnets, the most visible part of the project.

“Larry, by his skill and careful planning made it possible to complete installation in record time,” said Ernie Malamud, who worked closely with Sauer.

Sauer had the added challenge of the failure of many magnets during early attempts to commission the ring. These magnets were repaired with significant construction changes and replaced.

“Larry ended up having to install the Main Ring magnets twice,” said coworker Mike May.

Sauer was also responsible for the design and installation of Tevatron magnets and associated equipment into the same Main Ring tunnel under the direction of Helen Edwards. Richard Andrews, a colleague of Sauer's, recalls that Sauer had remarkable determination, devoting long night hours to ensure timely installation.

After briefly working at the Superconducting Super Collider in Texas, the laboratory again called on Sauer’s accelerator engineering expertise. He was tasked with overseeing the installation of the Main Injector.

Sauer retired in 2000, and returned as a contractor to participate in NuMI beamline installation.

Aside from his many achievements, Sauer was a mentor and friend to many at Fermilab. His friends and colleagues will remember him for his creativity, intelligence, wit, love of mathematics and obsession with golf.

"I will always associate Larry with that spirit of inquisitiveness, inventiveness, and enthusiasm that we had together in my early years at Fermilab," said Tom Peterson, an officemate of Larry's during the 1970s.

Information on memorial services is not currently available. Condolences may be sent to the family of Larry Sauer in care of Ruth Becker, MS 340.

-- Patrick Hurh

In the News

Victor Blanco, stargazer, dies at 92

From New York Times, March 16, 2011

Victor Blanco, a Puerto Rican astronomer who helped build a major outpost for American science, the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile, and shepherded it through 14 years of revolution, counterrevolution and economic turmoil, died on March 8. He was 92 and lived in Vero Beach, Fla.

His death, near Vero Beach, was confirmed by his stepdaughter, Elizabeth Vitell.

Astronomers said Dr. Blanco would be remembered for his scientific, political and managerial skills as the observatory’s director in opening up the Southern sky as a new frontier of cosmic research.

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Wellsness Feature of the Month

Fitness classes, wellness offerings, employee club and discount information for April

Next month, the Wellness Office will sponsor the following fitness classes:

  • Kyuki-Do: 5-6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, April 11 – May 18, at the Fitness Center Exercise Room. Fee is $55/person
  • Yoga: 12-1 p.m. Tuesdays, April 26 – June 14, at Wilson Hall Auditorium. Fee is $85/person.

Next month, the Wellness Office will also sponsor the following free events:

  • Lunch and Learn about Probiotics from noon – 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6, in WH Curia II. Presenter is Richard Steslow.
  • Qigong, Mindfulness and Tai Chi Easy® for Stress Reduction Classes from 7 – 8 a.m. on Wednesdays in Ramsey Auditorium; from 5 - 6 p.m. and from noon – 12:45 p.m. on Fridays.

Athletic leagues:

  • Co-ed softball: League play begins May 4 at the Village softball field. Games will be held on Wednesdays or Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. For more information or to join a team, contact Dave Hockin.

Employee clubs:

  • Scrappers: Open 11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, in the Wilson Hall Small Dining Room. Scrapbookers bring your scissors, adhesive and journaling pen. Supplies provided for themed and generic layouts. Cost is $10 per person.
  • Toastmasters: noon – 1 p.m. Thursdays, April 7 and 21, in the Wilson Hall second floor Comitium.
  • Card Stampers: Open 11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, in the Wilson Hall Small Dining Room. Interested stampers should bring scissors, adhesive and journaling pen. Supplies provided for three cards. Cost is $10 per person.

Employee discounts:

  • Jazzercise: $20 off of the joining fee and $20 off of the first month. Some restrictions may apply. Print coupon.
  • Great Wolf Lodge, Wisconsin Dells: 20 percent off best available room rates when reservations are made 30 days prior to arrival date. Use corporate code: FERM605A at
  • Movie tickets: AMC and Regal Theaters, $7-8. Goodrich Theaters, $8.

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