Wednesday, March 30, 2011

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Wednesday, March 30
10:30 a.m.
Particle Astrophysics Seminar - One West
Speaker: Kirk Gilmore, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
Title: LSST Overview and Status
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Fermilab Colloquium - One West
Speaker: Elliott Bloom, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
Title: The Search for Dark Matter with the Fermi Gamma-Ray Space Telescope

Thursday, March 31
2:30 p.m.
Theoretical Physics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: Johan Alwall, Fermilab
Title: MadGraph 5 – the All-New Matrix Element Generator for Everything
3:30 p.m.

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Wednesday, March 30

- Breakfast: English muffin sandwich
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- Steak sandwich
- *Maple dijon salmon
- *Mongolian beef
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- Assorted sliced pizza
- Chicken pesto pasta

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Wednesday, March 30
- Vietnamese caramelized pork and rice
- Noodle salad
- Banana cake

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In Brief

Office of Science Web page has a new look

Explore the new Department of Energy Office of Science web page.

The Department of Energy Office of Science Web page has undergone a makeover. The cleaner-looking and faster Web page features articles, videos and more about the innovative research done at national laboratories across the country.

An easier-to-use navigation outlines the programs, laboratories, facilities and universities that compose the Office of Science and features the discoveries and innovations that have come from those constituents. Click here to learn more.

Special Announcement

Tax information for foreign Fermilab users

The requirement to file a tax return applies to almost everyone who spends time in the U.S.

For many, this involves filing a form with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that merely reports certain types of income. If you spend a significant amount of time in the U.S. you also could need to pay U.S. taxes on worldwide income. The obligations to file or pay can arise even if you do not receive funds from the U.S., have no U.S.-employment and have no other ties to the U.S.

The deadline for paying U.S. taxes is April 18, 2011. Individuals on J, F, B-1 or a Visa Waiver who have visited or stayed in the U.S. for 183 days or more over any three years should speak with a tax professional. Fermilab’s Visa Office can provide referrals; however, Fermilab’s Payroll Department and Visa Office do not have the expertise to advise anyone on this issue.

From symmetry breaking

Of sports cars, the Higgs, and Poppa Neutrino

Bumbling around the Web, you can’t help but notice that pop culture references to particle physics pop up everywhere. Dark energy is not just a mysterious force that accelerates the expansion of the universe; it’s an evil vibe, a video game company and a gaming weapon (typical gamer exchange: “Any 1 know what Dark Energy is for?” “you get it after last zhul raid.”) Ditto the Higgs boson, as in this Wall Street Journal review of the 2012 McLaren MP4-12C sports car describing it as

…crazy light, a mere 3,279 pounds. There’s a kind of sheer depravity of physics going on here, a larceny of inertial mass, as if the car had been scoured of its Higgs bosons.

(Technically, of course, things don’t contain Higgs bosons; see an explanation here. But the reference made me smile.)

But long before the current particle physics craze got going there was Poppa Neutrino, aka David Pearlman, who died in January at the age of 77.

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Today ICARUS will be inaugurated at Gran Sasso

ICARUS, a project headed by Nobel Laureate Carlo Rubbia, started operation on May 27, 2010. It boasts a technology unique in the world and was built in close collaboration with Italian companies.

Today, March 29, the ICARUS experiment will be officially inaugurated in the Gran Sasso National Laboratory. The experiment is located in Hall B of the underground laboratories.

ICARUS started working gradually from May 27th of last year and it registered data since the very beginning, capturing the tracks left by rare cosmic rays able to reach the depths of the laboratory and, above all, the interaction events of neutrinos from the beam sent from CERN, that crosses the earth's crust for more than 700 kilometers before intercepting the experiment detectors under the Abruzzo mountain. The experiment will study the neutrino oscillation phenomenon, detecting the artificial neutrinos that reach the Gran Sasso Laboratory from CERN, along with the OPERA experiment.

Read more

From the Finance Section

Timely timecards

Cindy Conger

Cindy Conger, head of the Finance Section, wrote this week’s column.

The Fermilab Time and Labor system has been in place for all employees since last June, and many employees have been using electronic time reporting since November of 2007. Most of us have become accustomed to filling out our timecard and approving it by the deadline of 10 a.m. every Monday morning so that our supervisor can approve it by the noon deadline that day.

The number of missing timecards -- those that have not been submitted by employees -- has decreased from an average of 60 per week last June to less than 40 per week now. This is an improvement, but we need to do better. Across our divisions, sections and centers, the laboratory expends effort equal to a full-time person to follow up on these missing time cards, make adjustments and make sure all timecards have supervisory approval.

In order to make it convenient to submit your timecard from home or any other location away from the laboratory, the FTL system is available via the Web, without needing VPN access for most operating systems. The link is available from the Fermilab at Work page under Quick Links: Time and Labor Reporting. From the FTL Launch page, click “Go to FTL Timecard;" or use this direct link to the FTL logon page

Weekly reporting and approval of time allows us to post labor costs to our financial system more frequently than once a month, giving programs and projects the ability to access and review these costs sooner.

Please make every effort to submit your timecard, and approve your employees’ timecards if you are a supervisor, before the Monday deadlines (10 a.m. and noon, respectively). This will save a lot of people some time and help enhance the efficiency of our payroll and labor distribution processes.

Safety Update

ES&H weekly report, March 29

This week's safety report, compiled by the Fermilab ES&H section, lists no recordable incidents. An employee hurt their ankle while walking, but was not seriously injured.

Find the full report here.


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Toastmasters - April 7

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Book fair - March 30- 31

Fermilab Fuel Service Center shut down - March 30-31

FREE Intro to Argentine Tango classes start March 30

Fermilab Lecture Series - The LHC - Maleika Meddahi, LHC - April 15

Toastmasters - March 31

Fermilab Arts Series presents "Reduced Shakespeare Company: Complete World of Sports, abridged" - April 2

Fermilab Arts & Lecture presents: Dramatic Reading of "Copenhagen" by Wheaton Drama - April 8

Martial Arts classes begin April 11

ACU offers $1,000 scholarship deadline - April 25

Fermilab Arts & Lecture series - Nagata Shachu Taiko drumming - May 7

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