Tuesday, April 5, 2011

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Tuesday, April 5
12:30 p.m.
Special Seminar - One West
Speakers: Terry Yale Feiertag and Kevin Aiston (Attorneys)
Title: Presentation on Self-Sponsoring Permanent Residence

Wednesday, April 6
12:30 p.m.
Physics for Everyone - Auditorium
Speaker: Dave Schmitz, Fermilab
Title: In One Ear and Out the Other: A Neutrino Talk
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Joint Experimental-Theoretical Physics Seminar - One West
Speaker: Viviana Cavaliere, University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign
Title: Invariant Mass Distribution of Jet Pairs Produced in Association with a W Boson in Proton-Antiproton Collisions at sqrt(s) = 1.96 TeV

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Wilson Hall Cafe

Tuesday, April 5

- Bagel sandwich
- Chicken and rice soup
- Italian sausage with peppers and onions
- Beef stroganoff
- Chicken tetrazzini
- Peppered beef
- Assorted sliced pizza
- Chicken tostadas

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Chez Leon

Wednesday, April 6
- Pan-seared cod with basil sauce
- Garlic smashed potatoes
- Sauteed spinach
- Lemon Neapolitan

Friday, April 8
Guest Chef: Jean Reising
- Mixed greens, red onion and cherry tomatoes with balsamic vinaigrette
- Steamed lobster tail with a tomato-thyme butter sauce
- Spring pea risotto
- Grilled asparagus
- Bittersweet chocoalte pots de crème with fresh berries

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LHC Physics Center connects Fermilab physicists to CERN

Jason St. John

A physics collaboration with 3,000 members from all over the world working on a variety of questions can seem chaotic, but physicist Jason St. John knows, everything has an underlying order.

St. John, a graduate student at Boston University, is one of 70 scientists and graduate students working at Fermilab’s LHC Physics Center. Located on the 11th floor of Wilson Hall, the LPC hosts CMS collaborators as they analyze data coming from the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, 4,000 miles away in Geneva, Switzerland.

Fermilab is the host institution for roughly 1,000 CMS scientists from US laboratories and universities. The LPC provides the training and community Fermilab collaborators need to remain vital contributors to the CMS experiment.

St. John, who came to Fermilab last year, is completing his doctoral thesis and analyzing particle collisions from the CMS detector. St. John takes shifts in the Remote Operations Center at Fermilab, where U.S. collaborators monitor data in real time with colleagues at CERN and other laboratories around the world. Discussion via video conference among scientists at the ROC, CMS facilities at CERN, and the German laboratory DESY assist the seamless round-the-clock operation of the CMS experiment.

Scientists in the LPC, such as St. John, also help develop the software needed to analyze CMS data and provide software tutorials for other collaboration members.

The LPC provides weekly workshops and regular conferences and training courses on LHC data analysis.

CMS scientists in the U.S. and abroad attend these training opportunities, which also help graduate and post-graduate students learn to perform and lead data analyses with their colleagues. The work of these young scientists at Fermilab could eventually lead to the discovery of new physics.

“It’s great that we can accomplish so much without leaving the U.S.,” St. John said. “I hope to work at CERN in the future, but while I’m finishing my thesis, this is a lot more convenient.”

- Cynthia Horwitz

In Brief

Do you have a foreign bank account outside of the U.S.?

Everyone who lives or spends time in the U.S., including certain visa holders who have spent at least 183 days in the U.S. over any 3-year period, is subject to a requirement to report certain foreign bank accounts. The deadline for filing this report for 2010 is June 30. Learn more.

Anyone who has a foreign bank account should review the IRS guidance or consult a tax advisor. The Visa and Payroll Offices do not have the expertise to advise you on this issue.

Special Announcement

Physics for Everyone talk on neutrinos - 12:30 p.m. April 6

Neutrino physicist Dave Schmitz sits in front of the MINERvA detector. Schmitz will give the next Physics for Everyone talk on neutrinos on April 6.

Join Fermilab at 12:30 on Wednesday, April 6, to learn about neutrinos, including where they come from, how they fit into the field of particle physics and what neutrinos might be able to tell us about the universe. In his talk, titled “In one ear and out the other: a neutrino talk,” neutrino scientist Dave Schmitz will also explain what Fermilab experiments are trying to learn from these elusive particles and how they’re getting that information.

The lecture is free and open to the public. It will take place in Ramsey Auditorium. No registration is required. There will be time for questions and answers. The lecture is part of a non-technical series about Fermilab science and culture. View previous lectures here.

From symmetry breaking

MEG experiment may give boost to supersymmetry

Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider came up empty-handed in their first searches for evidence of the theory of supersymmetry. But preliminary results from MEG, an experiment initiated by the University of Tokyo, have given SUSY fans a glimmer of hope.

The MEG experiment, located at the Paul Scherrer Institute in Switzerland, does not search for supersymmetric particles directly. Instead, it searches for a process never observed before in nature and perhaps best explained by the theory of supersymmetry.

In supersymmetry, every fundamental particle in the Standard Model of physics has a heavier superpartner. Up until now, no manmade particle accelerator has succeeded in creating one of these theoretical particles, as the task would require huge amounts of energy. However, scientists at the Large Hadron Collider hope that, if supersymmetry exists, they will be able to produce hefty superparticles with their powerful machine.

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Director's Corner


Fermilab Director Pier Oddone

There is no news yet on the budget for FY11, although we hope for some resolution within the next few days, as the current Continuing Resolution expires this Friday. There are, however, several important issues to note while we wait.

Yesterday, House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rogers (R-KY) introduced another Continuing Resolution to extend funding through April 15, with another $12 billion in spending reductions attached to it. If passed, those reductions would not affect Fermilab.

Later this morning, the Chairman of the House Budget Committee, Paul Ryan (R-WI), is expected to unveil his proposed budget resolution for FY12. We expect it to contain more tough budget medicine, including overall caps on spending by the Appropriations Committee. It will also propose significant reforms in the health entitlement programs (Medicare and Medicaid) and other programs to help tackle the federal deficit and debt. Reports are that the proposed House budget resolution will cut spending by $4 trillion over 10 years, so you can see the magnitude of the proposed reductions. The House resolution will not necessarily be adopted by the full Congress (last year neither the House nor Senate passed a budget resolution), but it will certainly be a sobering look at the nation’s budgetary future.

On March 18, as input to the House Budget Committee deliberations, the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee approved and forwarded its views and estimates providing guidance on what it sees as priorities for the FY12 budget cycle. In particular the Committee strongly supported the priority of Office of Science within the DOE programs. The views and estimates approved by the Committee are available online.

In addition to the approved views and estimates, the link includes the majority (Republican) views, the minority (Democratic) views as well as those of individual members, including Rep. Hultgren’s views on support of basic research in high energy physics and at Fermilab. While the views and estimates of the Science, Space and Technology Committee are not binding, they are important input to the Budget Committee and they make interesting reading.

Accelerator Update

March 30 - April 4

- Seven stores provided ~83.25 hours of luminosity
- Tevatron quenched during shot setup due to RF station trip
- Store 8606 quenched due to vertical corrector magnet power supply glitch
- Proton Source beam quality problems being investigated
- New Meson FTFB experiment T-932
- Store 8603 quenched due to vertical corrector magnet glitch
- Proton Source investigating beam position problems
- New Meson FTFB T-932 experiment began taking beam
- MI LCW magnet leak found and fixed
- Tevatron quench caused by lightening strike

Read the Current Accelerator Update
Read the Early Bird Report
View the Tevatron Luminosity Charts


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

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Toastmasters - April 7

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