Wednesday, April 6, 2011

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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 - Auditorium
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

Thursday, April 7
1 p.m.
Special Physics Seminar - One West
Speaker: Daniel M. Kaplan, Illinois Institute of Technology
Title: New Experiments with Antiprotons
2:30 p.m.
Theoretical Physics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: Joel Giedt, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Title: Dark Matter, the CMSSM and Lattice QCD
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar - One West
Speaker: Zhijun Chen, Argonne National Laboratory
Title: Materials Science Challenges for YBCO-Based High Temperature Superconducting Magnets

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Wednesday, April 6

- Breakfast: English muffin sandwich
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- Cuban panini
- Assorted sliced pizza
- Shrimp pesto

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

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- Mixed greens, red onion and cherry tomatoes with balsamic vinaigrette
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- Grilled asparagus
- Bittersweet chocoalte pots de crème with fresh berries

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Special Announcement

Special seminar in auditorium today: new CDF result

The CDF collaboration will present a new result at 4 p.m. today in the Auditorium. Viviana Cavaliere, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will give the special seminar, titled "Invariant Mass Distribution of Jet Pairs Produced in Association with a W boson in proton-antiproton Collisions at sqrt(s) = 1.96 TeV." Streaming video of the talk will be available through Visual Media Services live video stream.

Special Announcement

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

Neutrinos have been the darlings of poetry, the destructors of the world in science-fiction films, the names of companies, rafts and more. These ghostly particles generally come from the sun and travel through nearly everything. So, how exactly does Fermilab create and study these ghostly particles?

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.


Fermilab hosts high school STEM career event April 13

Fermilab Computer Security professional Tim Rupp prepares a display while waiting to discuss his job with students at the 2010 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Career Expo.

On Wednesday, April 13, high school students from throughout the western suburban Chicago area will come to Fermilab to learn about potential career options in STEM fields.

Fermilab will host the fourth annual Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Career Expo from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. on April 13. The event is free of charge and will take place in Fermilab’s Wilson Hall.

“This event provides students with the opportunity to speak with people who are doing for a living what the students are interested in,” said Susan Dahl, Fermilab Education Office. “It breaks down some stereotypes and allows students to envision themselves in these types of careers.”

The expo will connect high school students with scientists, engineers, technicians and mathematicians. The professionals will be available at display tables to speak with students and will participate in panel discussions about their careers and educational backgrounds.

“Students can take this opportunity to compare and contrast similar types of careers so that they can understand the differences between a chemical and mechanical engineer or an astronomer and astrophysicist, for example,” Dahl said.

More than 50 professionals from across Illinois will represent nearly 30 organizations from the STEM fields at the event. To find out more information about the event, contact Nancy Lanning at or 630-840-5588 or online. No advance registration is necessary. A description of career types represented on the panel and the discussion schedule will be posted on the website later this week.

Event organizers include the Fermilab Education Office and educators and career specialists from Kane and DuPage county schools. Event sponsors include Fermilab Friends for Science Education, Batavia High School, Geneva Community High School, Northern Kane EFE 110 Region and VALEES (Valley Education for Employment System).

-- Rhianna Wisniewski

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Early morning electricity

Accelerator Division's Marty Murphy took this photo of lightning over the Proton Pagoda on site early Monday morning.
In the News

At particle lab, a tantalizing glimpse has physicists holding their breaths

From The New York Times, April 5, 2011

Physicists at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory are planning to announce Wednesday that they have found a suspicious bump in their data that could be evidence of a new elementary particle or even, some say, a new force of nature.

The results, if they hold up, could be a spectacular last hurrah for Fermilab’s Tevatron, once the world’s most powerful particle accelerator and now slated to go dark forever in September or earlier, whenever Fermilab runs out of money to operate it.

“Nobody knows what this is,” said Christopher Hill, a theorist at Fermilab who was not part of the team. “If it is real, it would be the most significant discovery in physics in half a century.”

One possible explanation for this mysterious bump, scientists say, is that it is evidence of a new and unexpected version of the long-sought Higgs boson. This is a hypothetical elementary particle that, according to the reigning theory known as the Standard Model, is responsible for endowing other elementary particles with mass.

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From the ES&H Section

Looking back on three decades of ES&H work

Tim Miller

Tim Miller, associate head of the ES&H section, wrote this week’s column.

On May 18, after working nearly 32 years in Fermilab’s ES&H Section, I will retire. Before I joined Fermilab, I studied environmental engineering at Northwestern University and worked at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Through these experiences I gained a fair knowledge of the ES&H requirements facing the private sector.

After I got here, I discovered that the government prefers the rules and regulations for its own employees and contractors to have a bit more breadth and depth. While sometimes there might be too much paperwork, we also have seen good results coming out of this approach. Hazards such as laser light, oxygen deficiency and electricity are well controlled, in part because they receive lots of attention. I was fortunate to have worked with Peter Mazur in developing Fermilab’s original risk-based Oxygen Deficiency Hazards program. It is especially gratifying for me that our approach has stood the test of time and that Fermilab’s ODH program has even been adopted by several other accelerator facilities.

During the past decade, our injury rates have fallen dramatically. I think this is due in large part to the interest and involvement of our managers and supervisors who care about the well-being of all people at Fermilab. Today, it’s the common hazards that hurt people at our laboratory the most. Everyday injuries such as cuts, falls and overexertion are the bane of accident prevention at Fermilab, as they are elsewhere. To address this, we are constantly looking for more creative ways to get everybody at the laboratory to think about safety before they start a job. The Take Five campaign, the yellow message boards at the site entrances and the Safety Tip columns in Fermilab Today that I’ve written are just some examples.

Overall, I think Fermilab runs well and has a good ES&H program. This place is primarily managed by physicists, who are a decidedly objective lot, and their reasonableness permeates this organization. There is a shared understanding of what needs to be done to keep the place going. From the various departments to the Fermi Site Office, I have always encountered a spirit of teamwork and cooperative get-it-done attitude. These are the kinds of things that contribute to the Fermilab culture and have made it an easy choice for me to remain working here for all these years.

I will miss the people here. In fact, I may just have to come back every so often to let folks know how I’m doing and what it’s like “on the other side.” And I can guarantee you that I will think about Fermilab every time I reject a safety shortcut with a home project.

In the News

Dhiman Chakraborty: Particle path-breaker

From NIU Today, April 5, 2011

Not many children dream of becoming particle physicists, but Dhiman Chakraborty from a young age seemed destined for the field.

Early training, guidance and inspiration from his parents helped Chakraborty win entrance into an elite high school in his native Calcutta, India. Each day, he would pass by a statue of the school’s most illustrious alumnus, Satyendra Nath Bose, the co-formulator of Bose-Einstein statistics. The category of sub-atomic particles known as bosons is named in his honor.

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Safety Update

ES&H weekly report, April 6

This week's safety report, compiled by the Fermilab ES&H section, lists no recordable incidents. An employee had elbow pain after removing a pump from a pit and another employee cut a fingertip while stripping wire. Both required first-aid treatment only.

Find the full report here.


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