Friday, April 15, 2011

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Friday, April 15
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Joint Experimental-Theoretical Physics Seminar - One West
Speaker: Seog Oh, Duke University
Title: Production Properties of Baryon and Meson Resonances in Jets and Minimum Bias Events at CDF
8 p.m.
Fermilab Lecture Series - Auditorium
Speaker: Malika Meddahi, LHC
Title: The Large Hadron Collider (LHC)

Monday, April 18
2:30 p.m.
Particle Astrophysics Seminar - One West
Speaker: Sarah Miller, University of Oxford/California Institute of Technology
Title: Rotation Curves of Galaxies to z~1 and Implications for Dark Matter
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II
Special Topics: Windows 7 Upgrade; T-1011: Rad-Hard Si Microstrip Sensor Tests at FTBF

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Friday, April 15

- Breakfast: Chorizo burrito
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- *Baked fish over rice
- Roasted veggie & provolone panini
- Assorted sliced pizza
- Carved baked ham

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In Brief

FY11 budget update

Yesterday, April 14, both houses of Congress passed a Continuing Resolution to fund the federal government through the rest of this fiscal year. The President is expected to sign the bill. We will learn the specifics of Fermilab's final FY11 budget once the DOE Office of Science has made allocations to its various programs, including to the Office of High Energy Physics.

From symmetry breaking

The future of the Web: from physics to fundamental right

Tim Berners-Lee (left) and Gordon Brown discuss the future of the Web in front of an audience at the University of Geneva. Photo by Felipe Fink Grael.

Countless scientific tools have made their way from the lab bench to everyday life. But perhaps none have been more pervasive than the World Wide Web. Developed by Tim Berners-Lee at CERN in 1989 as a way to manage project information at the laboratory, the Web has since infiltrated the globe and affected the way we communicate, educate, entertain, inform and govern.

Twenty years after the technology became a publicly available service, the future of the Web remains a widely debated topic. This past Wednesday, Berners-Lee and former United Kingdom Prime Minister Gordon Brown discussed their views on the subject at the University of Geneva in Switzerland. They focused specifically on making the Web available to the communities and demographics around the world that remain unconnected.

“Access to the Web should absolutely be a fundamental right,” Berners-Lee said. Following the civil rights movements for women, African Americans and the LGBT community, “the right to connectivity is the timely thing to fight for,” he said. “But even if we get those rights on paper and there is still no access, we lose.”

A large effort by the World Wide Web Consortium, or W3C, led by Berners-Lee, aims to provide Web access to sub-Saharan Africa. Although many places lack proper infrastructure and the cost of broadband is prohibitively high, many Africans have access to mobile phones. Brown pointed out that Web access through mobile phones could enable better education, foster communication between doctors and HIV patients, or provide market information to farmers about the price of crops.

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In the News

Dark matter no-show confronts supersymmetry

From Nature News, April 14, 2011

The XENON100 experiment has placed the tightest limits yet on the properties of dark matter.

After months of battling radioactive contamination that threatened to swamp its detector, the XENON100 collaboration has managed to place the strongest limits yet on the detection of dark matter. The no-show, announced today at a seminar in Gran Sasso National Laboratory in Italy, places constraints on supersymmetry, the leading alternative to the standard model of particle physics.

Dark matter is thought to make up 83 percent of the matter in the Universe, and a number of experiments are competing to be the first to detect its rare interactions with ordinary matter. XENON100 looks for proposed dark-matter particles called weakly interacting massive particles (WIMPs) as they pass through the central portion of 161 kilograms of liquid xenon beneath 1.4 kilometres of rock at Gran Sasso. The particles should produce electric charge and light signals as they collide with xenon nuclei.

In a paper published online last night, the XENON100 researchers report three events detected during a 100-day run of the experiment last year that might have been due to dark matter. However, as they expected to see between 1.2 and 2.4 background events — interactions mostly caused by a radioactive contaminant in the xenon — their result is statistically negative and therefore rules out the existence of many of the more strongly interacting and heavier WIMPs.

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Fermilab’s blizzard heroes receive performance awards

A special round of Employee Performance Recognition Awards was given last month to honor the dedicated employees who worked around the clock through the blinding snow and gale-force winds to keep the laboratory operating and its residents safe.

Members of the Business Services Section and the Facility Engineering and Services Section stayed through the night, working together to clear roads, fix power outages and handle the many challenges posed by the extreme weather. Accelerator Division members worked around the clock to keep accelerators operating.

The employees pictured and mentioned below were nominated by their divisions and sections for the awards. Fermilab Chief Operating Officer Bruce Chrisman presented the awards at a reception on the 15th floor of Wilson Hall on March 24.

Members of Fermilab's Accelerator Division who received awards. Click on the image for a list of names.
Members of Fermilab's Business Services Section who received awards. Click on the image for a list of names.
Members of Fermilab's Facilities Engineering Services Section who received awards. Click on the image for a list of names.

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