Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Have a safe day!

Tuesday, April 26
10:30 a.m.
Research Techniques Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: Michelle Stancari, Fermilab
Title: Aging and Radiation Damage in the CDF Run-II Silicon Detector
3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 27
3:30 p.m.

Click here for NALCAL,
a weekly calendar with links to additional information.

Upcoming conferences


Take Five


Weather Chance of showers

Extended Forecast
Weather at Fermilab

Current Security Status

Secon Level 3

Wilson Hall Cafe

Tuesday, April 26

- Breakfast: Bagel sandwich
- Creamy turkey vegetable soup
- Chili dog
- Country-fried steak
- Chicken cacciatore
- Italian panini w/ provolone
- Assorted sliced pizza
- Super burrito

Wilson Hall Cafe Menu

Chez Leon

Wednesday, April 27

- Gingered flank steak
- Sake glazed vegetables
- Rice pudding

Friday, April 29
- Caribbean grilled scallop salad
- Orange glazed pork medallions
- Spiced celery pilaf
- Cinnamon phylo nest w/ caramelized pears

Chez Leon Menu
Call x3524 to make your reservation.


Fermilab Today

Director's Corner

Result of the Week

Safety Tip of the Week

CMS Result of the Month

User University Profiles

ILC NewsLine


Fermilab Today
is online at:

Send comments and suggestions to:

Visit the Fermilab
home page

Unsubscribe from Fermilab Today


NOvA Far Detector building achieves beneficial occupancy

The underground portion of the Far Detector building, which will house the detector, is 67 x 70 x 350 feet. The portion of the building that is above ground is 67 x 40 x 192 feet. Photo: Steve Conley, Burns and McDonnell Engineering

This month, contractors put the final touches on the NOvA Far Detector building in Ash River, Minn. Contractors handed the keys over to the University of Minnesota and the NOvA project on April 13, marking beneficial occupancy.

“Prior to beneficial occupancy, the entire building was under the control of the contractor,” said Steve Dixon, project engineer for NOvA. “Now we can go in and start putting in the infrastructure that’s required to build the experiment.”

Construction, which began on May 1, 2009, included a 3.5-mile all-weather road, and electric, telephone and data communication to the nearly isolated site, costing about $32 million. Funding was provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The University of Minnesota, which is the owner of the NOvA facility, had the building constructed as part of a collaborative research agreement with the DOE at the direction of the NOvA project, said John Cooper, NOvA project manager.

More than 15 firms were involved in the construction of the Far Detector building. Dixon estimates that 20 to 100 people were working on the site at any given time.

The underground portion of the building that will house the detector is 67 feet wide, 70 feet high and 350 feet long.

The location for the Far Detector site was chosen because it is slightly off the path of the currently operating NuMI beam line that goes to the Soudan Mine about 50 miles southeast of Ash River, Minn.

“The location allows us to reuse an existing beam line, which is much cheaper,” said Rick Tesarek, deputy project manager for NOvA.

The next steps for the site include some minor outfitting tasks, painting, exterior work and moving in the block pivoter, a machine that will allow detector components to be assembled and positioned in the detector hall.

Dixon said they hope to achieve final acceptance, the next milestone, in June. Cooper anticipates the collaboration will complete detector installation by the end of 2013 or early 2014.

Christine Herman
A size comparison of the NOvA Far Detector with several well-known landmarks. The detector is 52 x 52 x 220 feet. Graphic: Holabird and Root
Special Announcement

Administrative Professionals Day celebration - April 27

Fermilab will celebrate the contributions of its administrative professionals on Wednesday, April 27, in One West. A continental breakfast will be served at 9:30 a.m. in the dining area near One West and Young-Kee Kim, Fermilab deputy director, will present a talk titled "Hello, All You Beautiful People!" at 10 a.m. in One West. All administrative and clerical employees are invited to attend.

Photo of the Day

Flying high

ES&H employee Bill James took this photo of a bald eagle inside the Main Ring on Wednesday, April 20.
Special Announcement

Sustainable Acquisition training is live

Fermilab employees should have received an e-mail this week from the TRAIN database reminding them to take their Sustainability Acquisition training.

Sustainability Acquisition training is one new aspect of Fermilab’s Pollution Prevention and Waste Minimization program and will help Fermilab reduce its impact on the environment. The training is a required short (12-minute), online presentation that explains employees’ responsibilities in regards to sustainable acquisition. The training also introduces employees to the SA webpage, which is a useful tool for product research.

In the News

‘Wonderful, frustrating, challenging’: Hultgren reflects on first 100 days

From Daily Herald, April 24, 2011

As a freshman state representative in 1998, a colleague gave Randy Hultgren a piece of sage advice.

“Keep your mouth shut for four years,” Hultgren, now Illinois’ 14th District congressman, recalls with a chuckle. “And I think it was probably good advice, but it’s completely different here Washington.”

Wrapping up his first 100 days in office, Hultgren, of Winfield, describes his months thus far on the hill as a “wonderful time, a challenging time, a frustrating time.”

The former investment adviser, husband and father of four voted for the successful passage of a budget with massive spending cuts — just hours away from a federal shutdown.

Read more

Director's Corner

An important visit

His Excellency Dr. Abdul Kalam, former president of India, joined Fermilab Director Pier Oddone and former Fermilab director and Nobel laureate Leon Lederman for lunch on the 15th floor of Wilson Hall Monday, April 25.

Yesterday we were honored by the visit of His Excellency Dr. Abdul Kalam, the former president of India. Dr. Kalam, who is considered the father of India’s missile and space program, is a revered figure in India. Not only is he an accomplished scientist, engineer, educator and leader, but also a prolific writer with more than two dozen books to his name, including well known books of poetry. As president of India he was an early supporter of our collaborative work with Indian laboratories on superconducting radio frequency (SRF) accelerators along with India's then Secretary of the Department of Atomic Energy Dr. Anil Kakodkar.

Today, that collaboration is working on the broad front of SRF technologies necessary for Project X and India is planning to make a large in-kind contribution toward building Project X. India's current Secretary of the Department of Atomic Energy Dr. Srikumar Banerjee is also a very strong supporter of the collaboration as are the directors of the four Indian laboratories involved in the collaboration: BARC/Mumbai, IUAC/Delhi, RRCAT/Indore and VECC/Kolkata. Indian universities participate in the Fermilab program and will expand their participation in the many experiments possible with Project X. India’s primary interest beyond their participation in the science and technology for Project X is based on their long-term plans to develop intrinsically safer thorium-based power reactors.

As I sat at lunch with Dr. Kalam I saw him at work interacting with the four young students sitting at our table, both asking them questions and responding to their questions, with a clear aim to encourage and educate. He skillfully led the conversation to answer the question of what is the most important element in the development of young people and leading them to the conclusion that it is to have a dream. Only then did he stump them asking what was the most important quality to have in a dream. Afterwards he proceeded to explained that in a world full of pressures to make us all the same, the most important quality in a dream was to be a unique individual, contributing to society in a unique way.

After a tour of our facilities, Dr. Kalam gave a lecture to a full auditorium on his current dream of a multi-national collaboration to achieve a world knowledge platform for the benefit of mankind. His idealism was both evident and inspiring. We are very thankful, considering the many demands on his schedule during his short visit to Chicago, that he devoted nearly a full day for his visit to Fermilab, thus highlighting the importance and depth of our collaboration with Indian institutions.

Accelerator Update

April 22-25

- Four stores provided ~41.25 hours of luminosity
- Cryo-system personnel replaced a fly wheel and bearings on two Tevatron wet engines
- Linac personnel repaired a loose drive filament connection on LRF2
- D-Zero made several accesses for necessary repairs
- Linac personnel repaired a vacuum leak on RF tank #2
- Pbar worked on an Accumulator emittance problem
- The Tevatron quenched with no store in the machine

*The integrated luminosity for the period from 4/18/11 to 4/25/11 was 49.01 inverse picobarns. NuMI took 3.36E18 of beam during this same time period.

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


Latest Announcements

Big Woods walk cancelled today

Bliss Creek Tuesday Night Golf Looking for a Team

English country dancing - May 1

Pool opens June 7

Heartland Blood Drive - today

New Weight Watchers At Work session starting soon

2010 Flexible Spending Account deadline - April 29

Free yoga mat to first eight signups for next session - April 26 - June 14

NALWO - International Poetry Reading event - April 29

Medical scans that use radioisotopes require work adjustments

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

National Day of Prayer observance May 5

Argentine Tango classes Wednesday, through May 4

Monday Night Golf League begins today

Ultimate frisbee starting soon

Jazzercise discount for employees

ACU Offers $1,000 Scholarship deadline today

NALWO - Spring Tea - May 9

How to Advance Women in Science - May 12

Fermilab Arts & Lecture Series - Nagata Shachu Taiko Drumming - May 7

Windows 7 Introduction course - May 19

Word 2010: Transition from 2003/2007 course - May 25

Excel 2010: Transition from 2003/2007 course - May 25

Chilled Water Plant design course - June 14 – 16

Security, Privacy, Legal  |  Use of Cookies