Tuesday, June 7, 2011

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Tuesday, June 7
Summer Lecture Series - One West
Speaker: Herman White, Fermilab
Title: How We Got Here and Where We’re Going
3 p.m.
LHC Physics Center Topic of the Week Seminar - Sunrise WH11NE
Speaker: Markus Klute, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Title: Higgs Searches with CMS
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar - One West
Speaker: Alex Melnitchouk, University of Mississippi
Title: W Boson Mass and Width Measurements with the D0 Detector

Wednesday, June 8
12:30 p.m.
Physics for Everyone - Auditorium
Speaker: Rob Roser, Fermilab
Title: At the Energy Frontier: The Tevatron
1:30 p.m.
Research Techniques Seminar - Hornet's Nest, WH8XO
Speaker: Yinan Yu, University of Florida-Gainesville
Title: Arm Locking for LISA (Laser Interferometer Space Antenna)
2 p.m.
LHC Physics Center Topic of the Week Seminar - Sunrise WH11NE
Speaker: Markus Klute, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Title: Higgs Searches with Tau Decays in CMS
3:30 p.m.

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Tuesday, June 7

- Breakfast: Bagel sandwich
- Tomato bisque soup
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- Smart cuisine: Korean garlic chicken
- Grilled chicken Caesar salad wrap
- Assorted sliced pizza
- Rio Grande taco salad

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Wednesday, June 8
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- Walnut & coffee tart w/ coffee cream

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Special Announcement

Physics for Everyone: Tevatron talk tomorrow

Rob Roser

Join Fermilab at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8, to learn about the Tevatron’s contributions to the Energy Frontier. In his talk, scientist and CDF co-spokesperson Rob Roser will highlight some of the discoveries and technological advances that experiments and workers at the Tevatron have made as well as explain some of the searches pursued here and at the LHC that are key to understanding some of the fundamental questions of the universe.

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.


FermiMail: Modernizing email and calendars

FermiMail, a new integrated email and calendar system will begin rolling out to mail users this month.

As part of a program to modernize email at Fermilab, the Computing Division will deploy FermiMail beginning this summer. The new system, dubbed FermiMail for its customized features, offers more reliable service and integrated features such as a calendar and meeting room planner.

All Fermilab email users will transition to FermiMail.

Some highlights of FermiMail are:

  • Integrated email, calendar and address book functionality
  • High availability (99.9 percent up-time)
  • Improved anti-virus and anti-spam protection
  • Ability to retrieve deleted e-mail within 30 days of deletion date
  • Enhanced user support for email management
  • Conference room scheduling with direct booking and scheduling capability
  • A modern computing framework capable of feature expansion for instant messaging, conferencing, voice-mail integration and other technologies
  • Works with email and webmail programs on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux
  • Configured to support Fermilab email-related policies

Local support team members will be on hand to answer your questions about FermiMail at the doctor booth in the Wilson Hall atrium during lunch hours on Wednesday, June 8, and Thursday, June 9. Read more about FermiMail and the coming transition online.

Rhianna Wisniewski


New Antiproton Source record

When the Tevatron sets a new luminosity record, it often is made possible in part by the number of antiprotons the Tevatron received during that time period. Last month, the Antiproton Source set a new monthly stacking record of 161 trillion antiprotons stacked. The previous record was 158 trillion antiprotons stacked set in March of 2010. Congratulations!

In the News

Fermilab: a tradition of scientific excellence benefitting the nation

From APS Physics, May 2011

In March of this year, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, located in my home district, announced the possible discovery of a new type of boson particle. The evidence from the Tevatron, if confirmed, could hint of a new physics. It is yet another chapter in Fermilab’s proud legacy of exploration at the most fundamental level of energy and matter.

This commitment to excellence and scientific understanding is not only something we’re proud of in Illinois’ 14th District, it’s something we must be proud of as a nation. High energy physics goes beyond parochial interests and local politics; these endeavors are inextricably linked to both our national success, and fundamentally, our national character.

Fermilab has a proud heritage including studies of quark scattering using hadron, muon, and neutrino beams, precise studies of matter-antimatter asymmetry, precision tests of the Standard Model, and of course the discovery of the bottom and top quarks. Together, with the rest of the national laboratories at Cornell, Jefferson Lab, Argonne, Brookhaven, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory and others, these institutions promote cross-disciplinary interactions between various academic fields, as well as between scientists and engineers, and they serve as an irreplaceable channel for the broader goal of developing our base of an advanced STEM workforce.

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Director's Corner

The Secretary’s visit

Associate Director for Accelerators Stuart Henderson and Fermilab Director Pier Oddone give Energy Secretary Steven Chu a tour of the SRF Test Facility during his visit to the laboratory on June 2.

Last week we had the privilege to host Energy Secretary Steven Chu at the laboratory. It was an opportunity for us to explain our program and ambitions, to showcase our facilities and to make the case for supporting the fundamental research that we do. Secretary Chu had not been to Fermilab since his days as a graduate student, when he was performing precision measurements in quantum chromodynamics. Secretary Chu’s understanding of physics is extremely broad, extending from issues in general relativity to biophysical processes at the cellular and molecular levels and precision measurements relevant to particle physics. While director at Berkeley Lab he oversaw a large group of students and postdocs carrying out research.

It is always fun and challenging to make a presentation to Secretary Chu. He has the ability to ask very deep questions that can easily put any presenter on the spot. His own public lecture to the Fermilab audience showed that he had given careful thought to our work. In fact he was modifying his own transparencies literally until the last minute, keeping his entourage on edge. His appreciation for the long-term research that we do was very evident during his public lecture.

His broad range of interests and depth has led the administration to call on him when there have been dreadful technical crises such as the Gulf oil spill disaster or the Fukushima reactors disaster that required complex analysis and solutions. Most recently he has begun leading an effort to understand the environmental issues in hydro-fracturing of natural gas reservoirs, or “fracking,” that have been in the news. In tackling these multi-dimensional problems, Secretary Chu has put together teams of experts in the national laboratories, universities and industries. The ability to mobilize these technical resources to solve national problems of scale has helped make the case for broad national support of science and engineering in the country, to the benefit of us all.

Accelerator Update

June 3-6

- Five stores provided ~67 hours of luminosity
- Kicker trip during transfer caused loss of antiprotons
- Booster and MiniBooNE had problems due to high temperatures that reduced their intensities
- MTA taking beam
- The Booster NorthStar experiment ended on Sunday morning

*The integrated luminosity for the period from 5/30/11 to 6/6/11 was 63.63 inverse picobarns.

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


Latest Announcements

The ES&H and Computing Division websites will be down - June 9

Scuba class registration - June 8

10,000 Steps-A-Day personal fitness kit winner

Planned SharePoint infrastructure upgrade - June 12

Indian Creek Road closed through June 8

Pool opens today

Town hall meeting: former worker medical screening program - today

Argentine Tango classes through June 8

Two high school seniors awarded ACU college scholarships

Introduction to LabVIEW class - June 16

Bill Brinkman lecture at UChicago - June 8

Deadline for the UChicago tuition remission program - June 28

DASTOW 2011 - June 22

Fermilab management practices courses presented this summer

SciTech summer camps June 20 - Aug. 12

Fermilab Arts Series presents Chicago Afrobeat Project - June 18

Change in cashier's office hours

Beginner swim lessons at the pool

Learn to scuba dive at Fermi beginning June 15

Jazzercise employee discount

Water aerobics at the pool - June 13

Adult swim lessons at Fermi pool - June 13

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