Friday, Aug. 19, 2011

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Friday, Aug. 19
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Joint Experimental-Theoretical Physics Seminar - One West
Speaker: Hideki Miyake, Tsukuba
Title: Observation of the Baryonic FCNC Decay Λb → Λμ+μ- and the Angular Analysis in B → K(*)μ+μ- Decays at CDF

Monday, Aug. 22
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II
Special topics: Main Injector Running and Plan; Beam Tests of a High-Pressure H2-Filled RF Cavity

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Wilson Hall Cafe

Friday, Aug. 19

- Breakfast: Chorizo burrito
- Smart cuisine: Italian vegetable soup
- Chicken fajita sandwich
- Southern-fried chicken
- Smart cuisine: Mediterranean-baked tilapia
- Eggplant parmesan panini
- Assorted sliced pizza
- Assorted sub sandwiches

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Chez Leon

Friday, Aug. 19
Guest Chef: Gustavo Cancelo
Argentinian Night
- Empanadas
- Locro
- Matambre relleno al horno w/ vegetables
- Flan

Wednesday, Aug. 24
- Crab cakes w/ remoulade sauce
- Parmesan orzo
- Lemon cheesecake

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New Fermilab experiment to take muons out for a spin

Fermilab’s planned g-2 experiment will use the storage ring (above) that was used in a previous muon g-2 experiment at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

A new experiment planned at Fermilab will allow researchers to peer into the sub-atomic world of virtual particles and resolve a decade old mystery. The Fermilab muon g-2 experiment will use an intense beam of muons, short-lived particles that are similar to electrons but 200 times heavier.

"One of the most important things about this experiment is that it will help guide what's found in the LHC and the Tevatron data," said muon g-2 co-spokesperson Lee Roberts. "It will help us figure out how the results fit into the grand scheme."

The new muon g-2, pronounced g minus 2, experiment will become an integral part of Fermilab's Intensity Frontier, where scientists study intense beams of particles to extract fundamental properties with high precision or look for extremely rare processes. The experiment went through a DOE peer review last year and Fermilab expects CD-0, the first of five stages in the Department of Energy’s approval process, to be approved in early 2012.

The experiment aims to measure the gyromagnetic ratio “g” of the muon.

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— Rhianna Wisniewski

Photo of the Day

A butterfly stretches its wings

An Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterfly was spotted near the Nepese Marsh area. Photo: David A. Shemanske, FESS

From ILC NewsLine

Detector scientists and the chamber of GEMs

Researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington spend two weeks characterising ILC detector chamber prototypes at Fermilab's Test Beam Facility

Three researchers working on a detector for the ILC recently drove their components 1,500 kilometres from Arlington, Texas to Batavia, Illinois to get to know their detectors a bit better.

For approximately two weeks, researchers from the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) sent muon, proton and pion beams through their chamber prototypes at the Fermilab Test Beam Facility, gathering data to see how they respond under different conditions. The chambers are made of gas electron multipliers, or GEMs.

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— Leah Hesla

In the News

Antineutrino counters

From Science News, Aug. 18, 2011

Faint flashes of light may soon reveal more about some of nature’s most ghostly particles — and maybe even new clues to an enduring mystery about the universe. A pair of neutrino detectors now up and running beneath a mountain in China, part of the Daya Bay Reactor Neutrino Experiment, count antineutrinos shooting out of nearby nuclear reactors.

Antineutrinos, neutral particles that hardly interact with matter, come in three different types (electron, tau or muon) and can change, or oscillate, from one type to another while traveling through space.

By comparing counts from this pair of detectors to counts from other detectors farther from the reactors, the new experiment will measure how often electron antineutrinos disappear as the particles change form.

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Wellness Feature of the Month

September wellness offerings, pool information, fitness classes and discounts

This month, the Wellness Office will sponsor the following free events:

  • Lunch & Learn: Supermarket Survival on Tuesday, Sept. 27. in WH2W, Curia II from noon to 1 p.m.
  • Qigong, Mindfulness & Tai Chi Easy® for Stress Reduction classes from 7 to 8 a.m. on Wednesdays in Ramsey Auditorium; and from noon to 12:45 p.m. on Fridays in Ramsey Auditorium.

The Wellness Office will sponsor the following fitness classes:

  • Butts & Guts: 1 to 1:45 p.m. on Thursdays, Sept. 8 through Nov. 3 at the gym. Fee: $55 per person.
  • Muscle Toning: 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Sept. 20 through Nov. 10 at the gym. Fee: $77 per person.

Athletic leagues:

  • Bowling: 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, Sept. 7 through March 28 at Bowling Green Sports Center. For more information contact Barb Book at
  • Open basketball: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays and from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday evenings at the gym. Membership to the gym is required.
  • Ultimate frisbee: 5 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays at the Village soccer field. For more information contact Joe Haley at
  • Open badminton: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays and 4 to 6 p.m. on Fridays at the gym. Membership to the gym is required. For more information contact Aaron Chou at
  • Open volleyball: 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays at the gym. Membership to the gym is required.

Employee discounts:

  • Six Flags Great America,, Jazzercise, AMC/Regal/Goodrich movie tickets, Great Wolf Lodge and Rosati’s of Batavia. More information can be found online.


Exterior and interior window washing - through today

University of Chicago Tuition Remission Program - deadline today

Call for applications for URA Visiting Scholars Program - deadline today

Fermilab prairie quadrat study - Aug. 20

Yoga - begins Aug. 23

Free webinar: Hackers, scammers, phishers… oh my! - Aug. 24

What’s new in Mathematica 8? - Aug. 31

An introduction to Mathematica for engineers - Aug. 31

Creative writing group - every other Thursday through Aug. 25 in WH4SE "Abacus"

Blackthorn: Traditional Celtic band - Aug. 27

Bohr and Heisenberg at Elgin Arts Theatre - Sept. 16 through 25

All blood types needed, especially B-, AB-, O- and B+, please help if you can

Fermi Kyuki-Do martial arts session

Nordic walking at Fermilab

Bowlers wanted for 2011/2012 bowling season

Muscle Toning - through Sept. 15

Join Fermilab's new scuba diving club

Open badminton

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