Monday, Oct. 3, 2011

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Monday, Oct. 3
2:30 p.m.
Particle Astrophysics Seminar - Comitium
Speaker: Johannes M. Oberreuter, University of Amsterdam
Title: Multiple Problems with Multiple Sectors in Supergravity
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II
Special Topics: First Operation of the Liquid Argon Purity Demonstrator (LAPD); JASMIN Results and Plans

Tuesday, Oct. 4
3:30 p.m.

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Monday, Oct. 3

- Breakfast: Croissant sandwich
- Italian minestrone soup
- Patty melt
- Chicken cordon bleu
- Herbed pot roast
- Garden roast beef wrap
- Assorted sliced pizza
- Smart cuisine: Szechuan green bean w/ chicken

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Chez Leon

Wednesday, Oct. 5
-Beef Daube w/ buttered noodles
- Chocolate amaretto cake

Friday, Oct. 7
- Stuffed mushrooms
- Barbecue ribs
- Cole slaw
- Baked potato
- Apple pie

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Staff and users celebrated the Tevatron's last beam - Sept. 30

From left: Leon Lederman, Nobel Laureate (1988 Physics) and former Director of Fermilab; Robert Mau, the former head of Fermilab Accelerator Operations; and Helen Edwards, the former head of the Accelerator Division, aborting colliding beams in the Tevatron for the last time. Photo: Marty Murphy, AD

Thousands of Fermilab staff members and scientific collaborators flooded Fermilab and watched remotely online from across the globe Friday to see the Tevatron power down one final time. Following the shutdown, everyone joined in to celebrate nearly three decades of scientific and technological achievements that have changed the way we understand the world.

“The Tevatron exceeded every expectation ever set for it,” said Fermilab Director Pier Oddone, as the 40-minute shutdown procedure began. “As of this moment, the two detectors, CDF and DZero, have recorded nearly 12 inverse femtobarns of data. The collider has reached peak luminosities of 4 x 1032 per centimeter squared per second, producing several million collisions per second. These numbers were considered totally impossible by scientists and engineers back in the eighties when the machine first came online.“

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Tona Kunz

Special Announcement

Carl Holmgren's retirement celebration - Oct. 4

Carl Holmgren, FESS JULIE coordinator and senior design drafter, is retiring on Oct. 7 after working at Fermilab for more than a decade.

There will be a luncheon to celebrate Holmgren's retirement at Olive Garden on Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 11:30 a.m. A farewell reception will also take place at Site 39 from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, please contact Diana Topalski at .

In the News

Scientists shut down historic part of Fermilab

From ABC, Sept. 30, 2011

Scientists at Batavia's Fermilab on Friday shut down a four-mile underground loop where they once staged high-speed collisions of protons. Click here to watch the video.


Help a former Fermilab Today intern live in a museum

David Mosher

The museum is closing in five minutes. Guards let a few stragglers out the front, locking the door behind them. The main lights shut off. Clicking footsteps echo through the hallways as employees scuttle for an exit. Yet one person is staying… or so he hopes.

Dave Mosher, a former science-writing intern at Fermilab Today, is one of six finalists in a contest to stay 30 days and 30 nights at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry (MSI).

“I didn’t see any option not to apply,” said Mosher. “As a science journalist, I’m very curious about exhibits and artifacts. I want to know everything about them. So it seems like a natural thing.”

After interning at Fermilab in 2006, Mosher finished his degree at Ohio State University. Recently he contributed to the Wired magazine website and worked as a freelance science journalist covering a NASA shuttle launch.

“I miss the buffalos, the zaniness, the weird sculptures, the giant obelisk,” Mosher said in recalling his life at Fermilab. “I really just enjoyed the mix of everything, including the ground-breaking science done there.”

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Brad Hooker

In the News

Tracking neutrinos

From NPR, Sept. 29, 2011

Roll over Einstein. Scientists clock neutrinos moving faster than the speed of light. If it’s true, it changes everything. We’ll track neutrinos.

E=mc2 is the one piece of physics everybody knows. Einstein’s special relativity theory. 1905. Says nothing can travel faster than the speed of light. It’s the basis, the bedrock, of modern physics. And last week, out of the big CERN facility in Europe, the stunning news that some speedy little neutrinos have been clocked traveling faster. Faster than the speed of light.

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Keith Schuh retires - Oct. 7

Keith Schuh

A retirement celebration for Keith Schuh will take place on Oct. 5 at noon in the Training Center.
It is $10 for refreshments. Please RSVP today if you plan to attend.

Keith Schuh knows electrical code and safety. In 1973, he did the wiring for the linear accelerator’s control room control systems. For the next 39 years, he has stayed at Fermilab working to make the laboratory as safe as possible. Schuh retires on Oct. 7.

“I really enjoyed working here,” Schuh said. “No matter where I was at the laboratory, it was always a lot of fun.”

From the Accelerator Division to CDF to Department Head of the Particle Physics Division(PPD) to ES&H, Schuh worked in a variety of positions at Fermilab. He was also involved with DOE’s Electrical Safety committee and the National Fire Protection Association, NFPA 70E Committee, for nearly 20 years. Three years ago Schuh became the quality assurance (QA) representative for PPD.

“We’re going to miss his expertise,” said Mike Lindgren, the head of PPD. “He formed and implemented PPD’s QA, and he’s done an excellent job. The procedures he created have been a real benefit to the division.”

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Ashley WennersHerron

Special Announcement

Extra pins, posters and t-shirts

The lapel pin handed out in celebration of the Tevatron’s achievements features the Fermilab logo and the cross section of the dipole magnets that steered particles around the four-mile ring.

Didn’t get a free pin and poster at the Tevatron celebration? Employees and users can stop by the Office of Communication, WH1E, to pick them up. T-shirts are available for purchase online.

In the News

Tevatron collider falls silent after 26 years of smash hits

From The Guardian, Sept. 30, 2011

At 8pm BST today in prairie land just outside Chicago, a feat that is unlikely to be repeated in my lifetime will occur for the last time: man-made collisions of high-energy protons and anti-protons.

The final collisions at Fermilab's Tevatron collider bring to an end an odyssey that began in Bob Wilson's (not the Arsenal goalkeeper's) mind as Elvis topped the charts with The Wonder of You; produced its first collisions to the accompaniment of Jennifer Rush warbling about The Power of Love; and discovered the top quark just as Celine Dion was advising the world to Think Twice.

The odyssey ends, 26 years after the first collisions, with the dual horror of the Higgs boson potentially being found to be a hoax and a bunch of teenagers who failed to win X Factor topping the charts. I don't know who is more upset: me, Elvis or Peter Higgs.

I have been working on the Collider Detector at Fermilab (CDF) experiment at the Tevatron since 1996 but I feel like a spring chicken. Many people have been working on the experiment since the early 1980s and a handful from a decade earlier, their allegiance lasting longing than most marriages. Indeed, several marriages have resulted from eyes meeting across a crowded CDF control room.

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Accelerator Update

Sept. 28-30

- Four stores provided ~44.75 hours of luminosity
- Operators rebooted the Main Injector low level RF system
- The next Meson FTBF experiment T-1012 began taking beam

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


Cyber bullying seminar - Oct. 6

Toastmaster & Survey - Oct. 6

School's day out - Oct. 7 and 10

Indoor soccer

International Folk Dancing Thursday evenings in Kuhn Barn

Scottish country dancing meets Tuesday evenings in Kuhn Village Barn

Weight Watchers at work

Accelerate to a Healthy Lifestyle Program continues

Athletic leagues: Outdoor soccer Tuesdays and Thursdays

Bowlers wanted for 2011/2012 bowling season

Open badminton

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