Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011

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Wednesday, Oct. 12
3:30 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 13
1:30 p.m.
Particle Astrophysics Seminar - One West
Speaker: Miguel Ramirez, Universidad Politecnica de Valencia
Title: Undersea Neutrino Telescopes ANTARES and KM3NeT
2:30 p.m.
Theoretical Physics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: Markus Luty, University of California, Davis
Title: Superconformal Technicolor and Partial Higgs Compositeness
3:30 p.m.

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Wednesday, Oct. 12

- Breakfast: English muffin sandwich
- Smart cuisine: Chicken noodle soup
- Steak sandwich
- Smart cuisine: Maple dijon salmon
- Smart cuisine: Mongolian beef
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Chez Leon

Wednesday, Oct. 12
- Roast pork w/ apples, cabbage & turnips
- Pumpkin pie w/ spiced cream

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Fermilab hosts congressional roundtable discussion

On Sept. 28, Fermilab hosted the U.S. House of Representatives Science, Space, and Technology Committee roundtable discussion on DOE's Underground Particle Physics Programs. Photo: Reidar Hahn

Editor’s note: The video of the meeting is available here.

Representatives Randy Hultgren and Judy Biggert met at Fermilab on Sept. 28 to lead a discussion about the future of underground science and the Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory (DUSEL).

Under increasing pressure to tighten the federal budget, the Congress members asked how world-class particle physics research could be maintained, while providing the best value for taxpayers.

“This program will bring major international participation to our shores and allow the U.S. to stay at the forefront of research in particle physics,” said Pier Oddone, director of Fermilab.

Oddone and others emphasized that the Long Baseline Neutrino Experiment (LBNE) will edge out a lead for the U.S. in the neutrino field, while taking advantage of the unique opportunity of having the perfect deep underground mine available in South Dakota. Oddone explained how LBNE will also create incentive for a new proton source, like Project X, which will effectively triple the power delivered to the experiment and keep Fermilab at the forefront of particle physics research.

“This is the optimum site for hosting neutrino and dark matter experiments,” said Kevin Lesko, the principal investigator of the DUSEL project.

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Brad Hooker


Zubao Qian retired - Oct. 7

Zubao Qian

Zubao Qian first came to Fermilab in 1981, but returned to China after a two-year project was completed. He came back to the radio frequency department of the Accelerator Division to stay in 1989 and has been here ever since. Qian retired on Oct. 7.

There were some cultural adjustments to life in the states. In China, where he was a faculty member at Beijing University, public transportation is prevalent, but in the United States everyone drives a car, he said.

“Socially, it’s a little bit different too,” he added.”In China, if you have a friend, you just stop by. Here you make an appointment.”

But many people at the laboratory helped him get used to life in the states.

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—Victoria Pierce

In the News

Physicists: If there is a God particle, we'll find it soon

From the TechNewsWorld, Oct. 10, 2011

Some of the world's foremost particle physicists say they're closing in on proving or disproving whether the Higgs boson exists, and they think they'll have an answer within 12 months. Clarifying whether the particle is real would help explain why some particles are massive and others are massless. The Higgs boson is also believed to have helped shaped the universe after the Big Bang almost 14 billion years ago.

The long search for the fabled Higgs boson may be drawing to its end.

Rolf Heuer, director-general of the European Organization for Nuclear Research, CERN, has reportedly stated that the particle's existence will either be proved or disproved within 12 months.

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From the Accelerator Physics Center

National asset

Vladimir Shiltsev

Vladimir Shiltsev, director of the Accelerator Physics Center, wrote this week’s column.

Just two weeks ago, several of our colleagues were given Exceptional Performance Recognition Awards. These awards are given once a year, and Director Pier Oddone personally delivers the awards in a ceremonial atmosphere. This year, a few of the recipients missed the ceremony, including Nikolai Mokhov of the Accelerator Physics Center who was on travel.

Nikolai Mokhov

Mokhov’s EPRA citation, listed below, is possibly the longest ever: “…For sustained substantial contributions through leadership in energy deposition studies for many machines and projects, including Tevatron, Booster, Main Injector, LHC/LARP, ILC, Muon Collider, mu2e, LBNE and for leadership of the Run II bent crystal collimation experiment T980.”

The award has been delivered separately, but I’d like to take a chance to congratulate Nikolai once more and say a few words on that occasion.

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Photo of the Day

Early-morning concrete work

On Oct. 4, the concrete laborers were up before the sun, continuing work on Wilson Hall. Photo: Randy Sales, FESS
Safety Update

ES&H weekly report, Oct. 11

This week's safety report, compiled by the Fermilab ES&H section, includes three incidents, none of which were recordable. An employee was stung twice by a wasp, and another employee struck his finger with a rubber mallet, but neither required first-aid treatment. A third employee required first-aid treatment after getting his hand caught between a crane attachment and a sign.

Find the full report here.

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Fermilab Lecture Series presents "The Rise of Free & Open Source Software" - Oct. 14

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Fermilab Arts Series presents Shangri-La Chinese Acrobats - Oct. 29

Fermilab Lecture Series presents "How Bacteria Talk to Each Other" - Nov. 11

Complimentary massages for health fair attendees - today

Complimentary movie tickets to health fair attendees - today

ProCure Proton Therapy Cancer Center cyclotron tour and open house - Oct. 22

Argentine tango classes - through October 26

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International Folk Dancing Thursday evenings in Kuhn Barn

Scottish country dancing meets Tuesday evenings in Kuhn Village Barn

Behavioral interviewing course - Dec. 7

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