Friday, Oct. 21, 2011

Have a safe day!

Friday, Oct. 21
3:30 p.m.
8 p.m.
Fermilab Lecture Series - Auditorium
Tickets: Required, but are at no charge
Speaker: Dr. Young-Kee Kim, Fermilab/University of Chicago
Title: The New Frontier on the Great Plains: Fermilab and the Future of Particle Physics

Monday, Oct. 24
2:30 p.m.
Particle Astrophysics Seminar - One West
Speaker: Godfrey Miller, University of Pennsylvania
Title: Spatially Covariant Theories of a Transverse, Traceless Graviton
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II
Special Topics: CDF Silicon Annealing Study; CDF Decommissioning – First Phase; T-1014 SciBath Test in the MINOS Underground Area

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

Upcoming conferences


Take Five

Weather Sunny

Extended Forecast
Weather at Fermilab

Current Security Status

Secon Level 3

Wilson Hall Cafe

Friday, Oct. 21

- Breakfast: Chorizo burrito
- New England clam chowder
- Carolina burger
- Tuna casserole
- Smart cuisine: Dijon meatballs over noodles
- Bistro chicken & provolone panini
- Assorted sliced pizza
- Carved top round of beef*

*carb-restricted alternative

Wilson Hall Cafe Menu
Chez Leon

Friday, Oct. 21

Wednesday, Oct. 26
- Margarita-braised chicken
- Green rice
- Pineapple upside down cake
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


Advancements in proton therapy cause for celebration

A fully commissioned and operational gantry room. Image courtesy of ProCure Proton Therapy Centers

The ProCure Center will host a tour and anniversary celebration Saturday, Oct. 22, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

In 1946, founding director Robert Wilson was one of the first to tout the benefits of proton therapy. The cancer treatment has since been lauded as a way to minimize damage to healthy tissue while focusing a finely calibrated beam directly on the tumor – an impossibility for radiation treatments based on X-rays or gamma rays. Yet protons were not used within a hospital facility until 1990 with Fermilab’s construction of a particle accelerator at Loma Linda University Medical Center. Since then, the industry has grown and the technology has evolved. Worldwide, 37 centers use proton therapy and more than 73,000 patients have been treated.

The ProCure facility in nearby Warrenville, Ill., one of only eight centers in the U.S., is completing its first year of proton therapy. The facility uses an accelerator called the Cyclotron to administer the proton therapy. One distinction that sets the Cyclotron apart from other accelerators is that the particles are sped up to just 230 MeV, an energy high enough to treat tumors as deep as 32 cm within a patient.

Read more

Brad Hooker

Photo of the Day

New employees - Sept. 20

From left: Brad Hooker, DIR; Ben Loer, Center for Particle Astrophysics; Briant Lawson, CD; Peter Luetkehans, FC. Photo: Cindy Arnold
From symmetry breaking

Accelerator soup: Scientists to mix elements in LHC to study recipe for heavy-ion collisions

Superman may have superpowers, but Batman has the ingenuity to be just as heroic with the help of gadgets. Scientists at CERN are channeling the Dark Knight to try to make their biggest gadget, the Large Hadron Collider, perform a feat that counters its very design principles but may give them a better understanding of the early universe. They’ll have about 40 hours total to make it work.

Instead of colliding two beams of protons or two beams of much heavier lead ions, as the LHC usually does, operators will try to collide one of each in the coming weeks. On October 31, they will test the process for 16 hours, and two weeks later they’ll get another 24. That’s all the time they decided they could take from the precious month of data-collecting they will give the experiments during the upcoming lead-lead run. If it works, a proton-lead ion research program could be in place for November 2012.

Read more

Amy Dusto

In the News

Collaborative physics: String theory finds a bench mate

From Nature, Oct. 19, 2011

The exotic theory of everything could shed light on the behaviour of real materials, thanks to an unexpected mathematical connection with condensed-matter physics.

"On one side," says Jan Zaanen, "you have this refined, almost other-worldly intellectual — the perfectionist obsessed with detail, barely interested in earthly pleasures. On the other, you have the loud, boisterous, sometimes aggressive, business-savvy character who knows how to get his hands dirty."

It might almost be a description of the misfit roommates known on stage, screen and television as The Odd Couple. But Zaanen, a condensed-matter physicist at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands, is actually describing the pairing of two groups of scientists:.

Read more

Special Announcement

Fermilab Lecture Series presents: Dr. Young-Kee Kim

Young-Kee Kim

Today, at 8 p.m., Fermilab Deputy Director Young-Kee Kim will give a lecture titled, "The New Frontier on the Great Plains: Fermilab and the Future of Particle Physics," in Ramsey Auditorium.

Particle physics is entering a rich new age of discovery. Thanks to powerful new scientific tools, deep and long-standing questions about matter, energy, space and time are closer than ever to being answered. Just as physicists in the early 20th century penetrated within the atom and discovered the quantum theory, an epochal event that created new sciences and enabled technologies that shape the modern world, this search for answers is expected to reveal something profound. As the nation’s primary particle physics user facility, Fermilab plans to provide the scientific community with powerful tools for cutting-edge experiments that offer possible discoveries at the Energy, Intensity and Cosmic Frontiers.

Read more


Gene Fisk retired - Oct. 7

Gene Fisk

Gene Fisk retired on Oct. 7, but he wants to see two Fermilab projects through to completion. The former DZero department deputy head and scientist out of the Experimental Physics Projects Detector R&D hopes to continue his research at the laboratory on a part-time emeritus basis.

The first is DZero, which he has been involved with since 1984. The second is a study looking at photon detection for the measurement of muons.

“We still have five years of data analysis, now that the Tevatron shut down,” Fisk said. “There certainly is stuff to do.”

Fisk left an academic career at Carnegie Mellon University to come work at Fermilab in 1972. Since then, he worked primarily with CDF and DZero.

Read more

Victoria Pierce


Latest Announcements

Halloween fun at SciTech - through Oct. 30

Construction in Wilson Hall

New Service Desk Brown Bags - today

Fermilab Lecture Series presents "The New Frontier on the Great Plains: Fermilab & The Future of Particle Physics" - today

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

Waltz workshop and dance - Oct. 22

Argentine tango classes - through Oct. 26

NALWO playgroup halloween party - Oct. 28

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

Fright Fest at Great America Discount

Joint Speaker Series - Nov. 17

New play about Edwin Hubble, Einstein and the expanding universe - Nov. 5, 12 & 19

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

Two complimentary movie tickets for gym membership renewals - through Nov. 11

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Predators discount

Winter basketball league

Indoor soccer

International Folk Dancing Thursday evenings in Kuhn Barn

Sam's Club announces membership offer for employees

Scottish country dancing meets Tuesday evenings in Kuhn Village Barn

Behavioral interviewing course - Dec. 7

Security, Privacy, Legal  |  Use of Cookies