Monday, Oct. 24, 2011

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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

Tuesday, Oct. 25
3:30 p.m.

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Wilson Hall Cafe

Monday, Oct. 24

- Breakfast: Croissant sandwich
- French Quarter gumbo soup
- French dip w/ horseradish cream sauce
- Santa Fe pork stew
- Smart cuisine: Country-baked chicken
- Popcorn shrimp wrap
- Assorted sliced pizza
- Sweet 'n sour chicken w/ egg roll
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Wednesday, Oct. 26
- Margarita-braised chicken
- Green rice
- Pineapple upside down cake

Friday, Oct. 28
- Pear & walnut salad w/ parmesan straws
- Shrimp scampi w/ angel hair pasta
- Broccoli w/ red pepper butter
- Blueberry lemon crepe w/ custard sauce

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Special Announcement

Intensity Frontier workshop

From Nov. 30 to Dec. 2, DOE's Offices of High Energy and Nuclear Physics are co-sponsoring a workshop on Fundamental Physics at the Intensity Frontier in Rockville, Maryland. Fermilab scientists and users are encouraged to attend the workshop to share their views on the scientific opportunities and facilities necessary for a strong U.S. scientific program at the Intensity Frontier of particle physics.

The workshop is an opportunity for the particle and nuclear physics community to identify and expand upon the scientific potential of the Intensity Frontier. Starting in September, six working groups will study and begin to document the full spectrum of Intensity Frontier physics opportunities and identify the necessary facilities to execute such a program. The working groups—heavy quarks, charged leptons, neutrinos, photons, proton decay and nucleons, nuclei and atoms—will organize smaller topical meetings during October and November. The scientific community will have another chance to provide input at the workshop, which will conclude with the preliminary findings of the working groups.

More information and registration is available online.

In the News

SLAC software developer discusses physics simulation tool to make cancer therapy safer

From, Oct. 21, 2011

Tiny particles are making a big difference in the world of cancer therapy. And SLAC physicists—experts in particle transport—are using computer simulations to make those therapies safer.

At the Oct. 10 SLAC Colloquium, the lab's own Joseph Perl described how he and his colleagues are turning the simulation toolkit Geant4 into a powerful application for medical physicists. Originally designed to track subatomic particles in high-energy physics experiments, Geant4 can also map proton paths through patients' bodies during radiation treatment.

In radiation treatment, subatomic particles inflict DNA damage on dividing cells—both healthy and cancerous—causing them to commit suicide. The technique works because rapidly growing cancer cells are more likely to be dividing at any given time, and thus are more likely to be killed; but a smaller proportion of healthy cells are also susceptible to damage.

Minimizing collateral damage is a tough problem for medical physicists who design radiation treatments.

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Correction: Misattribution

In the Monday, Oct. 17, issue of Fermilab Today, an article on Bob Webber's retirement incorrectly attributed a quote to Steve Dixon of FESS. The quote was actually said by Roger Dixon, head of the Accelerator Division.

You can read the corrected article here.

In the News

Hints of new physics crop up at LHC

From Wired News, Oct. 20, 2011

Preliminary findings from CERN’s Large Hadron Collider may have uncovered experimental evidence for physics beyond the Standard Model. Data from the CMS experiment is showing significant excesses of particles known as leptons being created in triplets, a result that could be interpreted as evidence for a theory called supersymmetry.

The findings, presented during a talk Oct. 19 at a conference dedicated to LHC searches for new physics, have piqued the interest of some members of the field.

“This is clearly something to watch closely over the coming months,” physicist Matt Strassler wrote on his blog.

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Fermilab Historian Lillian Hoddeson wins APS prize

Lillian Hoddeson

Fermilab Historian and University of Illinois Professor of History Emeritus Lillian Hoddeson couldn’t believe the email at first. It said she was the recipient of the 2012 Abraham Pais Prize for History of Physics

“The people who have won this award in the past are my heroes,” Hoddeson said.

The American Physical Society (APS) awards the prize annually to someone who has made outstanding scholarly contributions in the field of the history of physics. The winner receives $10,000 and gives a lecture on the history of physics at the annual APS conference.

“It’s a great honor. I’m very happy to be recognized in this way for the work I’ve done,” Hoddeson said.

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Ashley WennersHerron

Photo of the Day

New employees - Oct. 3

From left: Nhan Tran, CMS; Alexis Barrett, WDRS; Andrea Pisoni, TD; Miroslaw Krynski, CD; Logan Rowe, AD; Daniele Alves, PPD; Soon Yung Jun, CD; Donato Passarelli, TD. Photo: Cindy Arnold

Correction: Proton therapy

In the Friday, Oct. 21, issue of Fermilab Today, an article on proton therapy incorrectly stated that eight centers exist in the U.S. Currently, there are nine in operation and at least seven under construction.

You can read the corrected article here.

Accelerator Update

Oct. 19-21

- Chiller #3 at CUB tripped off, causing the 55 LCW system to warm up and requiring the Linac to turn off some equipment
- Two Meson FTBF experiments received permission to take beam: T-1008 and T-1015
- A Main Injector Microwave Absorber rods dropped into the center of the beam pipe and blocked the beam

Read the Current Accelerator Update
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Lunch & Learn: How to save $$ on prescriptions - Oct. 25

Construction in Wilson Hall

Argentine tango classes - through Oct. 26

NALWO playgroup halloween party - Oct. 28

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

Halloween fun at SciTech - through Oct. 30

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

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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

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