Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013

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Tuesday, Feb. 12

1:30 p.m.
Research Techniques Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: Ian T. Lawson, SNOLAB
Title: Low-Background Counting Techniques at SNOLAB

3:30 p.m.


Wednesday, Feb. 13

9 a.m.
HEPAP Facility Subpanel Face-to-Face Meeting - One West

3:30 p.m.

4 p.m.
Fermilab Colloquium (NOTE LOCATION) - Auditorium
Speaker: Klaus Kirch, Paul Scherrer Institute
Title: The Search for Permanent Electric Dipole Moments

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Tuesday, Feb. 12

- Breakfast: All-American breakfast
- Hearty beef barley
- Classic reuben sandwich
- Beef stew in a bread bowl
- Smart cuisine: Caribbean chicken skewers
- Grilled-chicken Caesar wrap
- Assorted pizza
- Mandarin pecan chicken salad

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Wednesday, Feb. 13
- Cheese fondue
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- Mixed-berry pie

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- Spinach and strawberry salad
- Lobster tail with champagne butter sauce
- Spaghetti squash with scallions
- Roasted broccoli with red pepper butter
- Chocolate pots de crème with fresh berries

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Special Announcement

HEPAP meeting to discuss major experiments - Feb. 13

On Wednesday, Feb. 13, the High Energy Physics Advisory Panel will hold an open meeting of its Facilities Subpanel, charged to evaluate the scientific importance and construction readiness of major HEP facilities for the next ten years. Projects to be evaluated have been invited to make very brief presentations and to respond to subpanel questions.

The meeting begins at 9 a.m. in One West. It will be accessible by remote teleconferencing connections, but not video. Members of the community are welcome to attend and are invited to register (for planning purposes) at the HEPAP Facility Subpanel meeting Web page.


Fermilab documentary offers inside look, available online

Fermilab "Science at Work" is a new documentary about life at the laboratory. The film is now on Fermilab's YouTube channel. Image: Sandbox Studio

When Clayton Brown and Monica Long Ross were commissioned to direct a new documentary about Fermilab, they had a couple of questions. The most important one, Ross said, was this: Should the movie be a standard informational video, or should it tell a story about the lab and its people?

Focus on the people and tell the story, said Judy Jackson, former head of the Office of Communication. And that's when Brown and Ross started getting excited about the idea.

The resulting film, shot over two years in and around the laboratory, is called "Fermilab: Science at Work." Over its 40 minutes, it follows nine of the laboratory's scientists, giving viewers an inside look at their work (and sometimes, home) lives. But that's not to say that the film skimps on the science. It features the installation of part of the MINERvA detector, the construction of the Dark Energy Camera and an animated look at the configuration of Fermilab's accelerator complex.

Above all, the film puts forth a passionate argument in favor of what Brown calls "curiosity-driven science." Finding the necessary funding for basic research is difficult, Brown said, but there's immense value there. As artists, he said, he and Ross could relate.

Brown and Ross are no strangers to the ongoing conversation about fundamental research. As partners in the Chicago-based 137 Films, they previously co-directed "The Atom Smashers," a 2008 PBS film documenting Fermilab's efforts to find the Higgs boson. They worked for four years on that film, shooting extensively at Fermilab, so they were already familiar with the lab when it came time to roll cameras on this new documentary.

"We did feel like Fermilab was home to us," Ross said. "We came in as insiders. We knew Fermilab, we understood it."

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Andre Salles

Photos of the Day

New displays in Wilson Hall

Diana Brandonisio and Kurt Riesselmann of the Office of Communication put the finishing touches on a new science display on the 15th floor of Wilson Hall. The display showcases current and future Fermilab science programs. It was designed, printed and installed by Visual Media Services. Photo: Reidar Hahn
The Office of Communication's Andre Salles stands next to the new kiosk of the Fermilab Photowalk winning photos. Photo: Reidar Hahn
From Interactions.org

Help choose the next iconic "Big Science" image

It's time to cast your vote for this year's Particle Physics Photowalk winner. Photo: 2010 Photowalk people's choice winning photo, Hans-Peter Hildebrandt

11 February 2013—Last September, hundreds of amateur and professional photographers streamed into particle physics laboratories around the world to produce thousands of photographs of state-of-the-art equipment, laboratories and people, in all their beauty and complexity. Now, the citizens of the world are invited to vote for their three favorites as part of the "people's choice" global photowalk competition.

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In the News

Getting hands-on with science at Fermilab open house

From the Daily Herald, Feb. 11, 2013

A few weeks ago, Nisha Shah, of Bartlett, had no idea the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory was practically in her backyard.

She learned about it from her 9-year-old son, Rajan, who saw Fermilab's Mr. Freeze do a liquid nitrogen demonstration at his school. It sparked his interest in science, and led the Shahs to Fermilab's family open house Sunday.

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Director's Corner

Fermilab's accelerator program

Fermilab Director
Pier Oddone

Last week our Accelerator Advisory Committee conducted a three-day review of Fermilab's accelerator program. The committee recognized the tremendous progress we have made since last year's review and provided valuable feedback on our future projects. We are fortunate to have an outstanding committee that brings together the expertise of many laboratories and universities to provide input on our extensive program. Below is a brief survey of many of the projects currently under way.

The Advanced Superconducting Test Accelerator is a proposed accelerator R&D facility that will be important for the development of future high-intensity and high-energy machines. ASTA's superconducting radio-frequency (SRF) linac and small associated ring would put to immediate use the considerable investment made in ILC components and SRF development at Fermilab. In addition to testing advanced accelerator concepts and revolutionary ideas in nonlinear rings, ASTA will be part of the suite of facilities associated with the Illinois Accelerator Research Center and its industrial development program. We are in the process of preparing a proposal to DOE for the ASTA facility, and the advisory committee provided extremely important advice on how to further strengthen the proposal.

The committee also reviewed the work we are doing to increase the intensity and expand the scope of our existing accelerator complex. The combination of the Proton Improvement Plan and the accelerator upgrades related to NOvA will double the flow of protons through our accelerators, greatly increasing the productivity of the Fermilab complex. We are also developing the Muon Campus, which will include the delivery of muon beams to the Muon g-2 and Mu2e experiments.

We are formulating plans for Project X, including the Project X Injector Experiment, which will reduce the project's principal technical risks by demonstrating the unique elements necessary to deliver continuous-wave beams with different time structures to different experiments. And for the very long term we lead the nation's activities on the Muon Accelerator Program to study the feasibility of a muon collider and neutrino factories.

Underpinning the development of future machines, we have technology programs to advance very high-field magnets and all aspects of SRF for accelerators. Both of these technologies will be put to good use as we play a central role in the LHC accelerator upgrades at the end of this decade.

With such an extensive program, the advice of an external committee is essential and invaluable. The broad perspective it brings helps us make the Fermilab accelerator program responsive to the needs of the scientific community. We very much appreciated the many long hours the committee invested in analyzing our program last week and its valuable input!

Construction Update

Outfitting continues in NOvA Near-Detector Cavern

Ventilation, cooling and electrical installation continues in the NOvA Cavern. Photo: Cindy Arnold

This week in the NOvA Cavern, subcontractors Prism Mechanical and Leyden Electric are installing the ventilation and cooling unit and continuing electrical hardware installation. The NOvA Cavern is to the left; the photo points downstream. One can also see the front of the MINERvA detector in the Detector Hall.

In the News

Fermi opens doors to community

From The Beacon-News, Feb. 10, 2013

Staff and scientists that work at the Fermilab in Batavia don't mince words when it comes to the passion they have for science and getting kids hooked on it.

"We absolutely think it's important that kids be exposed to science and that we begin to develop the next generation of scientists," said Spencer Pasero, education program leader at Fermilab.

A crowd that was expected to number anywhere from 1,500 to 2,000 kids from throughout the Chicago area as well as across the country got the full immersion experience Sunday as the U.S. Department of Energy's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory hosted its 7th annual Family Open House on from 1 to 5 p.m. Highlights included the ever popular "Mr. Freeze" demonstration as Jerry Zimmerman offered a chance for visitors to see the cooling effects of liquid nitrogen.

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Today's New Announcements

Housing Office now accepting onsite summer housing requests

Wheaton Sensory Garden Playground seminar - today

Fermilab Barnstormers Delta Dart Night - Feb. 13

No on-site prescription safety eyewear - Feb. 13

Internet edge routers upgrade - Feb. 14

School's Day Out - Feb. 18, March 1

Employee art show applications - due Feb. 20

Fermilab Lecture Series: Engineering Biology - Feb. 22

Fermilab Gallery Series: Dios no Choro (Brazilian flute and guitar)

URA Visiting Scholars Program deadline - Feb. 25

URA Thesis Award competition applications accepted until Mar. 1

Deadline for UChicago Tuition Remission Program - March 7

2013 FRA scholarship applications accepted until Apr. 1

Interpersonal Communication Skills course offered in May

Increased online access to scientific journals

Professional development courses

2013 standard mileage reimbursement rate

Scottish country dancing Tuesday evenings in Kuhn Barn

Employee discounts