Wednesday, March 13, 2013

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Wednesday, March 13

3:30 p.m.


Thursday, March 14

2:30 p.m.
Theoretical Physics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: Francesco D'Eramo, University of California, Berkeley
Title: Semi-Annihilation of Dark Matter in the Early Universe and Today

3:30 p.m.


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Wednesday, March 13

- Breakfast: crustless quiche casserole
- Cuban black bean soup
- Teriyaki chicken sandwich
- Seafood newburg
- Smart cuisine: braised beef with vegetables
- Grilled-veggie panini
- Assorted calzones
- Mandarin pecan chicken salad

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Wednesday, March 13
- Enchilada de mole with chicken
- Spanish rice
- Refried beans
- Lemon mousse

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- Mussels with white wine and thyme
- Grilled lamb chops
- Mushroom risotto
- Pear tart

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Fermilab Photography Club is worth a shot

Fermilab Photography Club member Denton Morris, AD, captures a prairie burn on Fermilab grounds. Photo: Gene Oleynik, SCD

It's not hard capturing beauty at Fermilab, especially if you carry a camera on you at all times.

Members of the Fermilab Photography Club have created avenues to do just that, said club founder Matthew Arena.

The group, comprising 47 members subscribed to an e-mail listserv, serves as an artistic avenue for many Fermilab employees who are skilled with a zoom lens. Arena, applications development and systems analyst who started at Fermilab in 1992, started the club in 2011 when he first had the idea to get in touch with other amateur photographers employed at Fermilab.

"I really just wanted to learn from others at the lab who already knew a lot about photography," Arena said.

The club organizes photo walks and informational workshops through an e-mail mailing list. Members have organized photography outings to Fermilab's tallgrass prairie and sites such as CDF and the Tevatron.

"Everything is ad hoc since a lot of members have their camera on them at all times," Arena said. "Anyone can organize an outing or photo walk."

The club is open to all skill levels, and members don't need to have expensive photography equipment to take part.

"Some members have DSLRs while others have point-and-shoot cameras," Arena said. "It's open to all people who just enjoy taking pictures."

Marty Murphy, accelerator operations specialist and long-time photographer, joined the club in 2011 and has since organized several photography outings and instructional sessions.

"I almost always see something worth photographing at Fermilab," Murphy said.

Those interested in joining the group can e-mail for more information or to subscribe to the mailing list. The group also maintains a Flickr gallery as well as a second website of images.

Sarah Khan

Fermilab Photography Club member Leticia Shaddix, PPD, took this close-up of a woodland flower in Big Woods.
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Illuminating Wilson Hall and Feynman Computing Center

An imposing Feynman Computing Center and a glinting Wilson Hall light up the nighttime laboratory grounds. Photo: Steve Krave, TD
University Profile

University of Texas at Austin

University of Texas at Austin

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Two faculty, two postdocs, four graduate students, one to two undergraduates

We have been focusing on studies of neutrino oscillations (MINOS), NuMI beam studies and rare decays of B mesons (BaBar at SLAC) and kaons (ORKA). MINOS ran with low-energy NuMI beam and has produced some of the most stringent constraints on neutrino mixing angles and mass splittings. Analysis involving all data sets using three-flavor phenomenology is currently under way. MINOS detectors will continue their operations in the medium-energy beam tuned for NOvA. The new experiment, called MINOS+, will collect large statistics of events to further constrain neutrino oscillations parameters and enable search for sensitive sterile neutrino and other exotic phenomena. In the near future, the Texas group will also participate in NOvA and MicroBooNE. All three experiments address the main questions of neutrino physics and involve some overlapping issues of neutrino interactions and transformations. On BaBar our focus was on rare processes sensitive to new physics through box and penguin diagrams. We have contributed to searches for B to γγ, b to s± and similar channels. We are also involved in a renewed effort to study the rare decay of K+ to π+νν. The new experiment ORKA aims to collect 1,000 events, which would offer unprecedented sensitivity for new physics.


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From the Particle Physics Division

Gearing up for summer

Mike Lindgren

Mike Lindgren, head of the Particle Physics Division, wrote this column.

At a lab like ours, we are driven by particle beams delivered to our world-leading experiments 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The past year—going without beams because of upgrades to the Fermilab accelerator complex—has been unusual. Yet PPD employees have been very busy: We've helped our colleagues of the Accelerator Division with their work in the tunnels, we've worked on the construction of the NOvA and MicroBooNE projects, and we've ramped up the preparations for the LBNE, Mu2e and Muon g-2 projects. I could write thousands of pages on these Intensity Frontier efforts as well as those at the Energy and Cosmic frontiers.

In this column I want to focus on our two newest experiments, NOvA and MicroBooNE, since both have hit important milestones recently.

The MicroBooNE project is a crucial component in our future plans for liquid-argon-based detectors. The project team, from universities and national labs, has been making tremendous progress this past year. Next month we expect to complete the construction of the building that will house the MicroBooNE detector, and the large vessel for the MicroBooNE cryostat, designed to house the experiment's time projection chamber, has just arrived. Our division has nurtured the development of the liquid-argon TPC technology in the United States, and MicroBooNE is an important component in our march to even larger, multi-kiloton detectors. The former DZero assembly building, where we are putting the MicroBooNE detector together before transporting it to the new building, will be humming through the summer.

The NOvA experiment is a technological marvel that will be a vital part for the Intensity Frontier program. Its construction is progressing at a tremendous pace. The crews in Ash River, Minn., have one third of the huge particle detector glued together and in place, and they are filling it with tanker after tanker of scintillating liquid. The first university-built custom electronics and Hamamatsu photodetectors have been installed, and the DAQ crew was able to record cosmic-ray tracks within hours. That's a tremendous achievement on the path to completing what we think will be the largest self-supporting plastic structure ever built.

The underground hall construction for the NOvA near detector on the Fermilab site has been flawless to date, and we expect to take occupancy of the hall soon. PPD technical teams have been busy preparing the east side of the former CDF assembly building to glue together near-detector blocks from modules made at the University of Minnesota factory. There, 250 students have been building the 12,000 modules that make up the experiment while earning money to pay for school.

There is nothing like the thrill of startup, and my colleagues and I can't wait to start running accelerator-based experiments again. And I'm pleased to know that when the beams return this summer, the NOvA experiment will be ready and start reading out several kilotons of particle detector.

Safety Update

ESH&Q weekly report, March 12

This week's safety report, compiled by the Fermilab ESH&Q section, contains two incidents.

An employee lacerated his finger on a sharp metal chip. Medical treatment makes this case recordable.

An employee slipped and fell in the parking lot, injuring his shoulder. Medical treatment makes this case recordable.

Find the full report here.
In the News

Congress plans broad outlines of FY 2014 budget

From FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News, March 11, 2013

One of the first steps in the annual federal budget process is the preparation of an overall framework to guide later congressional action on appropriations, revenues, and entitlements. This budget resolution includes about 20 categories of federal spending called budget functions.

This activity is undertaken by the House and Senate Budget Committees. Later this week these committees will start the preparation of their separate resolutions. The two resolutions will then be considered on the House and Senate floors.

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Today's New Announcements

School's Day Out camp - March 25-29

The World According to Higgs - Chris Quigg - April 12

Walk 2 Run - begins March 14

Abri Credit Union member appreciation - March 14

Healthcare spending account deadline - March 15

Fermilab Lecture Series: The Believers (documentary) - March 15

Employee Art Show reception - March 22

Job Descriptions and Employment class - March 22

Fermilab Arts & Lecture Series: ScrapArtsMusic - March 23

DOEGrids certificates to be decommissioned - March 23

Nominations open for 2013 Tollestrup Award - through April 1

Hiring managers: submit summer personnel requisitions by April 12

Writing for Results: E-mail and More - May 3

Fermilab Management Practices courses now available for registration

Scottish country dancing meets Tuesday evenings in Kuhn Barn

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