Wednesday, March 20, 2013

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Wednesday, March 20

9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
LArTPC R&D Development Workshop - One West

3:30 p.m.


Thursday, March 21

9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
LArTPC R&D Development Workshop - One West

2:30 p.m.
Theoretical Physics Seminar (NOTE LOCATION) - WH3NW
Speaker: Ryan Gavin, Paul Scherrer Institute
Title: Squark Pair Production at Next-to-Leading Order

3:30 p.m.


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Wednesday, March 20

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- Traditional turkey dinner
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Wednesday, March 20
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- Cabbage salad
- Chocolate fondue

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From symmetry

A day in the life: Programmed for success

Former particle physicist John Mansour still creates analytic solutions—this time for retail clients. Photo: Reidar Hahn

John Mansour's professional life has zigged and zagged like a bright green line on an oscilloscope, always centered on a love of physics.

"As a kid, I was always reading about space travel and astronomy—couldn't get enough of it. So I pretty much knew I was going into physics from a very early age," Mansour says.

Now in his early 50s, he is vice president and leads the development team in the Advanced Solutions Group of Nielsen in Schaumburg, Ill.—not far from Fermilab, where he conducted his Ph.D. thesis experiment.

"When I was at Fermilab, 90 percent of my work was programming or building hardware," he says. "At Nielsen, our group writes a variety of custom programs to process and analyze large amounts of data for the consumer packaged-goods industry, mostly food and beverages. We get very challenging and interesting projects to work on, and the people I work with are smart and hardworking, very similar to Fermilab. So not much is really changed."

Mansour has made some adjustments over the years, however, including during his graduate studies at the University of Rochester, where he had intended to study optics. The first career turning point arrived when he crossed paths in the hall one day with University of Rochester Physics Professor Tom Ferbel.

"He asked me if I wanted to work with his team at Fermilab for the summer," Mansour says. "Well after that summer, I was hooked. I loved the work, the people and the environment."

Mansour joined Fermilab's E706, an experiment observing photons from quark-gluon interactions. With Ferbel as his advisor, he measured a major source of experimental background noise for his thesis.

Fellow Rochester and E706 grad student Nikos Varelas became a close friend, and the two still meet often to discuss physics news and life.

"The experience John had in high-energy physics provided a very good background to bridge the gap between statistical methodology, application development and analysis of business needs," says Varelas, now a physics professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. "And although he left physics 18 years ago, he is still keeping up with the developments and discoveries in the field."

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Heather Rock Woods

In the News

Berners-Lee wins £1 million engineering prize

From The Wall Street Journal, March 18, 2013

Tim Berners-Lee, founder of the World Wide Web, was one of five leading luminaries of the online world to share the inaugural Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering.

Mr. Berners-Lee was joined by Robert Kahn and Vinton Cerf, who wrote the underlying internet protocols, Marc Andreesen, who as a student wrote Mosaic, one of the first web browsers, and Louis Pouzin, whose early work was the foundation on which Mr. Cerf and Mr. Khan built.

The award was announced Monday at the Royal Academy of Engineering in London.

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In the News

New results on geo-neutrinos from Borexino at Gran Sasso Laboratory of INFN

From, March 12, 2013

Borexino is a liquid scintillator detector mainly built for solar neutrino searches. Due to its high level of radiopurity, a worldwide record, Borexino can also detect rare events such as electron-antineutrinos from the interior of the Earth, namely geo-neutrinos.

Geo-neutrinos are electron anti-neutrinos produced in beta decays of long-lived radioactive elements (40K, 238U and 232Th) in the Earth. Electron anti-neutrinos are detected by searching for their interactions on protons in massive organic liquid scintillators. These neutrinos have already been observed in underground laboratories by Borexino at Gran Sasso, Italy, and KamLAND in the Kamioka mine, Japan.

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At your service: human resources generalists

Kay Van Vreede

Kay Van Vreede, head of the Workforce Development and Resources Section, wrote this column.

When you have a human-resources-related question, issue or concern, Fermilab's HR generalists are available to help you quickly and effectively. They can coordinate assistance with HR specialty areas such as benefits, compensation and employment; they also help to implement and support HR services, policies and programs.

We have three HR generalists, and they are conveniently located across the laboratory. Jeff Artel serves the Computing Sector, BSS, ESH&Q, FESS and Finance; Heather Sidman covers the Accelerator Sector (including the Technical Division), 2nd-floor Directorate and WDRS; and Deanne Slapa handles the Particle Physics Sector, Visual Media Services and the Office of Communication. Jeff and Heather have been in their positions for about two years. Deanne recently joined the group after working as a Fermilab recruiter.

HR generalists are happy to answer questions about topics including retirement eligibility, leave of absence, pay policies, training courses, flexible spending accounts, signing up for the mothers' room, setting performance goals, resolving a conflict with a staff member and accommodating work restrictions.

I encourage you to visit the WDRS website for more information on HR generalists, including office hours and locations, and how to contact them.

2012 Flexible Spending Account reminder

Please note that claims for both Healthcare and Dependent Care Reimbursement accounts must be submitted to the plan administrator, PayFlex, by April 30, 2013. Questions? You can view an FSA PowerPoint presentation for more details.

Photo of the Day

After Muybridge

All hooves come off the ground as deer prance near Eola Road. Photo: Marty Murphy, AD
Safety Update

ESH&Q weekly report, March 19

This week's safety report, compiled by the Fermilab ESH&Q section, contains no incidents.

A previous claim-pending hearing loss case was determined to be occupational. A standard threshold shift is recordable.

Find the full report here.

Main Ring Road closed - today

C2ST: Investing in Innovation for the Future - March 21

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

School's Day Out camp - March 25-29

Nominations open for 2013 Tollestrup Postdoc Award - through April 1

Hiring managers: submit summer personnel requisitions by April 12

The World According to Higgs - Chris Quigg - April 12

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

Fermilab Management Practices courses available for registration

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International folk dancing meets Thursday evenings in Kuhn Barn

Scottish country dancing meets Tuesday evenings in Kuhn Barn

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