Monday, March 25, 2013

Have a safe day!

Monday, March 25

2:30 p.m.
Particle Astrophysics Seminar - One West
Speaker: Dan Hooper, Fermilab
Title: Gamma Rays from Dark Matter Annihilations in the Galactic Center and the Inner Galaxy

3:30 p.m.


Tuesday, March 26

3:30 p.m.

4 p.m.
Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar - One West
Speaker: Grigory M. Kazakevich, Muons Inc.
Title: A High-Power Magnetron Transmitter for Superconducting Intensity Frontier Linacs

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From symmetry

Research with flair at FameLab 2013

Young scientists presented their research in three entertaining minutes at this year's Swiss semifinal round of Famelab 2013, hosted by CERN. Photo: Julia Hoffman

"And now presenting our next contestant on Swiss Idol, Piotr Traczyk," said University of Michigan physicist and temporary Master of Ceremonies Steve Goldfarb.

A young man with long hair and with a red electric guitar slung across his shoulder strode across a stage in front of an audience gathered on March 16 at CERN laboratory, located on the border of Switzerland and France.

"Wait … This isn't Swiss Idol," Goldfarb said with mock chagrin. "This is FameLab! Can you talk about science?"

Traczyk displayed his guitar to the audience so they could see an ornate mosaic of puzzle pieces forming the image of the CMS detector pasted across its front.

"Well I happen to be a physicist, too," said Traczyk, a member of the CMS collaboration. "So I bet I can think of something to say."

FameLab, a blend of science fair and talent show, was launched in 2005 by Cheltenham Festivals in partnership with the UK's National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts, to find and nurture scientists and engineers with a knack for communicating science. Competitions are held in 20 countries across Europe, Asia, Africa and North America and so far have attracted more than 3800 researchers.

Traczyk, a Polish postdoctoral student at the University of California, Los Angeles, was one of 20 young researchers who participated in the Swiss semifinal round of FameLab 2013. He won second place with his talk, which used puzzle pieces to explain how scientists at the Large Hadron Collider search for missing bits of the Standard Model of particle physics.

The first-place winner, Divya Ail from the University of Zurich, used humor and props to explain how using Viagra can affect a person's vision.

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Kelly Izlar

Photo of the Day

Sheen, green and aquamarine

"Tractricious" is striking in cool colors. Photo: Steve Krave, TD
In the News

Congress completes work on 2013 spending bill

From Science, March 21, 2013

U.S. research agencies finally know what they have to spend for the rest of the 2013 fiscal year after Congress completed work today on a bill to fund the government through 30 September.

The heavy lifting was completed yesterday by the Senate, and this morning the House of Representatives accepted the Senate's version. The so-called continuing resolution modifies some of the more onerous aspects of the automatic budget cuts known as the sequester that went into effect earlier this month. But the spending bill retains the overall $85 billion reduction in a trillion-dollar budget that covers discretionary spending (which covers most science agencies).

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In the News

Micro black holes could form at lower-than-expected energies

From Physics World, March 15, 2013

New simulations of head-on collisions of particles travelling at nearly the speed of light show that black-hole formation can occur at lower collision energies than expected, according to a team of researchers in the US. The researchers attribute this to a "gravitational focusing effect" whereby the two colliding particles act like gravitational lenses, focusing the energy of the collision into two distinct light-trapping regions that eventually collapse into a single black hole. Although the work shows that black holes can form at lower collision energies than expected, the team says that the result has no impact on real particle collisions taking place at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN.

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Tip of the Week: Safety

Fermilab's e-cycling program, helping the environment

E-waste is stored in the Property Office warehouse before being recycled. Fermilab recycles 82,000 pounds of computers and other electronic equipment per year. Click image to enlarge. Photo: Scott Borton, BSS

Recycling at Fermilab involves much more than sorting paper, plastic or cans from the trash, especially when it comes to the lab's electronic waste. Electronic equipment often contains lead and other hazardous materials that can make traditional recycling methods difficult and costly. Fermilab's electronics recycling, or e-cycling, program ensures environmental safety and is economically beneficial to the lab.

Fermilab's electronics recycler, Acme Electronics Recycling Corporation, breaks equipment down into its original components and redistributes the laboratory's alkaline batteries to a battery processing facility. Plastics go to a plastic recycler and glass to a glass recycler.

"The specified recyclers can then sell the components as raw materials, and the excess is recycled completely—none of it ends up in a landfill," said Jack Kelly, manager of the Property and Inventory Control Department.

Fermilab's e-cycling contract is also economically beneficial as the lab receives a percentage for each pound of recycled equipment, which adds up given that the lab recycles 82,000 pounds of electronic waste per year. The contract with Acme Electronics Recycling Corporation also requires that the recycler be R2- (Responsible Recycling) or E-Steward-certified.

Argonne National Laboratory has also joined Fermilab's current e-cycling program.

"We store Argonne's material here and send it out for recycling because of storage restrictions currently at Argonne," Kelly said. "It's a win-win situation for Argonne" since its previous program was costly, he said.

Fermilab benefits from the consolidation of the programs because the recycler gives the lab a volume break. In addition, shipping costs go down: Since mail runs are already regularly made to Argonne, the electronics piggy-back on those shipments. Katie Kosirog, the recycling coordinator of ESH&Q's Environmental Protection Group, says that Business Services does an excellent job of making sure that all of Argonne's and Fermilab's electronics are recycled in an efficient and responsible manner.

"The first step in environmental stewardship when dealing with waste is to think of ways to reduce it by only purchasing products that you need and to look for greener products," Kosirog said. The second step is reuse, she said. Business Services has donated used computing equipment through the U.S. General Service Administration's Computers for Learning program.

"I'm proud of the electronics recycling program Fermilab has in place," Kosirog said. "Each employee involved has contributed to making this place more environmentally sustainable."

For more information on recycling, contact your D/S/C waste coordinator or see the Fermilab ESH&Q Environmental Officer Web page.

J.B. Dawson


New employees - March

The following regular employees started at Fermilab in March:

Nathan Colson, CCD; Ketino Kaadze, CMS Center; Patrick Lam, DO; Gregory Stonehocker, CCD.

Fermilab welcomes them to the laboratory.


Today's New Announcements

Certificate doctor-is-in booth - March 27

Road D closed - 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

Fermilab Arts Series: Barynya: Music & Dance of Russia - April 20

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

Reminder - FSA debit card PIN required

2013 Fermilab Heartland Blood Drives - upcoming dates

Fermilab Management Practices courses available for registration

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