Tuesday, April 2, 2013

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Tuesday, April 2

3:30 p.m.


Wednesday, April 3

3:30 p.m.

4 p.m.
Fermilab Colloquium - One West
Speaker: Mark Beeman, Northwestern University
Title: Insight in the Brain: The Cognitive and Neural Bases of Eureka Moments

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Tuesday, April 2

- Breakfast: All-American breakfast
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Press Release

High-school students get real-world advice at Fermilab

Students meet with STEM professionals at the Fermilab 2010 STEM Career Expo. Photo: Reidar Hahn

Batavia, IL - What does a scientist actually do all day? How difficult is it to be a mechanical engineer? What is the daily life of a computer technician really like? How much and what type of math is used in these types of careers?

On Wednesday, April 10, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., the U.S. Department of Energy's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory will offer high-school students a valuable opportunity to ask those questions in person. The annual Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Career Expo, held in the atrium of Wilson Hall, will put those students face to face with people actually doing the kinds of jobs they will be applying for in the coming years.

In addition to Fermilab scientists and engineers, the STEM Career Expo will feature professionals of several local companies and research organizations, on hand to explain what they do. But this is not a college or job fair and is not about recruiting, according to organizer Susan Dahl of the Fermilab Office of Education.

Rather, she said, this is a chance for students to talk one-on-one with professionals working in their fields of interest. The expo will also include five panel discussions on STEM-related topics, with an opportunity for students to ask questions.

"We hope students come away with a new view of the possibilities of finding careers in these fascinating fields and a more realistic idea of the individuals working in these very relevant and fascinating jobs," Dahl said.

The STEM Career Expo is free and open to all high-school students. The collaborative event is organized by the Fermilab Education Office and educators and career specialists from Kane and DuPage county schools. Sponsors include Fermilab Friends for Science Education, Batavia High School, Geneva Community High School and Northern Kane County Region EFE 110.

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Press Release

Explore the Wonders of Science at Fermilab on April 14

Members of Weird Science put on a fun, exciting science demonstration at the Fermilab 2012 Wonders of Science show. Photo: Reidar Hahn

If you have kids between the ages of 7 and 12, you know how hard it can be to get them excited about science from a textbook. Children need science to come to life before their eyes. They need to be wowed and to experience physical phenomena with eyes wide and jaws dropped.

That's the thinking behind the annual Wonders of Science show, which will again pack Ramsey Auditorium at the U.S. Department of Energy's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory on Sunday, April 14. The show, organized and performed by award-winning high-school teachers, is celebrating its 26th year at the lab. Tickets are $4 per person.

"This is one of our most exciting events every year," said Spencer Pasero, an education program leader at Fermilab. "Everyone has their favorite demonstration, but there's always something new and exciting to look forward to."

This year's theme is accelerators and will feature Weird Science, a group of current and retired high-school teachers who have been recognized locally and nationally for their abilities to engage young minds. Members of the troupe have appeared on the "Late Show with David Letterman," CBS News and "Inside Edition."

Weird Science includes Lee Marek of the University of Illinois at Chicago (formerly of Naperville North High School), Karl Craddock of Fremd High School in Palatine and Mike Heinz of Downers Grove North High School. Together, they will demonstrate eye-popping chemical and physical science experiments designed to be both fun and educational.

"We hope kids leave with the sense that science can be fun, and that not only can they enjoy it as an experience, but they also can do it," Pasero said.

The Wonders of Science show is intended for ages 7 to 12, and Scout troops are welcome. Each family will receive a science kit, which they can use to conduct their own experiments at home. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets may be ordered online at ed.fnal.gov/events/wos. For additional information, call 630-840-5588 or e-mail edreg@fnal.gov.

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In the News

DOE begins lab environmental assessment

From Black Hills Pioneer, March 30, 2013

LEAD — The Department of Energy has started an Environmental Assessment in Lead that will determine whether building a Long-Baseline Neutrino Experiment facility in Kirk Canyon will have significant effects on human health and the environment.

The study is standard procedure for major large-scale projects and is the starting point for a major surface laboratory in Lead. Scientists involved with the Long-Baseline Neutrino Experiment, which seeks to further study neutrinos and how they change form in transit, hope to build a $50 million surface laboratory in Kirk Canyon. Though LBNE scientists hope to eventually set up laboratory space 4,850 feet underground in the Sanford Lab, the surface facility will allow them to start studying neutrinos while they solicit international participation to make the underground facility possible.

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Director's Corner

A busy week

Fermilab Director
Pier Oddone

Last week went by like a flash with two important reviews taking place at the laboratory. The first was a one-of-a-kind review organized by Fermilab on how we manage projects—those both under way and in the planning stages—and what we can do to improve our practices in the very complex environment in which we operate. For this review, we were fortunate to have participating some outstanding folks who are very successful managers of large projects within the DOE system. They brought a wealth of experience and provided valuable advice on where we should focus, which will help us to deliver projects successfully.

The group recognized the progress we have made in transforming ourselves from a laboratory that mainly operated accelerators to one with multiple projects as required by the diversity of the Intensity Frontier we aspire to lead. More importantly we received a very important list of recommendations on the further steps we should take to move toward an excellent project management system and culture. Their report, when completed, will be required reading for all the folks involved in managing our projects at Fermilab.

The second review was with the annual FRA Physics Visiting Committee. This committee is appointed by the FRA Board of Directors to review our scientific program and to report to the FRA Board. It is part of the Board's responsibility to ensure that we deliver optimally on the contract between the DOE and FRA. The committee gathers members from across the community to look at all aspects of our scientific program.

This year's review was organized along the three frontiers and the roles that Fermilab plays in each. An important item of discussion was preparation for the Snowmass process, especially regarding the Intensity Frontier. The results were presented to the participants and management in a closeout presentation and will be followed by a written report, which we will discuss in detail and more broadly with our scientific staff. The chair of the review committee will present the results to the FRA Board in late April.

Director Oddone and Sandy walking the grounds of Site 29 yesterday.
Photo of the Day

Fermilab scientists emeritus

Fermilab's directorate hosted a lunch for the laboratory's scientists emeritus on March 22. Front row, from left: John Yoh, Bill Cooper, Lee Teng, Chuck Schmidt, Young-Kee Kim (directorate), Peter Cooper, Joe Lach, Alan Wehmann. Back row, from left: Roy Rubinstein (directorate), Dan Green, Chuck Brown, Peter Mazur, Hans Jostlein, Bill Bardeen, Alvin Tollestrup, Dick Carrigan, Dixon Bogert, Bruce Chrisman. Photo: Reidar Hahn
Construction Update

Above the ceiling at IARC

Pipes, duct work and electrical lines are currently being installed at IARC. Photo: Cindy Arnold

Above-ceiling mechanical, electrical and plumbing work is well under way inside the IARC OTE Building. Storm drains, sprinkler pipes, duct work, electrical lines and toilet room pipes can all be seen in this picture of the 3rd floor.

In the News

Brookhaven science associates names Doon Gibbs director of Brookhaven National Laboratory

From Brookhaven National Laboratory, March 29, 2013

UPTON, NY — The Board of Directors of Brookhaven Science Associates (BSA) today named Interim Laboratory Director Doon Gibbs as the next Director of Brookhaven National Laboratory, effective immediately. BSA manages and operates Brookhaven Lab for the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Science.

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Today's New Announcements

Indoor soccer

Digital certificate doctor-is-in booth - April 3

Web queries security changes - April 3

C2ST: Chemical Innovations: Molecular Modeling - April 3

Garden Club spring meeting - April 3

Hiring managers: submit summer personnel requisitions by April 12

The World According to Higgs - Chris Quigg - April 12

April - Fermilab Heartland Blood Drive - April 15-16

UChicago: Willy Wonka - movie and science demos - April 21

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

Reminder - FSA debit card PIN required

2013 Fermilab Heartland Blood Drives - upcoming dates

Martial arts class

Free Zumba trial classes

Walk 2 Run

International folk dancing meets Thursday evenings in Kuhn Barn

Monday golf league