Friday, April 5, 2013

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Friday, April 5

3:30 p.m.

4 p.m.
Joint Experimental-Theoretical Physics Seminar - One West
Speaker: Bill Morse, Brookhaven National Laboratory
Title: Past, Present and Future of the Muon g-2 Storage Ring

Saturday, April 6

Noon and 6 p.m.
Tornado and Severe Storm Seminar - Auditorium
Presented by Tom Skilling

Monday, April 8

2:30 p.m.
Particle Astrophysics Seminar - One West
Speaker: Eric Charles, SLAC
Title: The Fermi Large Area Telescope at Four and a Half: Astrophysics, Dark Matter Searches and the 130-GeV Line

3:30 p.m.


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Friday, April 5

- Breakfast: French bistro breakfast
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- Thai rice pilaf
- Sugar snap peas
- Pineapple upside-down cake

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From the Director Search Committee

Next steps in director search

Norm Augustine

The members of the Fermilab Director Search Committee have continued to be very busy, particularly over the last two months. At the time of my last update to the lab community in early February, we had narrowed the list of suggested names to about one dozen individuals whose candidacy we intended to pursue. In February we began contacting the individuals to further evaluate their credentials and determine their interest. After extensive committee discussions, we moved forward to perform a series of in-person interviews with qualified candidates.

On the basis of those interviews, references and discussions, we are now preparing our final report to be submitted to the FRA Board of Directors on May 1. As outlined in the charge to our committee, our report will include an unranked list of at least three candidates we deem most qualified for the position and the rationales for our findings.

On behalf of the full committee, I would once again like to send my thanks to the countless scientists and Fermilab staff members who have provided input and references and participated in open and honest discussion throughout the search process.

Norm Augustine, Chair,
Fermilab Director Search Committee


Engineering group to hold seminars at Fermilab

Engineer and IECD founder Anthony Fasano gives a presentation to engineers at a conference in 2012. Photo courtesy of Powerful Purpose Associates

A professional development organization for engineers is organizing a meet-up at Fermilab on April 26. It is open to all Fermilab engineers looking to enhance their careers.

The Institute for Engineering Career Development is holding the meet-up as an addition to its first conference in Chicago, which takes place April 26 to 27 and where members will attend career development workshops and informational sessions.

The group, started last year, has about 75 members nationwide. CEO and professional engineer Anthony Fasano founded the group with the goal of promoting professional development and career-building skills for engineers regardless of their field or trade.

The Fermilab meet-up will include seminars to develop career-enhancing skills and tools such as public speaking, obtaining professional licenses and earning a graduate degree, among other topics.

"IECD focuses on developing engineers' non-technical and leadership abilities," Fasano said. "We're mainly taught technical information at school and work, but you need different skill sets for transitioning to management or leadership roles."

IECD member and Fermilab engineer Maurice Ball said the group has helped him prioritize his professional goals.

"I can work on specific aspects of my career development and create a plan for where I want to be in five or ten years," Ball said.

Fermilab employees can join the meet-up day at no charge by registering on the IECD website. Employees interested in the Chicago conference may be eligible for a reduced fee.

Those interested in the group can go to the IECD home page for more information.

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Skilling to host weather seminar at Fermilab

From Kane County Chronicle, April 3, 2013

BATAVIA—While the cool spring has helped to hold off any severe weather in the area, WGN-TV meteorologist Tom Skilling said he is worried that could change in a hurry as temperatures start to warm up.

"This might come on rather vigorously when it gets going," Skilling said Wednesday. "And in fact the cool weather may actually contribute to strengthening jet streams that help produce these strong storms. My fear is that when this season gets going, it could be an active one because we've got a very active jet stream."

Skilling will host his 33rd annual tornado and severe weather seminar Saturday at Fermilab in Ramsey Auditorium. Two sessions will be presented, at noon and at 6 p.m.

WGN-TV will stream the entire seminar starting at noon on

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In the News

Naturalists restoring Illinois prairies with controlled burnings

From CBS Chicago, April 3, 2013

CHICAGO (CBS) — Plumes of smoke have been rising this week from prairies at Fermilab, the Morton Arboretum and other open spaces which naturalists are trying to keep open throughout the Chicago area.

Manager of Collections Chris Bachtel at the Morton Arboretum says fire was a natural part of life.

"The fire is part of the natural ecosystem of these things and that is why they call Illinois the prairie state, over 95 percent of the state was prairies where they would be burned periodically either by the Native Americans or by lightning starts," said Bachtel.

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Frontier Science Result: CMS

CMS observes particle X

In a large sample of proton-proton collisions resulting in muons and pions, a few thousand of them accumulate above the backgrounds with a mass of 3,872 MeV. This is the X(3872).

When the discovery of a new Higgs-like particle was announced last summer, it received a lot of well-deserved media attention. It is less widely known, however, that about a dozen new particles have been discovered in the past 10 years. Why all this lack of excitement? Unlike the Higgs boson, these other new particles are bound states of quarks: the same old particles in new combinations.

But they should not be so quickly dismissed. These new particles may be made of quarks, but most of them defy conventional explanations of how quarks fit together.

In the standard theory of quark interactions, quarks come in three types and can only bind together in ways that would result in an equal balance of these types. By analogy with the color wheel, they are called red, green and blue, and a particle like a proton is made of one red, one green and one blue quark, which mix to form white. Antiquarks are yellow, cyan and magenta. You can form a bound state from a yellow antiquark and a blue quark, for instance, since these colors are on opposite sides of the color wheel. See this "Physics in a Nutshell" for more.

Up to 2003, the only combinations of quarks and antiquarks that had ever been seen were red-green-blue particles, yellow-cyan-magenta antiparticles, and quark-antiquark pairs. Since then, a growing number of bound states have been discovered that do not fit this scheme. The first of these, discovered by the Belle experiment in Japan, was the X(3872), named "X" because we do not know what it is, and "3872" for its mass, measured in units of MeV.

The X(3872) and its companions might be the first examples of four-quark combinations, such as red-cyan-yellow-blue. These combinations are theoretically possible since they mix to form white, but they were not expected to be stable enough to be observed. The X(3872) in particular has a mass that is very close to the sum of two well-known bound states, D0 and D*0, so it might be a bound state of bound states. It has also been suggested that these new states are part-glueball hybrids.

In a recent experiment, CMS scientists observed the X(3872) with a strong signal (see the plot above) and measured several of its properties with higher precision than ever before. Far from the glare of the spotlight, these scientists are working to solve one of nature's underappreciated mysteries.

—Jim Pivarski

The 2011 X(3872) paper describes an analysis conducted primarily by physicists from non-U.S. institutions. These US CMS physicists contributed to an earlier version of the analysis. This earlier work was an important contribution to the result described here.
US LHCNet provides international connectivity between CERN and remote high-level computer centers in the United States, allowing the LHC data to be distributed, processed and analyzed at distant locations. In the United States, the main remote centers are at the Fermilab and Brookhaven laboratories, complemented by many university-based facilities. This network serves not only CMS, but the entire LHC community. These physicists, computing and network professionals are responsible for the reliable operation of this crucial component of the LHC program.
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Lilies in Wilson Hall atrium

Easter lilies currently adorn the atrium of Wilson Hall. Photo: Leticia Shaddix, PPD

Fermilab Singers concert - today

Cafeteria open this Saturday, April 6

English country dancing at Kuhn Barn Sunday afternoon - April 7

Hiring managers: submit summer personnel requisitions by April 12

The World According to Higgs - Chris Quigg - April 12

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

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