Tuesday, April 16, 2013

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Tuesday, April 16

3:30 p.m.

4 p.m.
Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar - One West
Speaker: Gary Carinci, TMR Stainless
Title: Corrosion-Resistant Alloy Developments and Selection Criteria

Wednesday, April 17

2 p.m.
LHC Physics Center Topic of the Week Seminar - WH11NE
Speaker: Mayda Velasco, Northwestern University
Title: Search for the Higgs Boson in the Z Boson Plus a Photon Channel and Other Dilepton Plus Photon Topologies in pp Collisions Using the CMS Detector

3:30 p.m.

4 p.m.
Fermilab Colloquium - One West
Speaker: Mark Peters, Argonne National Laboratory
Title: Challenges and Opportunities for a Sustainable Nuclear Energy Future

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Tuesday, April 16

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Gregorio Bernardi re-elected as DZero co-spokesperson

Gregorio Bernardi

Recently the DZero collaboration re-elected physicist Gregorio Bernardi as co-spokesperson.

Bernardi, a scientist with the Laboratory of Nuclear Physics and High-Energy Physics (LPNHE) in Paris, was first elected as co-spokesperson in August 2011.

"It's a great honor to be re-elected," Bernardi said. "We can be proud of what we're doing and what we'll be doing in the next few years."

Bernardi's duties as co-spokesperson, serving alongside Fermilab physicist Dmitri Denisov, will include preserving the Tevatron's legacy by continuing to analyze Run II data and helping other DZero collaborators publish research papers over the next few years.

Scientists will continue to extract all relevant information from Tevatron data over the next two years, Bernardi said. The main focus will be producing results for quantum chromodynamics, electroweak physics, top quarks and B quarks, he said.

The collaboration will also focus on further constraining Higgs boson properties using precise measurements from Run II data.

"We'd really like to squeeze every drop of information out of this data over the next two years," Bernardi said.

The collaboration will also work to preserve data for researchers to access in the future.

Additionally, Bernardi and Denisov plan to focus on the future of fellow collaborators by helping them publish more than 60 academic research papers during the next few years.

"Gregorio has been deeply engaged in all areas of the experiment, from computing to data preservation, access and analysis," Denisov said. "He has a breadth of understanding and strong interest in DZero."

Bernardi first joined DZero as a scientist with LPNHE in 1999. Six other French physics institutes joined the collaboration that year.

"This re-election shows that Gregorio has been doing an excellent job as a co-spokesperson," Denisov said. "It shows that the collaboration trusts him."

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Photos of the Day

Return of the ospreys

About two weeks ago, a pair of ospreys returned to their Fermilab home near the Main Injector for the warmer months. Photo: Greg Vogel, AD
One of the pair holds its catch in its talon. Photo: Rich Bergquist, FESS
The pair are about to enjoy a meal at their nest atop their utility pole by the Main Injector. Photo: Ed Dijak, PPD
Another pair of ospreys flies over the lab grounds. This pair lives in a nesting platform above Nepese Marsh. The platform was built by Dave Shemanske, Roads and Grounds, and Tom Eggleston, BSS, in late 2011. Fermilab Natural Areas and the Roads and Grounds Department sponsored the platform's installation, performed by Thorne Electric of Carol Stream, Ill. The osprey pair adopted the nest as their home last fall. Photo: Marty Murphy, AD
In the News

Rocky Kolb appointed next dean of Division of the Physical Sciences

From UChicago News, April 11, 2013

Prof. Edward "Rocky" Kolb has been appointed dean of the Division of the Physical Sciences for a five-year term, President Robert J. Zimmer and Provost Thomas F. Rosenbaum announced. Kolb's appointment will take effect July 1.

Kolb is the Arthur Holly Compton Distinguished Service Professor of Astronomy & Astrophysics and the College and former Chair of Astronomy & Astrophysics. He is a member of the Enrico Fermi Institute and the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics. In 1983, Kolb was a founding leader of the Theoretical Astrophysics Group and in 2004 the founding Director of the Particle Astrophysics Center at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. He presently serves on the boards of the Giant Magellan Telescope and the Adler Planetarium.

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Director's Corner

Our first FY14 budget news

Fermilab Director
Pier Oddone

Before I talk about the laboratory budget, I want to express sympathy on behalf of our lab for the victims of yesterday's bombings and their families. Our thoughts are with them.

The President's Budget Request for FY2014 was unveiled last week. This is the first step in the annual federal budget cycle and gives us a good idea of what we can expect for next year's budget. The request contains essentially flat funding for our base scientific program, with a much-needed one-time allocation of funds for improvements to our utility systems. We have a momentous year ahead with the restart of our accelerator complex and the development and construction of many new projects. This budget, while constrained, allows us to make steady progress and improve the foundation for our future.

The best news in the President's Request is the one-time allocation of $35 million for badly needed work on some of our critical utility systems. This funding, part of the Science Laboratories Infrastructure program, would allow us to improve our high-voltage electrical and industrial cooling water systems. Core components of these systems are 40 years old, and this funding will allow us to bring them up to modern standards needed to support our lab's future programs.

The bulk of the lab's funding, which comes from the Office of High Energy Physics, would stay essentially flat from this year. The request for next year is $368 million, up slightly from the $366 million we expect to receive in FY2013. It includes funding for our Muon Campus—$35 million for Mu2e and $9 million for Muon g-2. The Office of Science has also put the Muon g-2 experiment forward as a new start in a year when they are granting that status to very few new construction projects.

The $10 million requests both for LBNE and for the operation of the Homestake mine are also flat from this year to next. We are making great progress in securing international partners for LBNE and will continue to do all we can to cement the future of LBNE as a flagship project for U.S. particle physics, including working with Congress to improve the funding situation.

I will discuss the budgetary outlook for Fermilab and the major projects and initiatives for the coming year in an all-hands meeting on Thursday, April 25, at 9:30 a.m. in Ramsey Auditorium. The meeting will be webcast. I hope many of you will attend, and I look forward to answering your questions. In the meantime, you can contact me by e-mailing staffquestions@fnal.gov.

Construction Update

Distribution box arrives at Cryomodule Test Facility

Project engineer Alex Martinez and designer Dave Richardson, both of the Accelerator Division, stand with the newly arrived CMTF distribution box. The distribution box consists of 18 control valves that tie the two CMTF cryoplants to the cryomodule test areas. Photo: Reidar Hahn

On April 5, Fermilab received shipment of the CMTF distribution box from PHPK Technologies of Columbus, Ohio. This delivery marks the successful collaboration of Fermilab with small business, made possible using funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Designed by the Accelerator Division Cryogenics Department, the 4-foot-diameter by 12-foot-long vessel is the heart of the cryogenic distribution system for the Cryomodule Test Facility, connecting the various cryoplant circuits to each of the cryomodule test stands.

In the News

Another dark matter sign from a Minnesota mine

From Nature, April 15, 2013

DENVER — More hints of dark matter have emerged from the Cryogenic Dark Matter Search (CDMS), which hunts for the theorized particles from the depths of a mine in Minnesota.

Eight silicon detectors recorded three events that may represent collisions from weakly interacting massive particles, or WIMPs. Physicists have found hints of the existence of WIMPs before, but they remain elusive. Two other possible detections from the CDMS search, reported in 2010, turned out to be indistinguishable from background collisions from other, non-WIMP, sources. The same may yet hold true for the new findings.

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Today's New Announcements

Lunch & Learn about Medicare - today

Fermilab Heartland Blood Drive - today

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

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

Engineering Group to hold seminars at Fermilab - April 26

Hubbard Street 2 Dance - Fermilab Arts Series - May 11

Fermilab-CERN Hadron Collider Physics Summer School open for applications

Reminder - FSA debit card PIN required

International folk dancing meets Thursday evenings in Kuhn Barn

Indoor soccer

Fermilab Golf League

Indian Creek Riding Club

Chicago Fire discount tickets