Wednesday, May 29, 2013

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Wednesday, May 29

3:30 p.m.

4 p.m.
Fermilab Colloquium - One West
Speaker: Dan McKinsey, Yale University
Title: Light Collection in Liquid Noble Gases

Thursday, May 30

1:30 p.m.
LHC Physics Center Topic of the Week Seminar - WH11NE
Speaker: Markus Schulze, Argonne National Laboratory
Title: Associated Top Quark Pair Production: A New Era in Top Quark Physics

2 p.m.
Special Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: Daniel Bowring, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Title: Muon Ionization Cooling R&D: Using Materials Science Tools to Solve Accelerator Physics Problems

2:30 p.m.
Theoretical Physics Seminar (NOTE LOCATION) - WH3NE
Speaker: Patrick Draper, University of California, Santa Cruz
Title: Two Vacuum Vignettes

3:30 p.m.

4 p.m.
Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar (NOTE DATE, LOCATION) - Curia II
Speaker: Timofey Zolkin, Fermilab/University of Chicago
Title: A Model Ring with Exactly Solvable Nonlinear Motion

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Wilson Hall Cafe

Wednesday, May 29

- Breakfast: breakfast pizza
- Breakfast: ham, egg and cheese English muffin
- Carolina pulled-pork sandwich
- Smart cuisine: ancho chili barbecue beef
- Baja chicken enchilada casserole
- Italian antipasto panini
- Mumbo jumbo baked potato
- Texas-style chili
- Vegetarian harvest moon vegetable soup

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Chez Leon

Wednesday, May 29
- Fig- and chili-glazed pork tenderloin
- Whipped potatoes
- Steamed green beans
- Banana walnut upside-down cake

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Director Oddone receives honorary doctorate from IIT

Fermilab Director Pier Oddone received his Illinois Institute of Technology Honorary Doctor of Science diploma from IIT President John Anderson on May 17. Photo: Bonnie Robinson

On Saturday, May 17, Fermilab Director Pier Oddone received an Honorary Doctor of Science from the Illinois Institute of Technology. IIT awarded Oddone the degree for his "outstanding contributions to the advancement of high-energy physics and our national laboratories."

A multidisciplinary committee of faculty and administrative leaders selected Oddone for the honor. The honorary doctorate is the highest accolade IIT bestows to an individual for accomplishments in the technical, professional and humanitarian fields.

Photos of the Day

CDF detector moves out of collision hall

Earlier this month the Particle Physics Division began removing the CDF detector from the BZero collision hall to make way for a detector for the proposed ORKA experiment. Photo: Reidar Hahn
Removed from the detector hall, the CDF central detector now sits in the CDF assembly pit. Photo: Marty Murphy, AD
The hall seems empty—and yet not that empty—without the central detector. The rest of the detector will be disassembled at a later date. Photo: Marty Murphy, AD
University Profile

Wayne State University

Wayne State University

Detroit, Mich.

Green and gold



Eight faculty, three postdocs, 10 graduate students, many undergraduates, including REUs

A major emphasis is on the physics of the LHC: the CMS experiment and searches for new physics. The WSU group is a member of the CMS endcap muon collaboration. Recent experimental physics analyses concern searches for anomalous dilepton production due to quark and gluon substructure and new physics manifest in anomalous diboson couplings. The group contributed to heavy flavor analyses and Higgs searches at CDF. Notable contributions were made in charm mixing and rare decays. The theoretical work focuses on heavy flavor physics, especially rare effects in charm physics, and dark matter signals.

At Wayne State, there are close ties between the experimentalists and theorists. We have an active exchange of ideas that has aided a number of results in experiment and theory. This vitality benefits our graduate students. We serve a diverse undergraduate population from the metro Detroit region and offer research experience to enrich their education.


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In the News

Fermilab proposes project to study neutrinos

From Kane County Chronicle, May 24, 2013

FERMILAB—Fermilab scientists hope to learn more about the most abundant particles in the universe through a proposed project that would bring four new buildings to campus.

The public was invited to Fermilab on Thursday to learn more about the proposed Long-Baseline Neutrino Experiment project, which would send a beam of neutrinos—particles with almost no mass that pass through many types of matter—straight through the earth to South Dakota. Construction of the new buildings near Kirk and Giese roads in Batavia could be underway as soon as 2015.

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From the Accelerator Division


Roger Dixon

Roger Dixon, head of the Accelerator Division, wrote this column.

With this column I am closing the books on my last 10 years as Accelerator Division head. While I will be staying on in the position until my successor is fully on board, this is my final column for Fermilab Today. It has been quite a ride. For my entire tenure I've felt that nothing is beyond the capability of the Accelerator Division. The talent that resides in the division is phenomenal. It has often seemed that my primary job was to to give the reins to the stallion while providing some gentle nudges in one direction or another. The AD collider effort succeeded spectacularly, setting record after record for delivered luminosity, while the division simultaneously finished construction of NuMI, commissioned the high-energy neutrino beam, ran MiniBooNE, maintained the accelerator complex and carried out an accelerator R&D program.

When I arrived in my new position I was confident that we would soon be on the steeper part of the luminosity curve for the Tevatron collider. At the time I was quoted in a FermiNews article as saying, "We'll meet our goals and I hope go beyond them, and after a few years there will be some real heroes, and nobody will have much even noticed that I was here. If I'm successful." We were successful, but I failed to remain incognito. I received too much credit for the increasing luminosity. Fortunately, the real heroes, and there are many of them, have also been given some of the credit they deserved. My contribution was to approve and facilitate the positive improvements that clever AD personnel conceived. In other words, I allowed the good things to happen while a strong scientific, engineering and technical staff created and implemented them.

For more than a year the Accelerator Division has been engaged in upgrading the neutrino beam power for the NOvA experiment, beginning work for a strong program in muon physics and carrying accelerator R&D to the next level. The problems are different and very challenging as we move toward the Intensity Frontier. We have more projects than ever, and we have fewer people to work on them. Fortunately, AD people are as talented as ever, and I am confident that they will help create an exciting future for the laboratory. I have been doing this job for a long time, more than twice as long as anyone else ever has. It is clearly time for me to let someone younger and more limber than me ride the stallion toward the new frontier while I settle down on a rock to solve some old puzzles and tame some mountain goats.

Safety Update

ESH&Q weekly report, May 28

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

Find the full report here.

In the News

Travelling: Here, there and everywhere

From Nature, May 22, 2013

Ed Kearns did not travel much when he was younger. He grew up in Syracuse, New York, and in 1978 moved to Cambridge to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), then Harvard University. By then, he had been to California twice and Mexico once, and pretty much nowhere else. But as a graduate student studying physics, he began work on a project at Fermilab near Batavia, Illinois, which required stays of six to nine months in the Chicago area. As a postdoc, he joined the Monopole Astrophysics and Cosmic Ray Observatory at Gran Sasso National Laboratory in Abruzzo, Italy, and had to go there five or six times a year. "That sort of got me geared up for international travel being part of my work," he says.

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Today's New Announcements

Windows legacy print server, fermi-wprt, will be retired on June 3

Scottish country dancing meets Tuesday evenings in Ramsey Auditorium

International folk dancing cancelled May 30, then moves to Wilson Hall for the summer

Volunteer opportunity - Coat Drive 2013

Fermilab Family Outdoor Fair - June 9

Children's art show - June 21

DASTOW scheduled - June 21

46th Fermilab Users Meeting registration now open

Fermilab prairie quadrat study

Swim lessons for children

Water fitness at Fermi Pool

Martial arts class

10,000 Steps-A-Day enrollment

Outdoor soccer at the Village

English country dancing at Kuhn Barn

Raging Waves water park discount