Tuesday, June 11, 2013

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Tuesday, June 11

10:30 a.m.
Research Techniques Seminar (NOTE LOCATION) - WH8XO
Speaker: Bruce Baller, Fermilab
Title: Columnar Recombination in the ArgoNeuT LArTPC

Undergraduate Lecture Series - Curia II
Speaker: Maurice Ball, Fermilab
Title: Mechanical Engineering at Fermilab

3:30 p.m.

4 p.m.
Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar (NOTE LOCATION) - Curia II
Speaker: Jim Zagel and Randy Thurman-Keup, Fermilab
Title: Status of the New MI and RR Beam Profiling Measurement Devices

Wednesday, June 12

8 a.m.
46th Annual Users Meeting Registration - Auditorium Lobby

9 a.m.
46th Annual Users Meeting - Auditorium

3:30 p.m.

3:40 p.m.
The International Linear Collider: From Design to Reality - Auditorium


8 p.m.
Fermilab Lecture Series (NOTE DATE) - Auditorium
Speaker: Sean Carroll, California Institute of Technology
Title: Particles, Fields and The Future of Physics

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Wilson Hall Cafe

Tuesday, June 11

- Breakfast: All-American breakfast
- Breakfast: bacon, egg and cheese bagel
- Chopped-barbecue-pork sandwich
- Smart cuisine: honey dijon baked pork chops
- Chicken pot pie
- Gourmet chicken salad croissant
- Kiwi pecan chicken salad
- Chef's choice soup - Mexican lime chicken soup
- Assorted pizza by the slice

Wilson Hall Cafe menu

Chez Leon

Wednesday, June 12
- Northern Italian lasagna
- Caesar salad
- Tiramisu

Friday, June 14
- Corn blinis with smoked salmon and chive cream
- Medallions of beef with cabernet sauce
- Potatoes dauphinoise
- Steamed broccoli
- Strawberry mousse in chocolate cups

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In Brief

Users Meeting, ILC worldwide event, Oddone symposium - Wednesday and Thursday

Fermilab will be abuzz with a number of meetings taking place in Wilson Hall from June 12-13. For your convenience, here's a list of the events taking place at the laboratory this week.

Wednesday, June 12
8 a.m.
Registration for Users Meeting
Auditorium Lobby

9 a.m. to 3:40 p.m.
Users Meeting
Scientists discuss the laboratory's new physics results and future initiatives in the areas of collider, astroparticle, neutrino and accelerator physics.

3:40 to 5:40 p.m.
The International Linear Collider:
From Design to Reality

A series of talks on the ILC will focus on its physics, design and contributions to industry. The official handover of the ILC Technical Design Report concludes the program.

5:45 to 7:45 p.m.
FSPA poster session
The Fermilab Student and Postdoc Association displays posters submitted by early-career Fermilab scientists.

8 p.m.
Public lecture by Sean Carroll
Tickets: $7
Scientist, author, and Cal Tech professor Sean Carroll will give a talk titled "Particles, Fields and the Future of Physics" as part of the Fermilab Lecture Series.

9 to 11 p.m.
Festa Italiana
Kuhn Barn
A reception at Kuhn Barn, sponsored by the Fermilab Users Association and the Cultural Association of Italians at Fermilab, follows the evening's public lecture.

Thursday, June 13
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Users Meeting

4 to 5:50 p.m.
Director Pier Oddone Farewell Symposium
Presenters will give a series of fast-paced presentations that highlight Fermilab's many achievements and milestones during Pier's tenure as director.

6 to 7:30 p.m.
Director Farewell Reception
Join your fellow employees and users for refreshments, hors d'oeuvres and conversation.

In Brief

All Experimenters' Meetings resume weekly schedule

As of Monday, June 17, the All Experimenters' Meeting will resume its regular weekly schedule on Mondays at 4 p.m. in Curia II. These meetings took place monthly during the Fermilab accelerator complex shutdown. Now that the shutdown is nearing its conclusion, the meetings will return to their regular schedule.


Erene Noyola celebrates retirement on Friday

Erene Noyola

Few Fermilab employees can say they've worked at the laboratory for 40 years. Erene Noyola is one of them, having worked as an administrative support staff member in both the Accelerator and Technical divisions for almost 41 years. She celebrates her retirement this week.

Noyola came to Fermilab in 1972, working as a receptionist and secretary in an office directly across from the Main Control Room for the Accelerator Division. After working in the Radiation Physics Department in 1979 for two years, she moved once more back to the Accelerator Division. In 1981, she transferred to the Industrial Building complex to work for the Technical Division, then called Technical Support. She has worked for the Technical Division ever since, currently as an administrative assistant for the TD Magnet Systems Department under Gueorgui Velev.

Velev says her work is outstanding and that she will be missed.

"Erene is the best administrative assistant with whom I've ever worked," he said.

Having just wed on June 8, Noyola will move with her husband to Hernando, Miss. They will devote time to travel, and she'll dedicate some of her time doing what she loves—working on handmade crafts. The neighborhood children have already signed up for time to work on crafts and make delicious baked goods with her, Noyola said.

Noyola's last day at the laboratory is June 14. The Technical Division is hosting a cake-and-coffee reception for her on Thursday, June 13, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at Kuhn Barn. Please stop by to wish her well.


Rare event: Jerry Leibfritz achieves hole-in-one

Jerry Leibfritz

On June 4, at 5:50 p.m., Accelerator Division's Jerry Leibfritz was playing golf for his team in the Bliss Creek Golf League, which is made up of about 40 Fermilab employees or contractors.

An unremarkable round up to that point, Jerry walked up to the tee for the 151 yard, par 3, 6th hole. Playing about 125 yards that evening, Leibfritz selected his new Mizuno wedge and hit his Titleist ProV1 toward the hole. Landing short of the pin, the ball rolled into the hole for a hole-in-one.

According to US Hole In One Insurance, which insures hole-in-one contests, the chances of an amateur golfer making a hole in one on a par 3 hole are roughly 12,500 to 1.

Leibfritz has been golfing for many years. This was his first hole-in-one.

In the News

American particle physics at CERN and at home

From Physics Today, May 31, 2013

Thanks to Burton Richter for asking in this venue, "Should the US join CERN?" CERN is the preeminent institution in the world for the study of hadron collisions at very high energies and the exploration of physics on the electroweak scale. The extraordinary Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and its complement of superb detectors, which make possible a sweeping range of investigations, have already reaped their first immense reward—the discovery of the Higgs boson. Hundreds of other measurements and searches have been reported in the journals, and we have just begun to tap the LHC's potential. We can only guess what new wonders await when the center-of-momentum energy increases from 8 TeV toward the 14-TeV design energy and the number of events recorded grows by an order of magnitude.

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Director's Corner

Three frontiers, together, won't break

Fermilab Director
Pier Oddone

The success of "Abenomics" in Japan has made the legend of the three arrows known around the world. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has based his economic policies on three thrusts: monetary expansion, fiscal spending and structural reform. He calls this his three arrows program in reference to a sixteenth century legend from his family's region of the country. Any one of these thrusts would not right Japan's economy by itself and could be easily derailed. Together they have had a remarkable impact on the Japanese economy, apparently awakening it after a long slumber. There is even a line of lingerie with the "three arrows" and "Abenomics" theme that celebrates this awakening.

Why is this legend so appealing, and what is it? The legend tells the story of how the Daimyo Mori Motorani asked his three sons to snap an arrow, which each of them duly did. He then produced three more arrows and told the boys to snap all three at once. None of them could. One arrow, the father said, can easily be broken. Three arrows together, like a bundle of birch rods, cannot. It was a plea to work together for the good of the community.

While the three frontiers of particle physics probably won't achieve the level of public success that would launch a clothing line, we can learn much from Mori Motorani and Prime Minister Abe. Each of the frontiers, isolated from the others, is much weaker than as part of a whole. They all have soft spots, easy to attack without the support of the other frontiers. This strong interrelationship is represented by the overlap regions in the iconic image of the 2008 P5 report, where the most profound questions appear.

So why do we not talk only about one integrated field and its many lines of inquiry? The reason is simple. The three frontiers theme makes our field more comprehensible to the non-practitioner and help us explain the different kinds of experiments and facilities we use. It is the same with Abenomics—the three arrows are interrelated, but when speaking to the public it makes more sense to talk about three distinct thrusts. If you read the Congressional language praising the P5 exercise, you understand what a positive impact this approach has had. We risk destroying our supporters' positive view of the field if we argue that one frontier is more important than the others. We also forgo the richness that comes from their tight connections to each other. Three arrows or three frontiers, together, won't break!

Photos of the Day

Here to stay is a blue bird

This composite photo shows a blue bird munching away at a beetle. Photo: Marty Murphy, AD
After her meal, the bird perched prettily on a tree branch. Photo: Marty Murphy, AD
Construction Update

Fermilab takes beneficial occupancy of the LArTF

Two dewar vessels were moved from the Central Helium Liquefier to the Liquid Argon Test Facility. Photo: Cindy Arnold

Fermilab took beneficial occupancy of the Liquid-Argon Test Facility on May 15 from Whittaker Construction Company, contracted to construct the LArTF. A "punch list" of a few remaining items to complete was created, and Whittaker has been rapidly finishing those items. Now that beneficial occupancy is obtained, Fermilab has begun installing other items and equipment. One of the first items to be moved onto the LArTF site were two dewar vessels formerly used for liquid-nitrogen storage at the Central Helium Liquefier. As seen in this picture of the LArTF, the left dewar vessel will again be used for liquid-nitrogen storage, and the right vessel will be used for liquid-argon storage. The vessels fit perfectly on the tie-down bolts, which were part of the stands built by Whittaker.

In the News

Genomics and particle physics top the scientific charts

From Reuters, June 5, 2013

LONDON, June 5 (Reuters) - Genomics and particle physics—offering different perspectives on the fundamental nature of life and the cosmos—are the two hottest areas of scientific research.

Eight of the 21 most closely followed scientists in 2012 studied genes and their functions, while the single most-cited paper last year covered the hunt for the long-sought Higgs boson particle, according to a Thomson Reuters survey on Wednesday.

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Today's New Announcements

Festa Italiana - June 12

Heartland Blood Drive with Oberweis gift certificates - today

Scottish country dancing cancelled only this Tuesday, June 11

46th Fermilab Users Meeting registration now open

Lecture: Particles, Fields and the Future - Sean Carroll - June 12

DASTOW scheduled for June 21

Summer intern Friday tours

Help the environment! Attend Abri's Shred & Recycle event - June 22

Learn Drupal with Fox Valley Computing Professionals

Volunteer opportunity - Coat Drive 2013

Bible Exploration for Lunch League begins study of prophecies

Pool now open

Swim lessons for children

Water fitness at Fermi Pool

Weekly 10,000 Steps-a-Day prize winner

10,000 Steps-A-Day enrollment

Ultimate Frisbee Mondays and Wednesdays

Outdoor soccer at the Village

International folk dancing moves to Wilson Hall for summer

Scottish country dancing meets Tuesday evenings in Auditorium

English country dancing at Kuhn Barn

Join the Tango Club

Raging Waves water park discount