Wednesday, June 19, 2013

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Wednesday, June 19

1:30 p.m.
LHC Physics Center Topic of the Week Seminar - WH11NE
Speaker: Hooman Davoudiasl, Brookhaven National Laboratory
Title: Higgs Decays as a Window Into the Dark Sector

2:30 p.m.
Theoretical Physics Seminar (NOTE DATE, LOCATION) - WH3NE
Speaker: Kunal Kumar, Carleton University
Title: Learning What the Higgs is Mixed With

3:30 p.m.


Thursday, June 20


3:30 p.m.

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Wednesday, June 19

- Breakfast: breakfast pizza
- Breakfast: ham, egg and cheese English muffin
- Ranch house steak sandwich
- Smart cuisine: Thai peanut chicken
- Italian lasagna
- California club
- Chicken and bacon carbonara
- Texas-style chili
- Tomato florentine soup

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Chez Leon

Wednesday, June 19
- Spicy orange beef
- Cucumber salad
- Almond cake

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In Brief

Fermilab Users Executive Committee accepting nominations for next term

These are some of the members of the 2012-2013 Fermilab Users Executive Committee. The committee is now accepting nominations for the 2013-2014 term.

The Fermilab Users Executive Committee is currently accepting nominations for six new members. It encourages users from across the Fermilab community to stand for election to help ensure diverse representation at UEC. The elected members will serve for two-year terms. Please submit nominations using the nomination form. Forms should be delivered to the Users Office, MS 103, no later than June 28.

From the pool of nominations, six members will be elected to serve two-year terms.

The UEC looks after all aspects of user life at Fermilab. It helps users from outside the United States adjust to living in a new place and coordinates outreach efforts with the Fermilab offices of Communication and Education. The committee represents the Fermilab users community in an annual trip to Washington, D.C., advocating for support of the laboratory's scientific programs. It also organizes the annual Users Meeting at the laboratory.

Elections to UEC will be held in July, and the 2013-2014 term will begin in September.


COO Jack Anderson receives leadership award from Energy Facilities Contractors Group

Last week Fermilab Chief Operating Officer Jack Anderson received a Distinguished Leadership Award from the Energy Facilities Contractors Group. From left: Juan Alvarez, EFCOG vice chair; Pat Smith, EFCOG vice chair elect; Jack Anderson. Photo: Christine Frei, Longenecker & Associates

Last week the Energy Facilities Contractors Group bestowed Fermilab Chief Operating Officer Jack Anderson with a Distinguished Leadership Award. The award recognizes his outstanding leadership, devoted service and accomplishments as chair of the EFCOG Contractor Assurance Working Group.

EFCOG also recently announced election results for its Board of Directors. Anderson was elected to a three-year term.

The Energy Facility Contractors Group is a self-directed group of contractors of U.S. Department of Energy facilities. The purpose of the EFCOG is to promote excellence in all aspects of operation and management of DOE facilities in a safe, environmentally sound, secure, efficient and cost-effective manner through the ongoing exchange of information and corresponding improvement initiatives.

In the News

Behold the moving magnet — scientists taking giant device on 3,200-mile trip

From CNN, June 17, 2013

A 50-foot-wide, 15-ton magnet is about to set out on a 3,200-mile barge-and-truck tour down the East Coast of the United States, around Florida and up from the Gulf to Chicago before going to work to measure one of the smallest particles known to science.

Currently at the Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory in Long Island, New York, the massive particle storage ring is scheduled to travel to another DOE facility at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in the suburbs of Chicago, where scientists hope it will help more accurately measure the properties of subatomic particles called muons. The tiny particles exist for only 2.2 millionths of a second, according to a press release from the Brookhaven lab.

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In the News

New data supports 'cold' model of dark matter

From Red Orbit, June 13, 2013

Scientists continue the search to identify the nature of dark matter that seems to pervade the universe. Since by its very nature it does not interact well—or perhaps at all—with electromagnetic radiation, direct detection of this mysterious form of matter has proven elusive.

Despite this obstacle, astronomers have become convinced of its existence because of how it can be 'seen' to interact with normal, luminous matter. To begin closing in on an understanding of this mysterious substance, scientists from England, Taiwan and Japan have used the Prime Focus Camera (Suprime-Cam) aboard the Subaru Telescope to examine the distribution of dark matter in fifty galaxy clusters—the largest structures in the Universe.

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Fermilab's new modified work program

Kay Van Vreede

Kay Van Vreede, head of the Workforce Development and Resources Section, wrote this column.

WDRS is pleased to introduce the Fermilab Modified Work Program. This new program effectively formalizes past department-level efforts and assists employees who are temporarily restricted from performing their regularly assigned duties because of a temporary occupational or non-occupational illness or injury.

Regular full-time, regular part-time and term laboratory employees (including guest scientists) are eligible to participate in this program.

Program participants must provide a Return to Work Authorization form, completed by their personal health care providers, that sufficiently demonstrates that they are:

  • temporarily unable to perform one or more essential job duties following an occupational or non-occupational illness or injury and
  • capable of carrying out work of a lighter or modified nature from their regular duties and
  • expected to return to regular duties within 120 calendar days.

This program will ensure that employees can work safely within their temporary work restrictions. You are strongly encouraged to review the policy and interactive process maps.

HR generalists are available to answer questions and further explain the modified work program. Feel free to contact your generalist or Juanita Frazier at or x3793.

Photos of the Day

Prairie burn: before and after

Fermilab held one of its regularly scheduled prairie burns in March, the immediate aftermath of which is shown in the top photo. Only two months later, green grass has shot up in the burn area. Photo: Elliott McCrory, AD
Safety Update

ESH&Q weekly report, June 18

This week's safety report, compiled by the Fermilab ESH&Q section, contains three incidents.

An employee was splashed in the face with hydraulic fluid from a pin hole leak in a forklift hydraulic line. The employee received first-aid treatment.

While returning from repairing an exhaust fan, an employee driving off-road through 4-foot-high grass struck a concrete shaft with a steel cap. He was not injured.

An employee has a standard threshold shift in his right ear. The case is being investigated for work relatedness.

Find the full report here.


Attribution of magnet repairs in June 14 Accelerator Update

In Monday's Accelerator Update, the repairs of the LCW leaks in the Lambertson magnets in the Main Injector were attributed to the wrong group. Personnel from the Technical Division completed those repairs. Fermilab Today regrets the error. Work performed by Technical Division personnel—on this and many other tasks—has been essential to the Main Injector upgrade.


Today's New Announcements

Gypsy moth treatments at Fermilab

Closure on Main Ring Road - today

DASTOW scheduled for June 21

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

BuZheng Qigong & Tai Chi Easy begins June 24

Registration for FEMA assistance due July 9

Behavioral interviewing course scheduled for July 18

Summer intern Friday tours

Sitewide domestic water flushing

Volunteer opportunity - Coat Drive 2013

10K Steps participation drawing winner

Pool now open

Water fitness at Fermi Pool

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

Join the Tango Club

Raging Waves water park discount