Monday, Aug. 19, 2013

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Monday, Aug. 19


3:30 p.m.

4 p.m.
All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II

Tuesday, Aug. 20

2:30 p.m.
Theoretical Physics Seminar (NOTE DATE, LOCATION) - WH3NE
Speaker: Tong Li, Monash University, Melbourne
Title: Prove or Disprove Light MSSM Higgs at LHC

3:30 p.m.


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Wilson Hall Cafe

Monday, Aug. 19

- Breakfast: blueberry pancakes
- Breakfast: sausage, egg and cheese croissant
- Sloppy joe
- Smart cuisine: pasta primavera
- Pecan-crusted chicken breast
- Oven-roasted vegetable wrap
- Shrimp and crab scampi
- Vegetarian potato leek soup
- Texas-style chili

Wilson Hall Cafe menu

Chez Leon

Wednesday, Aug. 21
- Sundried tomato spiced shrimp
- Coconut-almond couscous
- Steamed broccoli
- Fresh lemon mousse

Friday, Aug. 23
- Crab cocktail with parmesan chip
- Bristro bouillabaisse
- Baby spinach salad with warm citrus bacon vinaigrette
- Berry-filled cinnamon crepes

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One minute with Cheryl Bentham, accommodations group leader

Cheryl Bentham works in the Fermilab Housing Office. Photo: Reidar Hahn

What is your job at Fermilab like?
It's varied. Today I've taken people's housing payments, and I've helped them get a bicycle to use while they're staying here. I work with the budgets for the Housing Office, and I handle the maintenance of all of our buildings. We have 92 dorm rooms and 64 houses and apartments on site, and we manage all of the maintenance, from putting on a new roof to cleaning the carpet to furnishing it—down to the pots and pans. It's very different from day to day, and that's what's so enjoyable.

How did you get involved with working here?
I've been here for 34 years. My father worked here, so I came here while I was still in high school and got put in the Housing Office. I decided I just really enjoyed dealing with the people and kept coming back until after I was done with college. Then I came here permanently.

What do you like so much about being here?
The people, by far. I enjoy the people I work with—they're a great group of people—but it's the users. I give them so much credit for coming here from other parts of the world and leaving their families behind, their cultures, their languages—everything that's familiar—to come here and delve into physics. And I learn so much from them. They are so willing and so open to sharing about their lives, what it's like for them back home, what kind of food they eat, their languages, their religions and all of it. And they're just great people. It's not a job. It really isn't.

What is the best part of your job?
I like that every day here is different. I also enjoy the campus atmosphere, talented personnel, state-of-the-art equipment and enormous resources to build almost any machine that the experimenters here can dream of.

What's one thing you like to do when you're not at work?
I love gardening and reading. I'm also involved in a ministry that helps people that are going through crisis. It's lay counseling. It is through my church, and we went through training. Then you meet one-on-one with a person for about an hour a week for as long as they need while they're going through something. It could be a divorce, could be a death in the family, they could be ill, trouble with a teenaged child, any of those things. And that's very rewarding also. I really enjoy the opportunity that people give you to be part of something really so difficult in their lives and that they would trust you enough to expose themselves and really open up.

Laura Dattaro

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Video of the Day

Relive the celebration: Muon
g-2 ring arrival at Fermilab

In case you missed all the excitement at Fermilab on July 26, here's a two-and-a-half-minute video recap of the Muon g-2 magnet ring's arrival at Fermilab, making its way across lab grounds. Thousands of people—employees, friends and neighbors—gathered at the laboratory to celebrate the conclusion of the ring's 3,200-mile land-and-sea journey from Brookhaven National Laboratory. View the video. Video: Fermilab
In the News

Milky Way galaxy is even lighter than thought

From New Scientist, Aug. 14, 2013

Our home galaxy has been weighed, and it is surprisingly lean. The latest gauge of the dark matter mass of the Milky Way suggests it weighs only a quarter to a third of the amount previously estimated.

This could explain the dearth of smaller galaxies buzzing around the Milky Way. But it also means we may live in a cosmic anomaly.

It is thought the first galaxies were born as normal matter coalesced around globs of dark matter, the invisible stuff thought to make up about 80 per cent of the matter in the universe. We can't see dark matter itself, but we can trace its effects in the motions of stars in modern galaxies.

Read more

Tip of the Week: Safety

Sign, sign, everywhere a sign

Even if you believe you know all about the potential hazards at a lab facility, please read posted warnings and instructions for your safety and the safety of others. Photo: Dave Hockin, ESH&Q

We have a lot of signs at Fermilab. The above photo is just one example: a single door displaying numerous signs referring to a particularly large variety of hazards. It's also an example of the measures we take to be responsible stewards of government property. The example may seem extreme, but all of the posted instructions are needed on this door. Because we often see the same signs and labels day after day, we do not always read them. Not reading or not following posted instructions is risky behavior, especially since situations can change—and change is a constant at Fermilab. During this time of transition in our scientific program and facilities, this is especially true, so it is vital to follow all instructions on signs and labels.

At Fermilab we have recently had several instances in which people chose not to abide by the instructions on posted signs or labels because they had "insider information" that the hazard addressed by the posting was not actually present. Some people have even been spotted moving barricades near restricted or construction areas with the idea that they could navigate around any danger they happened to encounter. In some of the situations, the hazards were indeed not present or easily avoided. However, many tragic accidents and chemical and radiological exposures occur around the world because an individual does not read a label or sign, or because someone, incorrectly assuming an activity to be safe, does not follow the associated instructions. We all know why we do not permit chemicals to be stored in unlabeled or incorrectly labeled containers. Similarly, the police will frown on someone who drives through a stop sign without stopping because, the driver claims, he did not see anyone coming and thus "knew it was safe." This approach is not likely to be very convincing to the officer writing the ticket!

Even if you think a posted hazard is not actually present, do not ignore the instructions. Doing so is unacceptably risky to yourself and others, and it also sets a very poor example. Read the signs and labels you encounter in your work. Doing this at home and in public settings will serve you well in those places, too. Adhere to signs, postings and labels for your safety and the safety of others.

Don Cossairt

Photo of the Day

Star trails

A relatively clear night with only mild fog last week provided a rare opportunity to photograph the night sky. Photo: Marty Murphy, AD
In the News

How CERN's Grid may place the power of the world's computers in your hands

From The Telegraph, Aug. 14, 2013

Scientists at CERN in Switzerland and in the US have been developing a new kind of computer system that is already being described as the successor to the World Wide Web.

Known as the Worldwide Grid, it would give users access to the computing power of all the machines connected to a network no matter where they are in the world.

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Today's New Announcements

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Walk 2 Run starts Aug. 22

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Earned Value Management course scheduled for Aug. 28, 29

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Zumba Fitness and Zumba Toning coming soon

Kyuki-Do martial arts

Scottish country dancing meets Tuesday evenings in Auditorium

International folk dancing in Auditorium for summer

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