Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013

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Wednesday, Oct. 16

3:30 p.m.


Thursday, Oct. 17

11 a.m.
Academic Lecture Series - One West
Speaker: Robert Bernstein, Fermilab
Title: CLFV Searches in Other Systems and the Future

2:30 p.m.
Theoretical Physics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: Sam McDermott, University of Michigan
Title: Constraining Light Dark Matter with Diffuse X-Ray and Gamma-Ray Observations

3:30 p.m.

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Wilson Hall Cafe

Wednesday, Oct. 16

- Breakfast: breakfast strata
- Breakfast: ham, egg and cheese English muffin
- Grilled-chicken quesadilla
- Smart cuisine: herb and lemon fish
- Shepherd's pie
- Italian antipasto panino
- Pasta bar
- Texas-style chili
- Vegetarian harvest moon vegetable soup

Wilson Hall Cafe menu

Chez Leon

Wednesday, Oct. 16
- Spicy Italian lasagna (vegetarian option available on advance request)
- Caesar salad
- Fudgy banana cream pie

Friday, Oct. 18
- Lentil soup
- White fish with Moroccan spice marinade
- Couscous
- Moroccan vegetables
- Tangerine custard tart

Chez Leon menu
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In Brief

University of Chicago offers full undergrad scholarship to child of Fermilab employee

The University of Chicago announces the creation of the University of Chicago – Fermilab Scholarship for undergraduate study. This offer is in addition to the tuition remission program that is already available to children of Fermilab employees.

Beginning in the current application cycle, the University of Chicago will offer one full-tuition scholarship each year to the child of a regular, full-time employee of Fermilab. The scholarship will be renewable to the full-time student for four years as long as the recipient remains in good academic standing and as long as one parent is a full-time employee of Fermilab. The early-action application deadline is Nov. 1. The regular application deadline for the current cycle is Jan. 1, 2014.

To be eligible, students must be accepted for freshman admission to the University of Chicago and must be among the most qualified applicants from Fermilab families as judged by the Office of College Admissions. To apply, applicants should complete the Common Application and the University of Chicago supplement (supported on Firefox and Chrome). Students who wish to be considered for the scholarship will also be required to complete a verification form. The scholarship winner will be announced by April 1, 2014, and the offer of admission and the scholarship must be accepted or declined by May 1, 2014.

This is a merit-based scholarship and does not preclude the possibility of additional need-based financial assistance from the university. Read more information on need-based financial aid at the University of Chicago.

The University of Chicago will continue to offer tuition remission for eligible children of all regular full-time employees of Fermilab. For more information, visit the tuition remission program Web page.

If you have questions about the scholarship or would like additional information about admission to the University of Chicago, please contact Callie Brown, associate director of admissions, at or 773-702-5795.

In Brief

Former Fermilab postdoc Jason Steffen's airline boarding algorithm on WTTW

Tonight at 9 p.m., WTTW Channel 11 will broadcast the PBS science and technology show "Making Stuff: Faster," hosted by David Pogue, The New York Times' technology correspondent. The show will include a segment on the speed of airline boarding. Pogue will conduct an experiment with real people and a real airliner to test two algorithms. One of them was developed by former Fermilab postdoc Jason Steffen. He is now a fellow at Northwestern University.

Photo of the Day

Celestial snowflakes

This image, taken by the Dark Energy Camera, shows the many different types of galaxies we observe in the night sky. Read more in this Dark Energy Detectives post. Photo: Dark Energy Survey
Accelerator Update

Accelerator update, Oct. 14

Proton Source
AD personnel performed maintenance and tuning studies as needed.

Main Injector/NuMI
Between Oct. 7 and 14, the Main Injector provided 71 hours of proton beam to the NuMI target for the production of neutrinos for MINERvA, MINOS and NOvA. The machine delivered an integrated intensity of 3.00 x 1018 protons on target.

AD personnel installed the MI-104 ion profile monitor, repaired the MI-52B Septa system and removed and replaced bellows in the MI-307 area, along with other maintenance work.

AD personnel, with assistance from the alignment group, located and removed some of the Recycler aperture restrictions in the MI-30 area.

AD personnel worked on extraction and beamline tuning.

Fixed-target area: Test Beam Facility
AD personnel worked on tuning beam for the Meson Test experiments in the Fermilab Test Beam Facility.

Fixed-target area: SeaQuest
Experts installed magnets and connected instrumentation in preparation for the startup of the SeaQuest experiment later this month. They also performed G2 polarity tests.

View the AD Operations Department schedule.

In the News

After the Higgs boson: a preview of tomorrow's radical physics

From Discover, Oct. 11, 2013

I don't mean any disrespect when I say that the Higgs boson is yesterday's news. In some ways, that is the very definition of what qualifies something for a Nobel Prize: a discovery that has already established its lasting importance and shown the way toward deeper insights. The foundational papers by Peter Higgs and Francois Englert, his Nobel co-winner, were published in 1964 — nearly a half century ago. (Several other researchers also contributed to the work around this time, but are not recognized as part of this year's Nobel prize.)

By the time researchers found strong evidence of the Higgs boson in 2012 at the Large Hadron Collider, or LHC, almost all physicists expected that it would be there; the shock would have been not finding it. The Higgs boson was the last missing piece of the standard model of particle physics, a model so well accepted that it is formally known — seriously — as the Standard Model. As with groundbreaking discoveries in general, the most interesting thing now is where it will lead next. So I conferred with one of the most thoughtful and articulate particle physicists I know, Joseph Lykken of Fermilab.

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Thank you, Mike Becker

Jolie Macier

Jolie Macier, Site Services Department manager, wrote this column.

Science is Fermilab's mission, and everyone at the laboratory contributes to it at some level. Whether those of us in the support sections can explain the details or not, we know the scientific achievements are significant, exciting and meaningful.

Serving as stewards of a large laboratory site, whether maintaining facilities or managing the land, is our responsibility, but it is also something we are proud of. We all take pride in being America's particle physics laboratory.

FESS Roads and Grounds Manager Mike Becker has carried out that responsibility for nearly 40 years. Mike is planning to retire later this year, so it is a perfect time to publicly acknowledge his contributions to Fermilab, its employees and its scientific operations.

Our large, park-like site is a treasure to the region and, with its many diverse ecosystems, requires deliberate management. When visitors come to our site — even those from other laboratories — they inevitably remark on how beautiful the site is, how it doesn't feel industrial. That is no accident.

Mike has been at the center of efforts to manage the laboratory land responsibly. With the support of groups such as the Ecological Land Management Committee (and the Prairie Committee before it!), which advises the laboratory director about land management, Mike has perpetuated the notion of site stewardship that goes back to Fermilab's first director, Robert Wilson, who deliberately drew upon the expertise of Northeastern Illinois University professor Robert F. Betz to create a prairie on the Fermilab site in 1975.

Just over a week ago, we continued that effort by hosting approximately 200 volunteers at the annual prairie harvest, now in its 37th year. At that event, Mike helped coordinate activities, instructing groups of volunteers in the seed collection effort and stepping in wherever necessary.

Beyond Mike's efforts to enrich the laboratory's natural areas — through the volunteer harvests or advanced land management techniques such as prescribed burning — he has embodied the notion of stewardship in many Roads and Grounds activities.

Even the winter green-cone program is an example of Mike's stewardship contribution. The green traffic cones that mark restricted parking lots around the site help minimize fuel usage throughout the winter. Similarly, the site mowing efforts are planned to optimize labor effort and minimize fuel usage, with intervals planned so as to preserve wildlife habitats and minimize the growth of woody vegetation.

It's been 38 winters since August 1974, when Mike joined Fermilab. That's 1,583 inches of Chicago snow, six Fermilab directors and lots of baby bison. Thanks so much for all of your work, Mike!

Roads and Grounds Manager Mike Becker met with volunteers from the Batavia Women's Club at the Oct. 5 prairie harvest. Photo: Tricia Bethke, Fermilab Natural Areas
Safety Update

ESH&Q weekly report, Oct. 15

This week's safety report, compiled by the Fermilab ESH&Q Section, contains one incident.

An employee reported pain in his right wrist. The Fermilab Medical Office gave him restrictions on the tasks he could perform.

Find the full report here.

In the News

Speed limit found for sluggish dark matter

From New Scientist, Oct. 7, 2013

If particles of dark matter had never formed the clumps they are in today, they would scurry around space at no more than a sluggish 54 metres per second. The finding is one of the few known values for a characteristic of "cold dark matter", thought to be the most common type of the stuff in the universe.

Based on the motions of stars and galaxies, we know the universe is filled with more mass than we can see. Astronomers have calculated that this invisible dark matter makes up about 80 per cent of the universe's matter, and that today most of it is bunched up in huge haloes that surround galaxies.

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Fermilab public events and lectures canceled

Office of Science's Patricia Dehmer speaks at UChicago - Nov. 5

Heartland Fermilab walk-in blood drive - Nov. 5 and 6

Lepton flavor violation course in lecture series

Donate winter wear for Fermilab Coat Exchange

New wireless guest network service now available

CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics is online

SPIE digital library online trial at Fermilab

Money just got cheaper

Accelerate to a Healthy Lifestyle

Indoor soccer on Tuesdays and Thursdays

Basketball open gym on Wednesdays

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey discounts