Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013

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Wednesday, Oct. 30

3:30 p.m.

4 p.m.
Fermilab Colloquium - One West
Speaker: Lance Cooley, Fermilab
Title: Superconductivity and the Environment: A Roadmap

Thursday, Oct. 31

11 a.m.
Intensity Frontier Seminar - WH8XO
Speaker: Edward Kearns, Boston University
Title: Proton Decay

2:30 p.m.
Theoretical Physics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: Sonia El Hedri, SLAC
Title: Bottom-Up Naturalness

3:30 p.m.

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Wednesday, Oct. 30

- Breakfast: breakfast casserole
- Breakfast: ham, egg and cheese English muffin
- Chicken cordon bleu sandwich
- Smart cuisine: beef stroganoff
- Roasted turkey
- Turkey bacon panini
- Blackened chicken alfredo
- Chunky broccoli cheese soup
- Texas-style chili
- Assorted calzones

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Wednesday, Oct. 30
- Chicken satay
- Jasmine rice
- Sauteed pea pods
- Coconut cake

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Diversity Champions reception for volunteers and their years of valuable efforts

These employees attended Fermilab's Diversity Champions employee volunteer recognition reception on Oct. 2. The Equal Opportunity & Diversity Office held the event to thank volunteers for their hard work over the years championing diversity within and outside of the lab. Photo: Jim Shultz

Fermilab's Equal Opportunity and Diversity Office recognized employee volunteers at a reception held on Wilson Hall's 15th floor on Oct. 2. The office, led by Equal Opportunity Manager Dianne Engram and Equal Opportunity Specialist Sandra Charles, hosted a reception for outstanding employee volunteers who have championed diversity initiatives and outreach on behalf of the laboratory over many years.

These "Diversity Champions" volunteer their time and expertise in a variety of ways. For example, they serve as mentors for students traditionally underrepresented in the sciences that come to Fermilab through pipeline programs such as SIST and TARGET.

"The 21 Diversity Champions have shown extraordinary willingness to share their time and expertise to encourage minority student performance, degree completion and career advancement in STEM fields," Charles said. "This kind of volunteer effort is often unacknowledged in other ways at the lab."

The reception was a way to give well-deserved formal recognition for these employees' time and effort, Engram said.

"We wanted to thank them in a very public, meaningful way for what they have done for the Equal Opportunity and Diversity Office time and time again," she said. "They have had an impact on students, other employees and potential future employees of the lab."

Engram added that diversity program initiatives and outreach activities empower and provide opportunities for employees and students from a variety of backgrounds and experiences and add value to the lab as a whole. The individuals honored at the reception represent the diverse people, work and departments at Fermilab.

"A lot of what we do in our office requires engagement of employees across the lab; we require skill-sets beyond our own," said Charles, who is also a member of the Employee Advisory Group. "Our neighbors look to us to serve as role models and champions of learning community-wide. This labels us as responsible and engaged corporate citizens."

Marie Herman, an administrative support assistant in the Technical Division, is honored to have been named a Diversity Champion. Herman introduced the Certified Administrative Professionals class to Fermilab, preparing and teaching the lab's first 18-week certification course to further administrative assistants' skills in the workplace.

"I try to reach out to administrative professionals, building managers and others who work behind the scenes," she said. "I want to ensure that they are given the same opportunities for education and professional development that are so prevalent for our scientists and technical staff."

Volunteers like Herman often come up with their own ideas; they see a need and think of a way they can help out. Charles and Engram hope that more awareness about the work that these champions do will encourage others to seek out volunteer opportunities. To get involved with program or outreach initiatives, contact Sandra Charles at x4574.

Sarah Witman

Press Release

You pick the winner in the Fermilab Arts and Lecture Series' second Physics Slam on Nov. 15

Last year's Physics Slam was such a rousing success that the Fermilab Arts and Lecture Series is doing it again.

On Nov. 15 at 8 p.m., five of Fermilab's best and brightest will duke it out in the Fermilab Arts and Lecture Series Physics Slam 2013. The event is similar to a poetry slam — each of the five physicists will get 10 minutes to explain a complex scientific concept to the audience in the most clear and entertaining way possible.

And just as in a poetry slam, the audience will decide the winner. The physicist who receives the loudest applause will walk away a champion.

This won't be your average physics lecture, however. The five slammers will be allowed to use any props they want and illuminate their chosen concepts with humor, songs or audience participation. Don't expect to see a lot of complex equations or diagrams. Do expect to have fun while learning about the science conducted at the Department of Energy's premier laboratory for particle physics.

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Accelerator Update

Accelerator update, Oct. 28

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

AD personnel installed a refurbished RF cavity and tested the accelerator. For the first time since the accelerator shutdown, they sent beam through Booster Neutrino Beamline in preparation for the startup of the MicroBooNE experiment in 2014.

Main Injector/NuMI
Between Oct. 21 and 28, the Main Injector provided 115 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 5.67 x 1018 protons on target.

AD personnel repaired and conditioned the MI-52B Septa system.

AD personnel, with assistance from the alignment group, continued work understanding and correcting the Recycler aperture restrictions.

AD personnel worked on extraction and beamline tuning.

Fixed-target area: Test Beam Facility
AD personnel worked on tuning beam for the experiments, which include a new experiment called T-1015, in the Fermilab Test Beam Facility.

Fixed-target area: SeaQuest
Experts will conduct NM1 polarity checks this week and continue vacuum leak checks in preparation for the startup of the SeaQuest experiment.

View the AD Operations Department schedule.

From the Business Services Section

History doesn't stop

Valerie Higgins
Adrienne Kolb

Valerie Higgins and Adrienne Kolb, archivists and historians, wrote this column.

The Fermilab History and Archives Project marches forward as we ponder the effects of national and global events on our daily priorities. Every day we are aware of Fermilab’s growing and ongoing history and the imperative of preserving our holdings. In observance of the Society of American Archivists’ American Archives Month in October 2013, Illinois archivists are encouraging the preservation of audio-visual records in all formats to keep them accessible and protect their content, so we are making plans to save Fermilab’s rich audio-visual documentation, back to its beginnings. Audio-visual materials can often be more effective than written documents in bringing history to life, which makes them an essential part of the documentation of any institution.

Capturing the imagery and significance of Fermilab, both its science and its site, has been part of the lab’s essence since its origins in 1967. Photographs, film, sound and video recordings, artwork, and now digital media have all played an important role in presenting Fermilab to the world. In the Fermilab History and Archives Project we strive to organize, preserve and make accessible the lab’s records for the future. Rapid technological changes present us with challenges and new opportunities as we seek to manage these collections. Such changes mean that old formats quickly become obsolete, and we are in the midst of ensuring the preservation of our existing holdings by converting them to current, stable formats. Currently we are converting film and video from the early days of Fermilab, some of which was once stored at Argonne National Laboratory, and digitizing some of our holdings to make them accessible online.

The Fermilab History and Archives Project’s extensive audio-visual holdings include hundreds of cassette tapes of interviews with Fermilab staff, film and video recordings of early talks at Fermilab, and many other materials. We constantly add to the collections by recording new interviews and collecting additional materials. For instance, we have recently acquired some of Fermilab artist-in-residence and graphic designer Angela Gonzales’ artwork, which documents Fermilab events and accomplishments in a unique way.

Please contact us if you have any materials that you think are of historical value so we can assess them.

Special Announcement

Save the date: Labwide party on Friday, Dec. 6

Celebrate the restart of Fermilab's accelerator complex with your colleagues. Join the labwide party on Friday, Dec. 6, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Wilson Hall.

Photo of the Day

CMS forward pixel detector

On a trip to the CMS detector at CERN this month, Fermilab's Greg Derylo, Burt Gonzalez and Wanda Newby performed delicate surgery on the CMS forward pixel detector to replace some pixel modules requiring maintenance. The FPix is used for precision particle tracking and mounts directly around the beam pipe in the heart of the detector. It was built at Fermilab's SiDet facility and has been temporarily removed while shutdown work at CMS is being performed. Photo: Bora Akgun, Rice University
Safety Update

ESH&Q weekly report, Oct. 29

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

An employee tripped on a stair step and hit the wall with his forearm. This incident is report-only.

Find the full report here.


Industrial Hygiene Award

A reader pointed out that the article about the Industrial Hygiene Award last week should also have credited the team at Argonne National Laboratory, which provided the starting point for Fermilab's IB4 facility. Fermilab Today congratulates all people involved in the work at this facility.

In the News

Physicists aim to make transition to quantum world visible

From R&D Magazine, Oct. 25, 2013

Theoretical physicist Frank Wilhelm-Mauch and his research team at Saarland Univ. have developed a mathematical model for a type of microscopic test lab that could provide new and deeper insight into the world of quantum particles. The new test system will enable the simultaneous study of one hundred light quanta (photons) and their complex quantum mechanical relationships ("quantum entanglement") — a far greater number than was previously possible.

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Deadline for Wilson Fellowship application - Nov. 1

Cafeteria will be open Nov. 2-3

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

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

Stars of Dance Chicago - Fermilab Arts Series - Nov. 9

CSADay 2013 training opportunities - Nov. 12

Physics Slam 2013 - Fermilab Arts & Lecture Series - Nov. 15

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Donate winter wear for Fermilab Coat Exchange

Lepton flavor violation course in lecture series

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Accelerate to a Healthy Lifestyle

Scottish country dancing returns to Kuhn Barn Tuesday evenings

International folk dancing returns to Kuhn Barn Thursday evenings

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey discounts