Monday, Nov. 25, 2013

Have a safe day!

Monday, Nov. 25

2:30 p.m.
Particle Astrophysics Seminar - WH6W
Speaker: Chris Tully, Princeton University
Title: Challenges of Relic Neutrino Detection and the Status of the PTOLEMY Experiment

3:30 p.m.

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

Tuesday, Nov. 26

3:30 p.m.


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Full house for Fermilab's 2013 Physics Slam

Physics slammers entertained a packed house in Ramsey Auditorium at Fermilab's second physics slam. From left: Don Lincoln, Tia Miceli, Hugh Lippincott, Chris Polly, Brian Nord. Photo: Reidar Hahn

Picture it. It's Friday evening, 8 p.m., and more than 800 people — many of them under the age of 20 — have trekked out to a particle physics laboratory to learn about science. They're as excited as a bunch of football fans before a Bears game.

That was the scene on Nov. 15 as Fermilab's Arts and Lecture Series presented its second annual Physics Slam to a packed house in Ramsey Auditorium. A physics slam is more than just a science talk: It's a competition between communicators.

Each of five contestants was given 10 minutes to discuss a topic in physics. The catch: They had to make it as exciting and enjoyable as possible. Contestants could use props, music, video — anything they chose. The five physicists took that to heart.

Don Lincoln kicked off the show by entering to Gary Glitter's "Rock and Roll Part 2," getting the audience to clap along. His presentation focused on the CMS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider and the discovery of the Higgs boson.

Tia Miceli, a postdoc on the MicroBooNE experiment, delved into the "Case Files of the Neutrino" in the guise of an old-time detective.

Hugh Lippincott, postdoc on the COUPP experiment, discussed the search for dark matter, with an audience participation twist. He brought a young volunteer onto the stage and asked her to find one person in the audience, using stricter and stricter criteria, the way dark-matter experiments narrow the hunt for the elusive particles.

Chris Polly, project manager of the Muon g-2 experiment, wowed the crowd with tales of moving a giant magnet from New York and related the short-lived, gyrating particle it will study to Elvis Presley.

Finally, Brian Nord, postdoc on the Dark Energy Survey, presented an elaborate parody of "The Colbert Report," taking on the persona of a newscaster from the year 3031 railing against dark energy and its expansion of the universe.

The winner was determined by audience applause. Fermilab Director Nigel Lockyer presented to Miceli the top prize: a copy of "The Physics of Superheroes," by James Kakalios, who will give a talk of the same title at Fermilab on Dec. 6. After the show, a tabulation error was discovered, and Nord, who attained the highest score, was also awarded a championship certificate.

As it was last year, the 2013 Physics Slam was hosted by Chris Miller, speech professor at the College of DuPage. Miller opened the show with words of praise for the young people in the audience.

"Young people under 18, I'm telling you right now, you're going to save my planet. You're going to explain human existence. You're here at Fermilab at 8 o'clock on a Friday night. You're going to save the world. That's something amazing, and I don't want you to forget that," Miller said.

Watch the video of the 2013 Physics Slam.

Andre Salles

Photo of the Day

Nigel Lockyer visits CMS

Fermilab Director Nigel Lockyer visited CERN on Nov. 21 to participate in the European Committee for Future Accelerators meeting. After taking a tour of the CMS detector and the LHC tunnel, Lockyer met with Fermilab employees and CERN staff. From left: CMS Deputy Spokesperson Tiziano Camporesi of CERN, Lockyer, CMS Technical Coordinator Austin Ball of CERN. Photo: Sarah Charley
Special Announcement

Labwide party - Dec. 6 in Wilson Hall atrium

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.

In the News

Super Computing 13: GPUs would make terrific network monitors

From Network World, Nov. 21, 2013

IDG News Service — A network researcher at the U.S. Department of Energy's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory has found a potential new use for graphics processing units — capturing data about network traffic in real time.

GPU-based network monitors could be uniquely qualified to keep pace with all the traffic flowing through networks running at 10Gbps (gigabits per second) or more, said Fermilab's Wenji Wu.

Wenji presented his work as part of a poster series of new research at the SC 2013 supercomputing conference this week in Denver.

Read more

In the News

IceCube finds cosmic neutrinos at the South Pole

From Physics World, Nov. 21, 2013

An enormous "telescope" buried deep under the ice of Antarctica has made the first observation of cosmic neutrinos. The international collaboration operating the IceCube laboratory says that the detection of these chargeless, almost massless and very high-energy particles marks the beginning of a new era in astronomy in which electromagnetic radiation is no longer the only means we have for probing the distant universe.

Read more

Tip of the Week:
Ecology and Environment

Return of the savanna

Savannas are characterized by widely spaced trees, mostly oaks. The savanna in the Tevatron ring is dominated by reed canary grass, soon to be replaced by dozens of native flowering species common in natural savannas. Photo: Ryan Campbell, FESS

In 1975, with the creation of a few acres of restored prairie, Fermilab became a center for ecological renewal and conservation. Nearly 40 years later, a network of volunteers and dedicated ecologists remains committed to preserving rare plant communities and the rich biodiversity they support. Since 2006, Fermilab Natural Areas (FNA), a not-for-profit corporation based at Fermilab, has been engaged in restoring one of the most endangered habitats in the Midwest — oak savanna.

The Fermilab campus is blessed with several acres of remnant savannas, most of which are degraded to some level. Since the beginning of FNA, its keystone project has been the restoration of the 35-acre oak savanna remnant in the center of the Tevatron ring. Over one third of the area of the savanna remnant has been choked with unwanted species of brush and trees. Beginning in 2012, funding obtained by FNA from The DuPage Community Foundation and The Weist Foundation was used in the spring of 2012 to begin clearing the savanna of tree species not characteristic of oak savanna, such as cherry, basswood, maple and elm.

Last year, an additional grant of $2,000 from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Preservation Fund enabled contractors to make significant progress in eradicating reed canary grass, a non-native invasive species that displaces the native species that were common to the savannas more than 200 years ago. The next phases of this restoration will incorporate prescribed burning, enrichment of the plant community by reintroducing savanna-adapted species and monitoring to see whether the savanna community is flourishing.

As an example, bird monitoring takes place within the savanna throughout the year. More than 40 species of birds have been observed using it, and the hope is that the numbers of rare species that use savannas, such as the red-headed woodpecker, will discover this site and return to use it. Other species, including mammals, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates, will eventually find their way here to use this restored habitat.

Rod Walton


Employees receive degrees through Fermilab Tuition Assistance Program

Fermilab supports the continuous educational development of employees through the Tuition Assistance Program.

Three Fermilab employees recently received degrees through the Fermilab Tuition Assistance Program. They are, from left: Jose De La O, PPD/ESH&Q, associate degree in liberal studies; Charles Grimm, TD, Bachelor of Science in industrial management and technology; Katie Kosirog, ESH&Q, Master of Science in environmental management and sustainability.

Special Announcement

Wilson Street entrance closed beginning Dec. 2

The Wilson Street entrance to the Fermilab site will be closed starting Monday, Dec. 2, because of road and access improvements. The site entrance is tentatively scheduled to reopen on Dec. 16, weather permitting. Truck deliveries and employees will be rerouted to the Pine Street entrance. See this map to view the detour route.


New employees - November

The following regular employees started at Fermilab in November:

Farha Bhimji, CCD; Bradford Benson, PPD; Ian Hoppie, ESH&Q; Benjamin Kreis, CMS Center.

Fermilab welcomes them to the laboratory.


Attribution of NOvA article

In Friday's article on NOvA data management, we incorrectly identified the affiliation of coauthor Gavin Davies as Imperial College London. Davies is a postdoc at Iowa State University. The updated article is here. Fermilab Today regrets the error.


Today's New Announcements

Accelerator berm stairway closed at CDF

Wilson Street entrance closed starting Dec. 2

Users Office moves to Mezzanine - Dec. 2-6

English country dancing at Kuhn Village Barn - Dec. 1

Argonne-Fermilab-UChicago event: Clean Energy 2030 - Dec. 4

LabVIEW seminars offered Dec. 5

Labwide party - Dec. 6

Fermilab Family Holiday Party - RSVP by Dec. 8

Certified Administrative Professional Study Group reg. deadline - Dec. 10

Revised submission date for the Take Five 2013 Challenge - Dec. 18