Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013

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Wednesday, Nov. 27

3:30 p.m.


Thursday, Nov. 28 and Friday, Nov. 29

Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, Dec. 2

2:30 p.m.
Particle Astrophysics Seminar (NOTE LOCATION) - WH8XO
Speaker: Dragan Huterer, University of Michigan
Title: The Quest for Primordial Non-Gaussianity

3:30 p.m.

4 p.m.
All Experimenters' Meeting (NOTE LOCATION) - One West

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Wilson Hall Cafe

Wednesday, Nov. 27

- Breakfast: breakfast casserole
- Breakfast: ham, egg and cheese English muffin
- Tuna melt
- Smart cuisine: beef stroganoff
- Chicken pot pie
- Turkey bacon panino
- Blackened chicken alfredo
- Chunky broccoli cheese soup
- Texas-style chili
- Assorted pizza by the slice

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Chez Leon

Wednesday, Nov. 27
- Cheese fondue
- Mixed green salad
- Cold lemon souffle

Friday, Nov. 29

Chez Leon menu
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Andreas Kronfeld elected AAAS fellow

Andreas Kronfeld

The American Association for the Advancement of Science has elected Fermilab scientist Andreas Kronfeld as a new AAAS fellow.

Kronfeld was one of 338 AAAS members nominated this year as fellows by their peers in recognition of distinguished contributions to their fields of study. He was elected for his contributions to the field of high-energy physics, particularly for leading efforts to connect lattice gauge theorists and experimenters in particle physics.

In addition, Fermilab users Daniela Bortoletto of University of Oxford, Ronald Gilman of Rutgers University and Nikos Varelas of the University of Illinois at Chicago were named AAAS fellows. Fermilab Today congratulates all the new fellows.


Fermilab Inventor Awards ceremony celebrates technological progress

Fermilab honored its employee inventors in a ceremony and reception on Nov. 18. Photo: Reidar Hahn

On Nov. 18, Fermilab recognized 50 current and former laboratory employees for their technological innovations, honoring them with the Fermilab Inventor Awards.

Hosted by Office of Partnerships and Technology Transfer Manager Cherri Schmidt, the ceremony celebrated employees who earned patents and submitted records of invention between 2000 and 2012. It also represented the renewal of the laboratory's effort to foster technological ingenuity and to serve as an ignition chamber for invention.

Fermilab Director Nigel Lockyer congratulated the awardees, noting their great dedication in preparing records of invention and patent applications and calling them true champions of innovation. He also said that one of his goals for Fermilab was to be more progressive in protecting and identifying intellectual property that may have commercial value.

"We need a laboratory culture that values patents and copyrights on an equal basis with publications," Lockyer said. "I believe we have a great deal of untapped potential at Fermilab. By tapping into this treasure trove of innovation and invention, we can help drive new jobs, new businesses and entire new industries — and we'll all feel really good about that."

Lockyer said he also plans to make the Illinois Accelerator Research Center, currently under construction at Fermilab, self-sustaining over time. IARC is a planned research facility where scientists, engineers and industrial partners will work together to develop accelerator technology in areas beyond particle physics.

Cherri Schmidt told Monday's ceremony's attendees that the spirit of innovation is part of being American, so much so that the power of Congress to "promote the progress of science and useful arts" is captured in Article I of the U.S. Constitution.

"I was told when I joined the lab in June that Fermilab didn't do patents," Schmidt said. "Yet here we are today to recognize 50 people who did just that — at least thought about it and tried to pursue protection for their important, useful arts."

View the award recipients.

Photo of the Day

Morning constants

Two constants — π and the speed of light — make for a lovely morning. Photo: Dennis Loppnow, FESS
Accelerator Update

Accelerator update, Nov. 25

Main Injector/NuMI
Between Nov. 18 and 25, the Main Injector provided 147 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 6.38 x 1018 protons on target.

AD personnel worked on Recycler commissioning.

Fixed-target area: Test Beam Facility
AD personnel worked on beam tuning for Test Beam Facility experiments, which took 102 hours of beam last week. Experiment T-1041 is now online.

Fixed-target area: SeaQuest
AD personnel worked on beam tuning for the SeaQuest experiment, which took 102 hours of beam last week.

View the AD Operations Department schedule.

In the News

A physicist, an athlete and an engineer

From MIT News, Nov. 25, 2013

Editor's note: This article profiles a former Fermilab intern, now a student at MIT.

Studying both physics and nuclear science and engineering at MIT is no small challenge, but it's just one of the activities that senior Margo Batie juggles. During her time at MIT, Batie has played on the varsity basketball team, led the women's club rugby team, conducted research at two national laboratories, and helped strengthen minority support systems and outreach programs.

Read more

From the Center for Particle Astrophysics

Cosmic corps of discovery

Craig Hogan

Craig Hogan, head of the Center for Particle Astrophysics, wrote this column.

At Fermilab, we like frontier metaphors. Our founding director, Robert Wilson, who actually came from Frontier, Wyoming, established Fermilab's own herd of bison (not to be confused with bosons) to remind us daily both of the pioneers who explored the wild continent and of the boundless opportunities that still remain for scientific discoveries on the expanding frontier of knowledge.

Nowadays, we even talk about the different frontiers of particle physics research. Over the last year, a throng of physicists participated in a extensive strategic exercise, called the Community Summer Study 2013 (or "Snowmass" for short), to plan the future of the field. The process peaked during an intense week-long gathering this summer and has now produced a series of collectively written white papers that survey ambitious prospects across all the frontiers.

Like real pioneers, we're setting off on an expedition of tracking, hunting, exploration, mapping, prospecting, mining, surveying, measurement and, hopefully, discovery.

The pioneer metaphors work particularly well on the Cosmic Frontier, where we study fundamental physics all across the giant, extreme laboratory of the cosmos and deploy experiments in wild, remote places all over our planet. The Community Summer Study report lays out some exciting directions to explore:

· We are in hot pursuit of dark matter, the enigmatic stuff whose gravity binds our galaxy together. Fermilab teams run several experiments that seek to capture rare interactions of those elusive particles with normal matter. In the next decade, larger experiments and a variety of search techniques for different kinds of particles will follow their tracks all the way into the sunset — or, at least, to the ultimate limit set by a background of neutrinos from the sun, the atmosphere and distant supernovae.

· We comprehensively survey the universe to study dark energy, the invisible stuff that fills the space between galaxies and drives them apart. At Fermilab, we now lead and operate the Dark Energy Survey, the largest and deepest imaging survey of the cosmos ever made. Future survey projects with more advanced capabilities — the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument and the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope — will mine a wealth of knowledge in new lodes of data.

· New projects will create large, deep and detailed maps of polarized fluctuations in the cosmic background radiation, the light left over from the big bang. That information will let us study other new physics, such as the sum of neutrino masses and the properties of inflationary forces that powered the early cosmic expansion. We could discover possible new forms of energy such as "dark radiation" and possibly even quantum activity of space and time in the first moments.

· The highest-energy particles come from space, and measurements of many different kinds of those rare events will tell us about their history and interactions, properties of their distant cosmic accelerators and, possibly, indirect signs of dark matter.

· One of our experiments right here at Fermilab, the Holometer, seeks to discover new properties of space itself that may emerge from its properties at the smallest scales. It is included in the report but doesn't really fit the Cosmic Frontier name or the rustic pioneer theme. For this one, perhaps we could adopt another popular metaphor: "Space, the Final Frontier."

Special Announcement

UChicago-Argonne-Fermilab joint speaker series on clean energy - Dec. 4

You are invited to attend "Clean Energy 2030: Building a Sustainable Future," the eighth in a series of joint speaker events for University of Chicago faculty and Argonne and Fermilab scientists, researchers and engineers.

The program takes place Wednesday, Dec. 4, from 6-9 p.m. at the Argonne Theory and Computing Science Building. An optional tour of Argonne's new Energy Science Building is included. See this flyer for more information. RSVP by Dec. 2.

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.

Safety Update

ESH&Q weekly report, Nov. 26

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

While hanging cables, an employee bumped his head against a light fixture reflector, resulting in a superficial laceration to his forehead. He received first-aid treatment.

Find the full report here.


Today's New Announcements

Cafeteria to close at 3 p.m. today

English country dancing at Kuhn Village Barn - Dec. 1

Wilson Street entrance closed starting Dec. 2

Users Office moves to Mezzanine - Dec. 2-6

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

LabVIEW seminars offered Dec. 6

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

Accelerator berm stairway closed at CDF