Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014

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Wednesday, Jan. 8

10:00 a.m.
P5 Virtual Town Hall Meeting - One West

11:00 a.m. (NOTE NEW TIME)
Research Techniques Seminar - Hornet's Nest (WH8XO)
Speaker: Gino Bolla, Purdue University
Title: The Present CMS Tracker and its Future Prospects

3:30 p.m.


Thursday, Jan. 9


3:30 p.m.

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Wilson Hall Cafe

Wednesday, Jan. 8

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

Wilson Hall Cafe menu

Chez Leon

Wednesday, Jan. 8
- Carrot parsnip soup
- Spinach, sun-dried tomato and parmesan wrapped in phyllo
- Olive oil cake

Friday, Jan. 10
- Mixed greens with pears, pecan and balsamic vinaigrette
- Blue-cheese salad
- Stuffed filet of sole with crab meat
- Wilted spinach with lemon and pine nuts
- Carrot cake

Chez Leon menu
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Fermilab scientists selected as APS fellows

Last month, five Fermilab scientists were named fellows of the American Physical Society, a distinction awarded each year to no more than one-half of 1 percent of current APS members by their peers.

Bogdan Dobrescu and Boaz Klima were named 2013 fellows to the Division of Particles and Fields. Nickolay Gnedin was named a fellow to the Division of Astrophysics. Shekhar Mishra and Eric Prebys were named fellows to the Forum on International Physics.

Bogdan Dobrescu

For original and influential extensions of the Standard Model involving extra dimensions and new gauge dynamics, and for leadership in bridging the gap between new theoretical ideas and experimental tests.

Nickolay Gnedin

For pioneering work in computational cosmology, which has led to a deep understanding of the Lyman alpha forest and reionization of the universe.

Boaz Klima

For significant contributions to hadron collider physics community and leadership, especially in the discovery of the top quark.

Shekhar Mishra

For exceptional achievement in the creation and stewardship of international collaborations in accelerator and particle physics, especially in the Indian-American Agreement for Cooperation in the Area of Accelerator and Particle Detector Research and Development for Discovery Science.

Eric Prebys

For his important contributions to the physics of beams and his exceptional efforts to shape the U.S.-CERN collaboration, enabling successful physics programs at the LHC and charting a course for U.S. involvement in future LHC upgrades.

In Brief

Learn all about ASTA in the new ASTA Newsletter

Fermilab's Advanced Superconducting Test Accelerator now has its own newsletter.

The first issue of a new publication on Fermilab's Advanced Superconducting Test Accelerator has been released.

Whether you are interested in the development of Fermilab's test accelerator, in its R&D program, or in accelerator physics and engineering in general, have a look at the new ASTA Newsletter.

The ASTA Newsletter is a quarterly bulletin published by Fermilab's Accelerator Physics Center. It details construction and commissioning status and plans of the Advanced Superconducting Test Accelerator; accelerator beam studies and R&D using the test accelerator; and presentations and reviews on subjects of interest to ASTA researchers.

In the News

Quirky quarks: 'Charming' particle mixes with bizarre cousin

From Live Science, Jan. 2, 2014

An experiment that offers a peek inside the behavior of subatomic particles called quarks could help answer questions about why the universe is made of matter, and might even be evidence of new, previously unseen particles.

At the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) in Illinois, an international team of scientists published the first observation of a charm quark (quarks come in several "flavors") decaying into its antiparticle, a phenomenon called "mixing," first predicted in 1974.

Read more

In the News

Physicists unveil new test for 'Theory of Everything'

From Huffington Post, Jan. 7, 2014

Physicists have unveiled what they say is a new, practical way to test for a transformative 'Theory of Everything'.

String theory is an eloquent but currently unproven theory which seeks to marry the physics of the very large (relativity) and the small (quantum theory) — which otherwise seem outwardly incompatible.

The theory states the essential make-up of the universe is that of one-dimensional strings, which vibrate and give rise to the other states and dimensions, including those we experience.

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From ESH&Q

Request a clear out of excess and out-of-date chemicals

Amber Kenney

Amber Kenney of the ESH&Q Section wrote this column.

Hanging on to things comes in handy when you want spare parts or you need to refurbish old equipment. Repurposing is not only a sustainable practice that is good for the environment, but it can also save money. For these reasons, the practice of keeping “stuff” is a long-standing Fermilab tradition.

This practice can occasionally lead to problems, especially if there is an accumulation of chemicals, some of which may not perform as expected after a certain designated time, or shelf life. Furthermore, the prolonged storage of chemicals can result in serious reactions and pose a health or fire risk.

To address these risks, the ESH&Q Section’s Hazard Control and Technology Team (HCTT) launched a chemical clear-out program. The program is intended to assist D/S/Cs to safely and efficiently dispose of stockpiled chemicals that are no longer needed and cannot be used by others at the lab.

The primary benefit of the program is the elimination of potential chemical exposures and the reduction of health and fire hazards in the work place. Additionally, the HCTT helps to expeditiously and accurately characterize and package waste, ensuring that chemicals are disposed of legally and responsibly. Other benefits include saving time for waste generators, freeing up storage space and minimizing the inventory of hazardous chemicals.

Since the inception of the program, environmental officers from several D/S/Cs have partnered with HCTT for chemical clear-outs, and as of December, HCTT has characterized and packaged chemical waste at 19 locations throughout the lab. This resulted in the collection of more than 1,300 containers, amounting to approximately 800 gallons of waste.

If you have a cabinet of chemicals that are no longer useful, consider requesting a clear-out by contacting your environmental officer to coordinate a visit by HCTT. We all need to remember the Fermilab Sustainable Acquisition policy: Purchase only the volume of chemicals that we will most likely use because any immediate cost savings from buying in bulk may be overshadowed by the cost of disposing of excess chemicals later.

Photo of the Day

Sundogs visit Wilson Hall

One of the few positives when temperatures turn negative: On Monday, ice crystals in the upper atmosphere created bright sundogs and a nice halo around the sun. Photo: Marty Murphy, AD
Safety Update

ESH&Q weekly report, Jan. 7

This week's safety report, compiled by the Fermilab ESH&Q Section, covers the last three weeks and contains five incidents.

While securing a bag of bolts to a steel plate, an employee lost his grip on the plate. The plate fell, pinching the employee's fingers between it and the floor, causing a laceration.

While exiting truck in the parking lot, an employee's foot slid out from underneath him causing him to fall to the ground on his back.

Some spilled lubricant fell on top of an employee's safety glasses and into his right eye. He flushed his eye with water for 15 minutes.

A small piece of insulation broke off and blew into a contract employee's mouth while he was affixing a batt to a window, causing him to choke. He eventually caught his breath. He received first-aid treatment.

An employee pulled a cart out of his vehicle's path and struck his finger on the edge of a nearby dumpster, causing nail avulsion and laceration. He is scheduled for surgery.

Find the full report here.


Today's New Announcements

Budker Seminar - free pizza and beverages - Jan. 13

Supersmart Super Computers - Lecture by Pete Beckman, Argonne - Jan. 17

Dirty Dozen Brass Band - Fermilab Arts Series - Jan. 25

Chicago Brass Quintet - Fermilab Gallery Chamber Series - Jan. 26

Earned Value Management (EVMS) course offered Jan. 28, 29

Dreamweaver class offered in February

2014 BCBS PPO & PPO Premium plan ID cards

Float holiday - 2014

ASM handbooks are online sitewide

Wanted: Are you an AJAS fellow?

Free weekly Tai Chi Easy, Integral Tai Chi/Qigong classes

English country dancing at Kuhn Barn

Indoor soccer