Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014

Have a safe day!

Wednesday, Jan. 22

8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Fermilab PAC Meeting - One West

3 p.m.
Particle Astrophysics Seminar (NOTE DATE, TIME) - WH8XO
Speaker: Anne Bauer, IEEC-CSIC, Barcelona
Title: Weak-Lensing Magnification and Large-Scale Structure

3:30 p.m.


Thursday, Jan. 23

8 a.m. to 2:20 p.m.
Fermilab PAC Meeting - One West

1 p.m.
LHC Physics Center Topic of the Week Seminar - WH2NE
Speaker: Felix Yu, Fermilab
Title: Measuring CP Violation in h → τ+τ- at Colliders

1 p.m.
Computing Techniques Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: Oliver Gutsche, Fermilab
Title: Computing: From Data to Physics — A Non-Expert Overview from the Scientist Point of View

2:30 p.m.
Theoretical Physics Seminar (NOTE LOCATION) - WH3NE
Speaker: Joseph Bramante, University of Notre Dame
Title: Exploring Dark Interactions by Destroying Neutron Stars with Dark Black Holes

3:30 p.m.

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Wilson Hall Cafe

Wednesday, Jan. 22

- Breakfast: breakfast casserole
- Breakfast: ham, egg and cheese English muffin
- Tuna melt
- Smart cuisine: rosemary and garlic chicken breast
- Roasted turkey
- Turkey bacon panino
- Blackened-chicken alfredo
- Chunky broccoli cheese soup
- Texas-style chili
- Assorted calzones

Wilson Hall Cafe menu

Chez Leon

Wednesday, Jan. 22
- Chicken marsala with fettuccine
- Caesar salad
- Italian cream cake

Friday, Jan. 24

Saturday, Jan. 25
- Corn chowder
- Pork tenderloin
- Bourbon-walnut sweet potato mash
- Sautéed Brussels sprouts
- Pecan rum cake

Chez Leon menu
Call x3524 to make your reservation.


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Cooperative Education Program brings young talent to Fermilab projects

Fermilab Engineer Maurice Ball, left, and Cooperative Education Program student Jared Gaynier look up a few figures in a co-op binder for the Mechanical Support Department. Co-op binders (visible in the background) contain information generated by students in the co-op program and go back as far as 1991.

They say that youth is wasted on the young, but folks at Fermilab think otherwise.

Through Fermilab's Cooperative Education Program, laboratory staff take advantage of youthful eagerness for tackling problems and learning more about the world, giving budding engineers projects that help them advance their careers even as they advance the lab's mission.

Fermilab is working to expand employee participation in the program, which began in 1976 and assists in the lab's mission to support STEM eduation and groom future engineers. More than 20 current Fermilab employees are co-op program alumni.

Engineer Maurice Ball, co-op coordinator for AD's Mechanical Support Department, says participating in the program has given a boost to the department.

"Thanks to the co-op program, our engineering team accomplishes multiple tasks critical to the lab's goals that could not otherwise happen," Ball said. "This is especially true during times of lean budgets and condensed regular staff, so our department has benefited greatly."

In the co-op program, engineering students at a four-year university with at least sophomore standing work a minimum of three semesters or four quarters at Fermilab, alternating periods of full-time study at their schools with full-time employment at the laboratory. The laboratory divisions provide the student with a competitive salary based on the academic credits he or she has earned. In return, the division gets apprentice-level support for its workforce.

The students get an education beyond what they gain in the classroom.

"The program gives you real-world experience, right out of college, and it helps you to be competitive, showing you exactly how what you learn applies in industry," said Kettering University mechanical engineering student Jared Gaynier, who works with Ball. "Working this way gives more meaning to what you're learning."

It's the kind of education that stays with the student, Ball said.

"Students come back years later with amazement at how the understanding they acquired as co-op students came to fruition in the classroom or later in their professional careers," he said.

Fermilab Director Nigel Lockyer believes the program has great potential and that many at the laboratory could benefit from it.

"It's not only the students but also the lab's employees that are rewarded when they work together to develop new talent in the engineering field," Lockyer said. "The co-op program has a successful history at the laboratory, and I'd like to see it grow."

To find out how you can participate in Fermilab's Cooperative Education Program, contact Sandra Charles at x4574 or visit the Cooperative Education Program website.

Leah Hesla

In the News

Topcites 2013 edition

From INSPIRE blog, Jan. 21, 2014

We are pleased to announce the 2013 edition of the Topcites lists.

It comes as no surprise that the Higgs discovery papers sit atop the list of topcited articles in 2013. They appear right after the Review of Particle Properties, of course, which has almost twice as many citations. The descriptions of the ATLAS and CMS detectors follow later in the list. Overall it has been an exciting time in experimental physics these past couple of years; 7 hep-ex papers, 5 from 2012 and 2 from 2011 appear. In addition to the Higgs papers there are 4 neutrino papers and the Heavy Flavor Averaging Group's report. Keeping with this trend, the list also includes 6 papers on observational cosmology and one on the search for dark matter.

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In the News

Welcome to the DarkSide: Project aims to find particles of dark matter

From News at Princeton, Jan. 16, 2014

In a laboratory under a mountain 80 miles east of Rome this fall, a Princeton-led international team switched on a new experiment aimed at finding a mysterious substance that makes up a quarter of the universe but has never been seen.

The experiment, known as DarkSide-50, is searching for particles of dark matter. For the last several decades, researchers have known that visible matter — the stuff we can see — makes up only 4 percent of the universe, while dark energy is thought to make up about 73 percent. Dark matter is thought to make up the remaining 23 percent, and finding it, researchers say, will solidify our understanding of how the universe formed and shed light on its ultimate fate.

"This is like the search for the Higgs boson was 10 years ago," said Peter Meyers, a professor of physics at Princeton University and one of the lead scientists on the project. "We have a good idea of what to look for, but we don't know exactly where or when we will find it."

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Recognizing fellow employees on the spot

Kay Van Vreede

Kay Van Vreede, head of the Workforce Development and Resources Section, wrote this column.

In the spirit of the new year and continuous improvement, I am pleased to announce the On the Spot Recognition program.

After a recommendation from the Employee Advisory Group and discussions with them and human resources, WDRS designed the program to encourage and recognize individuals and teams with "on-the-spot" rewards at the time of achievement. The goal is to offer a means for more immediate employee recognition not only from supervisors, but also from peers, thus providing a way to support each other as we make positive contributions to the lab.

After an employee is nominated for a Spot Award using an online form, the supervisor and HR partner briefly review the nomination for approval. Each nominated employee will receive a pin and will be eligible to receive a gift card from his or her supervisor. The actual process of awarding gift cards will be managed by each division, section or center. We will release details on how to nominate someone soon.

Did you catch my use of "HR partner" above? Another area for continual improvement in WDRS is better defining the services of your D/S/C human resources rep (formerly called a generalist). Your HR partner supports D/S/C employees and leadership, strives to understand the diverse needs of each group, partners to resolve people issues and challenges, and acts as a liaison with the core HR services to ensure rollout of HR programs. View the HR partner website to learn how they can partner with you and your organization.

Photos of the Day

Frozen still lifes

Amanda Freeman, daughter of PPD physicist Jim Freeman, took this picture of a soap bubble frozen by the blistering cold air earlier this month. Photo: Amanda Freeman
Two near-perfect snowflakes alight on the drawstring of Doris Dick's jacket. Photo: Doris Dick, AD
Safety Update

ESH&Q weekly report, Jan. 21

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

On Jan. 13, Fermilab exceeded the NPDES-permitted chlorine limit at Kress Creek. The laboratory reported the excess to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, shut down the bleach feed into the industrial cooling water system, contacted divers to inspect the integrity of the piping and delivery systems, and ordered a series of chemical analyses.

Find the full report here.


Today's New Announcements

NALWO crêpe cooking demo - Feb. 3

Fermi Singers invites new members

Fermilab PAC meeting - through Jan. 24

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

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

Earned Value Management course offered Jan. 28, 29

Power Writing Workshops - Jan. 30

C2ST talk: The Nature of Nano 2 - Jan. 30

ICFA Neutrino Panel town meeting - Jan. 30-31

DreamWeaver CS6: levels 1 and 2 - Feb. 3-4

Free introductory yoga classes - Feb. 3, 6

Interpersonal Communication Skills - Feb. 26

2014 standard mileage reimbursement rate

Abri Credit Union member appreciation

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

Scottish country dancing meets Tuesday evenings at Kuhn Barn

International folk dancing meets Thursday evenings at Kuhn Barn

10 percent employee discount at North Aurora Dental Associates