Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014

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Tuesday, Feb. 4

9 a.m-5:30 p.m.
LBNE Collaboration Meeting
See website for agenda and details

10:30 a.m.
Research Techniques Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: Serge Oktyabrsky, SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering
Title: Picosecond Photodetectors: What Can We Adopt from the Modern III-V Semiconductor Technologies?

3:30 p.m.

4 p.m.
Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar - One West
Speaker: Bill Pellico and Bob Zwaska, Fermilab
Title: Proton Improvement Plan — Meeting the HEP Proton Needs

Wednesday, Feb. 5

LHC Physics Center Topic of the Week Seminar - WH11NE
Speaker: Rouven Essig, Stony Brook University
Title: Exotic Decays of the 125-GeV Higgs Boson

3:30 p.m.

4 p.m.
Fermilab Colloquium - One West
Speaker: Robert Kleinberg, Schlumberger-Doll Research
Title: Science and Technology of Unconventional Fossil Fuel Production

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Wilson Hall Cafe

Tuesday, Feb. 4

- Breakfast: All-American breakfast
- Breakfast: bacon, egg and cheese bagel
- Ranch chicken breast sandwich
- Smart cuisine: pork piccata with lemon sauce
- Veal parmesan
- California turkey panino
- Taco salad
- Minnesota chicken and rice soup
- Chef's choice soup

Wilson Hall Cafe menu

Chez Leon

Wednesday, Feb. 5
- Chicken roulade with herbed cheese
- Spinach orzo
- Swedish apple pie

Friday, Feb. 7
- Spinach salad with cranberries and pine nuts
- Flank steak with caramelized onions and balsamic glaze
- Walnut-crusted potato and blue cheese cakes
- Brussels sprouts
- Profiteroles au chocolat

Chez Leon menu
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Special Announcement

Testing of new emergency messaging system today

This morning at approximately 10 a.m., the laboratory's new emergency messaging system will be tested. All employees should receive this message via the email address that they have on file at Fermilab: "This is the annual test of the emergency messaging system. You do not need to take action. This is a test."

If you created an Everbridge account last week and added phone numbers, text numbers or email addresses, you should receive the test message via all of these communication pathways. The system is designed to call and email each pathway sequentially until you confirm receipt of the message. Once you confirm receipt, the system will stop sending messages to subsequent pathways in your list.

If you did not create an Everbridge account (or if you did, but did not add or change any of your contact information), then you will receive the test message only via the email address that you have on file at Fermilab.

We are planning to test the messaging system annually. More information on the system is available online.

From Computing Bits

2013 service management: year in review

Tammy Whited

It's been just over a year since Fermilab achieved ISO20000 certification, and last month, we passed our first surveillance audit. Congratulations to the service owners, service providers and process owners who worked so hard!

It has been a busy year for Service Management. Many changes in people, services and capabilities occurred. Several service areas in both divisions have been working to onboard at various levels to the ITIL processes, and we introduced a "service onboarding lite" checklist to help to understand the process. ServiceNow was expanded, both to continue to improve our IT Service Management program and to expand the tool to allow for additional capabilities.

Recently, we have been holding "Year in Review" meetings with each division and section across the laboratory. These meetings have been producing good feedback to Computing Sector management. These presentations are available on the Service Management site.

Lots of new faces joined the ITIL Process Owner team. Robert Harris became the capacity manager, and Michael Diesburg became the availability and service continuity manager; Brian McKittrick became the service level manager and group leader for the ITIL process owners; Anthony Donzelli came to us from Office Max as our new incident manager. We expanded the business relationship management process to include the scientific liaisons, led by Ruth Pordes and Margaret Votava. We certified 14 people on ITIL v3 foundation training and trained 64 people on the ITIL v3 refresher course. We will continue training efforts for both courses, hopefully, in February or March.

Scientific Computing Division made great strides in implementing ITIL processes. Data storage is the first SCD ISO-certified service, while several service areas and offerings have implemented incident, problem and change and have service offerings defined in the service catalog. Ruth Pordes is the SCD service management coordinator and has worked closely with Brian McKittrick to make this process go smoothly. They have also worked closely with NOvA, DarkSide-50 and now Mu2e on technical scopes of work that align with Computing Sector services and service level agreements.

Core Computing Division continued to add services to ITIL process and specifically certified Team Center and Engineering Services on ISO20000.

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Tammy Whited, Fermilab service manager

In the News

CMS prepares for new challenges

From CERN Bulletin, Feb. 3, 2014

"The keyword is teamwork. That's the only way you can effectively manage a large number of extremely talented and motivated people," says Tiziano Camporesi, who took the reins of the CMS collaboration at the beginning of the year. The recipe might seem easier on paper than in practice. However, given his 28 years at CERN, two of which he spent as the head of the DELPHI collaboration, Camporesi has extensive experience in managing large scientific collaborations and success in this respect is well within his reach: "I have learned many lessons from the past, and I believe that building consensus is instrumental to successful leadership."

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In the News

Students show off knowledge at "Disaster Blaster"

From Kane County Chronicle, Jan. 25, 2014

BATAVIA — About 75 students and their parents gathered at Fermilab on Saturday to show off miniature versions of some epic events.

The students, ages 6 through 9, formed 15 teams to participate in the second annual Batavia Junior First Lego League Open House.

For the 2013-14 theme of "Disaster Blaster," teams explored natural disasters and used Legos and motorized parts to display the effects that a disaster can have on communities.

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Director's Corner

Acting on your feedback

Fermilab Director
Nigel Lockyer

In September an online feedback form was made available for Fermilab employees to submit comments and suggestions on how to make Fermilab a more productive and vibrant place to work. Thank you to the 173 employees who took the time to send many thoughtful ideas. This column will briefly summarize the actions we've taken in response to the feedback that you provided over the past four months.

Almost half of the items you submitted either have been completed or are in progress. A few examples include:

  • extending the laboratory's entrance gate hours to better accommodate work schedules.
  • purchasing new cafeteria furniture for Wilson Hall (coming this spring).
  • formalizing labwide telecommuting, flex time and alternative work schedule policies. (The Employee Advisory Group is diligently working on recommendations on all three subjects.)
  • repairing several trouble spots on our roads and improving sitewide signage.
  • upgrading the refreshments at the director's coffee break (and making them a bit healthier).

While you had the option to submit your comments and suggestions anonymously, more than two-thirds of you chose to identify yourselves, which gave us the opportunity, in many cases, to personally follow up with you.

In addition, we received 46 comments on topics that included recommendations for steering the scientific direction of the lab, how to restructure the organization and ways to harness the vast amount of knowledge that resides with our employees and users. We will certainly keep these in mind as we continue to plan for the future of Fermilab.

Twenty-five of the suggestions that you submitted are currently under consideration, while another 20 are currently not feasible to implement.

The Feedback to the Director form is closed for now. We plan to open it back up occasionally as needed to solicit feedback on specific issues. As always, I am happy to hear your feedback, so stop by my office, send an email or ask a question at the all-hands meeting on Thursday morning at 10:30. Thanks to Deb Sebastian for coordinating the suggestions and subsequent follow-up.

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Tropical sky

The sun sets over A.E. Sea. Photo: Ruben Carcagno, TD
Construction Update

Progress on NOvA far-detector block assembly

The assembly of the NOvA far-detector blocks is nearly complete. Image: Fermilab

The NOvA crew has installed 27 of the 28 blocks that make up the far detector in Minnesota. Roughly 25 blocks are filled with liquid scintillator, and about 10 are outfitted with electronics.

In the News

Watch Fermilab's astoundingly massive neutrino detector being built

From Gizmodo, Feb. 1, 2014

The Department of Energy's Fermilab is building a gargantuan detector to examine uncharged subatomic neutrinos that can blast through the earth unimpeded. The 14,000-ton detector in Minnesota will capture neutrinos shot from a cannon over 500 miles away. Watch how they build a huge catcher's mitt for subatomic particles.

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Today's New Announcements

Interaction Management course: March 5, 12 and 19

Performance Review course (prerequisite: Interaction Management): March 26 or 27

Lunch and Learn: Resources to be more green with SCARCE - Feb. 5

All-hands meeting - Feb. 6

P5 virtual town hall meeting - Feb. 6

Free introductory yoga classes - Feb. 6

Artist reception for Jay Strommen - Feb. 7

Family Science Days in Chicago - Feb. 15-16

URA Visiting Scholars Program deadline - Feb. 24

Interpersonal Communication Skills - Apr. 16

Fermi Singers invites new members

Strength Training by Bod Squad

Indoor soccer

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