Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014

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Tuesday, Feb. 18

10 a.m.
Research Techniques Seminar (NOTE TIME) - Curia II
Speaker: Jong Hee Yoo, Fermilab
Title: R&D for Solid Xenon Particle Detector

11 a.m.
Academic Lecture Series - One West
Speaker: Carter Hall, University of Maryland
Title: Searches for Double Beta Decay

3 p.m.
LHC Physics Center Topic of the Week Seminar (NOTE DATE) - WH11NE
Speaker: Frank Petriello, Northwestern University
Title: Opportunities in Higgs Physics at the LHC Run II

3:30 p.m.

Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar (NOTE LOCATION) - Curia II
Speaker: Trevor Butler and Fernanda Garcia, Fermilab
Title: Upgrade Plans for Linac 201.25 MHz RF Power Plant within PIP

4 p.m.
Fermilab Colloquium (NOTE DATE) - One West
Speaker: Lucio Rossi, CERN
Title: The High Luminosity LHC Project and Beyond

Wednesday, Feb. 19

3:30 p.m.


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Tuesday, Feb. 18

- Breakfast: All-American breakfast
- Breakfast: bacon, egg and cheese bagel
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- Kiwi pecan chicken salad
- Green pork chili
- Chef's choice soup
- Assorted pizza by the slice

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Wednesday, Feb. 19
- Cheese fondue
- Marinated vegetables
- Gingered pear crisp

Friday, Feb. 21
- Roasted cherry tomato salad
- Pecan-crusted halibut with dijon cream sauce
- Wilted spinach
- Potato and onion gratin
- Lacy fruit cup with saboyan sauce

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One minute with Bob Cibic, procurement supervisor

Bob Cibic purchases lab materials in the Procurement Department. Photo: Reidar Hahn

How long have you worked at Fermilab?
I've been here for 21 years, and I'd have to say it's the best employer I've ever worked for. I was assigned to work as the first project procurement liaison for NOvA nine years ago.

Describe a typical workday.
It varies from day to day. I buy the hardware — such as power tubes and amplifiers — for many of the research projects on site. I work with suppliers, physicists, engineers and many other types of professionals. Buying certain materials may also require international coordination through customs of different countries.

I supervise seven other procurement administrators, and I am also involved in procurement training.

What's the best part of your job?
I think it's important to save money for the lab so it can be used for other requirements. I enjoy getting involved with different types of physics projects and having a range of responsibilities in acquiring goods and services for the laboratory.

What is your philosophy as a supervisor?
I believe in doing the best I can to motivate. With my employees, I try to not micromanage but mentor. I enjoy teaching and helping.

How did you become interested in this line of work?
I took an entry level procurement position at another company and found the job very satisfying. I like negotiating and saving money, so the position was a good fit.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
I enjoy riding my bicycle on the Illinois Prairie Path and try to ride 2,000 miles per year. I also enjoy traveling to Europe with my wife.

What's something people may not know about you?
My wife and I are involved in pet therapy. For the past eight years, we've taken our border collie to a retirement community. It really brings smiles to the residents' faces.

Amanda Solliday

If there is an employee you'd like to see profiled in an upcoming issue of Fermilab Today, please email today@fnal.gov.

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Icicles make for natural, translucent curtains at the Village Machine Shop. Photo: Daniel Knight, TD
In the News

Exotic particles, tiny extra dimensions await discovery

From LiveScience, Feb. 6, 2014

LONDON — Exotic particles never before detected and possibly teensy extra dimensions may be awaiting discovery, says a physicist, adding that those searching for such newbies should keep an open mind and consider all possibilities.

Such particles are thought to fill gaps in, and extend, the reigning theory of particle physics, the Standard Model, said David Charlton of the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom, who is also a spokesperson of the ATLAS experiment at the world's biggest particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), and one of the experiments that pinpointed the Higgs boson particle thought to explain why other particles have mass.

Charlton addressed an audience of researchers last month at a talk titled "Before, behind and beyond the discovery of the Higgs Boson" here at the Royal Society.

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In the News

Does antimatter fall up?

From Slate, Feb. 11, 2014

Here's a pitch that didn't make it past the Chiquita marketing execs: Bananas are nature's antimatter dispensers. Those ubiquitous yellow fruits are packed with potassium, making them a quality addition to any breakfast (or burger, if you're Ron Swanson). But that potassium includes a relatively sizable serving of radioactive potassium-40, which sometimes spits out antimatter: a positron, the antimatter partner of the electron.

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Director's Corner


Fermilab Director Nigel Lockyer is traveling. The Director's Corner will not appear in today's issue. It will return in two weeks.


In memoriam: Rajendran Raja

Rajendran Raja

Rajendran Raja, 65, of Naperville, Ill., passed away peacefully in his home on Feb. 15 surrounded by loved ones. He was born July 14, 1948, in Guruvayur, Kerala, India.

Rajendran obtained his Ph.D. in physics from the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge. He was inducted as a fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge in 1973. Rajendran then immigrated to the United States in 1974 and joined Fermilab as a physicist.

As a senior scientist at Fermilab for more than two decades, Rajendran contributed to more than 300 articles in professional journals and led many research projects. Rajendran played a leading role in the design of a hermetic DZero detector, was the head of the top quark analysis group and is credited with developing the multivariate algorithm that led to the top quark discovery.

In the early 1990s Rajendran initiated a collaboration between the Indian institutions and Fermilab on the DZero experiment, one that has since graduated more than 10 Indian Ph.D. students.

Rajendran believed in fundamental measurements, and during the last decade he led an experimental team on the Main Injector Particle Production experiment to acquire unbiased high-statistics data with complete particle identification for hadron interactions, a measurement of importance in untangling the mystery of neutrino interactions.

Rajendran was interested in solving the world's energy crisis and was a proponent of accelerator-induced thorium reactors, a much-needed energy solution for his birth land India. Rajendran was heavily involved in giving back to the Indo-American community and served on the board of directors of the Indo-American Center.

Rajendran is survived by his beloved wife Selitha (née Freundorfer) Raja, loving daughter Anjali (Aaron) Raja Beharelle and sister Paru Sharma. He was preceded in death by his parents P. K. S. Raja and Chandramathi Nair.

Visitation will be held on Friday, Feb. 21, from 9 a.m. until the time of commemorations. The memorial service begins at 10 a.m. at Beidelman-Kunsch Funeral Homes & Crematory, 24021 Royal Worlington Drive, Naperville, Ill.

The family requests, in lieu of flowers, that donations be made to the University of Chicago Brain Tumor Research Fund. Checks may be made payable to the University of Chicago Brain Tumor Fund and mailed to: University of Chicago Gift and Record Services, Rajendran Raja Memorial, 5235 S. Harper Court, Chicago, IL 60615.

Online donations can also be made. In the pull-down menu for the donation recipient, select "Other" and then select "This gift is in honor or memory of ..." In the field that follows, please enter "Rajendran Raja Memorial."

Shekhar Mishra, APC, and Aaron Beharelle

In the News

Massive neutrinos solve a cosmological conundrum

From the University of Nottingham, Feb. 10, 2014

Scientists have solved a major problem with the current standard model of cosmology by combining results from the Planck spacecraft and measurements of gravitational lensing to deduce the mass of ghostly sub-atomic particles called neutrinos.

The team, from the universities of Nottingham and Manchester, used observations of the Big Bang and the curvature of space-time to accurately measure the mass of these elementary particles for the first time.

The recent Planck spacecraft observations of the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) — the fading glow of the Big Bang — highlighted a discrepancy between these cosmological results and the predictions from other types of observations.

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Garden Club spring meeting - Feb. 20

URA Visiting Scholars Program deadline - Feb. 24

Direct from Ireland: Alan Kelly Gang - Fermilab Arts Series - March 1

Interaction Management course - March 5, 12 and 19

Rembrandt Chamber Players - Gallery Chamber Series - March 9

Performance Review course: March 26 or 27

Summer 2014 on-site housing requests now accepted

Fermi Singers invites new members

Society of Philosophy Club

Martial arts

International folk dancing meets Thursday evenings at Kuhn Barn

Scottish country dancing meets Tuesday evenings at Kuhn Barn

Indoor soccer