Wednesday, March 12, 2014

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Wednesday, March 12

3:30 p.m.


Thursday, March 13

11 a.m.
Intensity Frontier Seminar Series - WH8XO
Speaker: Thomas Strauss, University of Bern
Title: OPERA Results and Emulsion Detector Applications

11 a.m.
Academic Lecture Series - One West
Speaker: Bradford Benson, Fermilab
Title: The Cosmic Microwave Background: How Do You Measure It?

2:30 p.m.
Theoretical Physics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: Matthew McCullough, MIT
Title: Search for BSM Higgs Signals at NLO

3:30 p.m.

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Wilson Hall Cafe

Wednesday, March 12

- Breakfast: crustless quiche casserole
- Breakfast: ham, egg and cheese English muffin
- Western barbecue burger
- Smart cuisine: spinach and jack cheese enchiladas
- Stuffed pork chops
- Zesty turkey pastrami sandwich
- Mandarin orange pecan salad
- Cuban black bean soup
- Texas-style chili
- Assorted calzones

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Chez Leon

Wednesday, March 12
- Spicy pork diablo
- Sweet potato mash
- Roasted broccoli
- Flourless chocolate ancho cake

Friday, March 14

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In Brief

HEPAP meeting - Thursday and Friday via ReadyTalk

The next meeting of the High-Energy Physics Advisory Panel takes place in Bethesda, Md., on Thursday and Friday, March 13-14. Those interested in attending remotely can join the meeting through ReadyTalk. The agenda is available online.

Thursday's meeting features comments by P5 Chair Steve Ritz.

For more information, visit the HEPAP meeting Web page.

In Brief

Coming soon to a theater near you: "Particle Fever"

If you haven't yet seen "Particle Fever," this weekend is your chance. The documentary on the hunt for the Higgs arrives Friday, March 14, at the AMC Showplace Naperville 16 and the Music Box Theatre in Chicago.

To get a sneak peek of the movie, check out this 2-minute trailer.

Scientists on LHC experiments will be at screenings for informal Q&As at the Naperville AMC on Friday and Saturday at 7:40 p.m. and on Sunday at 2 p.m.

Stay tuned for more details.


"The Fantasticks" comes to Ramsey Auditorium Saturday

Fermilab Arts Series presents "The Fantasticks" on Saturday, March 15, at 8 p.m.

On Saturday at 8 p.m. in Ramsey Auditorium, the Fermilab Arts Series brings you Nebraska Theatre Caravan's production of "The Fantasticks."

Hailed by The Reader's Warren Francke as "far and away the best treatment of this record-setting 52-year-old musical that I've ever seen," this adaptation of the classic musical promises to provide audiences an unparalleled theater experience, whether you are revisiting the show or seeing it for the first time.

"The Fantasticks" is the world's longest-running production of any kind, and with good reason: At the heart of its breathtaking poetry and subtle theatrical sophistication is a purity and simplicity that transcends cultural barriers. The result is a timeless fable of love that manages to be nostalgic and universal at the same time. Punctuated by a bountiful series of catchy, memorable songs such as "Try to Remember" and "Soon It's Gonna Rain," the show will get audiences humming along.

The Nebraska Theatre Caravan was founded in 1975 as a joint project between the Omaha Playhouse and the Nebraska Arts Council.

Tickets are $30, $15 for those ages 18 and under. Fermilab employees may purchase tickets for only $15 by selecting "student" in the half-price menu for this show only. The offer ends at noon on Friday.

For more information or to make reservations, visit the Fermilab Arts Series Web page or call 630-840-2787.

Photo of the Day

Six-sided structure

The capacitor tree outside Master Substation is one of the more visually arresting structures on Fermilab grounds. Photo: Sarah Witman
In the News

Village Theatre Guild to hold auditions for "Now, Then, Again"

From My Suburban Life, March 10, 2014

GLEN ELLYN – The Village Theatre Guild, Ltd. will hold auditions at 7 p.m. March 23 for the play "Now, Then, Again," by Penny Penniston, according to a theater news release.

Set at Fermilab in Batavia, the story explores themes of time, science fantasy, love, chance and humor through the lens of two scientists who find a future together.

Read more

In the News

Take note: "The web" is not "the Internet"

From Marketplace, March 11, 2014

Here's a note to self: If you're in Silicon Valley, never mistake the web for the Internet. It's sort of like being in France and asking, 'So what's the difference between Champagne and bubbly?'

That's what Don Nielson taught me. In the 1970s, Nielson was a computer scientist at the SRI, a tech research company, and he was on one of the teams that started the Internet. And when I met him, I said, "You were one of the guys who helped created the web!"

"Absolutely not, I had nothing to do with the web," he said.

Read more

From the CMS Center

Meeting the demands of a more powerful LHC

Kevin Burkett

Kevin Burkett, acting head of the CMS Center, wrote this column.

We are now past the halfway point of the LHC's long shutdown, during which scientists and engineers have been upgrading the collider to smash proton beams at double the energy of its first run. While there is still plenty of work left to do, the LHC accelerator complex is on track to return in early 2015 with proton-proton collisions at close to the LHC design energy of 14 TeV, and the CMS experiment will be ready to record the events. Members of CMS recently gathered at CERN to develop detailed plans for recommissioning the experiment after the restart of the accelerator, leading to exciting possibilities for physics with the high-energy data we expect to record in 2015.

Back here at Fermilab, lab personnel and other members of CMS have been taking advantage of the Fermilab Test Beam Facility. The facility's unique capabilities attract both national and international collaborators to test their new detector designs in a controlled environment. The current experiments at the Test Beam Facility are an important step in the development of the upgraded detectors needed to deal with the higher luminosity expected from the LHC in the future.

One group of CMS collaborators is focused on an upgrade of the forward pixel detector, part of the system responsible for measuring the trajectories of particles as they emerge from the proton-proton collision. The group works with CMS colleagues from other countries on a high-rate beam test to study electronics for upgrades planned for late 2016 and beyond.

Other groups from CMS perform studies critical to the upgrade of the calorimetry system, which measures the energy of particles. These groups evaluate prototypes of detector electronics that will be used in a near-term upgrade of the calorimeter, as well as study new materials and innovative designs for a future upgrade of the forward calorimetry system.

The studies at Fermilab's Test Beam Facility today will ensure that the CMS detector continues to perform well in the future, producing exciting physics for many years to come, and that Fermilab personnel will have a leading role in the effort.

Safety Update

ESH&Q weekly report, March 11

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

An employee experienced lower lumbar strain after slipping on a decline outside Wilson Hall and twisting her torso. She returned to work with restrictions after two days off.

Find the full report here.

In the News

Focus: Neutrinos are brighter at night

From Physics, March 7, 2014

Neutrinos from the Sun change identity as they travel toward the Earth. But the identity change can be reversed, at least a little bit, when solar neutrinos pass through the Earth to reach a detector. An experiment in Japan has now seen indications of this phenomenon by observing a slight difference between the daytime and nighttime detection rates. The results, reported in Physical Review Letters, provide the first hint of direct evidence for a crucial part of neutrino theory. In the future, such observations might also act as probes of the Earth's interior.

Read more


Today's New Announcements

West bike rack area closed

Hawk talk: Raptors of the Fermilab Region - March 15

Fantasticks: Steampunk at Fermilab Arts Series - March 15

Barn Dance - March 16

Employee Appreciation Day massages - March 13

Walk 2 Run begins March 13

"Particle Fever" opens in Naperville and Chicago - March 14

URA Thesis Award competition deadline - March 20

Photography contest - through March 21

Weight Management registration deadline March 27

2014 FRA Scholarship applications due April 1

MySQL relational database management course - April 22-23

Portions of west atrium stair closed for construction

Help Abri Credit Union celebrate our members and Pi Day

International folk dancing meets Thursday evenings at Kuhn Barn

Scottish country dancing meets Tuesday evenings at Kuhn Barn

Indoor soccer