Monday, March 24, 2014

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Monday, March 24

9 a.m.-5:40 p.m.
Joint DES-LSST Workshop - One West
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3:30 p.m.

4 p.m.
All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II
Special Topic: XOC Plans

Tuesday, March 25

9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Joint DES-LSST Workshop - One West
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10:30 a.m.
Research Techniques Seminar (NOTE LOCATION) - WH7XO
Speaker: Anatoly Ronzhin, Fermilab
Title: Development of a New Fast Shower Maximum Detector Based on Micro Channel Plates as an Active Element

3:30 p.m.

4 p.m.
Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar (NOTE LOCATION) - Curia II
Speakers: CY Tan, Fermilab
Title: PIP I: RFQ Injector

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Edward Tufte headlines Feynman celebration at Fermilab

Fermilab's Feynman celebration will feature an exhibit by renowned artist and data visualization master Edward Tufte. Feynman's Dodge Tradesman Maxivan, adorned with Feynman diagrams, will be on display on the Fermilab grounds. Photo: Michael Kindig

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The gulf between art and mathematics is not nearly as wide as one might think. Just ask famed statistician Edward Tufte, who draws from mathematical concepts — specifically, the computational visualization methods developed by Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman — to create beautiful, cerebral works of art.

Beginning on Saturday, April 12, Tufte will show many of his favorite pieces at the U.S. Department of Energy's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Ill., for a 10-week exhibit illuminating the elegant genius of Feynman and his diagrams.

Tufte's installation, titled "The Cognitive Art of Feynman Diagrams," is the centerpiece of a visual and auditory Feynman celebration at the laboratory, one that includes a fascinating lecture by author and Feynman's friend Ralph Leighton, a concert by Tuvan throat singers, and the display of Feynman's van and an Airstream trailer, also known as the "Interplanetary Explorer." The Fermilab site is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week.

Tufte himself will be on hand to kick off his exhibit with a reception in Fermilab's Wilson Hall on Wednesday, April 16, from 5-7 p.m. Tickets to this reception are free, but limited. Visit the registration page to save a spot.

"This is going to be an extraordinary set of events here at the laboratory," said Fermilab Director Nigel Lockyer. "It's an honor for us to host an artist and designer of Edward Tufte's prominence and to be able to tie his exhibit into a larger retrospective of the life and work of Richard Feynman."

Tufte is professor emeritus at Yale University, where he taught courses in statistical evidence, information design and interface design. He wrote, designed and self-published four award-winning books on analytical design. He's best known as a master of informational graphics, and he teaches courses on presenting data and information. He has been described by The New York Times as "the Leonardo da Vinci of data" and by Business Week as "the Galileo of graphics." His artwork has been shown at the Architecture and Design Museum in Los Angeles; Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Conn.; and Artists Space and ET Modern in New York City.

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Photos of the Day

It takes a Village: Batavia, Fermilab and Warrenville firefighters work together

Last week, the Batavia, Fermilab and Warrenville fire departments conducted training exercises in the Village. FESS is removing materials from buildings scheduled to be demolished to be reused in similar structures elsewhere. The fire departments made use of these near-end-of-life buildings, running emergency drills in and on them. Here the Batavia fire chief joins Fermilab firefighters as they cut into one building's roof. Photo: Chuck Kuhn, BSS
Firefighters use the Batavia Fire Department firetruck ladder to get to a rooftop. Photo: Jamie Blowers, TD
A Fermilab and a Batavia fire department firefighter take a saw to the door. Photo: Chuck Kuhn, BSS
In the News

Top quark: mass of world's heaviest elementary particle found

From LiveScience, March 20, 2014

In the first joint result from the world's two leading particle colliders, scientists have determined the mass of the heaviest elementary particle, the top quark.

The measurement was made using the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland, and the Tevatron at Fermilab in Batavia, Ill. Four separate experiments found a joint value for the top quark of 173.34 (± 0.76) gigaelectronvolts divided by the speed of light squared, scientists announced Wednesday (March 19) at a physics conference in Italy.

"The combining together of data from CERN and Fermilab to make a precision top quark mass result is a strong indication of its importance to understanding nature," Fermilab director Nigel Lockyer said in a statement, adding, "It's a great example of the international collaboration in our field."

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Tip of the Week: Cybersecurity

Federated identity: connecting to worldwide networks

In the near future, Fermilab employees and users will be allowed use their Services accounts to access secure wireless networks at other institutions participating in the eduroam service.

In the real world, you frequently need to identify yourself to prove that you are really you. One common proof of your identity is your driver license. Fortunately, you don't have to carry a separate license for every state you travel to in order to, say, pass an airport security check. But this is exactly the situation that prevails in cyberspace, where you need different identification methods for almost all the services you want to use.

Fermilab employees and users are often part of global collaborations that require work at remote sites in a variety of locations. When on work-related travel, users may need Internet access to perform their work. In the past, obtaining access usually required registration or an account at the visited institution. This may have delayed gaining access to the necessary network and was generally inconvenient.

The Computing Sector is currently working to address this issue. Through Fermilab users' Services accounts (the same account used to access FermiMail or Fermilab Time & Labor), users will be allowed to obtain network access at a large number of research and educational institutions worldwide. In particular, they will be allowed to access secure wireless networks at remote institutions that participate in eduroam.

Eduroam (education roaming) is a network access service developed for the international research and education community. A worldwide initiative by many universities and organizations, eduroam enables users to identify themselves and prove who they are at the many participating institutions by using what is known as a federated identity. This is an identity that is accepted by all members, just as a single valid state driver license is universally accepted in U.S. airports.

Once eduroam is available for use, it will be the first step in a larger program to provide greater convenience to users through federated identities. First, Fermilab personnel will be able to use their Fermilab Services accounts to access eduroam networks at remote sites. Several Fermilab scientists have already test-driven the system to access an eduroam network at CERN. Next, certain Fermilab services will be made available to remote individuals who use the trusted federated identity issued by the remote site. Watch this space for future developments.

Instructions for setting up your Windows 7, Windows 8 or Mac systems to use eduroam networks will be made available in this article (Service Desk login required).

- Irwin Gaines

In Brief

Managed print services begins Wilson Hall rollout today

The Core Computing Division, with Dell Managed Services, will roll out its managed print service in Wilson Hall beginning March 24 and concluding by May 9. Accelerator Division, Technical Division, and Feynman Computing Center staff and others have either completed rollout or are well under way. MPS rollout in remaining areas of the laboratory will proceed this summer. A tentative schedule, to be periodically updated, is available on the MPS website.

MPS will result in the use of more modern and energy-efficient devices and printer settings, overall cost savings due to more efficient usage of supplies, better device management, single-vendor support, improved use of print and imaging devices, and expanded functionality.

The rollout process is as follows: First, the MPS team will install new printers and change settings on existing devices that are staying in the service area. Individuals' regular printers may be unavailable for a short time during the transition to the MPS service.

Next, staff located at Wilson Hall will have to reconfigure their computers to use the new or pre-existing legacy devices by downloading the appropriate drivers as outlined on the MPS website. The name and method of access for each print device may also change. MPS staff will be on hand during this time to assist as needed.

Finally, after we have fully deployed and tested the devices on each floor of Wilson Hall, all devices that will not be part of MPS will be removed. We will ensure that you have print capability prior to the removal of any device.

If you experience any printing issues, please contact the Service Desk.

See more detailed information about MPS and its potential impact.


Today's New Announcements

Fermilab App Development Day for high school students - March 29

Martial Arts - begins March 31

Two yoga classes offered - register today

Weight Management registration deadline - March 27

School's Day Out - March 30-April 4

2014 FRA Scholarship applications due April 1

LabVIEW seminars scheduled on April 10

MySQL relational database management course - April 22-23

Supervisors needed for SIST interns

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