Wednesday, April 30, 2014

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Wednesday, April 30

8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
12th Meeting of Task Force on Shielding Aspects of Accelerators, Targets and Irradiation Facilities - Curia II
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9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
New Perspectives on Dark Matter - One West
Registration is free

3 p.m.
LHC Physics Center Topic of the Week Seminar - WH11NE
Speaker: David Curtin, University of Stonybrook
Title: SUSY in Standard Model Standard Candles

3:30 p.m.

4 p.m.
Fermilab Colloquium - One West
Speaker: Wick Haxton, University of California, Berkeley
Title: The Nuclear Physics of Direct Dark Matter Detection

Thursday, May 1

9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
New Perspectives on Dark Matter - Curia II
Registration is free

11 a.m.
Intensity Frontier Seminar Series - WH8XO
Speaker: Kevin McFarland, University of Rochester
Title: The MINERvA Experiment


3:30 p.m.

4 p.m.
Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar (NOTE DATE) - One West
Speaker: Davide Braga, Imperial College London
Title: Development of the Front-End Readout for the High-Luminosity Upgrade of the CMS Strip Tracker

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Wilson Hall Cafe

Wednesday, April 30

- Breakfast: breakfast strata
- Breakfast: ham, egg and cheese English muffin
- Grilled meatloaf sandwich
- Smart cuisine: baked Cajun catfish
- Honey baked ham
- Falafel panino
- Shrimp and crab scampi
- Vegetarian harvest moon vegetable soup
- Texas-style chili
- Assorted calzones with marinara sauce

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Chez Leon

Wednesday, April 30
- Grilled lemongrass beef
- Rice noodle salad
- Almond cake

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From symmetry

The "Cosmos" connection

Science is no longer the wallflower who doesn't get asked to the dance, writes physicist Glen Crawford in an essay about science outreach past and present. Image: Sandbox Studio

I was sitting in the back of a cavernous ballroom in the Savannah convention center recently, listening to a plenary talk at an American Physical Society meeting, and the vibe in the room was distinctly not the familiar one of polite attention.

There was a real buzz in the auditorium, the buzz of anticipation usually reserved for big science results or for the chance to see a very rare species, the science celebrity. In this case, the reason for the buzz was the featured speaker, Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Tyson, for those of you who have been holed up in the lab or on a desert island for the last two or three years, has become the public face of science in his many roles: director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York, author, public speaker, frequent late night talk show guest and now, host of the reboot of that granddaddy of mass-media science shows, "Cosmos." The fact that Tyson has become a social media powerhouse and an icon to both the public and the science community says a lot about how far things have come since the original "Cosmos" aired back in 1980 and made its host, Carl Sagan, a household name.

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Glen Crawford, DOE Office of High Energy Physics


Sebastian Wagner-Carena offered University of Chicago-Fermilab scholarship


Sebastian Wagner-Carena has been offered the University of Chicago-Fermilab scholarship, which was created this year. Wagner-Carena is the son of Fermilab scientist Marcela Carena and Argonne National Laboratory scientist Carlos Wagner. Both parents are professors at the University of Chicago.

The University of Chicago offers one full-tuition scholarship each year to the child of a regular, full-time employee of Fermilab. The merit-based scholarship is renewable to the student for four years as long as the recipient remains in good academic standing and one parent is a full-time employee of Fermilab.

Video of the Day

Big mysteries: the Higgs mass

With the discovery of what looks to be the Higgs boson, LHC researchers are turning their attention to the next big question, the predicted mass of the newly discovered particle. When the effects of quantum mechanics is taken into account, the mass of the Higgs boson should be incredibly high — much higher than what was observed. CMS Education and Outreach Coordinator Don Lincoln explains how it is that the theory predicts that the mass is so large and gives at least one possible theoretical idea that might solve the problem. View the video. Video: Fermilab
Photos of the Day

STEM Career Expo at Fermilab

Roughly 1,000 students, parents and professionals participated in this year's STEM Career Expo, which took place on April 23 at Fermilab. Photo: Cindy Arnold
Fermilab ecologist Ryan Campbell talks about his work with high school students. Photo: Cindy Arnold
The expo included a number of well-attended panel sessions, allowing students to hear from professionals in a wide range of fields, including physics, food science, actuarial science and economics. Photo: Cindy Arnold
In the News

Brown physicist, who helped predict Higgs boson, dies

From Providence Journal, April 28, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A Brown University physicist who co-authored a paper 50 years ago predicting the existence of what became known as the Higgs boson, has died, university officials said Monday.

Gerald S. Guralnik, 77, a member of the Brown University faculty for 47 years, died Saturday, a university news release said.

The Higgs boson was discovered by scientists in 2012 at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland.

"It is a wonderful feeling of great satisfaction and amazement," Guralnik said shortly after the discovery that proved his theory. "We started out to solve an interesting and challenging abstract problem; we were surprised by the answer that turned up."

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From the Finance Section

Get to know your Procurement Department

Joe Collins

Joe Collins, procurement manager, wrote this column.

As we enter the second half of the fiscal year, chances are that we will need to purchase more items that support Fermilab's mission. As budgets become clear, purchasing activity goes up, and so does the urgency of the need.

The Procurement Department helps the laboratory meet its acquisition needs. Procurement's mission is to help obtain the goods and services required at the right time and at the overall best value. We must do this in a way that ensures that FRA upholds its contract with the Department of Energy. This includes fair and open competition, small business participation and sustainable procurements.

Procurement is organized into three groups: Project Procurement, Operations Procurement and Administration. The staff members working within the Project Procurement Group support the purchasing and subcontracting requirements of the laboratory's capital projects. Some of the staff members are designated as procurement liaisons for our larger projects, such as LBNE and Mu2e. All of the laboratory's construction, major fabrication and engineering service subcontracts are handled by this group, which is headed by Bob Cibic, x3528.

The Operations Group, headed by Bill Koncelik, x4173, handles Fermilab's IT requirements; maintenance, repair and operation commodities; and institutional, site and general services. The Operations Group is responsible for professional services and university subcontracts and administers the Procard program. A listing of the commodities and services for which the individual procurement administrators are responsible, as well as the project liaison assignments in the Project Group, can be found on the Procurement website.

The Administration Group maintains the critical flow of work from requisition through purchase order closeout and keeps in close contact with IT staff members who provide the laboratory's Oracle system support. The Administration Group supervisor is Joanne Hall, x4168.

As Fermilab acquires new projects, Procurement has plans to grow and become even more project-centric. Some staff reorganization and assignment changes will take place as a greater number of procurement staff members devote a larger portion of their time to major individual subcontracts. We share the excitement that the laboratory's future promises and stand ready to do all we can to help fulfill that promise.

Safety Update

ESH&Q weekly report, April 29

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

A subcontractor fractured the tip of one finger when it was caught between a pipe wrench handle and the frame of a pipe threading machine. This is a DART case.

An employee was hurt when a nearby cart carrying roughly 50 pounds of material tipped over, dumping the load onto his back. This is a pending claim.

An employee felt sudden pain in one finger, and part of it turned a bluish color. This is a pending claim.

Find the full report here.

In the News

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz's statement to the Senate Committee on Appropriations on driving innovation through federal investments

From, April 29, 2014

Chairwoman Mikulski, Ranking Member Shelby, and Members of the Committee, I am pleased to be here to discuss the value of federal investments in research and development.

As the Secretary of Energy, I have the honor of leading one of the nation's premier agencies for scientific discovery and applied research and development. The mission of the Department of Energy (DOE) is to ensure America's security and prosperity by addressing energy, environmental and nuclear security challenges through transformative science and technology solutions.

As such, I am happy to be here to address the role that federal investments at the DOE have in driving innovation, economic growth, and national security in the United States.

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Centrally managed Macs to receive Adobe Flash Player 13 - May 1

Yoga registration due May 8

2013 FSA claim filing deadline - April 30

National Day of Prayer Observance - May 1

Wilson Street entrance closed starting May 5

NALWO spring tea - May 5

Martial Arts open house - May 5

Pre-retirement planning Lunch and Learn - May 7

Take the train commuting survey by May 9

Change in tax practice may affect some visitors

Fermilab Time and Labor URLs changing

A Smart Cuisine purchase earns you 10 bonus points

Abri Credit Union welcomes spring

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