Tuesday, May 6, 2014

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Tuesday, May 6

11 a.m.
Academic Lecture Series - One West
Speaker: Sheldon Stone, Syracuse University
Title: Quark Flavor Physics I

3:30 p.m.

4 p.m.
Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar - One West
Speaker: Flor de Maria Blaszczyk, Louisiana State University
Title: A Journey from T2K to LArIAT

Wednesday, May 7

3 p.m.
Particle Astrophysics Seminar (NOTE DATE, TIME, LOCATION) - WH6NW
Speaker: Yeongduk Kim, Center for Underground Physics, Institute for Basic Science
Title: Projects to Search for WIMPs and Neutrinoless Double Beta Decays at the Center for Underground Physics

3:30 p.m.

4 p.m.
Fermilab Colloquium - One West
Speaker: Calab Scharf, Columbia University
Title: Epic Astrobiology

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Special Announcement

Save the date: DASTOW takes place June 20

Save the date: The annual Daughters and Sons to Work Day at Fermilab will take place on Friday, June 20. DASTOW '14 will offer many of the always popular events included in previous years. Look for more information in the coming weeks in Fermilab Today.

From symmetry

DESI project to map universe in 3-D HD

The Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument will create the clearest three-dimensional map yet of one-third of the sky. Image courtesy of National Optical Astronomy Observatory

Maps do more than tell us where we are. Rich with information elegantly arranged, they give us a way to assimilate our vast world. The clearer the map, the more confidently we set out to explore, looking for something it doesn't show.

In a few years, scientists will come out with a new map of a third of the sky, one that will go deeper and bring that depth into sharper focus than any survey has yet achieved. It will pinpoint in three dimensions the locations of 25 million galaxies and quasars, pulling back the curtains on the history of the universe's expansion over more than half of the age of the universe.

Armed with this detailed picture, scientists will be better equipped to search for something the map can't show but whose effects will likely be all over it — dark energy. The researchers' cartographic tool will be the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument, or DESI.

"We have very precise measurements of positions and shapes of galaxies and galaxy clusters in the lateral dimensions, but the resolution in the distance away from us is much worse," says Fermilab's Brenna Flaugher, one of the leading scientists on DESI. "With DESI, you get the really fine measurements in depth. Your map of the universe suddenly gets clearer."

The DESI project, managed at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, is one of a number of surveys looking to get a handle on how dark energy operates.

"We're going to try to understand what dark energy is," says Berkeley Lab's Michael Levi, DESI project director. "We don't know if it's something having to do with gravity that we don't understand or some new form of energy that we just haven't gotten our heads around yet."

Whatever it is, it leaves its trace in the growth and structure of the universe.

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Leah Hesla

Photos of the Day

Celebrating science and engineering in Washington

Last month Fermilab participated in the USA Science and Engineering Festival, the largest STEM education event of its kind in the United States. More than 750 organizations participated in the Washington, DC, festival. Here, kids at the Fermilab booth play Rolling for Rutherford. Photo: Marge Bardeen, WDRS
Eleven-year-old Gabe from Florida visited Fermilab's booth. His family took the train 16 hours to attend the fair because he saw Fermilab was going to be there. Fascinated by particles since he was eight, he wore his Higgs shirt to the event. The Fermilab Education Office gave him a Fermilab t-shirt and invited him to help out in the booth. He was thrilled to represent Fermilab. Photo: Marge Bardeen, WDRS
Fermilab scientist Herman White, left, talks about neutrinos with visitors, who seem to be enjoying the demonstration. Photo: Marge Bardeen, WDRS
In the News

New super-heavy element 117 confirmed

From Discovery News, May 2, 2014

Atoms of a new super-heavy element — the as-yet-unnamed element 117 — have reportedly been created by scientists in Germany, moving it closer to being officially recognized as part of the standard periodic table.

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Fermilab Arts Series presents Circo Comedia on May 10 in Ramsey Auditorium

This circus duo will entertain with magic, comedy and acrobatic feats on Saturday in Ramsey Auditorium. Image courtesy of Circo Comedia

Unpredictable thrills, side-splitting comedy and daredevil stunts are the signature style of Circo Comedia, starring the duo Jean Saucier and Patrick Côté from Montreal. On Saturday, May 10, they will perform their distinctive style of humor, acrobatic tricks and magic. The 60-minute show takes place in Ramsey Auditorium.

Following in the tradition of the Quebec circus, Jean Saucier, master equilibrist, juggler, trick cyclist, acrobat and magician, performs his feats from dizzying heights while Patrick Côté, burlesque clown, expert roller skater and drummer, innocently tries his best to be the (imperfect) assistant. Entertaining for the whole family, their performance will be filled with unforgettable moments.

The performance takes place at 7 p.m. Tickets are $22, $11 for ages 18 and under. Visit the Fermilab Arts Series online box office or call 630-840-2787 to reserve your seat.

Construction Update

NOvA far detector filled with scintillating liquid

The NOvA far detector's 28 blocks are now filled with liquid scintillator. Image: Fermilab

The NOvA far detector in Minnesota reached a milestone last month. As of April 25, all 28 blocks that make up the detector are filled with liquid scintillator. About 21 blocks are outfitted with electronics.

In the News

Good hearing for DOE Secretary Moniz before House Science Committee

From FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News, May 5, 2014

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz testified before the House Science, Space and Technology Committee about the Administration's FY 2015 request for his department. While there are differences in approaches and priorities between committee members and the Obama Administration the hearing went surprisingly well given the diversity of DOE's portfolio. Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) concluded the hearing by expressing appreciation for the forthright answers Moniz give to the members' questions and an approach, Smith said, to decision-making that appeared to rely more on data than on the influence of politics.

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In the News

Public relations: For your information

From Nature, April 30, 2014

Kurt Riesselmann remembers with delight the day that CERN researchers officially announced that they had finally detected what seemed to be the Higgs boson. He looked on as cheering scientists at Fermilab in Batavia, Illinois, watched a live stream of the announcement from CERN, the European particle-physics laboratory near Geneva, Switzerland. That moment, in the early morning of 4 July 2012, was especially meaningful for Riesselmann, who had earned his doctorate at the University of Wisconsin – Madison calculating theoretical Higgs interactions. But he wasn't just a highly interested spectator at the Fermilab viewing party. He had put the event together — and he had made sure to invite a New York Times photographer and a few key reporters. He wanted the US media to understand the significance of the particle, and he particularly wanted the world to know that Fermilab had played a large part in its discovery.

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Joint Speaker Series: Science and Serendipity - May 21

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