Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Tuesday, July 1

10:30 a.m.
All-Hands Meeting - Auditorium

Undergraduate Lecture Series - One West
Speaker: Mark Pankuch, Central DuPage Hospital
Title: Cancer Therapy

3:30 p.m.

4 p.m.
Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar - One West
Speakers: Michael Geelhoed and Aria Soha, Fermilab, and Paul Reimer, Argonne National Laboratory
Title: Switchyard External Beamlines: From the Past to the Present

Wednesday, July 2

2:30 p.m.
Theoretical Physics Seminar (NOTE DATE, LOCATION) - WH3NE
Speaker: Marina Billoni, University of Mainz
Title: EW Corrections to W Pair Production at the LHC

3:30 p.m.


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Tuesday, July 1

- Breakfast: All-American breakfast
- Breakfast: bacon, egg and cheese bagel
- Classic reuben sandwich
- Smart cuisine: portobello and peppers over polenta
- Beef stroganoff
- Grilled chicken Caesar wrap
- Pork carnitas
- Split pea with ham soup
- Chef's choice soup
- Assorted pizza by the slice

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Wednesday, July 2
- Ham and gruyere crepes
- Mixed greens with herb vinaigrette
- Lemon blueberry poundcake

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Special Announcement

All-hands meeting - today at 10:30 a.m. in auditorium

An all-hands meeting will take place today at 10:30 a.m. in Ramsey Auditorium. Director Nigel Lockyer will provide an overview of upcoming organizational changes and introduce Fermilab's new deputy director and new chief operating officer. The meeting will be streamed live.

The meeting will be followed by a coffee and bagel reception in the atrium.


Water and sky come together in new Fermilab art exhibit

"Water Sunrise" by Louise LeBourgeois is now on display in the Fermilab Art Gallery.

"Approaching Light," an exhibit of oil paintings by Louise LeBourgeois, is now open in the Fermilab Art Gallery on the second floor of Wilson Hall.

An artist reception will be held on Wednesday, July 2, at 5 p.m. in the gallery.

LeBourgeois' paintings depict spare scenes in which very little, if anything, interrupts what many consider mere background — water and sky.

LeBourgeois spent part of her early life in New Orleans and moved to Chicago when she was 14. She draws heavily on the natural scenes of those two areas in creating her landscapes, skyscapes and waterscapes. An avid open-water swimmer, LeBourgeois looks to Lake Michigan as her muse in her later works.

"When I swim in the lake, I am a small body in a vast space, immersed in rhythms I cannot control," she said in an artist's statement. Her paintings portray places she "could not quite touch or reach."

Created between 2002 and 2014, the paintings portray the fields of Louisiana, where her ancestors laid down roots, and her surroundings in Chicago, where she now lives.

"Like swimming, painting invites us to enter a non-solid space, untethered to the usual rules of gravity, and painting can take us even further, to a place where time bends, where memory takes precedence over daily transactions, a mysterious space where words fall away," she said.

This Day in Fermilab History

July 1, 1977: Discovery of the bottom quark

The E288 experimenters discovered the bottom quark. Left image, from left: D. Hom, C. Brown, A. Ito, R. Kephart, K. Ueno, K. Gray, H. Sens, H. D. Snyder, S. Herb, J. Appel and D. Kaplan. Right image: J. Yoh (seated), L. Lederman. Photo: Fermilab

Thirty-seven years ago today, Physical Review Letters received the paper "Observation of a Dimuon Resonance at 9.5 GeV in 400-GeV Proton-Nucleus Collisions," which presented the findings of E288, an experiment in the proton fixed-target area led by Leon Lederman and made up of scientists from Columbia University, Fermilab and the State University of New York at Stony Brook. The experiment sought to study the rare events that occur when a proton beam collides with a platinum target, producing a pair of muons or electrons. The experimenters observed a bump in the number of events at 9.5 GeV, indicating the existence of the upsilon particle, which was later understood to be the bound state of the bottom quark and its antiquark.

The experiment began with a proposal for E70, which was submitted on June 17, 1970. The third phase of E70 ultimately became E288. The experimenters began taking data for E288 on May 15, 1977. A fire in the Proton Center pit on May 22 briefly delayed the experiment, but the group was able to resume operations on May 27. By June 15, the experimenters were confident in their results, and Steve Herb announced the discovery at a June 30 seminar in the Fermilab Auditorium. Experimenters at Fermilab would go on to discover its partner the top quark in 1995.

The E288 experimenters included J.A. Appel, B.C. Brown, C.N. Brown, W.R. Innes, K. Ueno and T. Yamanouchi from Fermilab, S.W. Herb, D.C. Hom, L.M. Lederman, J.C. Sens, H.D. Snyder and J. K. Yoh from Columbia University, and A.S. Ito, H. Jostlein, D.M. Kaplan and R.D. Kephart from Stony Brook.

The Fermilab Archives contains extensive records of the discovery. You can read more about the discovery of the bottom quark at the Fermilab History and Archives Project Web page devoted to the event, which includes a special edition of The Village Crier from the summer of 1977 announcing the discovery, internal notes of the collaboration provided by John Yoh and many other materials.

from the Fermilab History and Archives Project

In the News

Fermilab MicroBooNE detector

From Naperville Community Television, June 27, 2014

A big move at Fermilab means big advancements in the field of physics.

The MicroBooNE detector traveled three miles across the Fermilab site to its permanent home. The 30-ton vessel is designed to study neutrinos: tiny chargeless particles that travel near light speeds.

After nearly two years of being under construction, the MicroBooNE detector has been equipped with a 32-foot-long time projection chamber, the largest ever in the United States.

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From the Chief Operating Officer

Back in Illinois

Tim Meyer

It's good to be back — back home in Illinois.

Through the eyes of neighbor, student and experimental particle physicist, I have known Fermilab for many decades. I spent most of my childhood in South Elgin and Aurora, just a few klicks up and down the Fox River. I spent time at Fermilab as an undergraduate summer intern in the early 1990s. Since the first Isaac Asimov books that consumed my youth, to my time in Washington, D.C., to my more recent experience at TRIUMF in Vancouver, I have known Fermilab as a pioneering laboratory with a dedicated and world-leading staff. For me, it is a special privilege and pleasure to have the chance to join your team.

The job of chief operating officer is both straightforward and challenging: know something about everything happening at the laboratory and do whatever is necessary wherever appropriate to move things forward. I look at Vicky White, from whom I will be taking the reins, and she makes the job look effortless. From foreign-travel approvals to teaming with the Fermi Site Office to understanding changes to the prime contract to discussions about building international collaborations for a short-baseline neutrino program, she still found time over the last month to orient me and share how Fermilab works and where it can go. I speak for all of us in appreciating and acknowledging her exemplary service and dedication to the laboratory.

Although I am a true fan of Chicago deep-dish pizza and a hockey team that ends with –awks (or is it –ucks?), I came back to Illinois and Fermilab for a lot more. We are at a pivotal moment in particle physics, and Fermilab has a crucial role to play in fostering the "neutrino revolution." My challenge for the first 90 days will be to learn where Fermilab is strong — where we are ready to work alongside the best in the world — and where the gaps are that mean we need to adapt and realign.

My brand of leadership and management is based on listening, connecting and insisting on excellence. Although my calendar may appear busy, it is because I am meeting with people like you. Everyone here at the lab — employees, users and subcontractors — has something to share and something to contribute, so my job is to learn from you so that I can put myself at your service.

To ensure we have a chance to talk, please feel free to send me an email or call x8424 to find a time to meet with me. Together we can make Fermilab the world's best team for particle physics and accelerators.

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Hawk's orb

This hawk stood patiently on a flagpole last week during the MicroBooNE cryostat move. Photo: Cindy Arnold
In Brief

FermiWorks has launched

The FermiWorks human resource management system launched on Monday.

Employees are encouraged to check their email inboxes for a message from Workday, the FermiWorks vendor, then log in and verify their personal information, such as name and address and emergency contact information. Instructions for updating personal information are available on the FermiWorks website.

Users and visitors will receive a message from Workday in approximately one week.

If you have any issues logging in to FermiWorks or changing your password, please contact the Service Desk at 630-840-2345 or via the web interface.

In the News

The ghosts and the machine

From The Economist, June 28, 2014

Deep beneath the plains of Illinois, in a man-made cavern filled with racks of scientific equipment, someone has spray-painted a white circle onto the bare rock wall. Stand in front of it and you are standing in the path of the most powerful beam of neutrinos in the world, which is emerging from a nearby particle accelerator at Fermilab, America's main particle-physics laboratory. With any other kind of accelerator, standing in the beam would have spectacular and fatal consequences. But your correspondent was not vapourised — nor, several weeks later, has he developed either cancer or superpowers.

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Today's New Announcements

On-site housing requests for fall 2014 and spring 2015 due July 14

Artist reception - July 2

Lecture Series - Technology for Advanced Neural Prostheses - July 11

Register for the C++ Fermilab software school - Aug. 4-8

New updates available for Mac computers

FermiWorks training for managers with direct reports

Construction work at Main Ring Road and AZero

Outdoor soccer

Employee Appreciation Day at Hollywood Palms Cinema