Wednesday, July 9, 2014

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Wednesday, July 9

9 a.m.-4:40 p.m.
Liquid-Argon TPC R&D Workshop - CDF Big Room
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3:30 p.m.

4 p.m.
Fermilab Colloquium - One West
Speaker: Nathaniel Fisch, Princeton University
Title: Wave Compression in Plasma

Thursday, July 10

Undergraduate Lecture Series - One West
Speaker: Hugh Lippincott, Fermilab
Title: Searching for Dark Matter


3:30 p.m.

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Wednesday, July 9

- Breakfast: ham, egg and cheese English muffin
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- Texas-style chili
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Wednesday, July 9
- Spiced pork tenderloin with summer relish
- Grilled potato planks
- Apple pie squares with bourbon caramel sauce

Friday, July 11
- Roasted vegetables with pasta
- Striped bass
- Lemongrass rice
- Wilted spinach
- Lime tart

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One minute with Bob Holle, security guard

Bob Holle works is one of Fermilab's much appreciated security guards. Photo: Cindy Arnold

How long have you been at Fermilab?
Thirteen years in July.

What does your typical workday look like?
I work at the gate as a security guard. I'm here at 5:30 in the morning. There's a little briefing we go through where we learn what exactly is going on, any conferences we should know about or special meetings that are happening, like when Secretary Ernest Moniz came. Then I'll go out to my post and open up the gate. Basically, I talk to people and then decide if they can enter the site or not. If yes, I answer any of their questions and give them any directions they need.

What do you like about being at Fermilab?
This is like its own little world, a little international community. So it's been fun meeting people from all over the world. But you know, I just like talking to people when they come in the gate. I've been asked before, "How are you always so doggone happy when I show up in the morning?" I just know I'm the first person people see when they come in the morning, so I might as well make them happy. People like me; I like people. It works.

What do you like to do when you're not at work?
I'm thinking about my vacation, which should be coming up pretty soon. I like going to Alaska. I have two sons and five grandkids up there.

What's something people may not know about you?
I learned to fly an airplane in 1969 and I learned to skydive in 1996. A while back, my son came home from jump school and said, "Well dad, I've jumped out of an airplane seven times now." I had wanted to do it for years, so that weekend I started skydiving.

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Toad on a road

This American toad was spotted one evening last week on Main Ring Road. Photo: Glenn Vallone, ESH&Q
In the News

For the users: SNS produces neutrons at 1.4 MW

From DOE Pulse, July 7, 2014

The Spallation Neutron Source at DOE's Oak Ridge National Laboratory broke records for sustained beam power level as well as for integrated energy and target lifetime in the month of June.

For the first time, the accelerator-based pulsed neutron source operated steadily for users at its baseline design power of 1.4 megawatts on June 26.

"Over the past year, we have implemented technical and operational improvements to provide stable operation at 1.4 MW with little operating margin," said Kevin Jones, director of ORNL's Research Accelerators Division. "This achievement is the result of a lot of hard work by the dedicated and talented staff of our division."

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From the Accelerator Division

It takes a village to do great science

Paul Czarapata

Paul Czarapata, deputy head of the Accelerator Division, wrote this column.

"It takes a village to raise a child." This saying is attributed to an African proverb, though the exact origin has not been tracked down. In our work at the laboratory a slight modification to that saying may be in order: It takes a village to do great science.

In our day-to-day jobs we sometimes lose sight of the fact that the entire laboratory contributes to the success of our science. Some staff ensure we are paid and have benefits to protect us and our families. Others help make purchases and see that quality materials are delivered. Still others help us by ensuring we do our work in safe environments. Many staff operate the experiments and support large-scale computations to find the key data from a flood of information collected.

The cooperation we need to run the lab is also necessary in each division, and this is no less true of the Accelerator Division. Over the next few months, our own village, with its many teams, will work together to continue the conversion of the former antiproton rings into muon delivery rings. These changes are in preparation for the future Muon g-2 and Mu2e experiments. Scientist will look for subtle physics processes in the former and will work to uncover new physics in the latter. In both cases, researchers will require exquisite beams to carry out their science. Our division is hard at work to make this possible.

And yet, even as we work to advance our accelerator complex, we remind ourselves that it is not only the technical staff that is needed, but all the divisions and sections that put their collective shoulders to the job.

As we move forward with our neutrino, muon and other physics programs, we must increase the size and interconnectedness of our village. National and international help will be needed. This will bring its own unique challenges for our administrative personnel, procurement specialists and technical staff. The one thing that we can count on as a laboratory is yet another saying: "We can do it!"

Safety Update

ESH&Q weekly report, July 8

This week's safety report, compiled by the Fermilab ESH&Q Section, contains no incidents.

Find the full report here.

In the News

Saturday is Neutrino Day

From Sanford Underground Research Facility's Deep Thoughts, July 7, 2014

Sanford Lab's 7th Annual Neutrino Day is Saturday. It features activities, displays, talks with scientists and special presentations for all ages. It also features talks by some of the world's leading minds in science. Included is one of the founders of the theory of cold dark matter, which has revolutionized the way we understand the structure of the universe.

Dr. Joel Primack and his wife Dr. Nancy Ellen Abrams, keynote speakers for the event, will provide their audience with an entirely new way of looking at the cosmos.

Their presentation, titled "The New Universe and the Human Future," will combine the discussion of dark matter with the most up-to-date view of the unfolding universe. Lead could hardly have a more experienced physicist to do the job.

"I'm one of the inventors of the modern picture of how the universe works," said Primack, who is now co-investigator in the world's largest simulation of the evolving universe. Primack is director of the University of California High- Performance AstroComputing Center where, using Pleiades, the world's sixth largest supercomputer at NASA, he has developed the most realistic cosmological simulations in the world.

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Lecture Series - Technology for Advanced Neural Prostheses - July 11

Fermilab prairie plant survey - July 12, July 23, Aug. 9

Deadline for on-site housing requests for fall 2014 and spring 2015 - July 14

Scottish country dancing Tuesday evenings in Ramsey Auditorium

International folk dancing Thursday evenings in Ramsey Auditorium

Fermi Days at Six Flags Great America

Employee Appreciation Day at Hollywood Palms Cinema