Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014

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Wednesday, Aug. 27

8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
HEPAP Accelerator R&D Subpanel - One West

9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Next Steps in the Energy Frontier — Hadron Colliders - Curia II
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Registration fee: $39

3:30 p.m.


Thursday, Aug. 28

8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
HEPAP Accelerator R&D Subpanel - One West
11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Town Hall Meeting

9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Next Steps in the Energy Frontier — Hadron Colliders - Curia II
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Registration fee: $39

2:30 p.m.
Theoretical Physics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: Duccio Pappadopulo, University of California, Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Title: The Low-F Multiverse Axion

3:30 p.m.

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Wilson Hall Cafe

Wednesday, Aug. 27

- Breakfast: crustless quiche casserole
- Breakfast: ham, egg and cheese English muffin
- Western barbecue burger
- Smart cuisine: spinach and jack cheese enchiladas
- Chicken parmesan
- Zesty turkey pastrami sandwich
- Peruvian beef and potato stir fry
- Cuban black bean soup
- Texas-style chili
- Assorted calzones

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Chez Leon

Wednesday, Aug. 27
- Skillet pork with warm pineapple salsa
- Basmati rice
- Haricots verts
- Profiteroles

Friday, Aug. 29

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In Brief

Argonne and Fermilab present second small business fair

On Thursday, representatives from more than 140 Illinois small businesses will join Argonne National Laboratory and Fermilab staff to talk about potential partnerships.

The second annual joint business fair, held at Argonne Lab, will offer local small businesses and startup firms a chance to learn more about both laboratories and explore opportunities to partner on the laboratories' initiatives. The one-day session will give participants a chance to talk one-on-one with representatives from the laboratories' procurement and technology development groups, as well as user facility and small business support staff.

Speakers will include Argonne Director Peter Littlewood, Argonne Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer Paul Kearns, Fermilab Deputy Director Joseph Lykken and Argonne Director of Government Relations Norman Peterson.

For information about the business fair, call the Fermilab Office of Communication at 630-840-3351 or send email to

In Brief

Fermilab posts latest Physics Advisory Committee report

Fermilab has released the latest report from the committee that advises laboratory director on the direction of the laboratory's future experiments and programs. The charge to the Fermilab Physics Advisory Committee and its recommendations are now available on the PAC Web page.

The Fermilab Physics Advisory Committee met from July 23-25 to look at the planned evolution of the laboratory program in view of the report "Building for Discovery: Strategic Plan for U.S. Particle Physics in the Global Context," released in May by the Particle Physics Project Prioritization Panel. The results of that meeting are captured in the PAC report.

"All PAC meetings provide important advice for the Director, but this meeting was specially important," said PAC Secretary Steve Geer. "It provided advice at a critical time for the management as the laboratory program is being aligned with the P5 recommendations."

The PAC is composed of senior scientists from universities and high-energy physics laboratories in the United States and abroad.

From symmetry

LHC physicist takes on new type of collisions

A former Large Hadron Collider researcher brings his knowledge of high-energy collisions to a new EA SPORTS NHL hockey game. Photo courtesy of EA Sports

After years of particle physics research — first for the DZero experiment at Fermilab near Chicago and later for the ATLAS experiment at CERN near Geneva — Michele Petteni faced a dilemma. He loved physics, but not academia.

"Academia is very competitive, and if you want to be successful, you have to be one-hundred-percent committed," Petteni says. "After my postdoc, I realized going down the academic path was not for me."

Petteni found the perfect compromise. He took a job as a software engineer with EA SPORTS and helped design the hockey game NHL 15, to be released on September 9 in the US and September 11 in Europe.

"It was a new opportunity to do physics, just not at a quantum level," Petteni says. "We try to keep quantum mechanical effects out of video games."

Petteni's job was to help model the puck and players with more realistic geometries so that their interactions mirrored those of real hockey games.

"Previous versions of the game modeled the puck as a sphere, which has a perfectly symmetrical geometry and bounces in a very predictable way," Petteni says. "But hockey pucks are cylinders, which move and interact completely differently than spheres. We wanted to develop new models in which the puck flicks and rotates in a way which is believable."

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Sarah Charley

In the News

Delving into dark matter

From The Sudbury Star, Aug. 24, 2014

A lab located two kilometres underground at Vale's Creighton Mine may shed light on dark matter and one of physics' more perplexing unresolved questions.

The Super Cryogenic Dark Matter Search is an international, multimillion-dollar dark matter experiment based in Minnesota, with plans to build a more sensitive detector at Sudbury's SNOLAB.

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Early-career conservationist helps keep the Fermilab site beautiful and sustainable

Kent Collins

Kent Collins, head of the Facilities Engineering Services Section, wrote this column.

Fermilab Natural Areas, a not-for-profit group with the mission of conserving and restoring the natural areas on the Fermilab site, sponsored its first paid summer internship in 2008. With more than 1,000 acres of reconstructed prairie and a 40-year history of ecological land stewardship, Fermilab is a wonderful training ground for interns who will become the next generation of environmental conservationists.

Emily McGrath, 2014 Robert F. Betz intern, recently studied the native landscaping planted around the IARC Office, Technical and Education Building. The OTE Building design has been submitted to the U.S. Green Building Council for LEED certification, which requires that the building meet certain minimums for energy and water conservation, sustainable purchasing and disposal, indoor environmental quality, and sustainable site development and land use. In order to satisfy the LEED requirement of water-efficient landscaping, a prairie planting replaces traditional landscaping surrounding the bike path along D Road.

As Emily reported, the plantings were established from seed last fall, using a seed mix with a wide variety of forbs, or wildflowers, and short grasses suited for the site conditions. Over the course of the summer Emily conducted several surveys to develop a list of the species germinated and succeeding in this first growing season. She found that two-thirds of the planted species succeeded in this first year, forming an excellent baseline to assess progress over the coming years.

She also found "weeds throughout the site, which are likely product of the soil used to construct the landscape beds. Most weeds will be inconsequential to the planting success, though some management is necessary." She developed a management plan that will help ensure success and concluded by stating "the plantings' proximity to the Illinois Accelerator Research Center, bike path and bison pasture ensure that the planting will be seen by many, demonstrating Fermilab's commitment to both sustainability and ecological conservation. The visual appeal of the planting will increase exponentially in the upcoming years, but patience is imperative to the success of the prairie."

The work done by Fermilab Natural Areas and interns like Emily is just one example of the hundreds of efforts through the years that has made Fermilab one of the most beautiful national lab sites, unique in its open, spacious prairie setting.

Photo of the Day

Physics is fun when you are a magnet at Fermilab

This magnet is the last Booster corrector completed by the Accelerator and Technical divisions. It took the teams about six years to design and build the 60 magnets. Upon completion, everyone who worked on building the magnets signed the last one. Its round, yellow end face made it the perfect place for the classic pop culture smiley. This magnet will still be smiling even after it is installed in the Booster. Photo: Eric Mieland, ESH&Q
Safety Update

ESH&Q weekly report, Aug. 26

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

Find the full report here.


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Strength Training registration due Aug. 28

Walk 2 Run offers two time slots in August

Art gallery talk - Sept. 3

NBI 2014 Workshop - Sept. 23-26

eBook by head of Technical Division available at the Fermilab Library

International folk dancing Thursday evenings at Ramsey through August

Scottish country dancing Tuesday evenings at Ramsey through August

English country dancing at Kuhn Barn

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Outdoor soccer

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