Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014

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Tuesday, Sept. 23

8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Ninth International Workshop on Neutrino Beams and Instrumentation - One West
Register in person
Registration fee: $38

10:30 a.m.
Research Techniques Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: Peter Shirron, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center
Title: Adiabatic Demagnetization Refrigerators for Cooling Low-Temperature Detectors in Space

3:30 p.m.


Wednesday, Sept. 24

8:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
Ninth International Workshop on Neutrino Beams and Instrumentation - One West
Register in person
Registration fee: $38

11:30 a.m.
Special Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: Luis Ortiz (patent attorney)
Title: Is My Idea Patentable?

3:30 p.m.


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Wilson Hall Cafe

Tuesday, Sept. 23

- Breakfast: All-American breakfast
- Breakfast: bacon, egg and cheese bagel
- Cajun chicken sandwich
- Chicken vindaloo
- Pork carnitas
- Grilled chicken Caesar wrap
- Portobello and peppers over polenta
- Chef's choice soup
- Bourbon Street gumbo
- Assorted pizza by the slice

Wilson Hall Cafe menu

Chez Leon

Wednesday, Sept. 24
- Pan-fried catfish
- Southern style collard greens
- Black eyed peas
- Cornbread
- Sweet potato pie

Friday, Sept. 26
- Cold cucumber soup
- Linguine with clam sauce
- Sauteed asparagus spears
- Lemon blueberry cake

Chez Leon menu
Call x3524 to make your reservation.


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One minute with Jennifer Gondorchin, benefits administration team lead

Jennifer Gondorchin makes sure Fermilab staff understand their employee benefits. Photo: Reidar Hahn

What is your role at the laboratory?
It is my responsibility to oversee the administration of Fermilab's benefit plans as well as the communication of the plans to our employees.

How long have you been at Fermilab?
I've been here two years as of June.

What do you enjoy most about your job?
I enjoy getting to know the employees. I try to put myself in their circumstances. We're not paying the employee to understand every nuance about their benefits package. It is my role to help the employee population understand their benefits and ensure we meet federal and state regulations.

What's one thing people probably don't know about the benefits office?
Customer service is really important to us. We are a busy group, but we will always make time to meet with an employee that has questions. So I look at the communications materials we distribute from that perspective. I try to make sure the materials, presentations and website are easy to understand, as well as answer potential questions or concerns the employees may encounter.

What is life outside of work like?
I have a husband and two children — two boys, an eight-year-old and a three-year-old. My little one goes to the on-site daycare here at Fermilab. My older son is involved in sports and all kinds of activities, so my life at this point is taking care of kids, supervising homework and spending time with my family.

Do you have any hobbies?
When you have small children, hobbies tend to take a back seat for a while. My boys are my priority. When the weather is good, we enjoy biking the trails along the Fox River and the prairie path.

Do you have a most memorable experience at Fermilab?
My first day here, arriving to new hire orientation, was memorable. I was used to corporate America, and in corporate America there was a certain dress code that was expected. I knew the dress code at Fermilab was casual. There were probably 40 students at orientation, and most were wearing cargo shorts and Birkenstocks. And I was shocked, thinking, "I'm in the wrong meeting. I don't think this where I'm supposed to be right now." But I was in the right meeting. The other non-student new hires from that day still laugh about our reaction.

Troy Rummler

Photo of the Day

One-tree field

A bare tree stands alone in the green fields of the dog training area. Photo: Lauren Biron, Office of Communication
In Brief

Volunteers needed - Fermilab Arts and Lecture Series and Saturday's performance

The Fermilab Arts and Lecture Series and the Fermilab Auditorium Committee are looking for volunteers for the Saturday, Sept. 27, performance, Mike Super - Magic and Illusion. Help is needed for loading in and loading out equipment and ushering.

You can also sign up to be called on for future Arts and Lecture Series events.

To volunteer for Saturday's event or to express interest in volunteering for Arts and Lecture series events in general, please email audweb@fnal.gov.

In the News

Finding dark energy in the details

From Quanta Magazine, Sept. 18, 2014

Like most theoretical cosmologists, Joshua Frieman was thrilled when astronomers announced in 1998 that the expansion of the universe appeared to be speeding up, driven by an invisible agent that they called "dark energy."

Frieman and his fellow theorists imagined two possible causes for the cosmic acceleration: Dark energy could be the quantum jitter of empty space, a "cosmological constant" that continues to accrue as space expands, pushing outward ever more forcefully. Alternately, a yet-undetected force field could pervade the cosmos, one akin to the field that scientists believe powered the exponential expansion of the universe during the Big Bang.

But the scientists also realized that the two options would have nearly identical observational consequences, and either theory could fit the crude measurements to date.

Read more

In the News

Mystery signal could be dark matter hint in ISS detector

From Discovery, Sept. 18, 2014

Analysis of 41 billion cosmic rays striking the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer particle detector aboard the International Space Station shows an unknown phenomena that is "consistent with a dark matter particle" known as a neutralino, researchers announced Thursday.

Key to the hunt is the ratio of positrons to electrons and so far the evidence from AMS points in the direction of dark matter.

Read more

From the Chief Operating Officer

United we stand

Tim Meyer

The world changed on Tuesday, Sept. 16. It may have been hard to notice if you weren't in Room 50 on the ground floor of the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C.

The entire family of Department of Energy labs got together to host a National Lab Day on Capitol Hill at the suggestion of the Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz. The event was themed "America's National Laboratory System: A Powerhouse of Science, Engineering and Technology."

Two aspects of the event highlighted a potential new paradigm for Fermilab and the other DOE labs: We are part of the same family with shared objectives and a common vision for enhancing the country.

The most noticeable feature of the 14 exhibit booths was something that was actually hard to find among all of the accomplishments, ambitions and activities presented and enthusiastically discussed: the calling out of any particular lab. It was rare to see a specific lab mentioned. The results were owned by and credited to the entire national laboratory system — the labs, the facilities, the site offices, headquarters and program staff, and partners and collaborators. Rather than jockeying for position and debating who was more instrumental in advancing science and society, each laboratory selflessly promoted the spectrum of results. For instance, Fermilab worked with other labs to construct an interactive, touch-panel guide to DOE discovery science that mapped onto the history of the universe. It was a beautiful display (and will actually come to Wilson Hall) and a brilliant way to organize a large part of the discovery science supported by DOE in particle and nuclear physics, astronomy and cosmology, plasma physics and more.

The second remarkable feature of the event was a panel discussion introduced and moderated by the Secretary of Energy. The event kicked off with the announcement of a National Laboratory Caucus in the Senate, co-chaired by Illinois' own Senator Dick Durbin and Idaho's Jim Risch. Topping that, however, were the contributions of the panel members. Norm Augustine from Lockheed Martin talked about how the national labs are a primary engine for basic science that fuels national progress. Harold Varmus of the National Cancer Institute spoke about the importance of basic physics, chemistry, biology and medicine. Jennifer Rumsey from Cummins Inc. talked about how her company relies on DOE laboratories to develop and maintain the deep, fundamental knowledge that improves state-of-the-art engines manufactured and sold by Cummins. Clark Gellings at the Electric Power Research Institute talked about the role of the labs in energy generation and distribution. He then pointed to the growing number of collaborations among the labs themselves as an important signal to private industry and international organizations that the DOE labs can be reliable, valuable partners. Each of these stakeholders is external to the DOE system and represented a fresh, third-party validation of everything that we do.

So what does this all boil down to? I say it represents the next step in how we think about Fermilab and DOE, our primary stakeholder. DOE has been the quiet steward of one the most powerful science and technology assets in the United States for decades, and it is time to celebrate and promote that mission. The national laboratories are a joint system, a symbiotic collection of talents and resources that work together to achieve a whole greater than the sum of its parts. This is a key moment for DOE and for us as we look at a future where the competition for resources is fiercer than ever.

Construction Update

Atrium revitalization for community seating and workspaces under way

The renovations at the south end of the Wilson Hall atrium will provide spaces for people to work and mingle. Image: Andrew Federowicz, FESS

Renovations at the south end of the atrium are under way. Last week work crews installed additional power outlets. Now they will start to install new carpet later this week. New high-top tables and lounge seating are set to debut in mid-October and will offer new venues for employees and visitors to gather and work throughout the day.

Also scheduled for this week is the installation of the new tables in the cafeteria and the return of the refurbished round legacy tables and resurfaced condiment stations.

During the next few weeks crews will begin installing new ceilings and LED light fixtures at both elevator lobbies, with additional pendant light fixtures around the atrium's perimeter. All work related to the atrium lighting improvements will be performed during off hours.

Andrew Federowicz, FESS


Today's New Announcements

Yoga registration

Artist reception - Sept. 26

Mike Super at Fermilab - Sept. 27

Access 2010: Intermediate - Oct. 2

Labwide celebration - Oct. 8

Interpersonal Communications Skills - Oct. 21

Excel 2010: Intermediate - Oct. 29

Writing for Results: Email and More (morning only) - Oct. 30

Managing Conflict course (morning only) - Nov. 5

Access 2010: Advanced - Nov. 12

Excel 2010: Advanced - Dec. 3

New ebook available sitewide

Added room locations in the FermiMail Calendar

NALWO Playgroup meets Wednesdays at Users Center

Abri Credit Union financial advisor

Indoor soccer