Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014

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Tuesday, Nov. 11

3:30 p.m.
Director's Coffee Break - WH2XO

4 p.m.
Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar - One West
Speaker: Bill Pellico, Fermilab
Title: Preparing for PIP II - What Are the Issues and Plans for the Booster?

Wednesday, Nov. 12

3 p.m.
LHC Physics Center Topic of the Week Seminar - WH11NE
Speaker: Raffaele D'Agnolo, Institute for Advanced Study
Title: Higgs Couplings, a Tale of Two Scales

3:30 p.m.
Director's Coffee Break - WH2XO

4 p.m.
Fermilab Colloquium - One West
Speaker: Junko Shigemitsu, Ohio State University
Title: What Can Lattice Gauge Theory Do for You?

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Tuesday, Nov. 11

- Breakfast: All-American breakfast
- Breakfast: bacon, egg and cheese bagel
- Ranch chicken breast sandwich
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- Country fried steak
- California turkey panino
- Shrimp and crab scampi
- Minnesota chicken and rice soup
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- Assorted pizza by the slice

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Chez Leon

Wednesday, Nov. 12
- Four cheese ravioli with roasted red pepper cream sauce
- Cranberry spinach salad
- Carrot cake

Friday, Nov. 14

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One minute with Aaron Sauers, patent and licensing executive

Aaron Sauers is the newest member of the Fermilab Office of Partnerships and Technology Transfer. Photo: Reidar Hahn

What's your role at the lab?
I work in the Office of Partnerships and Technology Transfer, which is specifically charged with deploying technologies that are developed at Fermilab.

How did you end up here?
I've worked at several national laboratories: Oak Ridge, Los Alamos, Idaho and Argonne right before coming here. When I was getting my M.B.A. at the University of Tennessee, I looked for a graduate assistantship at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. There was one in the Office of Technology Transfer. I found the work really suited me, and I decided to make it my profession.

What is a favorite project you've helped license?
While at Los Alamos I worked with national defense software for analysis of satellite imagery. If you had thousands of square miles in an image — let's say you wanted to find all the tanks in that image — you would zoom in and find a tank. You would paint over it to provide that piece of software with a little bit of training. You paint a few tanks, and it tries to find more tanks. We licensed that technology to a digital pathology company, and now the software is used to find cancer cells in tissue samples. That to me is technology transfer at its height. That's why we're here.

What do you love about your job?
I'm a believer in the societal benefits of doing technology transfer. It's not just a job that I feel I'm good at, it's something that's worth doing.

What's one challenging aspect of your job?
I must distill complex subjects into topics that can be understood by various kinds of people. I have technical audiences, I have business development audiences and I have lay audiences as well.

Do you understand all the technology that you license?
At a certain level, yes, but my goal is to be technology-agnostic. I have to be able to rapidly bring myself up to a layman's understanding of a technology so I can bring my own expertise to the table, which is intellectual property protection, licensing, business development, negotiation and strategy.

What do you like about working at Fermilab?
I like that Fermilab is a very cohesive group. Our celebration of the NOvA experiment really impressed me. There's a unity of purpose at Fermilab that's unique among the laboratories, and I'm excited to be a part of it.

Troy Rummler

Photo of the Day

Veterans Day

This Veterans Day, Julie Kurnat depicts two veterans who hold a special place in her heart, her son and his grandfather, in a chalkboard drawing. You can see the drawing in Trailer 156. Photo: Julie Kurnat, TD
In Brief

Fermilab user Chang Kee Jung talks physics of sports on FOX Sports 1 - Wednesday

On Wednesday, Nov. 12, the FOX Sports 1 network will air a segment featuring Fermilab user and LBNF collaborator Chang Kee Jung of Stony Brook University.

The segment will appear on the program "NFL Films Presents" and will focus on the physics of sports, drawing from Jung's course on the subject.

The show begins at 6 p.m. Central time.

In the News

Lighting the way: a conversation with 3 dark matter explorers (Q+A)

From Space.com, November 5, 2014

Kelen Tuttle, writer and editor for the Kavli Foundation, contributed this article to Space.com's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights.

This month, three new experiments take significant steps in the hunt for dark matter, the elusive substance that appears to make up more than a quarter of the universe, but interacts very rarely with the matter that makes up our world. The experiments — the Axion Dark Matter eXperiment Gen 2, LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ) and the Super Cryogenic Dark Matter Search at SNOLAB — learned in July that each would receive much needed funding from the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. National Science Foundation. Each of these "second-generation" experiments will be at least 10 times more sensitive than today's dark matter detectors, increasing the likelihood that they will see the small, rare interactions between dark matter and the regular matter we all interact with every day.

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Director's Corner

Fermilab's people, science, technology showcased last week

Fermilab Director
Nigel Lockyer

Newly confirmed Deputy Secretary of the Department of Energy Dr. Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall visited Fermilab last Thursday afternoon. After meeting with several DOE Early Career Research awardees, she addressed employees and users during an all-hands meeting. During her remarks, she stressed DOE's support of the Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility and strengthening and expanding international partnerships.

She visited the superconducting radio-frequency technology test facility at NML, where she learned about our world-leading technology for the next generation of particle accelerators. She then toured the underground NOvA/Minos cavern for a first-hand look at our neutrino experiments, followed by stops at the East and West Remote Operation Centers in Wilson Hall. The deputy secretary remarked that it was great to chat with a group of enthusiastic, international, early-career scientists at Fermilab who are studying particle physics.

Also last week, Fermilab hosted the DOE Technology Transfer Working Group (TTWG). More than 60 technology transfer professionals from across the Department of Energy and its national laboratories and facilities met to share best practices for leveraging taxpayer investments in DOE with the goals of creating new industries, new companies and new jobs.

Ellen D. Williams, senior advisor to the Office of the Secretary of Energy for technology transfer, currently leads the Department of Energy's newly formed Office of Technology Transitions. During her presentation to the TTWG, Dr. Williams noted that "technology transitions" more accurately reflect the wide variety of technology transfer roles of the laboratories, including the unique role of Fermilab to contribute through our scientific leadership and our unique technology capabilities.

During the two-day meeting, Fermilab had the opportunity to share plans for the Illinois Accelerator Research Center (IARC), and feedback from the DOE's technology transfer community was very encouraging. Several representatives from other labs expressed an interest in working with Fermilab as we continue to develop IARC's programs.

This week has once again demonstrated broad enthusiasm for particle physics and the opportunities for applying our accelerator technology.

Deputy Secretary of Energy Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall and Fermilab Director Nigel Lockyer host a town hall meeting for Fermilab employees and users on Nov. 6. Photo: Reidar Hahn
NOvA co-spokesperson Mark Messier points out features of the new ROC West to Deputy Secretary Sherwood-Randall. On her visit to Fermilab, Sherwood-Randall also toured the SRF accelerator technology facilities at NML and the NOvA/Minos underground neutrino area. Photo: Reidar Hahn
Ellen Williams, senior advisor to the Office of the Secretary for Technology Transfer, speaks to the DOE Technology Transfer Working Group membership about the new Office of Technology Transitions and "How do we measure success?" on Nov. 5 at Fermilab. Photo: Reidar Hahn

Computer Security Awareness Day 2014 - today

Veterans Day celebration in Kuhn Barn - today

Wilson Fellowship accepting applications through Nov. 14

UChicago Tuition Remission Program deadline - Nov. 24

Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing - Dec. 1-5 (afternoon)

Performance Goal Setting courses - enroll in TRAIN

Ramsey Auditorium horseshoe road closure

NALWO Playgroup meets Wednesdays at 5:15 at Users Center

Yoga Thursdays

International folk dancing at Kuhn Barn

Silk and Thistle Scottish dancing celebrates 20 years

Broomball open league

Hollywood Palms Employee Appreciation Day

Hollywood Palms Employee Appreciation Day