Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014

Have a safe day!

Tuesday, Nov. 25

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

4 p.m.
Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar - One West
Speaker: Steve Werkema, Fermilab
Title: The Fermilab Muon Campus - Plans and Status

Wednesday, Nov. 26

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


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Wilson Hall Cafe

Tuesday, Nov. 25

- Breakfast: All-American breakfast
- Breakfast: bacon, egg and cheese bagel
- Grown-up grilled cheese
- Italian chicken
- Baked penne with chicken and mushrooms
- Honey mustard ham and Swiss
- Szechuan-style green beans with chicken
- Green pork chili
- Chef's choice soup
- Assorted pizza by the slice

Wilson Hall Cafe menu

Chez Leon

Wednesday, Nov. 26
- Cheese fondue
- Mixed green salad
- Strawberry almond tart

Friday, Nov. 28

Chez Leon menu
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2015 INCITE grant awarded to James Amundson

James Amundson

The Department of Energy recently awarded James Amundson, head of the Scientific Software Infrastructure Department, 60 million core hours to simulate Fermilab and CERN accelerators as part of the 2015 INCITE program. This could enable future discoveries at the energy and intensity frontiers of particle physics.

Amundson's was one of 56 projects chosen by INCITE to share nearly 6 billion core hours at DOE computing facilities. Amundson, along with co-principal investigators Qiming Lu, Alexandru Macridin, Chong Shik Park, Panagiotis Spentzouris and Eric Stern, will lead the project.

The INCITE (Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment) program gives researchers access to two of America's fastest supercomputers: Argonne National Laboratory's Mira, a 10-petaflop IBM Blue Gene/Q system, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Titan supercomputer, a 27-petaflop Cray XK7 hybrid system.

Read more in the Department of Energy press release.

Video of the Day

Cosmic inflation

In 1964, scientists discovered a faint radio hiss coming from the heavens. They realized it was a message from eons ago, specifically, the remnants of the primordial fireball, cooled to about 3 degrees above absolute zero. The uniform temperature of the early universe can be attributed to inflation, which requires that the universe expand faster than the speed of light. Fermilab's Don Lincoln explains this mind-bending idea. View the video. Video: Fermilab
Photos of the Day

By sea, land and air

Large gaggles of geese have been recently sighted populating Swan Lake ... Photo: Julianna Holden Mohler
... resting on the shore ... Photo: Jesus Orduna, Brown University
... and moving on again. Photo: Jesus Orduna, Brown University

In memoriam: Sam McGhee

Fermilab retiree Sam McGhee passed away on Nov. 17. He worked in the Carpentry Department at Fermilab for 36 years.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, Nov. 29, from 9 a.m. to the time of service at 10 a.m. at Gayles Memorial Baptist Church, 730 Gillette Ave., Aurora. The burial will take place at Lincoln Memorial Park.

Read McGhee's obituary.

In Brief

Science Next Door December newsletter now online


The December edition of "Science Next Door," Fermilab's monthly community newsletter, is now available online. View it or subscribe to get the latest about the laboratory's public events, including tours, lectures, arts events and volunteer opportunities.

In the News

Pace starts new Batavia Call-n-Ride program

From Kane County Chronicle, Nov. 14, 2014

BATAVIA – Local residents now have a new public transportation option.

Pace Suburban Bus Service recently started the Batavia Call-n-Ride program. Along with providing transportation between the Geneva Metra train station and Fermilab's Wilson Hall, the service provides door-to-door service to commuters traveling anywhere within the designated service area.

Read more

Director's Corner

Welcoming community leaders

Fermilab Director
Nigel Lockyer

Fermilab has long enjoyed a strong and positive relationship with the local community. Nevertheless, we are always looking for new ways to strengthen that relationship.

Last Tuesday night, we invited about a hundred leaders from our local community to the laboratory for an event called the Future of Fermilab Address and Reception. Attendees included the mayors of Warrenville and Batavia, aldermen, other elected officials from many of the lab's neighboring towns and counties, school board members, educators from local schools and universities, and representatives from companies throughout Chicagoland.

We discussed the exciting times ahead for the lab. We told them about our NOvA experiment, which is now taking data, and about our plans for hosting a fully international long-baseline neutrino facility that will send neutrinos to Sanford Underground Research Facility in Lead, South Dakota. We highlighted our muon experiments, Muon g-2 and Mu2e; our work with dark energy and dark matter; and our plans for the Illinois Accelerator Research Center, opening summer 2015. We gave them every reason that we are optimistic and excited about the future of Fermilab.

We shared information about the Lederman Science Center, our educational outreach programs, and our work with teachers and students across our local area. We introduced them to our ecological efforts, our Arts and Lecture Series, and our wildly popular herd of bison.

The community was extremely engaged during the lecture portion of the night and asked insightful questions — so many that we did not have time to answer all of them. During the reception that followed, connections were forged with the scientists and staff members in attendance. The new ROC West control room was open, and the shifters taking data on their experiments made the most of the opportunity to explain the physics of neutrinos and muons. The people I talked with were all inquisitive and eager to hear more about what Fermilab does and how they can be a part of it.

Our guests left Tuesday night better informed about the lab, its research and our plans for the future. The Fermilab staff once again learned of the great relationship with our local community and their appreciation for Fermilab. Thank you to everyone who made the evening successful, and a special thanks to Michael Weis, our Fermi Site Office manager, for his introductory remarks and to Mark Bollinger, deputy site manager, for explaining the role of the site office to the guests. It was a most enjoyable evening. Let's do it again next year.

Fermilab Director Nigel Lockyer takes a question from a guest during the Future of Fermilab address. Photo: Cindy Arnold
Representatives from Fermilab's neighboring communities mingle with Fermilab staff in ROC West to learn about the laboratory's scientific programs. Photo: Cindy Arnold
Bruce Mueller of Motorola Solutions, left, discusses the Fermilab neutrino program with scientists Marianette Wospakrik (second from left), Rob Fine (second from right) and Anne Norrick (far right). Photo: Cindy Arnold

Today's New Announcements

Goal Setting in FermiWorks course - Dec. 4

Ultimate Core class sign-up due Nov. 26

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

Excel 2010: Advanced - Dec. 3

NALWO winter coffee and tea - Dec. 8

NALWO Playgroup meets Wednesdays at 5:15 at Users Center

Scottish country dancing Tuesday evenings at Kuhn Barn

International folk dancing Thursdays at Kuhn Barn (except Thanksgiving)

Indoor soccer

Broomball open league

Norris Recreation Center discount for employees