Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014

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Wednesday, Dec. 10

DPF Coordinating Panel for Advanced Detectors: Special Seminar - One West
Speakers: Jonathan Lewis (Fermilab), Gary Drake (Argonne) and Lorenzo Uplegger (Fermilab) Title: A Discussion about the Future of the PREP Equipment Pool

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


Thursday, Dec. 11

2:30 p.m.
Theoretical Physics Seminar (NOTE LOCATION) - WH3NE
Bryan Ostdiek, University of Notre Dame,
Title: New Search Strategies for Well-Tempered Neutralino Dark Matter at the LHC and Beyond

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

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Wilson Hall Cafe

Wednesday, Dec. 10

- Breakfast: smoked sausage breakfast sandwich
- Breakfast: ham, egg and cheese English muffin
- Carolina pulled pork sandwich
- Pork piccata with lemon sauce
- Shepherd's pie
- Ham and pear panino
- Grilled or crispy chicken Caesar salad
- Texas-style chili
- Sausage, potato and kale soup
- Assorted calzones

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Chez Leon

Wednesday, Dec. 10
- Salmon Wellington
- Parmesan orzo
- Lemon Napoleon

Friday, Dec. 12
- Chestnut soup
- Prime rib
- Baked potato
- Steamed green beans
- White chocolate and raspberry creme brulee

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One minute with Frank McConologue, mechanical designer

Frank McConologue of the Technical Division designs components for Fermilab's scientific projects. Photo: Reidar Hahn

What do you do at Fermilab?
Just about everything that's physically made starts out as a drawing. We design things; we produce drawings. The drawings go to our machine shop or our welders or they go to an outside machine shop or an outside welding outfit. They get made, and we use them in the experiments.

How long have you been here?
Seventeen years.

How has mechanical design changed since you've been here?
It hasn't changed much, even from when this laboratory first started and things were done on a drafting board manually. Now the computer-aided design has made it more efficient, so that aspect is much better. But still, when somebody designs something, it really comes from the head. Whether you put it on a napkin or whether you do it with CAD, it's still your idea. Technology doesn't think for you.

How has working at Fermilab benefited you?
There was a laboratory meeting at the high rise with our last director. And one of my buddies says, "Hey, man, you're lucky!" I said, "What are you talking about?" He said, "We are now the Fermi Research Alliance," and it was said that we now have a deal with University of Chicago where they will pay half the base tuition. So they paid about $20,000 a year towards my son's education. Holy cow! It's almost like I got a $20,000 a year raise for four years.

What are you working on now?
I'm working on the Mu2e project right now. That's a big project; that's occupying probably 60 percent of my time. Forty percent of my time is with a man who's outside of this division, a scientist by the name of Henryk Piekarz. It's a design for the rapid-cycling superconducting magnet. Under most circumstances all the designers here work under an engineer, but in some cases you can work directly with a scientist, which is kind of interesting and cool.

What do you enjoy most about your job?
It's like making the 1957 Chevy. It was a team. Maybe one guy carved it out of clay and said, "That's what I want," but really there are hundreds and hundreds of people behind the scenes that are involved. Everybody has a little part, and it becomes reality eventually. It is kind of cool to be able to be here and get involved with something — I don't care how minuscule it is — but to go out there and see it sitting on the floor in operation is a thrill.

Troy Rummler

Photo of the Day

Where muons arrive

You are looking at a silicon detector at the end of the inflector region of the Muon g-2 experiment. This region is the area in which a specialized magnet bends muons after they exit the Muon Delivery Ring (the former Antiproton Debuncher) and enter the Muon g-2 storage ring, which curves to the left in the picture. This detector was used in the Brookhaven National Laboratory's version of this experiment to record how many muons leave the inflector region. Photo: Erik Ramberg, PPD
In Brief

Cultural Association of Italians at Fermilab hosts concert of vocalists, pianist

Soprano Joo-Anne Bitter and pianist Irina Feoktistova perform operatic arias on Sunday in Ramsey Auditorium. Photo: Pavel Juarez, University of Guanajuato
Bass-baritone Andrea Silvestrelli and Feoktistova entertain the audience with music of the romantic era. Photo: Pavel Juarez, University of Guanajuato

On Sunday the Cultural Association of Italians at Fermilab hosted a concert of opera arias and piano solos in Ramsey Auditorium. The musicians were bass-baritone Andrea Silvestrelli, soprano Joo-Anne Bitter and pianist Irina Feoktistova.

The purpose of CAIF is to preserve and spread Italian culture in the Fermilab community and to acquaint Italian students and visitors with the American style of living and working.

In the News

Recent reports: basic research funding, materials R&D

From FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News, Dec. 8, 2014

This fall the American Academy of Arts & Sciences released a 154-page report reinforcing many of the findings and recommendations of the 2005 report "Rising Above the Gathering Storm." A 25-member committee cochaired by Norman Augustine and Neal Lane warns that the United States is losing ground to international competitors that are ramping up investments in science and technology. A major focus of the report is the importance of basic research and the need for the federal government to increase its level of support on a sustained basis.

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From the Illinois Accelerator Research Center

IARC: "One lab" in practice

Bob Kephart

Bob Kephart, head of the Illinois Accelerator Research Center, wrote this column.

The Illinois Accelerator Research Center (IARC) is a bold new initiative for Fermilab. It is intended to demonstrate how Fermilab expertise and excellence in accelerators can be valuable to industry and the economy. Thus, IARC will leverage the taxpayer's investment in science to create new accelerator-based industries, companies and jobs. The IARC facility was made possible by an unusual partnership with both U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity providing funding for construction.

Currently, only a handful of Fermilab staff work full time on IARC. However, we are supported by a much larger team across the lab, making the creation of IARC truly a "one lab" effort. A FESS team led by Rhonda Merchut has done a great job of completing the construction of the state-funded Office, Technical and Engineering (OTE) building, delivering an architecturally beautiful and energy-efficient building on time and within budget. Following beneficial occupancy in May, the OTE effort is now focused on the DOE-funded outfitting, including underfloor wiring, partitions and furniture, and is paced by available funding during the ongoing FY15 budget continuing resolution.

Nevertheless, a Core Computing Division team is nearing completion of its work on the network services for IARC's third floor; the contract is out for the first phase underfloor wiring; and bids were just received for the third-floor partitions and furniture to support OTE's first occupants in the spring of 2015. In parallel, Steve Dixon in FESS leads the effort to refurbish the CDF Heavy Assembly Building (HAB) for its new life as part of IARC. In July a PPD team led by Jonathan Lewis completed the Herculean task of removing 3,000 tons of CDF experimental equipment and handed over the keys to HAB to Rich White. He is the building manager for IARC's new landlord, the Accelerator Division, an organization uniquely qualified to install, review and commission new accelerators.

Currently, the HAB refurbishment is in full swing. The 50-ton crane and water cooling systems in HAB have been refurbished, all new electrical switchgear has replaced 30-year, obsolete systems, new energy-efficient (and quiet) LED lighting has been installed in the high bay, overhead roof beams have been cleaned and painted, and the upper-level floors of the heavy-assembly area have been cleaned and resealed. Work packages in progress will install new rooftop HVAC units and controls for the high bay, refurbish the bathrooms, restore third-floor office and technical spaces, and install an elevator and other features to make the building Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant and to refurbish the deep pit. All this effort is aimed at making HAB ready for first use by industry in the late summer of 2015.

Beyond the many moving pieces that make up the IARC physical plant, there are even more elements that make up the business model for how IARC will operate. More on this in a subsequent article, but suffice it to say that a small team guided by the lab director and COO has been hard at work and relying on a rich "one lab" alphabet soup of support organizations including OPTT, the Legal Office, FSO, FRA and outside business consultants from UChicagoTech to create a viable business model for this unusual new center work that will appeal to our many stakeholders.

The most pressing question is "If we build it, will they come?" As we engage external partners through IARC, how will we fill gaps in resources to meet our ambition? Progress over the next year will give us a good sense of the answers to these questions. We have received strong words of encouragement from the highest levels of DOE and other partners, and it is encouraging that, even before a formal program announcement, IARC has been approached by more than 20 industries interested in possible projects with Fermilab. Stay tuned!

Safety Update

ESH&Q weekly report, Dec. 9

This week's safety report, compiled by the Fermilab ESH&Q Section, contains one incident.

An employee fainted, causing him to fall and fracture his ankle.

See the full report.


Today's New Announcements

Open house abs class on Dec. 15

Writing for Results: Email and More - Feb. 27

SharePoint online training videos available for on-site users

Kautz Road closed starting today

Wilson Hall Super Science Stocking Stuffer Sale - today and tomorrow

Free 30-minute Body Blitz class - Dec. 12

Artist reception - Dec. 12

Fidelity town hall meetings this week

December School's Day Out

No on-site prescription safety eyewear - Dec. 24 and 31

English country dancing Sundays at Kuhn Barn - Jan. 4

Cashier's office closed during holidays

New time for Pace Call-n-Ride departure from Fermilab

Astrobiology ebook available

Scottish country dancing Tuesday evenings at Kuhn Barn

International folk dancing Thursdays evenings at Kuhn Barn

Indoor soccer

Norris Recreation Center discount for employees