Friday, Dec. 12, 2014

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Friday, Dec. 12

10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Open Meeting on Forming LBNF Collaboration - One West

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

4 p.m.
Joint Experimental-Theoretical Physics Seminar - One West
Speaker: Alex Himmel, Duke University
Title: Measuring Neutrino Oscillations with the T2K Experiment

Monday, Dec. 15

2 p.m.
Particle Astrophysics Seminar (NOTE LOCATION) - WH6NW
Speaker: Eric Bell, University of Michigan
Title: TBA

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

4 p.m.
All Experimenters' Meeting - One West

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Friday, Dec. 12

- Breakfast: French bistro breakfast
- Breakfast: chorizo and egg burrito
- Smoky Mountain chicken breast sandwich
- White fish florentine
- Vegetarian eggplant lasagna
- Cuban panino
- Breakfast-for-lunch omelet bar
- New England clam chowder
- Texas-style chili
- Assorted pizza by the slice

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Chez Leon

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

Wednesday, Dec. 17
- Pork tenderloin with brandy cream sauce
- Sweet potatoes
- Roasted broccoli
- Cranberry cake with warm caramel sauce

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In Brief

Meeting to form international Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility collaboration - today

The Fermilab directorate invites all interested scientists, from graduate students to principal investigators, to participate in today's meeting on the proposed Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility (LBNF).

The meeting takes place today from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in One West. Registration is free.

Meeting attendees will discuss the letter of intent for forming a collaboration around LBNF. The goal is to develop an international collaboration of scientists interested in taking advantage of LBNF here at Fermilab.

Additional information is online.

From symmetry

New books for the physics fan

These recently published popular science books will help you catch up on particle physics news, knowledge and history. Image: Sandbox Studio with Ana Kova

Looking to stay current on your particle physics knowledge? Here are 10 recent popular science books you might want to check out.

1. Faraday, Maxwell and the Electromagnetic Field: How Two Men Revolutionized Physics

Classical unified field theory came from the realization that electricity, magnetism and light all can be explained with a single electromagnetic field.

There is no modern physics without classical unified field theory — heck, there are no electronics without classical unified field theory — and there is no classical unified field theory without Michael Faraday (1791-1867) and James Clerk Maxwell (1831-1879).

The unlikely partners, born four decades apart, shared the achievement of upending a view of the world that had prevailed since Isaac Newton.

"The extraordinary idea put forward by Faraday and Maxwell was that space itself acted as a repository of energy and a transmitter of forces," write Nancy Forbes and Basil Mahon in Faraday, Maxwell and the Electromagnetic Field: How Two Men Revolutionized Physics.

Faraday was largely self-taught and made important realizations without the benefit of a formal education in mathematics, while Maxwell was regarded as among the most brilliant mathematical physicists of his time. This double biography examines their differing lives and explains how their combined work paved the way for modern physics.

Read more

Mike Perricone

In Brief

Photos by Reidar Hahn on display at SciTech Museum

Fermilab photographer Reidar Hahn's images are currently on display at the SciTech Museum in Aurora. Photo: Georgia Schwender, OC

Fermilab photographer and head of Visual Media Services Reidar Hahn has taken thousands of pictures of Fermilab: the people, the science, small components, large buildings.

Now you can view a selection of 20 of his photos at the SciTech Museum in Aurora. They will be on display for several months.

Fermilab has been closely involved with SciTech since its inception: It provided funding in the museum's early days, and many of the original exhibits were built with the assistance of Fermilab scientists and engineers. Fermilab continues to support the museum by providing a member of SciTech's Board of Directors.

Photo of the Day

Deer caught in sunlight

This young buck was spotted by the Main Injector ring last week. Photo: Marty Murphy, AD
In the News

Physicists propose flipping magnets to detect dark matter

From ars technica, Dec. 9, 2014

Although dark energy is all the rage these days, dark matter still has enough mystery to keep physicists entertained. We don't actually know what dark matter is. Yes, we know that it hangs around in galaxies, modifying their rates of rotation. We know that without dark matter in the early universe, there would have been insufficient gravitational attraction to generate the Universe we observe today. We have even seen dark matter that's physically independent of normal matter out there in the Universe.

Read more

Video of the Day

Got a Minute? The Large Hadron Collider: Why hadron?

The Large Hadron Collider is the most powerful particle accelerator in the world. Why does it use hadrons? Fermilab scientist Jason St. John tells us more. View the video. Video: U.S. CMS

Four Italian engineers walk into a bar(n) ...

Emanuela Barzi, center, stands with the four interns selected to participate in the Italian National Council of Engineers program at Fermilab this fall. From left: Claudio Pontili worked on improving computing for the cloud. Martina Pagnani worked on the Mu2e calorimeter. Giorgio Fasce worked on a radio-frequency resonator. Lisa Favili worked on LBNF decay pipe shielding. Photo: Dan Turrioni, TD

The headline of this article may sound like the opening line of a joke, but for four Italian engineers, it became a reality when they joined Fermilab for a nine-week internship this fall. Their contributions in support of the laboratory's research program spanned mechanical, civil, electrical and software engineering. The internship program was the result of the hard work of several organizations determined to support young Italian engineers.

The Italian National Council of Engineers, or CNI, funded 22 grants to promote the growth of engineers through professional and cultural exchanges at American research institutions. The Italian Scientists and Scholars in North America Foundation (ISSNAF) worked actively to find institutions where these CNI candidates could be assigned.

At Fermilab, four CNI projects co-funded by the Order of Engineers of Latina, Frosinone, Genova and Livorno, were chosen out of the 23 proposed by Emanuela Barzi, physicist and engineer in the Technical Division and key organizer of the program on behalf of the Cultural Association of Italians at Fermilab. CAIF acted as the ISSNAF liaison and hosted the newcomers at Fermilab.

This extended program is rooted in the remarkable success of a summer training program started in 1984 by Giorgio Bellettini with the physicists of the Italian National Institute of Nuclear Physics collaborating on CDF.

Fermilab's ability to define exciting engineering projects for the interns was key in getting their talents to the laboratory. All the projects were fully financed using funds outside the laboratory.

"For the Scientific Computing Division, the internship has worked extremely well," said Gabriele Garzoglio, supervisor of Claudio Pontili, a software engineer specializing in cloud computing technologies. "The interns showed great professionalism and skill, and it was fun working with them. Claudio moved forward our use of computing services from commercial cloud providers significantly."

The organizers hope that Fermilab will be able to do at least as well next year.

"We trust that the program will continue to expand in the future," Barzi said. "Given the many proposed training programs at the lab, we shall be looking for more support and more sponsors."

Marcia Teckenbrock


Today's New Announcements

Fermilab Arts Series presents Chicago Harp Quartet - Jan. 11

Meeting on international LBNF collaboration - today

Artist reception - today

Free 30-minute Body Blitz class - today

Wilson Hall fire alarm testing - Dec. 13

Barn dance - Dec. 14

Open house abs class on Dec. 15

FermiPoint (SharePoint 2013) outage - Dec. 15-16

Free Upper Body Blitz class - Dec. 17

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

Writing for Results: Email and More - Feb. 27

SharePoint online training videos available for on-site users

Kautz Road closed

Cashier's office closed during holidays

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

Norris Recreation Center discount for employees

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