Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015

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Tuesday, Feb. 10

3 p.m.
LHC Physics Center Topic of the Week Seminar - WH11NE
Speaker: LianTao Wang, University of Chicago
Title: New Physics Targets for LHC Run 2

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


Wednesday, Feb. 11

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

4 p.m.
Fermilab Colloquium - One West
Speaker: Jacob Bean, University of Chicago
Title: Exoplanets in HD

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Wilson Hall Cafe

Tuesday, Feb. 10

- Breakfast: all-American breakfast
- Breakfast: bacon, egg and cheese bagel
- Grilled reuben sandwich
- Pork and apple curry
- Chicken parmesan
- Grilled chicken Caesar jazz salad wrap
- Cobb salad
- Chef's choice soup
- Cuban black bean soup
- Assorted pizza by the slice

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Chez Leon

Wednesday, Feb. 11
- Grilled Asian flank steak
- Soba noodle salad
- Pineapple flan

Friday, Feb. 13
- Mussels with white wine and thyme
- Spinach- and blue cheese-stuffed filet mignon
- Warm roasted vegetable salad
- White chocolate and raspberry creme brulee

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In Brief

Nearly 3,000 visit Fermilab at Family Open House

Families enjoy a "physics carnival" in the Wilson Hall atrium at this year's Family Open House. Photo: Cindy Arnold
Kids and grown-ups alike learned all about physics at numerous exhibits in Wilson Hall. Photo: Cindy Arnold
Attendees took a tour of the Muon g-2 storage ring. Photo: Cindy Arnold
Open house visitors had a chance to view a simulation of the cosmic web accompanied by music inspired by dark matter. Photo: Cindy Arnold

On Sunday, families turned out in droves to learn about physics, the cosmos and Fermilab's scientific program at the laboratory's Family Open House.

Nearly 3,000 attended the event. They toured the Muon g-2 storage ring, the DZero detector, the Linac and the Main Control Room. They also interacted with surrounding-area high school students, who hosted numerous science exhibits in Wilson Hall. In addition, Fermilab scientist Brian Nord took visitors on a journey through the cosmic structure of the universe, and Jerry Zimmerman, also known as Mr. Freeze, wowed audiences with his popular cryogenics demonstration.

The open house is supported in part by an anonymous donor to the Fermilab Friends for Science Education.

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A cardinal perches regally on a golden post. Photo: Denton Morris, AD
In the News

Dark matter could create halos of light around galaxies

From Space.com, Feb. 9, 2015

Dark matter might not be totally dark: A new study reports that if dark matter has even a small interaction with particles of light, it could create a visible glow around galaxies.

Searching for light from the darkest substance in the universe may seem like an oxymoron, but scientists can't rule out the possibility that dark matter and light occasionally interact.

If particles of light can scatter off of dark matter, a new study suggests that this interaction could create "halos of light" around galaxies. The authors of the new work say there are telescopes in operation that could look for this dark matter glow.

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In the News

Science inspires art exhibit on display at Fermilab

From Daily Herald, Feb. 4, 2015

The CMS detector at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Switzerland is the inspiration for an art exhibit that opened Wednesday at Fermilab in Batavia.

The exhibit features the work of eight artists with works in a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, collage and digital art.

It also includes a life-size, five-story 2-D reproduction of one of the detectors, hanging in the Wilson Hall atrium.

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From the Chief Operating Officer

Learning how to fall

Tim Meyer

Accidents happen. Some things are inevitable. You can't control everything.

These phrases are all common utterances when we talk about improving safety, quality or performance. As a father, I know these all too well. My daughter will fall down, she will scrape her knee, and she will learn. It is not a question of whether she will fall, but when. And I know she will fall down again and again!

In Chicagoland's annual season of "wintry mix," slips, trips and falls on snow and ice are inevitable. Our attention will drift, there will be black ice, our footing will give way, and we will start to topple. We usually just hope that the ground won't be too hard when we land.

But what if there were a way to "manage the consequences" of a fall on the ice?

Enter the Slip Simulator. Designed by Virginia Tech, it's been in use by UPS to train their delivery agents. Participants strap into an overheard suspension harness, slip on shoes with a slick Teflon-coated sole and then walk out onto a smooth, flat surface freshened up with oil. Guess what? You're going to fall! Fortunately, the harness catches you and prevents a twisted ankle, broken bone or just a very sore backside. Los Alamos, Hanford, Savannah River and, most recently, Brookhaven have each invested in these devices.

What's the point?

Just as in martial arts, the goal is to "learn how to fall." Or rather, learn to notice when you begin to fall and how to recover your balance or adjust your position so you land gracefully.

My colleagues at Brookhaven tell me that after just 10 minutes in the Slip Simulator, your winter-parking-lot-crossing skills blossom. In fact, in part due to this training, Brookhaven has had zero slips and falls on its icy site so far this season. Hats off!

While Fermilab will not be getting a Slip Simulator anytime soon, the concept of accepting that errors will happen and learning to manage the consequences is very relevant to all of us. It is also a bedrock principle of human performance improvement (HPI), a process-improvement methodology that focuses on improving outcomes and enhancing safety. As a parent, I cannot prevent my daughter from falling, but I can do my best to be sure she doesn't fall in traffic or off the top of the playground equipment, where the consequences could be much more serious.

At Fermilab, we see an advantage to widespread awareness of and training in HPI. Senior management spent a weekend in January undergoing the full two-day training, and employees across the site are being encouraged to go through training as well.

So in addition to an annual winter weather safety advisory to drivers and pedestrians, my message to you is that, even for all the things that we take for granted will happen, consider that there could be a creative (or perhaps silly) way to reduce the ultimate impact. Do this, and we'll have a lab full of safe, productive and happy employees showcasing HPI!


Today's New Announcements

Barn Dance - Feb. 15

NALWO Puerto Rican cooking demo - March 9

Requests now accepted for on-site housing for summer 2015

Need cash for college? Abri is awarding two $1,000 scholarships

Barnstormers Delta Dart Night - Feb. 11

Fermilab Chamber Series presents Callipygian Players - Feb. 15

School's Day Out - Feb. 16 and 27

Core Computing Division briefs on MS Office 2013/365 - Feb. 17

English country dancing at Kuhn Barn - March 1

URA Thesis Award competition deadline - March 20

Managing Conflict on March 24

Getting paid the greener way - get paperless pay stubs

New ebook: The CRC Handbook of Thermal Engineering

Microsoft Office 2013 ebooks

Windows 8.1 approved for use

Fermi Singers seek new members in New Year

Indoor soccer

Vaughan Athletic Center membership rates