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FermiPoint new design rollout - June 18

Third-Thursday volunteer cleanup - June 18

A. Burov, "What Is Thought Not?" - June 18

WalkingWorks week five winners

Thursday Yoga registration due June 18

English country dancing at Kuhn Barn with live music - June 21

Zumba Toning registration due June 23

art/LArSoft course at Fermilab, free registration - Aug. 3-7

Wilson Hall air conditioning shut down

Walking Works week four winners

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Scottish country dancing moves to auditorium, meets Tuesday evenings through summer

International folk dancing moves to auditorium, meets Thursday evenings through summer

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Special Announcement

All-hands celebration - today at 9:30 in Ramsey Auditorium

Everyone is invited to attend an all-hands celebration today at 9:30 a.m. in Ramsey Auditorium.

Learn about recent milestones including the LHC restart, record 400-kilowatt-plus accelerator performance, first electron beam at the superconducting test accelerator and the Mu2e groundbreaking.

The celebration begins with nontechnical presentations from 9:30 to 10 a.m., followed by coffee and bagels in the atrium.

Photos of the Day

48th annual Fermilab Users Meeting photo gallery

Marcelle Soares-Santos introduces the first session of the Fermilab Users Meeting. Photo: Reidar Hahn

Nearly 500 scientists attended this year's Fermilab Users Meeting, including Fermilab Director Emeritus and Nobel laureate Leon Lederman. View other photos of the 48th annual Users Meeting.

Leon Lederman goofs off with Fermilab staff. Photo: Reidar Hahn

Jeffrey Eldred awarded NPSS Graduate Scholarship Award

Jeffrey Eldred

Jeffrey Eldred was recently awarded the NPSS Graduate Scholarship Award from the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society. The award recognizes contributions to the fields of nuclear and plasma sciences. Up to four awards are made annually of $1,500 and a one-year paid membership to NPSS.

Eldred is a Ph.D. candidate at Indiana University Bloomington in the Department of Physics and the Joint University-Fermilab Doctoral Program in Accelerator Physics and Technology. He studies under the joint supervision of Professor Shyh-Yuan Lee and Fermilab scientist Robert Zwaska.

Eldred researches issues concerning the accumulation and stability of intense, high-energy particle beams, including studies of the electron cloud in Fermilab synchrotrons and the slip stacking technique.

In the News

Neutrinos found to switch to elusive 'tau' flavor

From Nature, June 16, 2015

Using a beam shot through the Earth's crust, physicists have found the first direct proof of a metamorphosis between two of the three known types of neutrinos — those known as 'muon' and 'tau' flavours of the elementary particles.

The experiment, OPERA (Oscillation Project with Emulsion-tracking Apparatus) at the Gran Sasso underground lab in central Italy, made headlines in 2012 after it announced that it had clocked neutrinos travelling faster than light, in apparent violation of Einstein's special theory of relativity. But although that claim later proved to be an embarrassment, when researchers discovered multiple potential sources of error in their measurements, the OPERA collaboration has now achieved its original goal of observing the switch in flavours.

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From the Chief Project Officer

A review overview

Mike Lindgren

Mike Lindgren, chief project officer, wrote this column.

In the project office here at Fermilab, there is a lot of focus on preparing for the reviews that mark the critical stages of overall project progress.

The review process is involved. Every project goes through five DOE critical-decision steps to assess readiness to progress to the next stage. Director's readiness reviews usually precede the critical-decision reviews. Mini-reviews and additional once- or twice-yearly DOE progress reviews help move projects forward and flag potential issues for all the stakeholders.

While the above reviews are important, they do not guarantee success. To really dig deep into the work, our project teams commission independent design reviews for all subsystems throughout the project lifecycle. These provide an independent assessment of a project's continuing ability to meet its technical and programmatic commitments and to provide assistance to the project manager. They are appropriately phased to the DOE critical decision steps and director's readiness reviews and provide valuable input to these higher-level reviews.

One nice aspect of the project-initiated design review is that outside experts are invited to evaluate the project's approach, recommend options and communicate on its progress and risks. In this way they offer an opportunity to add value to the project's deliverables and to share its related cutting-edge technology. The design review outputs are used as inputs into subsequent reviews as appropriate. They help ensure alignment between providers, customers and stakeholders, and proper disposition of issues.

Reviews also formally provide an opportunity to organize, assess and communicate critical data and information. The project teams typically organize and conduct reviews at the stages of requirements, conceptual design, preliminary design, final design, production readiness and operational readiness. These are in addition to progress reviews and a host of safety reviews. Their rigor and depth follow a graded approach tailored to the risk level of the component or subsystem being built. Because our projects involve building things that are difficult or unusual, our level of rigor is higher than if we were buying commercial, off-the-shelf parts. It requires tremendous dedication and attention to detail by the project, and the reviewers to make sure that everything is checked and understood.

Their efforts are appreciated by all and are a crucial element in successful project delivery.

Safety Update

ESH&Q weekly report, June 16

This week's safety report, compiled by the Fermilab ESH&Q Section, contains no incidents.

See the full report.

In the News

Chicago blues and the science in sound

From UChicagoNews, June 15, 2015

Everyone knows about visualizing data, but few have heard of sonifying data. Nevertheless, sound has great potential for organizing, interpreting and sharing scientific knowledge. Sound can also be a powerful tool to learn more about culture and the natural world.

Citing microbial bebop, Chicago blues, cosmic sound and a string quartet inspired by DNA's double helix, panelists at a program called "Science and Sound" on June 3 made a strong case for exploring and exploiting sound as a tool in scientific endeavors.

The occasion was the 11th in a series of joint speaker events for faculty at the University of Chicago as well as scientists, researchers and engineers at Argonne National Laboratory and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.

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View the talks and discussion