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In Brief

Future of Fermilab Address and Reception is a success

Fermilab Director Nigel Lockyer gives the Future of Fermilab Address to more than 100 attendees. Photo: Cindy Arnold
Attendees included local and state officials, educators and business representatives. Photo: Cindy Arnold
James Dean brought his two humans, Kane County Board Member Deborah Allan and her husband Arthur, to the Future of Fermilab Address and Reception. Photo: Cindy Arnold
Fermilab user Adam Schreckenberger reveals the secrets of the universe to Lori Renzetti and Wanda Rabione, both of State Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia's office. Photo: Cindy Arnold
Fermilab scientist Brian Nord, Director Nigel Lockyer and scientist Jen Raaf point out notable entries on the Why Fermilab Matters board. Photo: Cindy Arnold

On Sept. 10, more than 100 people came to Fermilab for the annual Future of Fermilab Address and Reception. Forty-five Fermilab staff members also attended the event.

Attendees included State Representatives Jeanne Ives and Mike Fortner, representatives from the offices of Senator Mark Kirk and State Representative Linda Chapa LaVia, the mayors of Batavia and North Aurora, aldermen, other elected officials, school board members, educators from local schools and universities, and representatives from companies throughout Chicagoland.

In his address, Fermilab Director Nigel Lockyer discussed the future international Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment and the mysterious neutrinos it will study, the CMS experiment at CERN, the Dark Energy Survey, Muon g-2 and advancing accelerator science and technology. He also talked about the plan to modernize the laboratory's facilities, its educational and cultural opportunities, and recognition Fermilab received from the Conservation Foundation for its natural beauty.

Many attendees toured the Minos underground area, the Muon g-2 building and the Cryomodule Test Facility.

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Venus and the moon

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The moon and Venus are visible in this night sky, captured after a heavy rain. Photo: Marty Murphy, AD
In the News

Could physics' reigning model finally be dethroned?

From Live Science, Sept. 10, 2015

Trouble is brewing in the orderly world of subatomic physics.

New evidence from the world's largest atom smasher, the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland, suggests that certain tiny subatomic particles called leptons don't behave as expected.

So far, the data only hint at these misbehaving leptons. But if more data confirm their wayward behavior, the particles would represent the first cracks in the reigning physics model for subatomic particles, researchers say.

A single model, called the Standard Model, governs the bizarre world of the teensy tiny. It dictates the behavior of every subatomic particle, from ghostly neutrinos to the long-sought Higgs boson (discovered in 2012), which explains how other particles get their mass. In hundreds of experiments over four decades, physicists have confirmed over and over again that the Standard Model is an accurate predictor of reality

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From the Office of Partnerships and Technology Transfer

Other people's money: partnering with industry

Cherri Schmidt

Cherri Schmidt, head of OPTT, wrote this column.

One of my favorite movies about capitalism is the 1991 movie "Other People's Money." In it, the character Lawrence Garfield made this famous statement:

I love money. I love money more than the things it can buy. There's only one thing I love more than money. You know what that is? Other people's money.

Performing work for other institutions provides several important benefits to Fermilab. It allows the laboratory to maintain vital core capabilities during periods of transition without the loss of critical personnel. It provides us with access to new technologies and know-how that may be applicable to the laboratory's core science mission. It can allow the laboratory to expand its resources and capabilities in advance of known, future mission requirements. And it helps spread the overhead costs of operating the laboratory over a larger funding base.

There are two basic types of agreements that Fermilab uses to partner with industry. The first is the Strategic Partnership Projects (SPP) agreement, formerly known as Reimbursable Work for Others (WFO). This agreement is typically used when an industrial partner wants to access Fermilab's unique facilities or know-how to develop one of their own technologies for commercial application. Under this agreement, the industrial partner pays 100 percent of the costs of the work. In exchange, the partner is able to retain the right to own any inventions created in the process of performing the work and protect any generated data as proprietary. While these agreements make use of Fermilab's unique facilities and know-how, they typically do not contribute directly to Fermilab's scientific mission.

The second type of agreement is called the Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA). The CRADA provides a way for DOE laboratories to engage in collaborative research and development agreements with industrial partners for the mutual benefit of both Fermilab and the partner. Under this agreement, the lab and the partner may share the costs of performing the work, or the partner may pay 100 percent of the costs. The lab and the partner retain the right to elect their own inventions and will typically jointly own any inventions that they develop together under the agreement. The industrial partner also has the right to negotiate an exclusive license to laboratory inventions. And any data generated can be protected for up to five years. In contrast to an SPP, a CRADA must have a direct, programmatic benefit for Fermilab's scientific mission, such as developing and testing a new process for coating a cavity.

While the two agreement types have slightly different administrative and legal requirements, the responsibilities of the principal investigator (PI) for a proposed partnership project is much the same.

1. Secure the approval of your division, center or section head to work with the partner.

2. Work with your partner to develop a Statement of Work that clearly describes the scope, approach, schedule, deliverables and resources for the project.

3. Work with the field financial manager for your organization to develop a budgetary estimate that includes labor, materials and services, travel, and all appropriate overheads.

4. Enter the project into the Fermilab Environmental Review Form Database.

The Office of Partnerships and Technology Transfer (OPTT) will help guide you through the process, take care of the rest of paperwork and secure the appropriate laboratory and Department of Energy approvals. To get started with a new industrial partnership, contact OPTT at optt@fnal.gov to schedule an initial consultation.

In Brief

Wilson St. access expanded for employees and users

The gates across the inbound and outbound Wilson St. traffic lanes continue to be open from 6 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on weekdays. When in the closed position, all Fermilab employees and users are now able to enter using their ID badges. Anyone on the Fermilab site will be able to exit through the Wilson St. gate at any time.

A video intercom connection to the Communication Center, located adjacent to the inbound lane, allows for the gate to be opened remotely for prearranged deliveries between 4:30 p.m. and 6 a.m. on weekdays and on the weekends.

Bike traffic is allowed in and out of the gate during hours that the Fermilab site is open to the public (8 a.m. to 6 p.m. November to March and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. the rest of the year).

In the News

Map of the world's neutrinos exposes nuclear activity wherever it's happening

From MIT Technology Review, Sept. 10, 2015

As far as useful discoveries go, the neutrino didn't look promising. These ghostly particles are produced by the sun, by radioactive elements, and by nuclear reactors, from which they speed outward with zero charge, almost no mass, and a nearly complete indifference to matter.

Last week, scientists released a map showing what the world would look like if we could see all the billions upon billions of neutrinos that emanate from the surface of the planet each second. It turns out that neutrinos' uncontainable nature is potentially bad if you're trying to hide something going on at a nuclear plant, but good if you want to monitor other people's nuclear activities. Dark spots on the map indicate nuclear reactors and parts of the earth's crust rich with radioactive uranium and thorium, which emit neutrinos when they decay.

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