Fermilab Today Monday, March 30, 2009

Monday, March 30
2:30 p.m.
Particle Astrophysics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: Tom Crawford, University of Chicago
Title: Recent Results from the South Pole Telescope Initial Survey
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II

Tuesday, March 31
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar - One West
Speaker: Valeri Lebedev, Fermilab
Title: Accelerator Physics Developments for Tevatron Run II - Lecture I: Linear Optics Fundamentals and Linear Optics with Coupling Between Degrees of Freedom

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Fermilab's Seiya wins Science and Technology Award

Kiyomi Seiya

When the idea for slip stacking first arose in the particle physics community in the 1980s, scientists thought it was too complicated to work.

But two decades later, Kiyomi Seiya led the effort to implement slip stacking in Fermilab's Main Injector, increasing the beam intensity by 70 percent. And she continues to work toward making even greater intensity improvements.

Seiya's innovation and determination were recognized recently when she was announced as one of the winners of the 2009 IEEE/NPSS Particle Accelerator Science and Technology Award.

"Seiya was innovative, creative and determined to get this done," said AD head Roger Dixon, who nominated her for the award.

To slip stack, one batch of protons from the Booster is inserted into the Main Injector alongside another batch, doubling the number of protons that are accelerated in the Main Injector. Seiya is currently working on improving the technique for the NOvA experiment, which will require a big boost in beam power when it starts running after the Tevatron shuts down.

Seiya is the right person for the job, said Ioanis Kourbanis, who has supervised Seiya since she started working at the laboratory.

"Kiyomi is pretty modest. She is a hard and dedicated worker with a good knowledge of theory and radiofrequency hardware, which is unique," Kourbanis said. "It took a lot of different pieces and Kiyomi put that all together."

Seiya obtained her Ph.D. in engineering from Miyazaki University, Japan, in 1999 and worked as a researcher at KEK until 2000, when she started working at Fermilab in the Main Injector as a research associate. Seiya was promoted to associate scientist in 2004. She will accept the award at the PAC conference in Vancouver in May.

"I feel that it is not just my hour," Seiya said. "This is for everyone who worked on slip stacking."

-- Rhianna Wisniewski


Nominations now accepted for 2009 Alvin Tollestrup Award

At each year's Users' meeting, Fermilab pioneer Alvin Tollestrup presents an outstanding postdoc with his namesake award. Nominations for that award will be accepted until Monday, April 20.

All Ph.D. researchers in non-tenure-track or equivalent positions at Fermilab or Universities Research Association-member institutions, or institutions collaborating in Fermilab projects are eligible. Postdocs must be within six years of the receipt of their Ph.D. Qualified work must be in conjunction with a Fermilab experiment or accelerator project or under the auspices of the Fermilab Theory or Astrophysics Groups.

Candidates may nominate themselves for the award. Applications must include: a CV, list of publications and invited talks, a short paper of 10 or fewer pages describing the research and no more than two letters of support from scientists familiar with the work.

Award winners receive a certificate of recognition and a check for $3,500 from URA. Nomination materials should be e-mailed as pdf or plain text documents to usersoffice@fnal.gov by April 20.

Visit the Alvin Tollestrup award Web site for more information about the award and the selection process.

In the News

Fed money stimulates construction of NE MN physics lab

From Minnesota Public Radio, March 26, 2009

A big construction project planned for the woods south of International Falls, will soon be creating jobs courtesy of the federal economic stimulus plan. The project is in St. Louis County, which now has an unemployment rate around 10 percent. The University of Minnesota is building a high-tech particle physics lab just outside Voyageurs National Park. The project is intended to explain some of the fundamental building blocks of the universe.

You'd have to have been 2,400 feet underground this week to see it, but there were a lot of broad smiles on the faces in the underground physics lab below the Soudan Mine State Park.

Lab director Bill Miller learned the money had finally been approved for a new physics facility in northeast Minnesota.

"Oh, it was great," Miller said. "It's been one of those big rushes of up and down."

This project was supposed to start more than a year ago, but the funding got chopped in a federal budget standoff.

Miller can thank the bad economy and the federal government's new willingness to spend for the project's new life. More than $40 million has been approved for the lab in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act - a small piece of the $1.6 billion allocated to the U.S. Department of Energy.

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ES&H Tips of the Week - Environment Environment

From oil spill to environmental law

An oil spill off of the coast of Santa Barbara in 1969 decimated marine life.Image courtesy of USGS.

Have you ever heard of the Santa Barbara oil spill?

In January of 1969, an oil drilling platform six miles off the coast of Santa Barbara, California, suffered a blowout that resulted in a major ecological disaster as 3 million gallons of crude oil gushed into the Pacific Ocean and decimated marine life. The public outcry resulted in passage of numerous environmental laws, including the National Environmental Policy Act of 1970, which applies to everything that we do here at Fermilab. NEPA established a framework to insure that environmental factors receive the same consideration as others in decision making for activities involving federal funding, land or permits.

NEPA requires that a review of potential environmental consequences be conducted for proposed projects that fall under its guidelines, often referred to as a NEPA Review. Project managers at Fermilab and DOE are keenly aware that NEPA documentation must be finalized before a project can reach Critical Decision-2, one of five steps in the DOE project approval process.

Because of the extensive preparation time and resources involved, NEPA reviews should begin as soon as a project's impact on the environment can be evaluated. Project managers and other laboratory staff can get guidance on how to conduct a NEPA review of a proposed action from procedures developed by DOE, NEPA Implementing Procedures (10 CFR Part 1021). For more information, please read NEPA NOTES, FESHM 8060, D/S/C procedures, or contact your D/S/C Environmental Officer or the author.

NEPA was the result of a very unfortunate event and of growing concerns about detrimental impacts on ecology, wildlife, and human health. Since then, it has helped us to protect the environment, strengthening Fermilab's role as responsible steward of its site.

-- Teri Dykhius, ES&H

Accelerator Update

March 25-27
- Four stores provided ~39 hours of luminosity
- FESS repairs Booster West chilled water system

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