Fermilab Today Friday, June 19, 2009

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Friday, June 19
11 a.m.
All-hands meeting - Ramsey Auditorium
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Joint Experimental-Theoretical Physics Seminar - One West
Speaker: Jonathan Feng, University of California, Irvine
Title: Recent Developments in Dark Matter and Implications for Colliders

Monday, June 22
2:30 p.m.
Particle Astrophysics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: Arti Garg, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Title: Preliminary Results from the SuperMACHO Survey
3:30 p.m.

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All-hands meeting today

An all-hands meeting will take place at 11 a.m. today, in Ramsey Auditorium. Director Pier Oddone will discuss the focus group reports and how the laboratory plans to address the findings.

Employees can prepare for the meeting by reading and discussing the focus group reports.

Special Announcement

East gate closed June 22-26

Between early morning Monday, June 22, and late afternoon on Friday, June 26, Fermilab's east entrance will be closed to allow Canadian National Railway to make repairs to the tracks and crossing in that area. All traffic that normally enters through that gate will need to enter through the Pine or Wilson street gates on the west side. Check Fermilab Today for updates.

Special Announcement

Shutdown-related power outage Monday

A power outage affecting most of the Fermilab site will take place from 7-7:30 a.m. Monday, June 22. Crews will be switching power from the master substation to the Kautz Road substation for the majority of the shutdown. All areas, except the Main Injector, will be affected.

From symmetrybreaking

The science of talking so people listen

University of Chicago astrophysicist Michael Turner spoke about science communication during an Outreach Workshop at Fermilab June 5.

If you study high-energy particle physics, the importance and excitement of neutrinos is obvious. But how do you convey that to an auditorium of students, a member of Congress or your neighbor?

If you're Michael Turner, a University of Chicago astrophysicist, you borrow a plot line from the classic Christmas movie, It's a Wonderful Life. "What if neutrinos had never existed?" Turner asked in a recent public outreach lecture. Then he showed the audience a world without the subatomic particles, just as the movie showed life minus the main character George Bailey.

"No neutrinos," Turner said." That means no atoms, no Earth, and no us."

Connecting science to everyday experiences in jargon free terms is key to science outreach, something Turner excels at doing. He shared his insights and tips from more than a decade worth of talks with scientists at Fermilab's annual Users' Meeting earlier this month. The meeting featured a special Outreach Workshop with talks to help scientists adjust to a changing climate that requires every scientist can explain the value of research in language a banker with no science background would understand.

In the past, science funding was virtually assured, but today HEP physicists must vie for government support with a plethora of other scientific fields amidst an economic downturn, mounting deficit and shrinking pool of media science writers to make their case.

"There is no such thing as entitlement to science funding in this society," said Herman White, a Fermilab scientist, who often meets with Washington policy makers. "You have to make an argument, and it has to be a good argument."

-- Rachel Carr

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Result of the Week author welcomes new addition

Fermilab Today congratulates CDF Result of the Week editor Craig Group and his wife, Nicole, who welcomed a son, Robert McKendree Group, into the world at 8:27 p.m. on June 17. Robert weighed 5 pounds, 7 ounces at birth.

In the News

Physicists create 'black hole for sound'

From New Scientist, June 17, 2009

An artificial black hole that traps sound instead of light has been created in an attempt to detect theoretical Hawking radiation. The radiation, proposed by physicist Stephen Hawking more than 30 years ago, causes black holes to evaporate over time.

Astrophysical black holes are created when matter becomes so dense that it collapses to a point called a singularity. The black hole's gravity is so great that nothing - not even light - can escape from a boundary around it called an event horizon.

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Recovert Act Feature

Recovery Act brings E85, hybrid cars to Fermilab fleet

Fermilab will obtain new hybrid and E85-fueled vehicles.

Twenty-four new alternative-fuel vehicles will join the Fermilab fleet in the coming weeks, thanks to funds secured by the Department of Energy through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The acquisition includes 10 hybrid cars - nine Saturn Vues and one Ford Fusion - plus 11 Dodge Caravans and three Ford F-150 pickup trucks that run on E85, an ethanol fuel mix. The new models will replace five- to fifteen-year-old vehicles and provide fuel economy improvements of up to 20 miles per gallon.

"This is a big help to our fleet," said Dave Carlson, head of the Business Services Section. "It accelerates us toward our goal of converting completely to alternative-fueled vehicles, and it significantly reduces our maintenance costs."

DOE obtained funding from the Energy-Efficient Federal Motor Vehicle Fleet Procurement Program, a Recovery Act initiative organized by the U.S. General Services Administration. The move toward a fuel-efficient fleet also supports DOE's Transformational Energy Action Management (TEAM) initiative, a broad plan aimed at improving the department's energy, environmental, and transportation systems.

At Fermilab, George Davidson and colleagues in Transportation Services Department worked as DOE liaisons, demonstrating the lab's eligibility for the program and determining which cars to swap out of the fleet.

The new vehicles - all produced by U.S.-based companies - will come to Fermilab via Quad Cities Auto House in Milan, Ill. The Saturn Vues, already manufactured, are slated to arrive within two months, while the remaining models may take up to three months to build and deliver. Replaced cars will be shipped offsite for auction.

Once onsite, the new vehicles will go to work in a range of sections and divisions, transporting personnel and supporting facilities maintenance. Meanwhile, Business Services will continue its normal vehicle replacement scheme with a goal of achieving an entirely alternatively-fueled fleet by the end of FY2010.

-- Rachel Carr

The new vehicles include three Ford F-150 trucks. Image courtesy of Ford.


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