Fermilab Today Friday, July 31, 2009

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Friday, July 31
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Joint Experimental-Theoretical Physics Seminar - One West
Speaker: Lindley Winslow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Title: KamLAND: Neutrinos from the Earth, the Sun and Nuclear Reactors

Monday, August 3
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II
Special Topic: Improvements to the Pbar source

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Friday, July 31
- Chunky vegetable soup w/orzo
- Buffalo chicken wings
- Cajun breaded catfish
- Teriyaki pork stir fry
- Honey mustard ham & swiss panini
- Assorted sliced pizza
- *Carved turkey

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Wednesday, August 5
- Antipasto salad
- Strawberry mousse w/ butter cookies

Thursday, August 6
- Grilled portobello and red pepper salad
- Filet mignon w/horseradish sauce
- Baked potato w/butter & sour cream
- Broccoli
- Cappuccino soufflé

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Special Announcement

ARRA funding targets young researchers

The U.S. Department of Energy has increased the amount of grant funding for Early Career Research Awards to $85 million through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

On the heels of announcing $25 million for awards to through U.S. universities, DOE announced it will also provide $60 million to researchers at DOE national laboratories. DOE's Office of Science expects this money to support at least 15 to 35 researchers for five years at the national laboratories at a cost of $500,000 per year.

The grants aim to support the development of individual research programs of outstanding scientists and stimulate research careers.

Eligible researchers must work full-time at a laboratory and have received a Ph.D. within the past 10 years. Researchers may apply to one of six Office of Science program offices: High Energy Physics, Advanced Scientific Computing Research, Biological and Environmental Research, Basic Energy Sciences, Fusion Energy Sciences or Nuclear Physics.

Letters of intent are due August 3, and full proposals are due Sept. 1.

Further information on eligibility, program rules and how to apply can be found here.

To see answers to frequently asked questions, see the DOE Early Career Research Award Web site.

From symmetrybreaking

The CERN Courier's 50th anniversary issue

For those who enjoy a nostalgic look back, the CERN Courier has posted a treat: The very first issue of the Courier, which started as an in-house newsletter and now reaches 25,000 subscribers around the world.

Writing in the July/August issue, CERN Director-General Rolf Heuer notes that both the European lab and the Courier have changed beyond recognition since the first issue came out 50 years ago:

    One thing that has stayed the same, however, is the magazine's openness to the world. Issue number 1 reported not only on progress towards starting up the PS [Proton Synchrotron], but also carried news of the City of Hamburg's purchase of a 40 MeV linac for a new lab known as the Deutsches Elektronen Synchrotron. Back then, the Courier felt the need to spell out the DESY acronym. There was also news from the US, including bold ambitions for linear accelerator developments at Stanford University. CERN's mission of bringing nations together for peaceful collaboration is witnessed by a report from a trip to the USSR, precursor to a long and fruitful collaboration with the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research at Dubna.

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Recovery Act Feature

Blasting continues at
NOvA site

Construction workers prepare to fill holes with explosives at the NOvA site.

Construction crews at the future site of the NOvA detector facility have blasted through two more sections of rock since the initial detonation last week.

The civil construction project in northern Minnesota is funded in part by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

You can watch a video of the first blast at Fermilab's YouTube site.

“The first blast is the most spectacular for the whole job,” said Peter “Chipper” Johnson, president and CEO of Hoover Construction, the Minnesota company handling the blasting. “After that, the rocks move laterally instead of going straight up into the air.”

Still, workers clear the area within 2,500 feet of the explosions. To detonate the first section of rock, crews drilled 25-foot holes about 3 inches in diameter into the ground and filled them with Titan 1000 SD, an explosive material.

“It’s like toothpaste, kind of ooey, gooey and sticky,” Johnson said.

Over about the next six weeks, crews will use explosives to clear a 50-foot-deep cavern measuring 65 by 370 feet in the rock. The cost of drilling, blasting and excavating will be about $950,000, Johnson said.

The construction company will use all of the rubble from the explosions in constructing the site.

They will use part of the pulverized rock to form a base for roads on the site. Another portion will serve as backfill to support the structure of the detector facility. Workers will lay a third portion onto the roof of the detector building to shield the experiment from cosmic and gamma rays.

The site is located in a safely isolated area, five miles from Voyageur National Park.

The crew had no concerns about disturbing neighbors or visitors to the park with the explosions.

“At that distance, if you had any kind of wind at all, you wouldn’t hear the blasts.” Johnson said.

-- Kathryn Grim

Watch the first blast of the NOvA site.


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