Fermilab Today Monday, August 10, 2009

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Monday, August 10
3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, August 11
12 p.m.
Summer Lecture Series - One West
Speaker: Harrison Prosper, Florida State University
Title: The Standard Model and Beyond (REPEAT of 6/9/09 Lecture)
3:30 p.m.

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Monday, August 10
- Smart Cuisine: *Potato leek soup
- Monte Cristo
- Smart Cuisine: *1/2 Roasted chicken
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- Szechuan style pork lo mein

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- Confetti Salad
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Dan Bauer chosen as deputy head of Center for Particle Astrophysics

Dan Bauer

Five months ago, Dan Bauer’s life became a lot busier—and, he said, a good deal more exciting. In February, the Fermilab scientist and Cryogenic Dark Matter Search project manager stepped into a new role. He became the first deputy head of the Fermilab Center for Particle Astrophysics, an intellectual gathering place for the laboratory’s approximately 40 astrophysicists.

“The position was created because it became clear that the center was growing and taking on many new efforts,” Bauer said. “There are a huge number of ideas for new research.”

In his first months on the job, Bauer has helped to manage the center’s established projects, including the Dark Energy Survey, Pierre Auger Observatory, COUPP and CDMS, which he has led since 2002. But he has focused the bulk of his energy on cultivating future experiments.

“We want to make sure we water those seeds,” he said, explaining that center scientists are currently devising plans for about 14 proposed projects.

One proposal would use gravity wave technology to learn whether the visible universe might be a hologram that encodes two-dimensional information from the three dimensions we perceive. Another would investigate precise characteristics of the Cosmic Microwave Background, potentially revealing clues about the universe’s earliest seconds. And there are several ideas for direct observation of dark matter, including detectors filled with liquid argon and solid xenon.

Craig Hogan, head of the Center, said that Bauer is ideally qualified to support such projects.

“Dan’s very experienced at project management and development,” Hogan said. “He is also an experienced experimentalist. Since I am a theorist, we complement each other well.”

For his own part, Bauer is glad to contribute to the management of the center.

“It’s an exciting place to be,” Bauer said. “It’s fun to hear people come up with ideas, to sift through the possibilities and then figure out how to make a project happen.”

-- Rachel Carr

Special Announcement

Wilson Hall closed Saturday, Aug. 15

Wilson Hall will be closed on Saturday, August 15, due to a shutdown-related power outage. The power feeding Wilson Hall will be shut off between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. The cafeteria will also be closed. Wilson Hall will reopen about 6 p.m., after power is restored.

Photo of the Day

New employees - July 27

From bottom left: Vamis Xhagjika, AD; Caterina Vernieri, TD; Priscilla Pani, PPD; Gerardo De Pasquale, CD; Francesco Bonatesta, AD; and Sara Ezgi Akgul, WDRS. Row two, from left: Patrick Alexander, TD; Diego Dal Canto, TD; Davide Sgalaberna, PPD; Ernesto Tripodi, TD; Stefano Mintchev, TD; Francesco Rubbo, PPD; Valerio Vagelli, PPD; Simone Moio, TD; and Wilbert Samuel Rossi, AD. Row three from left:- Nicola Poles, PPD; Nicola Ferroni, CD; Gianluigi Sem, TD; Luca Ceccanti, AD; Matteo Bertoneri, TD; and Riccardo Bartalucci, TD.

In the News

Large Hadron Collider will restart at half-power

From Times Online, Aug. 7, 2009

The Large Hadron Collider will run at only half its maximum energy when it restarts in November after a serious fault forced it to be shut down for more than a year.

Officials from the CERN particle physics laboratory in Geneva announced last night that it will be 2011 before the world's most powerful atom-smasher reaches its full capacity.

While the 4 billion "big bang machine" should eventually be capable of running at an energy of 7 teraelectronvolts (TeV), it will operate initially at just 3.5 TeV when it starts smashing protons together in mid-November. The first science results are expected a few weeks later.

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ES&H Tips of the Week - Health health

Medical Office provides travel tips

Make sure to communicate travel plans to Fermilab's Medical Office.

During some health risk appraisals, I’ll occasionally glance at the notes in the patient’s chart and inquire about a recent trip. Some employees appear astonished that their recent business trip was known, let alone logged, at the Medical Office.

Our interest in your travel is purely focused on prevention. The Travel Office provides us with specifics so that we can target our advice to your specific destination, time frame and activities.

Initially we just contacted folks who went to unusual destinations, but in alignment with some recent DOE guidance, we now send out information on all foreign travel. That is why you may have noticed some e-mails in your inbox about health issues in other countries.

Our tips primarily come from political, consulate and hospital information for assorted destinations. Travelers face many potential challenges when facing new environments and new cultures. Where possible, we try to tailor the report to what we know about the traveler.

Sometimes the best advice is what not to bring. Japan, for instance, regulates over-the-counter medications such as pseudoephedrine (Sudafed) to curb its use in home-brewed drugs of abuse.

Sometimes it’s the environment that poses the challenge. High-altitude destinations or long flights for people with certain medical conditions can require consultations.

You can help us offer you more complete advice by keeping your vaccination record up to date at our office so we can track when a booster shot is needed for vaccinations, such as measles and whooping cough, or recommend vaccinations needed for travel.

The Medical Office gives Tetanus shots, but you should get other shots at a clinic or doctor’s office. The purchase of any vaccination or medication prompted by a side (pleasure) trip can’t be expensed.

So remember that the pre-travel e-mail you receive from the Medical Office contains useful information. Please read it and help us ensure that your next trip will be memorable for all the right reasons.

Safety Tip of the Week Archive

Shutdown Update

July 31 - August 7
- Linac: H- Source operational
- Booster: GMPS work 90 percent complete
- Pbar: A2 dipole magnet replacement complete
- MI: Found fault in Multiwires that will cause four-day delay
- Recycler: NMR probes replacement is 90 percent complete
- TeV: Replacing bad stands
- NuMI: Completed Hadron Monitor replacement
- Safety: One first-aid case

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Newcomers Brown Bag Lunch

Need help giving a speech? Fermilab Toastmasters Club is the solution

International folk dancing resumes today

Yoga Class - Aug. 11 through Sept. 29

Muscle Toning Class - today through Sept. 28

Office 2007 New Features class offered in September

URA Visiting Scholars Program now accepting applications

Services account password needed for Fermilab Time & Labor reporting

Bristol Renaissance Faire discount tickets

Six Flags Great America discount tickets

Pool memberships available in the Recreation Department

Raging Waves Waterpark online discount ticket program

Osteoarthritis (degenerative arthritis) seminar

Accelerated C++ Short Course begins Aug. 6

Health after 50 seminar

The University of Chicago Tuition Remission Program August 17 deadline

What's New in NI LabVIEW 2009? offered Aug. 27

Process piping (ASME B31.3) class offered in October and November

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