Fermilab Today Friday, June 18, 2010

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Friday, June 18
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Joint Experimental-Theoretical Physics Seminar - One West
Speaker: Jen Pursley, University of Wisconsin will present the result
Title: CDF Update of our High Mass H→WW search for Standard Model Higgs with 6 inverse femtobarns

Monday, June 21
11 a.m.
Particle Astrophysics Seminar (NOTE TIME) - One West
Speaker: Elisa Fenu, Université de Geneva
Title: Primordial Magnetic Fields and Their Gravitational Waves Production
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II

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Friday, June 18
- Breakfast: Chorizo burrito
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- Bistro chicken & provolone panini
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Submit timecards today

The laboratory will move to the new Fermilab Time and Labor electronic timecard system on Monday, June 21. To help with this transition, please submit your timecard through the current system by the end of the day today.

For more information about the new timecard system, please visit the website. To practice using the new timecard format, to review training documents, to check if your computer has the settings and software it needs, and to find out when local support team members will be available in your division, section or center, check www.fnal.gov/ftl/launch.html. If the timecard takes more than two minutes to load after the first time you log in, try logging off and logging in a second time.

If you have questions about using the new timecard system or about finding training resources, you can reach local support team members at the Timecard Doctor booth in the atrium during lunch hours on Tuesday, June 22; Wednesday, June 23; Friday, June 25; and Monday, June 28.

Recreation Feature of the Month

Classes, events and discounts for July

The Village pool is open.

  • Pool hours are noon - 7:00 p.m. from Tuesday - Friday, and 1-6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Single memberships are available for $85 per person. Family memberships are available for $190 for up to four family members and $10 per additional person.
  • The third session of preschool and youth swim lessons is available Monday - Thursday, July 12 - 22. Deadline to register is Friday, July 2. Session four begins Monday, July 26 and runs through Thursday, Aug. 5. Deadline to register is July 19. Cost: $60 per person.

Fitness classes starting soon:

  • Yoga: Noon - 1 p.m. Tuesdays, July 6 - Aug. 31 in the Wilson Hall Auditorium. Cost: $85 per person.
  • Muscle toning: 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 6 - August 26 at the Recreation Facility exercise room. Cost: $77 per person.

This month, the Benefits/Recreation Department will also sponsor the following wellness events:

  • Lunch and Learn: Healthy Attachments in Relationships:: Noon - 1 p.m. on Thursday, July 21, in Wilson Hall's Curia II conference room.
  • Qi Gong, Mindfulness & Tai Chi Easy: Noon-12:45 p.m. on Fridays in the Wilson Hall Auditorium. Free.

Club meetings:
Toastmasters: Noon-1 p.m. on Thursdays, July 1 and July 15 in the Racetrack conference room, WH7. Learn more

Athletic leagues:

  • Ultimate Frisbee: 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays at the Village soccer field. Contact Joe at cooljoe@fnal.gov for more information.
  • Open badminton: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Wednesdays at the Recreation Facility Gym membership is required. For more information contact Aaron at achou@fnal.gov

Employees and users can also contact the Recreation Department to take advantage of special discounts, including:

  • AMC and Goodrich Theater tickets: AMC tickets $8. AMC two-week restriction tickets $7. Goodrich tickets $7.
  • Rosati's Pizza of Batavia offers Fermilab employees a 20 percent discount on pizzas and 15 percent off other menu items.
  • Fermilab Days at Six Flags Great America will take place on June 26, July 3, 4, 5 and 31, August 1, 7 or 8. Tickets are available online for $26. Visit sixflags.com, choose Six Flags Great America park, and enter the promo code (Fermi) in the upper right hand corner. Any day tickets are available for $33 online.
  • Country House Geneva is offering a 20 percent discount on food items Monday through Thursday after 4:30 p.m. in July. Discount offered to Fermilab employees only with badge. Not valid with other offers. Does not include alcohol, tax or gratuity.

In the News

The other U.S. energy crisis: Lack of R&D

From Business Weekly, June 17, 2010

R&D neglect is holding back innovative energy technologies

BP says it's throwing its best people at stopping the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Nevertheless, it took an outsider-Energy Secretary Steven Chu, who has a Nobel Prize in physics-to come up with the idea of peering inside the malfunctioning blowout preventer with high-energy gamma rays. BP tried Chu's idea-after a few snickers and Incredible Hulk jokes, according to the Washington Post-and lo and behold, it worked. The probe was "crucial in helping us understand what is happening inside the BOP [blowout preventer] and informing the approach moving ahead," said Jane Lubchenco, head of the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration.

The gamma ray incident is symptomatic of a problem that's bigger than London-based BP: Energy companies worldwide are far less science-oriented than one might expect from an industry that is heavily dependent on technology for safety and profit. In the U.S., energy companies' spending on research, development, and deployment amounts to just 0.3 percent of sales. That's barely more than a tenth what the auto industry spends as a share of sales and is dwarfed by the pharmaceutical industry, which spends nearly 19 percent of sales. (American Petroleum Institute chief economist John Felmy says R&D measures understate his industry's "overall investment for the future.")

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Special Result of the Week

MiniBooNE results suggest antineutrinos act differently

A comparison of the energy spectrum for MiniBooNE electron neutrino (top) and antineutrino (bottom) candidates. Data is shown in blue points and compared to expected backgrounds.

Neutrinos, the ubiquitous daughters of the weak interaction, start their universe-traversing lives as one of three varieties: νe, νμ, or ντ. However, like ghosts with an identity crisis, these phantasmal particles find themselves constantly morphing from one variety to another, or oscillating, as they propagate on their long journeys.

Now the MiniBooNE experiment has found that antineutrinos, which should follow the same rules as neutrinos, might oscillate in a slightly different way. The results seem to favor a much-debated antineutrino result obtained by the Liquid Scintillator Neutrino Detector experiment in 1990.

The MiniBooNE experiment studies these oscillations by creating intense beams of muon neutrinos and antineutrinos, and directing them at an 800-ton sphere filled with mineral oil and located a half a kilometer away from the beam's source. The vast majority of these particles pass through the detector unscathed; however, a few unlucky voyagers pass too close to a carbon nucleus. The neutrinos, or antineutrinos, interact with carbon nuclei, giving scientists a glimpse of the particles' true identities.

MiniBooNE counts how many muon antineutrinos oscillate into electron antineutrinos over a relatively short distance. A 1990 result from the LSND experiment at Los Alamos, which used a beam of muon antineutrinos, reported electron-antineutrinos appearing about 0.25 percent of the time. The result is difficult for scientists to reconcile in a world with only three active neutrinos.

Earlier this week, after nearly three years of running in antineutrino mode, MiniBooNE collaborators announced that they had obtained a result consistent with the findings from LSND. In fact, analyzing the data in the context of a standard two neutrino mixing model favors an LSND-like signal at a 99.4 percent confidence level. However, model-independent tests show there is still a three percent chance that the background could fluctuate in such a way as to mimic the data. While this new result is intriguing, a confirmation of LSND will require more data.

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