Fermilab Today Tuesday, July 13, 2010

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Tuesday, July 13
12 p.m.
Summer Lecture Series - One West
Speaker: Brian DeGraff and Leonardo Ristori, Fermilab
Title: Civil and Mechanical Engineering

Wednesday, June 14
12 p.m.
Summer Lecture Series (NOTE DATE & LOCATION) - Curia II
Speaker: Cesar Rodriguez, Harvard University and Center for Excitonics
Title: Quantum Effects in Photosynthesis
3:30 p.m.

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In Memoriam

In Memoriam: Wilson Cross

Wilson Cross

Wilson Cross, known at Fermilab for his vibrant personality and dedication to his work, died on June 25 at the age of 55.

Cross worked in the laboratory's Cryogenics Department for 30 years and had cultivated a wealth of knowledge on the job, said his supervisor, Jay Theilacker.

"Some people might get protective of that knowledge," Theilacker said. "But Wilson had no problem teaching people everything he knew in an enthusiastic way."

Cross was involved in building a large number of cryogenic components in the Tevatron, antiproton and superconducting radio-frequency facilities.

Not long after Cross started at Fermilab, he convinced his brother Terry to join him. For the past 10 years, they worked in offices side-by-side.

"He was always happy," Terry Cross said. "He loved what he did and he did it well."

Cross was a fun-loving person, Theilacker said.

"He had the attitude that, if we have to be here at work, we might as well have fun doing it," he said. "If he saw negativity, he would address it and turn it around. That made everyone else's environment better, too."

Cross built a network of people whom he could count on at the laboratory and who relied on his help in return, Theilacker said. One of those people was the Technical Division's Ed Hagler, who continued the friendship he developed with Cross even after he moved to a separate workspace at the laboratory. Cross liked to stop by and remind Hagler of practical jokes from their early days, Hagler said.

Cross was diagnosed with what he called a "treatable but incurable" form of leukemia in 2001. According to those around him, he was determined not to let that get him down.

"He worked right up to the end," Hagler said. "I could tell that that was very important to him."

-- Kathryn Grim

Special Announcement

Jackie Coleman retirement party Thursday, July 15

The Directorate will host a retirement party for Jackie Coleman at 4 p.m. on Thursday, July 15 on the second floor crossover. Coleman will retire this summer after nearly 38-consecutive years of service to the laboratory. Stop by and wish her well.

Read Coleman's retirement profile.

In the News

Oddone gets second five years as Fermilab director

From Beacon News, July 10, 2010

"This will be a really exciting time."

That's Pier Oddone, master of understatement. The director of Fermilab for the past five years, Oddone has led the country's premier particle physics lab through budget cuts, new discoveries and the completion of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Switzerland, the machine that will make Fermilab's own collider obsolete.

The Fermi Research Alliance board of directors last week announced Oddone's reappointment to a second five-year term as director. In the upcoming half-decade, Fermi's collider will shut down completely, and the lab will turn its focus to numerous other projects in an attempt to stay on the forefront of particle research.

But if any of this sweeping change is making Oddone nervous, he's not saying. In fact, he has nothing but optimism for the coming years, and excitement for the future.

That, he says, is what particle physics is all about: exploring the unknown. Fermilab will no longer be able to compete when it comes to high-energy experiments, so it's branching out into wide-ranging experiments involving muons, neutrinos and dark energy.

"The lab is changing all the time," he said. "We're always tackling new experiments, and looking forward to what is not known."

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Director's Corner


Fermilab Director Pier Oddone and his wife, Barbara, entering Wilson Hall on his first day of work in 2005.

July 1 marked the completion of my first five years as director of Fermilab. It is a privilege to direct Fermilab, and I am pleased that the FRA Board of Director has now renewed my appointment for another term. As I look back at the last five years, in some ways time flies swiftly and I feel that I arrived here yesterday. In many respects, though, time appears expanded, and I feel I have been here forever. Perhaps this has to do with the feeling that anybody in particle physics has-even folks outside of Fermilab-that Fermilab is THEIR lab.

Certainly before I came here, Fermilab already felt familiar, and coming here was the most natural thing for a particle physicist to do, blurring the boundary between the before and after.

Perhaps it is the cyclical nature of some of the events and crises that we go through every year that makes time expand and appear to go on forever. I feel that nearly every new problem we face we have seen at least once before. For instance, every year around this time we are sweating bullets about whether or not the Congress will pass a budget before the fiscal year starts. And in case a budget does not come in time we are doing all the necessary exercises and what-ifs on how to handle the ensuing problems. After doing this every year for a few years, it feels as if we have been doing it forever.

Another time stretcher is the many reviews we go through, dozens and dozens per year. If I measure time by the number of reviews, I must have been here several decades already.

Probably times stretches also because we have done a lot in the last five years. Physics results from the Tevatron, neutrino programs and cosmic frontier programs have been the principal results in the world of particle physics. We have launched a number of exciting new projects, NOvA, MINERvA, DES, MicroBooNE, LBNE, Mu2e, Project X and have ramped up R&D programs on superconducting RF technology, ILC and Muon Collider. As we look around the laboratory, on every hand we see construction projects actively under way, thanks to Recovery Act funding.

But finally it would not feel like I have been here forever if it were not for the sense of belonging to the Fermilab family. That has to do less with me than with the continuing welcome and support from all of you.

Accelerator Update

July 9-12

- Six stores provided ~55 hours of luminosity
- Pbar Debuncher bend bus power supply repaired
- MI Lambertson repaired
- Recycler corrector magnet power supply chassis replaced
- Store 7965 aborted - no quench
- Pelletron access needed to make repairs
- MTA will take beam and then make six-hour access

* The integrated luminosity for the period from 7/5/10 to 7/12/10 was 51.16 inverse picobarns. NuMI reported receiving 4.89E18 protons on target during this same period.

Read the Current Accelerator Update
Read the Early Bird Report
View the Tevatron Luminosity Charts


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