Fermilab Today Friday, Oct. 15, 2010

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Friday, Oct. 15
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Joint Experimental-Theoretical Physics Seminar - One West
Speaker: Bogdan Dobrescu, Fermilab
Title: Heavy Color-Octet Bosons and Multi-b-Jet Signals at the Tevatron

Monday, Oct. 18
Special Particle Astrophysics Seminar (NOTE TIME) - One West
Speaker: Dan Hooper, Fermilab
Title: The Observational Case For 7-8 GeV Dark Matter: Fermi, CoGeNT and DAMA
2:30 p.m.
Particle Astrophysics Seminar - One West
Speaker: Andrew Tolley, Perimeter Institute
Title: Galileon Inflation and Non-Gaussianities
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II
Special Topic: COUPP 30 Liter Chamber Operation in NuMI Tunnel

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Wilson Hall Cafe

Friday, Oct. 15
- Breakfast: Chorizo burrito
- Old-fashioned ham & bean soup
- Philly-style chicken
- Chicken pot pie
- Baked fish over rice

*Carb restricted alternative

Wilson Hall Cafe Menu

Chez Leon

Wednesday, Oct. 20
- Rouladen
- Spaetzel
- Dilled baby carrots
- Apple walnut cake

Thursday, Oct. 22
- Crab cakes w/ red pepper mayonnaise
- Medallions of beef
- Potato cups
- Sautéed zucchini
- Grand Marnier soufflé

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Special Announcement

2010 Exceptional Performance Recognition Awards given

Fermilab recognized a group of dedicated employees for their outstanding contributions with Exceptional Performance Recognition Awards. The employees were nominated by their divisions and sections. Fermilab Director Pier Oddone handed out the awards at a reception on the 15th floor of Wilson Hall Aug. 26.

See all award recipients here.


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Fermilab Golf Leagues play last season outing

The 2010 Fermilab Golf League season officially ended on Sept. 10 for three of Fermilab's leagues. The final event, which took place at Whitetail Ridge, drew golfers from Arrowhead, Bliss Creek and Fox Valley leagues. The golfers played 18 holes and held a luncheon where prizes and trophies were awarded. Images of each league's first place winners are below.

From left: Arrowhead Golf League: Mike Matulik, Dave Huffman, Bob Johnson and Patrick Liston.
From left: Bliss Creek Golf League: Gordon Bagby, John Najdzion, (not pictured) Todd Maberry and Hoyett McKenzie.
From left: Fox Valley Golf League: William Wester, Kurt Ruthmansdorfer, Alan Jonckheere, Paul Czarapata and Geoff Savage (substitute).

Additional prizes were awarded. Those winners include:

Arrowhead Golf League:

  • Jon Hun for low average: 44
  • Mike Matulik for most points: 40

Bliss Creek Golf League:

  • Todd Maberry for low average: 41.9
  • Ron Ray for most points: 40

Fox Valley Golf League

  • Vic Scarpine for low average: 40.9
  • Kurt Ruthmansdorfer for most points: 56

Next year's leagues will begin playing in late March or early April. New players of all levels are welcome. Any interested golfers can contact Mike Matulik, Patrick Liston or any Golf League members for information.

-- Patrick Liston

Recovery Act

Local company completes FCC roof construction

The roof upgrades allowed crews to install cooling units that will double cooling to FCC.

A local construction company recently completed work on the roof of the Feynman Computing Center, an important step in an ongoing project funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The approximately $540,000 FCC roof modification project set the stage for the center's $4.75 million cooling upgrades, which will more than double the amount of cooling available to computers in the building. It also gave a boost to Barrington-based Horcher Construction Co.

"In these tough economic times, it was good to get some work," said Horcher's senior project manager, Bill Misik. "We're doing better this year than last year, partly thanks to Fermilab."

Because the housing market has shrunk, many construction firms that traditionally build housing are putting in bids for commercial projects. Yet these, too, are few and far between, Misik said. Layoffs have left an abundance of office space available for those who need it, reducing the need for new buildings. Misik said that many Chicago-area contractors are looking for work as far away as St. Louis.

"It's a struggle for us and so many others," he said. "Basically, there's more competition for less work."

In April, Horcher Construction finished installing the infrastructure for a modern refrigeration system to replace the water cooling system put in place when FCC was constructed in the 1980s. The upgrades will make possible the construction of a high-availability data center on the third floor of FCC.

As an added bonus, the cooling system upgrade involved replacing the building's 20-year-old roof. The crew installed a steel platform to support the weight of the cooling units, a staircase and a safe walkout onto the roof for maintenance staff.

"It was a nice, indirect benefit of the cooling upgrades project," CD Facility Operations Department Head Adam Walters said. "It's good to have a fresh roof and know we're safe from the rain and snow."

-- Sara Reardon

In the News

LHC protons 2010: mission accomplished

From CERN, Oct. 14, 2010

The LHC today reached its target luminosity for 2010 - 1032/cm2/s. This is a measure of the proton-proton collision rate in the experiments.

This is a signifcant milestone in gathering the amount of data expected by the end of 2011 - called one inverse femtobarn by physicists. With that amount of data there will be a good chance of seeing new physics in the LHC's current energy range.

The remainder of this year's proton running will be devoted to obtaining as much data as possible before switching to lead ions collisions in November.

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