Archive: December 2011

Wednesday, Dec. 21

  • Special Announcement: Happy holidays from Fermilab!
  • CMS Result: CMS in 2011: A mountain of particle collision data
  • New CMS website is easy on the eyes and efficient
  • From isgtw: The Tevatron's enduring computing legacy
  • Safety Update: ES&H weekly report, Dec. 20
  • From Quantum Diaries: U.S. ships world’s largest digital camera to Chile

Tuesday, Dec. 20

  • Result of the Week: Illuminating the Z boson
  • Director's Corner: A good close to the year
  • In Memoriam: Margaret McAuliff
  • From ILC NewsLine: CM2 assembly nearly complete
  • Wellness Feature of the Month: January wellness offerings, fitness classes and discounts
  • From ILC NewsLine: Japanese interest in hosting the ILC
  • Accelerator Update: Dec. 16-19
  • From, Dec. 19, 2011: Scientists ‘trigger’ high energy physics at CERN in India-UK collaboration

Monday, Dec. 19

  • Illinois Accelerator Research Center: Industry finds a new home at Fermilab
  • Special Announcement: Offsite access to Fermilab printers now blocked
  • From The Chicago Sun-Times, Dec. 16, 2011: Fermilab breaks ground on accelerator research center
  • From Voice of America, Dec. 15, 2011: Fermilab scientists optimistic about finding Higgs boson particle
  • Accelerator Update: Dec. 14-16

Friday, Dec. 16

  • A cheaper way to purify liquid argon for neutrino experiments
  • Special Announcement: Fermilab potluck - today
  • Milestone: Births: Elliot Eugene and Isaac Warren Shanahan
  • Press Release from Caltech: High-energy physicists set record for network data transfer
  • From, Dec. 14, 2011: Building a massive neutrino hunter beneath the Mediterranean
  • From Wall Streat Journal, Dec. 14, 2011: Physicists close in on universal puzzle

Thursday, Dec. 15

  • Special Announcement: Fermilab email outage fixed
  • Special Announcement: Fermilab potluck - Dec. 16
  • Result of the Week: A new way to find the top
  • From symmetry breaking: First physics experiments soon to move into former Homestake mine
  • Accelerator Update: Dec. 12-14
  • Photo of the Day: New employees - Dec. 12
  • From The New York Times, Dec. 14, 2011: Data hints at elusive particle, but wait continues

Wednesday, Dec. 14

  • Video of the Day: Searching for the Higgs
  • From the CMS Center: CMS collaboration celebrates the success of 2011
  • DuPage grant to FNA kick-starts new restoration effort
  • Photo of the Day: Winter sunrise at Fermilab
  • Safety Update: ES&H weekly report, Dec. 13
  • From Chicago Sun-Times, Dec. 13, 2011: CERN closing in on 'God particle'
  • From's Cosmic Log, Dec. 13, 2011: Higgs vs. hype: a mini-guide

Tuesday, Dec. 13

  • Press Release: Possible signs of the Higgs remain in latest analyses
  • Director's Corner: Watch out!
  • From Quantum Diaries: Fermilab hot on trail of Higgs boson with LHC, Tevatron
  • Photo of the Day: An ice sculpture of Wilson Hall
  • Accelerator Update: Dec. 9-12
  • From Science, Dec. 13, 2011: In search for Higgs boson, physicists report a definite maybe
  • From Nature, Dec. 13, 2011: Detectors home in on Higgs boson

Monday, Dec. 12

  • Special Announcement: Watch live CERN broadcast on Higgs results - Dec. 13
  • ES&H Tip of the Week: Safety: Keep the holidays fun and safe
  • ANL, Fermilab and UChicago meeting in One West - today
  • Photos of the Day: New employee - Nov. 14 and New employees - Nov. 28
  • Accelerator Update: Dec. 7-9
  • From SLAC Today: The rich fabric of intensity frontier physics
  • From Chicago Tribune: Scientists excited over hints of finding elusive 'God particle'

Friday, Dec. 9

  • David Schmitz receives 2011 Director’s Volunteer Award
  • Physics in a Nutshell: Statistical significance: Are you sure that you're sure?
  • Special Announcement: ANL-UChicago-Fermilab meeting - Monday, Dec. 12
  • In Brief: Fermilab ORTA web page receives a new look
  • From New Scientist, Dec. 8, 2011: Neutrinos give US best shot at post-Tevatron glory
  • DOE Press Release: Energy Department announces new initiative to remove barriers for industry to work with national labs, commercialize technology

Thursday, Dec. 8

  • Special Announcement: Computer security awareness
  • Result of the Week: Testing for top quark teams
  • In Memoriam: Linda Christiansen
  • Photo of the Day: New employees - Oct. 31
  • Accelerator Update: Dec. 5-7
  • From The Financial Times Magazine, Dec. 2, 2011: Ghostly particles that may explain the universe
  • From Quantum Diaries: DNA in a haystack

Wednesday, Dec. 7

  • Special Announcement: Physics for Everyone - today
  • From the Technical Division: SRF advances and future accelerators at Fermilab
  • Special Announcement: Volunteers reception - today
  • In Brief: Computer security awareness day - Dec. 8
  • Safety Update: ES&H weekly report, Dec. 6
  • From Voice of America, Dec. 1, 2011: Idled atom-smasher yielding data months after shutdown
  • From, Dec. 6, 2011: String-theory calculations describe the 'birth of the universe'

Tuesday, Dec. 6

  • Milestone: MiniBooNE achieves record
  • Director's Corner: Intensity Frontier workshop II
  • Photos of the Day: Service awards - Nov. 4
  • Accelerator Update: Dec. 2-5
  • From The New York Times, Dec. 5, 2011: Astronomers find biggest black holes yet
  • From, Dec. 2, 2011: Focus: Another step back fo wave-particle duality

Monday, Dec. 5

  • From symmetry breaking: Intensity Frontier Workshop packed with ideas and people
  • ES&H Tip of the Week: Computer Security: Updating computer systems
  • Special Announcement: Winter holiday tea - today
  • Photo of the Day: An English Thanksgiving
  • In Brief: Some Fermilab roads closed for winter starting today
  • Accelerator Update: Nov. 30 - Dec. 2
  • From The Guardian, Dec. 1, 2011: Excitement as Higgs boson seminar set to announce latest LHC findings

Friday, Dec. 2

  • Video of the Day: What is antimatter?
  • CMS Result: Z-ray vision
  • Low-mass, low-power photon detectors in testing
  • Special Announcement: Winter holiday tea - Dec. 5
  • From, Nov. 30, 2011: MINERvA becomes first neutrino experiment to use helium target
  • From, Nov. 30, 2011: New twist in the search for dark matter

Thursday, Dec. 1

  • Fermilab goes to 2011 supercomputing conference
  • Result of the Week: Collider Detector at Fermilab or Charm decay factory?
  • Special Announcement: Physics for Everyone - Dec. 7
  • Photo of the Day: New employees - Oct. 17
  • From Quantum Diaries: MINERvA becomes first neutrino experiment to use helium target
  • Accelerator Update: Nov. 28-30
  • From, Nov. 28, 2011: In era of constrained budgets, basic research remains critical for nation's prosperity