Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011

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Tuesday, Jan. 25
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar - One West
Speaker: Sabastian Carron-Montero, Fermilab
Title: The Silicon Detector at CDF and The Search for the Higgs Boson: How We Tried to Extend the Tevatron Run

Wednesday, Jan. 26
10:30 a.m.
Research Techniques Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: Claudio Piemonte, FBK/AdvanSid, Trento, Italy
Title: Silicon Photomultiplier Technology at FBK
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Fermilab Colloquium - One West
Speaker: Gigi Rolandi, CERN
Title: First Results of the CMS Experiment at the LHC

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Tuesday, Jan. 25

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Science communication pioneer Judy Jackson retires

Judy Jackson

When Judy Jackson began working at Fermilab in 1991, she planted seeds for more open and transparent communication. More than 20 years later, her efforts continue to bear fruit for Fermilab and the particle physics community worldwide.

"She has broken completely new ground regarding the way that science is communicated," said Neil Calder, former SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory head of communications and Jackson's long-time colleague.

Jackson will retire next month. Thursday is her last day at the laboratory. A retirement celebration for Jackson will take place at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 27, on the second floor crossover of Wilson Hall. Come congratulate Jackson on her retirement.

"It has been enormous fun," Jackson said.

Since she began working for Fermilab as a contractor in 1991, and then as an employee in 1992, Jackson has taken a creative approach to communication, often thinking outside the box and occasionally going against the grain.

Calder was working in the CERN press office in 1996 when he first heard from Jackson. There was an atmosphere of contention between the two laboratories and Calder had issued a press release stating that a CERN experiment had at last begun producing large numbers of W bosons.

Jackson, who became director of the Office of Public Affairs in 1995, called Calder to explain that Fermilab had produced buckets of W bosons for years and invited him to visit.

"We got on very well and determined that Fermilab and CERN would work together to make sure that there were no more stupid mistakes," Calder said.

The collaboration between the two laboratories continued, and Jackson began reaching out to communicators at other laboratories.

"Judy wanted the laboratories to work together rather than against each other," Calder said.

In 2001 Jackson led the formation of the InterAction Collaboration, an international particle physics communication group dedicated to promoting particle physics and their institutions. The collaboration began with six laboratories: DESY, Fermilab, CERN, SLAC, INFN and Gran Sasso; and today it includes 22 institutions worldwide.

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"The Moon" a presentation:

5 p.m. today in Chicago

The Chicago Council on Science and Technology will host a talk about near-term strategies for exploring the moon.

Learn more about Earth's closest neighbor, the moon, during an event this evening, sponsored by The Chicago Council on Science and Technology.

Representatives from The Adler Planetarium and NASA's Luna Institute will give a presentation followed by a question and answer session. They'll discuss NASA's near-term strategies for exploring the moon, as well as why those strategies can become a platform for the next generation of science.

The lecture will take place in the McCloska Auditorium at the Illinois Institute of Technology's McCormick Tribune Campus Center, 3201 South State Street. Registration and a reception will begin at 5 p.m. The presentation begins at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door and $5 for students.

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In the News

Scanning for universe's dark matter, 2,342 feet deep

From The Minnesota Daily, Jan. 24, 2011

Ears pop while descending a 110-year-old mine in an elevator the size of a small closet.

The pitch-dark ride to the “27th floor” (actually 689 feet below sea level) of the Soudan Mine lasts only three deafening minutes. Hard hats are required to ride in the rust-colored steel cage, but the unsettling voyage half a mile underground is the only way to get into Minnesota’s oldest and deepest mine.

Active mining has been nonexistent here since the 1960s, but that doesn’t mean the once-booming iron mine, around which the town of Tower, Minn., was built, is empty.

Thousands of bats live in the mine 2,341 feet below the surface of Minnesota’s Vermilion Range, known for its vast deposits of iron. But the mine, only an hour’s drive south of the Canadian border, isn’t home to just bats.

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Director's Corner


Fermilab Director Pier Oddone

Organization charts convey a lot of information about the structure of institutions and how they function. The charts evolve as institutions advance and circumstances change. Our last major revision of how we display our organization was for the contract competition in 2006. When we look at that organization chart five years later we realize that several areas need tidying up.

At the top level today there are four major sectors in our laboratory: particle physics, accelerators, computing and operations. Cutting across those four sectors are various sections and support offices: the Finance Section, the ES&H Section, the Office of Communication, the new Office of Program and Project Support that I described last week and the Directorate. The referenced document depicts and explains all this. In addition, at the top level of the organization, we show projects that cut across all sectors of the laboratory that either are very large or will become very large (greater than $750 million) as we evolve into the future. These projects require external visibility and attention by the director and hence are highlighted at the top level of the organization.

This basic pictography is repeated at the lower levels: line organizations such as divisions, matrix organizations such as projects and centers, and administrative support organizations are all shown with distinctive icons. While the major projects with estimated costs of $750 million or more are shown at the top level of the organization, projects with costs greater than $150 million but below $750 million are shown within the sector organization. Projects with costs below $150 million are shown within the division organization. Similarly centers are displayed in the same way as these projects, reporting directly to the associate laboratory director for the sector. Administrative and ES&H support is also shown at the sector level since in time we want to consolidate such support centrally for each sector.

It is time we updated our organization to represent the way we work today. The organization that we describe today does not represent significant changes in how we operate, except in three areas: the establishment of the Office of Program and Project Support (OPPS) that I described in my Director’s Corner last week, the establishment of two divisions within the computing sector to recognize the two principal missions of that sector, and the intent to move towards consolidated administrative support at the sector level.

Depicting our organization in this new way will communicate both internally and externally a more accurate picture of our structure and how we function.

Accelerator Update

Jan. 21-24

- Four stores provided ~56.75 hours of luminosity
- An LCW leak on a Pbar Accumulator magnet required an access to repair
- Shot setup held up due to noisy readbacks
- Tevatron quench during scrape in shot setup
- Linac personel switched from I- Source to H- Source yesterday

The integrated luminosity for the period from 1/17/11 to 1/24/11 was 70.18 inverse pictobarns. NuMi reported receiving 8.61E18 protons on target during this same period.

Read the Current Accelerator Update
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