Monday, Feb. 14, 2011

Monday, Feb. 14
2:30 p.m.
Particle Astrophysics Seminar - One West
Speaker: Oliver King, California Institute of Technology
Title: The C-Band All-Sky Survey:  Mapping the Polarized Radio Sky
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II
Special Topics: TD: 3-D Printer; Accelerator Studies in the Tevatron
5 p.m.
Budker Seminar - Music Room, Users' Center
Speaker: Meghan McAteer, University of Texas, Austin
Title: Measurement and Correction of the Beta Functions in the Booster

Tuesday, Feb. 15
10:30 a.m.
Research Techniques Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: Kyung Kwang Joo, Chonnam National University
Title: Status of the RENO Reactor Neutrino Experiment
11 a.m.
All Hands Meeting - Ramsey Auditorium
Speaker: Pier Oddone, Fermilab Director
1 p.m.
Special Seminar - One West
Speaker: Amanda Thompson, Fermilab
TItle: Overview of Permanent Residence Process

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Monday, Feb. 14
- Breakfast: Croissant sandwich
- French-quarter gumbo soup
- French dip with horseradish cream
- Santa Fe pork stew
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- Popcorn shrimp wrap
- Assorted sliced pizza
- Sweet and sour chicken with egg roll

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Wednesday, Feb. 16
- Chili chicken skewers with cilantro pesto
- Chunky banana sweet-potato mash
-Keylime and tequila pie

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Special Announcement

All-hands talk at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 15

Budget season is upon us. Last week the House Appropriations Committee unveiled its proposal for a FY2011 Continuing Resolution, including proposed reductions in funding to the Office of Science. Today President Obama is expected to issue his budget request for the 2012 fiscal year. Fermilab Director Pier Oddone will address the most recent budget news as it affects Fermilab in an all-hands meeting at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 15, in Ramsey Auditorium. Overflow seating will be available in One West. The talk will also be available via streaming video. Check Tuesday’s Fermilab Today for more information.


Kramper takes helping others to new setting

Brian Kramper

After working at Fermilab for 37 years, Brian Kramper launched a second career as a massage therapist.

“It’s like the other end of the spectrum,” said Kramper, who worked as a programmer in the Accelerator Division until he retired in December. “I enjoy helping people heal themselves.”

Helping people is something Kramper excelled at while at Fermilab.

One of his earliest positions was as a liaison between the operators running experiments and others at the laboratory. At the time there were as many as 10 to 15 experiments that required 24-hour operation. Kramper’s job was to filter information so the operators could do their jobs without being inundated with questions and requests. He also gave the Director’s Office a daily update on all of the experiments.

His most recent work involved reducing the time needed to columnate the beam in the Tevatron from two hours down to only 10 minutes.

His expertise will be missed, said Dennis Nicklaus, a systems analyst and colleague of Kramper.

“He was a great guy to work with and he was very sincere with everyone,” Nicklaus said. “You don’t realize how much you rely on someone until they aren’t there."

Kramper, 63, will adjust fine to retirement. He’s no stranger to change. At Fermilab, he was one of the first occupants of Wilson Hall in what is now the cafeteria and remembers driving throughout the laboratory on gravel roads. He earned degrees in physics and computer science, but then pursued a master’s degree in theology from Northern Baptist Seminary and five years ago started practicing massage therapy.

“I’m looking forward to retirement and to building my massage therapy practice,” he said.

But it won’t be all work and no play during Kramper’s retirement. He has two children and a grandchild in the Rockford area who he hopes to spend time with. And he’s going to be hitting the links regularly.

“I’m going to play more golf. I love to play golf,” he said, emphatically.

-- Victoria Pierce

In the News

Taking Pictures of the Sky with LSST

From Quantum Diaries, Feb. 7, 2011

One of the commenters on our very first post wanted to hear more about the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), one of the three cosmological projects that involve Brookhaven Lab. Set high on a mountaintop in Chile, LSST will be a very big and expensive ground-based telescope. Planning for the project started near the end of the 20th century and the experiment probably won’t start taking data in a scientific manner until 2020.

The story is that at a decadal survey 10 years ago, the person who first proposed that the word “synoptic” be used in the project’s name had a misunderstanding about what synoptic really means. Either way, the name has stuck. Synoptic, by the way, comes from Greek word “synopsis” and refers to looking at something from all possible aspects, which is precisely what LSST will do.

Astronomical survey instruments fall broadly under two categories: imaging instruments that take photos of the sky, and spectroscopic instruments that take spectra (that is, distribution of light across wavelengths) of a selected few objects in the sky. LSST falls into the first category — it will take many, many images of the sky in the five bands, which are a bit like colors, from ultra-violet light to infrared light.

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ES&H Tip of the Week:

Think about your heart all year, not just today

Heart health is important all year long.

Valentine’s Day and February’s designation as American Heart Month remind people to care for their hearts. But don’t make that a one-month commitment. Show your heart some love year-round with these five simple healthy aging tips:

  • Be sweet — Instead of eating chocolate, try blueberries or strawberries. These heart-healthy treats are filled with natural antioxidants that can help keep your arteries open.
  • Move to the beat — Grab a partner and do some fancy footwork. Any activity that gets you moving, such as dancing or walking, can help increase blood circulation, reduce stress and protect your heart.
  • Do your thing — Activities such as painting, writing, yoga and meditation can help slow your heart and breathing rates and lower your blood pressure.
  • Avoid tobacco — If you smoke, join a support group to help you quit and talk to your doctor about medications that can help increase your chances of kicking the habit.
  • Maintain a healthy weight — If you are overweight, losing as little as 10 pounds can make a difference and lower your risk of heart problems.

Do something good for your heart. Living a healthy lifestyle can help your heart stay strong for years to come. For more ES&H tips and a chance to win a prize, log-on to the ES&H website and click on Take-Five Tools/Challenge.

-- John B. Dawson.

Accelerator Update

February 9-11

- Two stores provided ~45.5 hours of luminosity
- Linac personnel worked on LRF1 and LRF2
- Main Injector ground fault found

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