Monday, Feb. 28, 2011

Monday, Feb. 28
2:30 p.m.
Particle Astrophysics Seminar - One West
Speaker: Justin Khoury, University of Pennsylvania
Title: Screening Dark Energy
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II
Special Topics: 325 MHz RF Cave/SC Cavity Tests

Tuesday, Feb. 29

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Wilson Hall Cafe
Monday, Feb. 28
- Breakfast: Croissant sandwich
- Spicy beef and rice soup
- Corned beef reuben
- *Roast pork loin
- Lasagna
- Chicken wrap with pineapple
- Assorted sliced pizza
- Pacific Rim rice bowl

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Wednesday, March 2
- Chicken Marbella
- Green rice
- Sautéed zucchini with coriander chutney
- Caramel chocolate cheesecake

Friday, March 4
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Michael Weis appointed Fermi site manager

Michael Weis

In late December, DOE appointed Michael Weis to the position of Fermi site manager for the Office of Science. Weis replaces Joanna Livengood, who is now site office manager at Argonne National Laboratory.

"I'm really excited about being here," Weis said. "I'm looking forward to continuing to build on the partnership that is already established here by Joanna and Deputy Site Manager Mark Bollinger; to work with Pier and his team to make sure we can be successful."

Weis explained that his goal as site manager is to streamline operations between the Office of Science and the laboratory. He plans to do this by limiting bureaucracy and hopes to get rid of unnecessary requisitions and red tape. He'll take feedback on Fermilab programs to the Office of Science and act as the laboratory's advocate, so that the government delivers on decisions to help support the laboratory programs.

"I look forward to working closely with Mike," Fermilab Director Pier Oddone said. "His expertise is an asset to the laboratory, and it is a privilege to have him here."

In addition to serving as Fermi site manager, Weis was chosen by Secretary of Energy Steven Chu as senior advisor for operations. In that role, Weis will work with the Department of Energy Under and assistant secretaries to strengthen decision making and streamline processes.

"Fermilab is very lucky to have Mike join the team," Bollinger said."With his many years of DOE experience, his assignment last year as the acting deputy director for Field Operations at the Office of Science at headquarters, and his current challenge as the secretary’s advisor, he brings a great deal of knowledge, respect, and influence to the job that will benefit us all." Weis has been with DOE since 1995, when he joined the Rocky Flats Field Office. He also worked for DOE’s Office of Environmental Management in Washington, D.C. headquarters and held several management positions. Since 2007, he has served as the manager of the Pacific Northwest Site Office, where he provided institutional oversight to Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

Weis has bachelor's and master's degrees in metallurgical engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. He is certified as a high school teacher and taught high school chemistry and physics for three years in Colorado. Weis has spent most of his career with DOE, but he never lost his love for teaching.

"I tried to get involved in assignments that allowed me to help people learn," he said.

-- Rhianna Wisniewski

Special Announcement

Physics for Everyone: The Intensity Frontier March 2

Scientists at Fermilab plan to send the world’s highest-intensity neutrino beam to the proposed DUSEL laboratory in South Dakota. Project X would provide more protons for the Main Injector and greatly increase the number of neutrinos that can be produced. Photo: Fermilab

Physicists at Fermilab use intense beams of trillions of particles from accelerators to explore the interactions between neutrinos and ultra-rare processes in nature. Measurements of the mass and other properties of the neutrinos are central to answering key questions about the universe, such as: How did the universe come to be? What happened to all of the antimatter?

Join Fermilab at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 2, to learn more about how physicists at Fermilab use experiments at the Intensity Frontier to learn about our universe and how these experiments will play a vital role in Fermilab’s future. Fermilab’s Bob Tschirhart will give the lecture, titled “Fermilab’s future at the Intensity Frontier.”

The lecture will take place in Ramsey Auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public. No registration is required. There will be time for questions and answers. The lecture is part of a non-technical series about Fermilab science and culture. View previous lectures here.

In the News

House budget cuts could end U.S. science leadership

From Scientific American, Feb. 25, 2011

Spending cuts approved by the House would end America's reign as a scientific leader if they are enacted into law, a former Bush administration Energy Department official said yesterday.

"Left intact, the massive cuts in research contained in the bill passed on 19 February would effectively end America's legendary status as the leader of the worldwide scientific community," Raymond Orbach wrote in an editorial published online by the journal Science.

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Big Woods management means deer and more

The deer population at Fermilab once nearly devastated these white trillium wildflowers, which can be found in the Big Woods area in early spring. Through continued deer management and monitoring of the area, Fermilab can help to continue diversifying the area’s woodland plants. Photo: Reidar Hahn.

Fermilab manages whitetail deer to ensure the deer stay in balance with the rest of the ecosystem. When out of balance, the deer or ecosystem suffer, such as in the past when deer devastated the forest undergrowth in the area called the Big Woods, north of Wilson Hall.

In 1993 the deer herd was reduced by nearly 80 percent and has been maintained at that level. The spring ephemerals and other ground-layer plants have recovered – at least partially. Studies of Big Woods vegetation show that overall plant cover has increased by almost 150 percent, and deer damage has decreased by more than 80 percent. These numbers confirm the visual impression one has walking through the woods in spring and early summer.

However, although the number of plant species has remained constant, species diversity has declined, according to the most recent study. This occurs because although there is more growth, the community is increasingly dominated by a few species. One species, woodland knotweed, accounts for almost one-third of the undergrowth vegetation in a 2010 plant study, and the four most common species account for 66 percent of all flowering activity. These results suggest that, although deer management has reaped important rewards, additional management of the forest is need.

The latest report recommends continued deer management and monitoring of the Big Woods plant community. It also recommends that we consider additional management strategies for the forest, conduct more research there, and implement a new tree planting program in the woods where tree recovery lags. Fermilab Natural Areas is considering ways to fund these efforts in the future and provide opportunities for volunteer participation.

-- Rod Walton

Accelerator Update

February 23-25

- Four stores provided ~47 hours of luminosity
- Linac personnel repaired a RF station (LRF4)
- The cryo system for Pbar's stochastic cooling failed
- NuMI tripped off on a target LCW indication
- MI-8 suffered a power glitch that aborted the stash
- The glitch also caused MI main bus regulation problems

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


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