Friday, April 29, 2011

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Friday, April 29
2 p.m.
LHC Physics Center Topic of the Week Seminar - Sunrise, WH11NE
Speaker: Michael Albrow, Fermilab
Title: Diffraction and Exclusive Interactions (Including Exclusive Higgs) – Part 2
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Joint Experimental-Theoretical Physics Seminar - One West
Speaker: Yasuhiro Nakajima, Kyoto University/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Title: Search for Neutrino Disappearance with SciBooNE and MiniBooNE

Monday, May 2
2 p.m.
Research Techniques Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: Shashank Priya, Virginia Tech
Title: High Performance Textured Relaxor-PT/PZT Piezoelectric Materials
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II
Special Topics: Science Being Done on the Wilson Cluster; First Light in T-1007 Prototype Optical Cavity for Holometer/Axions

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Friday, April 29

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- Orange-glazed pork medallions
- Spiced celery pilaf
- Cinnamon phylo nest w/ caramelized pears

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Former president of India visits Fermilab

Fermilab Director Pier Oddone gives an overview of the laboratory's research activities to His Excellency Dr. Abdul Kalam, former president of India, and Mrs. Mukta Dutta Tomar, Consul General of India, Chicago, (middle left and right) on the 15th floor of Wilson Hall, along with Fermilab physicist Shekhar Mishra and Deputy Director Young-Kee Kim. Photo: Reidar Hahn

Today’s scientists have an urgent mission to make the world a safe, sustainable, peaceful and prosperous place for all— this is the charge that His Excellency Dr. Abdul Kalam, former president of India, put forth in his lecture at Fermilab on April 25.

Dr. Kalam, who was accompanied by Mrs. Tomar, Consul General of India, Chicago, received an overview of the laboratory from Fermilab Director Pier Oddone that highlighted Fermilab-India collaborations and the development of superconducting radio-frequency technology for applications in Project X.

Dr. Kalam spent the day with senior Fermilab management and key members of scientific staff. He also met with more than two dozen Indian scientists. The ensuing tour of the laboratory consisted of a visit to the LHC Remote Operations Center at Fermilab, the SRF Test Facility and a trip 330 feet underground to the MINOS and MINERvA detectors.

In his talk, titled "World Knowledge Platform: Synergizing Core Competencies of Multiple Nations," Dr. Kalam praised Fermilab for its efforts toward potential new discoveries through the proposed Project X and collaborations with scientists in India.

Dr. Kalam highlighted several ways that modern-day technologies make it possible to learn from the past, to improve the present quality of life and to pave the way for future societal improvements.

The challenges our society is confronted with today require the best minds from many parts of the world to come together and engage in multi-disciplinary and multi-national collaborations, he explained.

“Humanity is devoting more and more attention to climate change, energy, water, disease, economic turbulence and terrorism, which are all of concern to the entire world and the solutions for which are beyond any individual nations or group of nations,” Dr. Kalam said. “So friends, in all areas of technology development, which will bring benefit to the society at large, we need to think globally and act locally.”

To close, Dr. Kalam led the audience in the recitation of an Indian spiritual hymn, entitled "Righteousness."

His Excellency Dr. Abdul Kalam, former president of India, tours Fermilab's Superconducting Radio-Frequency Test Facility during his visit on Monday. Photo: Reidar Hahn

Christine Herman


Tevatron sets new initial luminosity record

The Tevatron broke Fermilab's initial luminosity record on Thursday, April 28. That afternoon, store number 8700 achieved an average initial luminosity of 405.25 µb^-1/s. This broke our previous record of 402.4 µb^-1/s, which was set on April 16, 2010.

The unit of measurement µb^-1/s is roughly equivalent to 70,000 proton-antiproton collisions per second.

Special Announcement

Physics for Everyone talk on muons - 12:30 p.m. May 4

Join Fermilab at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4, to learn about muons, including what they are, how we study them and what they might tell us.

In his talk, titled "The magic of muons" scientist Chris Polly will explain how future Fermilab experiments will exploit the unique characteristics of these little particles to study the big picture of particle physics. 

The lecture is free and open to the public. It will take place in Ramsey Auditorium. 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.


Retirement: Roy Parker

Roy Parker, a cashier in the Accounting Department, is retiring today after more than 27 years of dedicated service with the laboratory. His colleagues wish him the best of luck.

In the News

XENON takes lead in dark matter race but CDMS not out

From Quantum Diaries, April 22, 2011

Last week was yet another exciting moment for those of us who are researching the nature of dark matter. The long-awaited XENON(100) results were released. XENON is the biggest rival to my own experiment, the Cryogenic Dark Matter Search, or CDMS. In the world-wide race to discover dark matter, XENON and CDMS have been leading the pack over the past few years. These two experiments have been taking turns nudging ahead of each other, only to have the other pull ahead within about a year’s time.

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Wellness Feature of the Month

Wellness offerings, fitness classes, employee club and discount information for May

This month, the Wellness Office will sponsor the following free events:

  • Employee Health & Fitness Day from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18, in the Main Ring. T-shirts, pedometers, yogurt cones and more will be available for participants. Use this as your kickoff to the 10,000 Steps-a-Day walking program.
  • Qigong, Mindfulness & Tai Chi Easy® for Stress Reduction classes from 7 – 8 a.m. on Wednesdays in Ramsey Auditorium; and from noon – 12:45 p.m. on Fridays in Ramsey Auditorium.

The Fermilab pool opens June 7. More information:

  • Pool memberships are sold in the Wellness Office, WH15W. Memberships for individuals: $90/person, family of four: $210.
  • Swim lessons are available for adults, youth and pre-K, beginning June 13.
  • Water Aerobics will take place on Mondays, starting June 13 at 11:30 a.m.
  • Scuba diving certification lessons: For more information attend the Lunch & Learn about Scuba Diving Q&A session from noon – 1 p.m. in Wilson Hall One North on Thursday, May 12. Get answers to the following questions: Who can scuba dive? What do I need? How do I sign up? What will it cost?
  • Aqua Tots (water acclimation for ages 1-3 years) begins June 13.
  • Learn more about the pool and classes online.

This month, the Wellness Office will sponsor the following fitness classes:

  • Butts & Guts: 12-12:45 p.m. Thursdays, May 12 – June 30 at the Fitness Center Exercise room. Fee is $53/person. Free exercise ball to first 10 registered participants.
  • Kyuki-Do: 5-6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays May 23 – June 29 at the Fitness Center exercise room. Fee is $55/person.
  • Muscle Toning: 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, May 12 – July 7 (no class 5/31) at the Fitness Center exercise room. Fee is $77/person.

Athletic leagues:

  • Ultimate Frisbee: Play begins in May on Mondays and Wednesdays at the Village soccer field at 5 p.m. For more information contact Joe Haley.

Employee discounts:

  • Current discounts include Six Flags Great America,, Jazzercise, movie tickets, Great Wolf Lodge and Rosati’s of Batavia.
  • More information can be found online.


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