Monday, May 16, 2011

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Monday, May 16
9:30 a.m.
An open Symposium on Data Preservation and long-term analysis in HEP will be held on Monday, May 16, 2011 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in One West. More information online.
2:30 p.m.
Particle Astrophysics Seminar One West
Speaker: Nicole Bell, University of Melbourne
Title: Indirect Detection of Dark Matter - Electroweak Bremsstralung and Other Stories
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II
Special Topics: MI Studies for the g-2 Experiment; IARC Status

Tuesday, May 17
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar One West
Speaker: Tom Schwarz, University of California, Davis
Title: Measurement of the Forward Backward Asymmetry in Top Production at the Tevatron

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Monday, May 16

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Wednesday, May 18

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Friday, May 20
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- Porcini-crusted filet mignon with fresh herb butter
- Glazed baby carrots
- Loaded mashed potatoes
- White chocolate-raspberry crème brûlée

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Muon collider challenges will be discussed at conference

Physicists and scientists from all fields of high-energy particle physics are invited to attend the Muon Collider 2011 conference, which will take place June 27 through July 1 in Telluride, CO.

The meeting will provide opportunities for accelerator physicists, experimentalists, theorists and experts in advanced detector design to discuss the ins and outs of a future proposed multi-trillion electron volt (TeV) muon collider.

“There are many more steps, and a substantial investment is required to understand if this type of machine is feasible or not,” Geer said. “A muon collider is a very ambitious type of machine, but if we get it to work, it has an enormous payoff.”

The organizers of the conference would like to see people from both labs and universities attend, including members from the broader physics community, said Estia Eichten, Fermilab theorist and conference co-chair.

“This conference is an opportunity for people to get involved at an early stage,” Eichten said.

Plenary lectures will cover the background and present state of all aspects of the muon collider, including challenges with the physics, detector and accelerator, Eichten said.

A poster session, a physics and detector working group session and an accelerator working group session will also take place.

“The conference is organized in such a way that someone who knows nothing about muon colliders could come to the meeting and learn,” said Steve Geer, Fermilab’s co-director for the Muon Accelerator Program.

A project as massive and chock full of challenges as the proposed muon collider requires the concerted effort of people from diverse backgrounds in order to succeed, Eichten said.

“We have to make sure that if we plan a machine 20 years ahead of time that it will be a forefront machine in the future,” Eichten said. “That’s a complicated task and you can’t always be sure you’ll succeed in doing it.”

Plans for R&D efforts will continually evolve as the LHC yields data over the next several years. The challenge will be anticipating what new physics will be uncovered, so that the next experiment will be in position to make the next set of big discoveries, Eichten said.

While ongoing accelerator R&D studies in the high-energy physics field have been taking place for over a decade thanks to the Muon Accelerator Program stationed at Fermilab, the physics and detector research areas are fairly new and much work remains to be done.

“This conference will be the first to begin to tackle these questions to move the muon collider along to where we can begin to make some decisions on what to do,” Eichten said.

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New employee - May 9

Martin Bentivengo, FESS. Photo: Cindy Arnold

In Memoriam: Maurice Goldhaber, former Brookhaven National Laboratory director

From @brookhaven TODAY, May 13, 2011

Maurice Goldhaber

Maurice Goldhaber, a prominent physicist and former director of Brookhaven National Laboratory, died on May 11 after a short illness at Sunrise of East Setauket, an assisted living facility.

Goldhaber had celebrated his 100th birthday on April 18, 2011. He was born in Austria, and earned his Ph.D. in physics at Cambridge University in 1936. In 1938 he came to the U.S. as a faculty member of the University of Illinois. He joined Brookhaven National Laboratory in 1950, along with his wife, the late nuclear physicist Gertrude Scharff-Goldhaber. At Brookhaven Lab, he served as chair of the Laboratory’s Physics Department from 1960-61, and as Laboratory Director from 1961 to 1973.

Goldhaber’s research in the fields of nuclear physics and fundamental particles includes experiment, systematics, technique, and theory. He made numerous significant contributions that helped to establish parts of the theory of microscopic physics now known as the standard model. In 1938, with James Chadwick from the Cavendish Laboratory at Cambridge, England, he was the first to measure accurately the mass of the subatomic particle known as the neutron. Other significant discoveries include the nuclear photo-effect, the role of spin in nuclear reactions, and observing the helicity of the neutrino.

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ES&H Tip of the Week: Computer security

How to avoid getting reeled in during phishing season

Take safeguards to avoid falling prey to phishing
email scams.

Last month the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, ORNL, experienced a major attack on its computing systems. A phishing email was sent and a few employees clicked on the attachment, which caused malware to be installed on their machines and spread to other systems at the laboratory. This attack caused ORNL’s Internet service and email to be down for roughly two to three days. Cleaning up the damage required ORNL staff and a team of experts from other laboratories and organizations.

An event like this is a cautionary tale, hopefully reminding all email users of the importance of remaining vigilant about suspicious email. Take a few minutes now to review the characteristics of a phishing email and the steps you can take to avoid falling prey to an attack.

What you can do:

  • Don’t read your email in HTML mode. Read in plain text mode and turn on HTML only when necessary or for messages you expect, such as Fermilab Today. This also allows you to see the true URLs before you make a decision whether to click on them.
  • Don’t send email in HTML mode unless necessary.
  • Don’t trust email just because it appears to come from someone you know, it’s easy to fake the “From” address.
  • Examine the return address for consistency with the message: A message about your health benefits should come from an address at Fermilab. If it comes from some other domain, be suspicious.
  • Never, ever, ever send your password to anyone.
  • Watch out for “spear phishing” emails. These emails appear to be sent from known contacts, and include contents you are expecting. For example, fake quarterly reports from financial institutions are sent at the same time you expect the real report.
  • Be aware of phishing associated with events in the public news. For example, fake requests for money to help victims of the earthquake in Japan were sent during first few weeks of that disaster.

— Mark Leininger, computer security manager

In the News

The space station’s billion-dollar physics experiment

From The Space Review, May 16, 2011

If all goes well, on Monday morning the space shuttle Endeavour will lift off on mission STS-134. Much of the attention surrounding the mission has focused on the fact that this will be the final flight of Endeavour and the penultimate mission of the space shuttle program, as well as the fact that mission commander Mark Kelly is married to Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who is recovering from a shooting over four months ago.

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Accelerator Update

May 11-13

- Three stores provided ~19.25 hours of luminosity
- FTBF experiment T-978 completed its run on May 11
- Power glitch affected many systems
- Lightning strike caused partial loss of stash and tripped off equipment
- MI quadrupole tripped off on ground fault indication, bus problem repaired by mechanical support
- Pbar personnel replaced the target
- FTBF experiment T-979 began its run on May 13

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


Symposium for the Fifth Workshop on Data Preservation and Long Term Analysis in HEP today

Martial Arts classes - May 23

Employee Health & Fitness Day - May 18

ProCure Cancer Treatment Center Open House - May 21

Plant & Seed Exchange event - May 21

DASTOW 2011 - June 22

Registration open for 44th Annual Users' Meeting June 1-2

Change in cashier's office hours

Argentine Tango classes through June 8

Creative Writers - May 19

Accelerated C++ Short course - June 6

Water Aerobics at the pool - June 13

Adult swim lessons at Fermilab pool - June 13

Beginner swim lessons at pool

Pre-Kindergarten swim lessons at pool

Aqua Tots at the pool

Pool opens June 7

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Jazzercise discount for employees

Word 2010: Transition from 2003/2007 course - May 25

Excel 2010: Transition from 2003/2007 course - May 25

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