Monday, May 23, 2011

Have a safe day!

Monday, May 23
2:30 p.m.
Particle Astrophysics Seminar - One West
Speaker: Smadar Naoz, Northwestern University
Title: Emerging from the Dark Ages
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II
Special Topics: Feynman Computing Center Projects and Upgrades; SRF Accelerator Test Facility at NML; Other ARRA Projects at Fermilab

Tuesday, May 24
11 a.m.
Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar    (NOTE TIME) - One West
Speaker: Chan Joshi, University of California, Los Angeles
Title: The Future of Plasma Wakefield Acceleration
3 p.m.
LHC Physics Center Topic of the Week Seminar - Sunrise WH11NE
Speaker: Stephen Mrenna, Fermilab
Title: SUSY on the Back of an Envelope – Part 1
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar One West
Speaker: Charles E. Reece, Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility
Title: Production and Performance of SRF Cavities for the CEBAF 12 GeV Upgrade and JLab SRF Facilities Upgrade Plans

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Wilson Hall Cafe

Monday, May 23

- Breakfast: Croissant sandwich
- Italian minestrone soup
- Patty melt
- Chicken Cordon bleu
- *Herb pot roast
- Garden roast beef wrap
- Assorted sliced pizza
- Szechuan green beans w/ chicken

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- Chopped shrimp waldorf salad
- Strawberry cheesecake

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Fermilab-affiliated researchers receive prestigious DOE award

One Fermilab researcher and two researchers working on Fermilab experiments were selected to receive the DOE Early Career Research Award, a prestigious financial award given to the most promising researchers in the early stages of their careers.

This year, 65 researchers were selected from a pool of about 1,150 university- and national laboratory-based applicants. Among the recipients were:

  • Aaron Chou, Fermilab astrophysicist
  • Aran Garcia-Bellido, assistant professor at the University of Rochester
  • Ryan Patterson, assistant professor at the California Institute of Technology

According to the DOE press release, the five-year awards are “designed to bolster the nation’s scientific workforce by providing support to exceptional researchers during the crucial early years, when many scientists do their most formative work.”

The funding received through the awards will be used by recipients to carry out the research detailed in their respective proposals (see abstract proposals for all recipients online.)

Aaron Chou

Aaron Chou, Fermilab astrophysicist, has received the DOE Early Career Research Award, which will support his search for holographic noise at the Planck scale.

Read the full story.

Check Fermilab Today later this week for articles on the two other award winners.

Christine Herman
Photo of the Day

These go to 11 – new inverse femtobarn record

A group of Fermilab employees and users gathered at the Users Center Thursday evening for an impromptu celebration of reaching 11 inverse femtobarns of data. Photo: Reidar Hahn.

Correction: Short-baseline neutrino workshop

The article on the recent Short-Baseline Neutrino Workshop that ran on Thursday, May 19, incorrectly implied that the 11-month shutdown will happen immediately after September. It will actually begin a few months later.

Fermilab also plans to resume operation with neutrino beams with 120 GeV and 8 GeV protons on the neutrino production targets once the complex comes online. Read the corrected article.

In the News

Representatives supporting “robust and sustained funding” for DOE Office of Science

From FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News, May 20, 2011

Last week, representatives were given the opportunity to sign a letter to Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) and Ranking Member Peter Visclosky (D-IN) of the House Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee regarding FY 2012 funding for the DOE Office of Science. This May 13 letter, authored by Representatives Judy Biggert (R-IL), Rush Holt (D-NJ), Randy Hultgren (R-IL), and Anna Eshoo (D-CA), stated (in part):

“As you begin work on the Fiscal Year 2012 Energy and Water Appropriations bill, we write to express our strong support for robust and sustained funding for the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science, and the critical research, unique scientific facilities, and expert personnel that it supports.

“We recognize the fragile state of the nation’s economy, and support efforts to reduce the deficit and create jobs.  But to do so, we must set priorities and make smart, strategic decisions about federal funding.  We believe that scientific research is the foundation for the innovative solutions that will enable us to overcome many of our greatest challenges – from economic stagnation and dependence on foreign energy to curing diseases and addressing threats to our national security.  That is why we believe funding for the DOE Office of Science must be a priority in fiscal year 2012.”

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ES&H Tip of the Week: Health

Measles on the rise get a booster

Protect yourself and others before you travel. Credit: Centers for Disease Control.

Although we think of measles as something historic, the disease is making a comeback due to missed vaccinations and global travel.

Many parents incorrectly frightened by a fraudulent medical journal article that suggested a link between autism and MMR vaccination have declined vaccinations for their children.

This has led to a spike in measles outbreaks and related complications. In adults infection can be serious with a higher likelihood of pneumonia, cornea scarring and brain swelling. Ninety percent of unvaccinated individuals or those who have not developed an immunity who are exposed to the highly contagious disease will become infected.

The measles virus is suspended on droplets from an infected person’s airways and spreads efficiently. Several countries in Europe have had outbreaks this year. Recently there was an imported outbreak of measles in California’s Mendocino County. In the years 1988 to 1990, following another imported case complicated by a low-local vaccination rate, 16,400 Californians contracted measles, and of those 3,390 were hospitalized and 75 died.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) advises that those outside the presumed-immune group get an adult booster if they intend to travel.

You are considered immune to measles if:

  • You were born before 1957 in the United States, since measles was highly prevalent and exposure with natural immunity is presumed.
  • You have had a prior physician diagnosed case of measles.

The vaccine does not contain a live virus and side effects are typically injection-site soreness and low-grade fever, as with most vaccinations. Measles vaccination in someone with natural immunity does not result in any increase in adverse effects. Health care workers have been required to receive the adult booster vaccination for decades so there is a wealth of experience with this practice. If you are not immune to measles, a review of your vaccination status and consideration of an adult booster is cheap and enduring travel insurance.

If you travel for Fermilab business, our Medical Office has a list of local Travel Medicine Clinics that stock this vaccine along with others that may be advisable based on your destination.

— Brian Svasas, MD MPH

Accelerator Update

May 18-20

- Four stores provided ~ 37.5 hours of luminosity
- Tevatron personnel conducted several crystal collimator studies
- Tevatron personnel conducted a hollow-beam study
- Operations reported network storms
- Run Coordinator allowed CDF a three-hour access on Friday, May 20

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


Young Scientist Travel Awards to participate in the Users' Meeting

Analytics for HPC using ClassAD Technology presentation - May 24

Register for 10,000 Steps-A-Day

June 23 deadline for The University of Chicago tuition remission program

Martial Arts classes - May 23

DASTOW 2011 - June 22

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

Change in cashier's office hours

Argentine Tango classes May 11 - June 8

Water Aerobics at the pool - June 13

Adult swim lessons at Fermi 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

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