Monday, June 6, 2011

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Monday, June 6
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II
Special Topic: NOvA NDOS Fully Assembled

Tuesday, June 7
Summer Lecture Series - One West
Speaker: Herman White, Fermilab
Title: How We Got Here and Where We’re Going
3 p.m.
LHC Physics Center Topic of the Week Seminar - Sunrise WH11NE
Speaker: Markus Klute, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Title: Higgs Searches with CMS
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar - One West
Speaker: Alex Melnitchouk, University of Mississippi
Title: W Boson Mass and Width Measurements with the D0 Detector

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Funding and future plans discussed at Users’ Meeting

Energy Secretary Steven Chu encouraged the U.S. to make basic research a top priority in his public lecture at the 44th annual Users’ Meeting on Thursday, June 2. Photo: Reidar Hahn.

The benefits of fundamental research make it worth funding even in tough economic times, said Energy Secretary Steven Chu in his public lecture on Thursday, June 2.

Secretary Chu’s talk was part of Fermilab’s 44th annual Users’ Meeting. Chu’s sentiment echoed ideas set forth earlier that day in presentations by DOE High Energy Physics Research and Technology Division Director Glen Crawford and Fermilab Director Pier Oddone.

In his lecture, Chu acknowledged Fermilab’s many achievements in high-energy physics, which were made possible by U.S. funding for fundamental research. He then advised the U.S. to consider historical events when making budget decisions.

Chu argued strongly for including basic research in funding decisions, citing several historical examples of strong federal support for fundamental research during difficult economic times, and how that support fueled scientific advances ranging from the invention of the laser to the discovery of the helical structure of DNA.

“Innovation… adds immensely to the wealth of society,” Chu said. “At the heart of innovation is research and development, and at the heart of that is science.”

In addition to funding basic science, the U.S. must get serious about inspiring the next generation of scientific leaders in order to regain our position as a world leader in science and technology, Chu said.

An economic crisis puts policy makers in a tough situation when it comes to deciding how to appropriate limited research funds. Crawford noted that while supporting science is a strong bipartisan and presidential priority, the field of high-energy physics will have to continue to operate under a tight budget scenario in the current fiscal climate.

Oddone discussed Fermilab’s current and future programs and explained the laboratory’s vision for the future.

“The vision we have at the laboratory enables the U.S. physics community to tackle the most fundamental questions of our era,” Oddone said. “To do this, we want to bring universities and other laboratories into our program.”

That vision includes the continuation of current experiments and projects at the Intensity and Cosmic Frontiers, and continued support for the LHC and its upgrades. It also includes a strong future program, with emphasis on experiments at the Intensity Frontier, such as LBNE and Project X.

According to Chu, the U.S. needs to act now to make basic research a top funding priority.

“Time is running out and the train is leaving the station,” Chu said. “As we did during the Civil War, as we did during the time we thought we were losing the space race, we can also make the right decision, so let’s hope we do.”

Watch a video of Chu's lecture online.

Christine Herman

Birth: Melina LeAnn Henry

On Thursday, May 12, Melina LeAnn Henry was born to Melissa Henry and Michael Henry, Jr. Michael is an electronic technician in Fermilab's Accelerator Division. Melina weighed in at 7 pounds 5 ounces. Congratulations Melissa and Michael and welcome Melina!
In the News

Scholars, scientists gather to discuss the intersection of science and architecture

From UChicago News, June 1, 2011

Editor's Note: Fermilab architect Gary van Zandbergen was part of a panel discussing how to blend beautiful architecture with functional space for science as part of the Fermilab, Argonne, University of Chicago Joint Speakers Panel.

How do architects design buildings—and the spaces between them—to best encourage creativity, inspire learning and generate discovery? Once the buildings are done, how can scientists make the best use of these new work environments?

UChicago’s growing array of architectural spaces served as a backdrop for the latest “Architecture + Science = Environment” joint speaker series on May 12. University faculty joined scientists, engineers and researchers from Argonne National Laboratory and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory to engage many of the architects who designed prominent buildings and features on campus, including research centers, schools, the Joe and Rika Mansueto Library and the new Midway Crossings light bridges.

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In the News

Possible sighting of dark matter fires up search and tempers

From Science, June 3, 2011

A second experiment may have spotted hypothetical dark matter particles called WIMPs, but its leader's take-no-prisoners attitude has competitors steaming.

It's not hard to imagine Juan Collar as a matador. He is Spanish, for one thing, and he certainly seems to relish waving a red flag in front of his rivals. Collar's arena doesn't involve charging bulls or flashing swords, however. The University of Chicago cosmologist is a contender in the intensely competitive race to find dark matter: the mysterious, invisible stuff that is thought to constitute 80 percent of the universe's mass. And in recent weeks, the 47-year-old researcher has emerged as the bad boy of dark matter detection.

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ES&H Tip of the Week: Safety

Ladder safety has its ups & downs

When you see a coworker engaging in risky behavior, Take Five and speak up. Don't let them learn the hard way.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission annually reports that more than 100,000 people are treated in hospital emergency rooms, doctors’ offices and clinics as a result of falls from ladders due to not following proper safety precautions. Most of the injuries are cuts, bruises and fractures. However, more than 300 annual fatalities occur from ladder-related injuries. Due to today’s struggling economy, more people will likely take on do-it-yourself jobs involving ladders at work and at home.

Ladders are the proper and safer alternative to standing on chairs, paint cans, stacked objects, etc. when it comes to accessing elevated heights. Your ladder is a useful tool and a safety system for climbing. However, the additional safety afforded by ladder use must not be circumvented by misuse.

Maximize ladder safety through proper education and by following these basic safety precautions:

  • Step off the ladder if you feel tired or dizzy.
  • Do not use ladders in high winds or storms.
  • Wear clean, slip-resistant shoes.
  • Before using a ladder, inspect it to make sure it is in good working condition.
  • The duty rating of the ladder must be greater that the total weight of the climber, tools, supplies and other objects placed on the ladder.
  • The ladder must be long enough so you do not have to stand on the top rung or step.
  • Set up ladders on firm, level and non-slippery surfaces.
  • Only one person at a time is permitted on a ladder unless the ladder is specifically designed for more than one climber (such as a trestle ladder).
  • Do not place ladders in front of closed doors that can open toward the ladder.
  • Always read the safety labels on the ladder before use.
  • Never jump or slide down from a ladder or climb more than one rung or step at a time.
  • Utilize three points of contact when climbing a ladder. At all times during ascent or descent, face the ladder and have two hands and one foot, or two feet and one hand in contact with the ladder cleats and/or side rails.

Get more information on ladder safety training.

— John B. Dawson, ES&H

Photos of the Day

New employees - May 31

First row, from left: Bianca Brandveen, PPD; Shulamit Moed Sher, PPD; and Ryan Campbell, FESS. Second row, from left: Sherry Baketz, TD; Douglas Kim, WDRS; Patrick Cooley, AD; and Tanner Ruschman, AD. Photo: Cindy Arnold.

New employees - June 1

Marco Colo, PPD; Polite Stewart, Jr.; Jonathan Parker; and Terrence Reese, WDRS. Photo: Cindy Arnold.
Accelerator Update

June 1-3

- Three stores provided ~22.75 hours of luminosity
- NorthStar isotope experiment installed in MI-8 line for a three day run
- Cryo system technicians overhauled two Tevatron wet engines
- Store 8787 quenched due to a computer problem that moved collimators into the colliding beams
- Linac chopper repaired

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


Registration is now open for Accelerated C++: a short course in practical programming by example - today

Preschool swim lesson deadline - today

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Indian Creek Road closed through June 7

Two high school seniors awarded ACU college scholarships

Introduction to LabVIEW class - June 16

Town hall meeting: former worker medical screening program - June 7

Bill Brinkman lecture at UChicago - June 8

Deadline for the UChicago tuition remission program - June 28

DASTOW 2011 - June 22

Fermilab management practices courses presented this summer

SciTech summer camps June 20 - Aug. 12

Fermilab Arts Series presents Chicago Afrobeat Project - June 18

Change in cashier's office hours

Argentine Tango classes through June 8

Beginner swim lessons at the pool

Learn to scuba dive at Fermi beginning June 15

Pool opens June 7

Jazzercise employee discount

Water aerobics at the pool - June 13

Adult swim lessons at Fermi pool - June 13

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