Monday, June 20, 2011

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Monday, June 20
8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Blood Drive - WH Ground Floor NE Training Room
No appointment required
2:30 p.m.
Research Techniques Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: Sunil Golwala, California Institute of Technology
Title: Applications of Microwave Kinetic Inductance Detectors for Cosmology
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II
Special Topic: Special Topic:    RFQ Delivery and the Proton Improvement Plan; CD – Service Desk

Tuesday, June 21
11 a.m.
Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar - Curia II (NOTE TIME & LOCATION)
Speaker: Thorsten Kuerzeder, Technical University Darmstadt
Title: New Injector Cryostat-Module Based on 3 GHz SRF Cavities for the S-DALINAC
Summer Lecture Series - One West
Speaker: Maurice Ball, Fermilab
Title: Mechanical Engineering
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar - One West
Speaker: Amit Lal, Cornell University
Title: Towards Chip and Wafer Scale High Energy Charged Particle Sources

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Wilson Hall Cafe

Monday, June 20

- Breakfast: Croissant sandwich
- Spicy beef & rice soup
- Corned beef reuben
- Smart cuisine: Roast pork loin
- Smart cuisine: Lasagna
- Chicken oriental wrap pineapple
- Assorted sliced pizza
- Pacific rim rice bowl

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Chez Leon

Wednesday, June 22
- Ancho-fired flank steak
- Roasted potatoes
- Maque choux
- Coconut cake

Friday, June 24

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TIPP 2011 attracts scientists & engineers from many fields

Director of DOE Office of Science Bill Brinkman addresses TIPP 2011 attendees during a plenary talk titled, “Innovation: How It Happens” on June 9. Photo: Ted Liu

This year’s Technology and Instrumentation in Particle Physics 2011 conference, held from June 9-14, drew 483 registrants to Chicago from around the world. The meeting, which brought together people from research institutes, laboratories and industry, emphasized science-driven innovation in technology and instrumentation in particle physics, astrophysics and closely related fields.

“We want to encourage physicists, engineers and industry to learn more from each other and to work closer together,” said Fermilab’s Ted Liu, TIPP 2011 co-chair. “That will become ever more important in the future with science-driven innovations.”

The meeting featured talks on a wide array of instrumentation topics, such as detectors for accelerator-based and non-accelerator particle physics, as well as astrophysics. It also had a track dedicated to applications of particle physics technology to other research and commercial fields, such as medicine, biology and materials science.

“The conference is intended to fill a gap between conferences with mostly final physics results and conferences with mostly technical details,” Liu said. “The experimentalists – both physicists and engineers – should all feel at home here.”

The next TIPP conference will take place in 2014 in Europe.

— Leah Hesla


Stuart Henderson elected to American Nuclear Society

Stuart Henderson

Congratulations to Stuart Henderson, Fermilab’s Associate Director for Accelerators, on his election to the Executive Committee of the Accelerator Applications Division for the American Nuclear Society. The division promotes the use of particle accelerator technologies for such applications as energy, medicine and industry. Henderson will serve a three-year term.

Photos of the Day

Turtle takes a leisurely walk

BSS employee Julius Borchert spotted this snapping turtle walking along Swenson Road near Eola Road.
In the News

Japanese T2K neutrino observation a boon for U.S. physics

From Quantum Diaries, June 17, 2011

The Japan-based experiment T2K Tuesday gave scores of U.S. particle hunters a license to ready their detectors and take aim at the biggest question in the universe: How everything we see came to exist.

“It’s our hunting license,” said Fermilab physicist and University of Rochester professor Kevin McFarland, who works on T2K and neutrino experiments at Fermilab.

The observation by T2K affects what the Fermilab neutrino experiments NOvA and the proposed Long Baseline Neutrino Experiment, LBNE, can expect to discover and how quickly. It also makes the experiment McFarland serves as co-spokesman on, MINERvA, more important than ever in the international neutrino-research field.

Physicists working with T2K recorded six muon neutrinos changing into electron neutrinos across a long distance, a transformation called theta 13 in physics circles. Physicists had predicted that they should observe only 1.5 of these transformations as background events rather than the six they did observe, so the probability of the existence of an electron neutrino appearance is estimated to be 99.3 percent. While the T2K observation doesn’t rise to the level of “discovery” in the science community, it is far enough beyond the expected statistical error bar to make people shout for joy and start revising plans for their own particle hunts.

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ES&H Tip of the Week: Health

Medical Office seeing an uptick in ticks

You can protect yourself from ticks by taking a few simple precautions. Photo courtesy of Fermilab Visual Media Services.

The warmer months encourage people to venture into natural areas, which can increase insect encounters. Because of that, since late April, people have come into the Fermilab Medical Office with tick bites.

Of course people don’t enjoy being an insect meal, but what really is worrisome is the fact that an undesirable payload can reside in the tick’s tummy. Locally the disease we fear the most in tick bites is Lyme disease. This can manifest as arthritis, heart conduction problems or nerve inflammation. Your chance of getting infected with Lyme disease increases if:

  • You are in an area with infected ticks.
  • You get bitten by a deer or black legged tick, which transmits the disease to humans.
  • The tick goes undiscovered and happily feeds for an extended period of time.

You can protect yourself from ticks by doing the following:

  • Wear light-colored clothing to better spot a hitchhiking tick.
  • Wear a hat.
  • Stay in the center of trails so that you reduce your chances of brushing against vegetation.
  • Consider using an insect repellent containing up to 30 percent DEET. Permethin-based insect-repellent products can be applied to clothing, but the substance, which has potential for causing skin rashes, needs to be dry before wearing the clothes.
  • Inspect yourself for ticks after venturing outdoors.

If you do get bit by a tick, remove it as soon as possible by grabbing it as close to the skin as you can with tweezers and pulling the tick out in a straight direction. Do not burn the tick or try to smother it.

Tick mouth parts left in the skin can cause irritation, but do not put you at risk for disease as the body does. Clean the area with soap and water or first-aid antiseptic. The majority of serious health outcomes are linked to a red ring rash that spreads outward from the bite site in as soon as three days.

The Fermi Medical Office will assist with the identification and removal of ticks.

The Illinois Department of Public Health has a good guide to tick identification and Lyme disease.

— Dr. Brian Svazas

Accelerator Update

June 15-17

- The MI phasing controller still causing problems
- Tevatron Electron Lens (TEL) front end work completed
- MiniBooNE conducted air pressure test of MI-12 service building
- Meson water-to-air cooling tower problems
- Tevatron personnel conducted hollow beam collimation
- Pbar Debuncher Lens LCW flow meter problem discovered

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


Heartland Blood Drive - today & June 21

Bring your kids to Abri Credit Union on DASTOW day - June 22

DASTOW 2011 - June 22

Bereavement policy update

Fermilab Natural Areas picnic -June 26

International Folk Dancing in Ramsey Auditorium

Argentine Tango at Fermilab every Wednesday in Ramsey Auditorium

Deadline for the UChicago tuition remission program - June 23

Fermilab Management Practices courses presented this summer

SciTech summer camps June 20 - Aug. 12

Change in cashier's office hours

Beginner swim lessons at pool

Preschool swim lessons

10,000 Steps-A-Day iPod Shuffle winner

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