Monday, July 11, 2011

Have a safe day!

Monday, July 11
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II
Special Topics: HTS Insert Coil Test in External Solenoid Field; Planned FCC Power Outage
5 p.m.
Budker Seminar - Users' Center
Speaker: Denise Ford, Northwestern University
Title: First Principles and Spectroscopic Investigations of the Electropolishing of Niobium Superconducting Radio-Frequency Cavities

Tuesday, July 12
11:30 a.m.
Computing Division Brown Bag Seminar - Curia II
Speakers: Vicky White, Bill Boroski, Keith Chadwick, Tim Currie and Jack Schmidt, Fermilab
Title: Report on National Laboratory Information Technology(NLIT) Summit
12 p.m.
Summer Lecture Series - One West
Speaker: Arden Warner, Fermilab
Title: Particle Accelerators
3-5 p.m.
SUSY Searches I: Motivation and Identification of Physics Objects - WH11 Sunrise
Speaker: Daniel Elvira, Fermilab
3:30 p.m.

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Wilson Hall Cafe

Monday, July 11

- Breakfast: Croissant sandwich
- Italian minestrone soup
- Patty melt
- Chicken cordon bleu
- Smart cuisine: Herbed pot roast
- Garden roast beef wrap
- Assorted sliced pizza
- Szechuan green beans with chicken

Wilson Hall Cafe Menu

Chez Leon

Wednesday, July 13
- Roasted chicken artichoke calzone
- Spiced marinated tomatoes
- Espresso crepe w/ice cream & dark chocolate sauce

Friday, July 15
- Fresh corn blinis with smoked salmon & chive cream
- Crusty pan seared rib eye steak
- Buttery mashed potatoes
- Vegetable of the season
- Chocolate soufflé with crème anglaise

Chez Leon Menu
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New editor for Fermilab Today

Rhianna Wisniewski teaches new Fermilab Today editor Ashley WennersHerron how to put together the publication.

Publishing a daily newsletter about life at a particle physics laboratory might intimidate a lot of people. For new Fermilab Today editor Ashley WennersHerron, it is an “opportunity to learn about physics and be close to where science is happening.” WennersHerron succeeds Rhianna Wisniewski, who will fill a vacant position in the Fermilab Office of Communication. In her new role, Wisniewski will focus on web and internal communication.

As an undergraduate, WennersHerron served as the editor-in-chief for the Fordham Observer, the student-run newspaper of Fordham College in Manhattan. Last year, she worked as an intern at CNN and reported on medical news. She graduated from Columbia University with a Master’s degree in journalism in May.

WennersHerron, who grew up in Virginia, already has begun to collect ideas for stories in Fermilab Today. “Everybody is very open and inviting,” she said. “People are very approachable.”

Wisniewski has served as the editor of Fermilab Today for four years and has been a member of the Employee Advisory Group since it started up in 2010. In her new role, she will help bolster Fermilab’s online and social media presence and use her experience to improve internal communication.

“During my time as Fermilab Today editor I’ve thoroughly enjoyed building relationships with the laboratory community, and I hope to expand those connections,” said Wisniewski, who’ll continue to contribute articles to Fermilab Today. “I look forward to seeing how Fermilab Today will continue to grow under Ashley’s guidance.”

— Kurt Riesselmann

Photo of the Day

Snapping turtle snapshot

This snapping turtle was spotted at Site 52 on June 1. Snapping turtles can live to be 40 years old. Photo: Lori Limberg, BSS
In the News

Physicist enlightens students on particle physics, astrophysics

From Borneo Post Online, July 8, 2011

More than 100 students were enlightened on particle physics and astrophysics when Prof Bebo White deliberated a talk at Planetarium Sultan Iskandar in the civic center here yesterday.

The Departmental Associate (Emeritus) at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Centre (SLAC) of Stanford University said particle physics “is sometimes referred to as High Energy Physics (HEP).”

“Particle physics is to understand the basic building blocks of all matter in the universe and the basic forces that cause these building blocks to interact with each other.

“Astrophysics is the study of physical processes on the scale of the universe,” he said during the talk titled ‘Particle Astrophysics – Exploring the Furthest and the Deepest’.

Working as a computational physicist, White pointed out that “astrophysics is different from astronomy and cosmology.”

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In the News

Physicists almost certain the universe is not a hologram

From NPR's news blog The two-way, July 5, 2011

Rest easy: What is in front of you is almost certainly not just a hologram projection. Alright, I'll back up a little bit: As a result of a gravitational wave experiment called the GEO600, Craig Hogan, a particle astrophysicist at Fermilab in Ill., thought the universe might be a projection. A 2009 piece in New Scientist detailed the experiment, which found that at very magnified levels the world was sort of pixelated.

Wired wrote a piece back in 2010 about Hogan, who trying to get to the bottom of his theory by building the world's most precise clock.

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ES&H Tip of the Week:
Computer Security

The cost of cyber security attacks

Phishing attacks can be costly for organizations. Please be careful what you click on.

Recently, several of our fellow national laboratories were targeted in cyber attacks that required those facilities to make the decision to disconnect from the Internet.

Fermilab was not involved in any of these attacks, but it is times such as these that remind us of the need to be diligent and the cost when we’re not. The attacks that took place earlier this month at several national laboratories started several ways. One started because someone clicked on a phishing link. The other incidents involved attackers exploiting vulnerabilities in application software. While clicking on a phishing link seems like a small mistake, it compromised these laboratories computing systems and had great consequences.

To isolate and stop the attacks, the national laboratories took down most email and internet access, shut down all windows accounts and issued new passwords to employees. When these types of mistakes happen, it can take several full-time employees weeks, or even months to recover normal operations. So, please remember to protect yourself and the laboratory. Review tips to prevent phishing attacks.

If you have questions or if you think you’ve fallen prey to a phishing scam please notify the service desk immediately at x2345 so your laboratory account passwords can be changed.

— Mark Leininger


Upcoming workshops for elementary school teachers

In Friday’s feature story, we neglected to include information for all upcoming teachers' workshops, which include “Beauty and Charm” from July 18-22, “Particles and Prairies” from July 25-29, and “Phriendly Physics” from Aug. 1-5.

Find more information about education programs and resources here.

Accelerator Update

July 6-8

- Three stores provided ~30.75 hours of luminosity
- MI kicker (I:KPS5S) repaired
- Relay replaced for Tevatron sector D3 LCW pump
- Pbar safety system testing completed
- Tevatron kicker E48 problems began
- FESS reported problems with Tevatron sector C3 pond water pump
- Stash lost due to MI-60 LCW pumps tripping off
- Run coordinator allowed access for Tevatron vacuum work and CDF and DZero access for Tevatron kicker work for a NuMI target scan. Access was also allowed for Booster studies and for a thermal scan of the MI-60 LCW pump motors and breaker panels

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


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