Monday, July 18, 2011

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Monday, July 18
2 p.m.
LHC Physics Center Topic of the Week Seminar - Sunrise WH11NE
Speaker: Daniel Elvira, Fermilab
Title: SUSY Searches III: CMS Results
2:30 p.m.
Joint Experimental-Theoretical Physics Seminar - One west
Speaker: Mark Hartz, University of Toronto/York University
Title: Results from T2K: Indication of Electron Neutrino Appearance in a Muon Neutrino Beam
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II

Tuesday, July 19
10:30 a.m.
Research Techniques Seminar - Curia II
Speakers: Gustavo Cancelo and Juan Estrada, Fermilab
Title: Advances in CCD Applications with Sub Electron Noise Techniques
12 p.m.
Summer Lecture Series - Curia II
Speaker: Mark Pankuch, Central DuPage Hospital
Title: The Clinical Use of Accelerated Protons: Proton Radiotherapy
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar - One West
Speaker: Moses Chung, Handong Global University, Korea
Title: What Can We Learn from the Beam Test of a Gas-Filled RF Cavity?

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In Memoriam

In Memoriam: Kuni Kondo

Kuni Kondo

Professor Kuni Kondo, an innovator and leader in particle physics, passed away unexpectedly on May 12 in Tokyo after a brief illness. He was 76.

Professor Kondo began his career as a research associate at the University of Tokyo in 1962 after receiving his Ph.D. in physics. He continued his career at Yale University where he worked with an international particle physics collaboration while using particle beam accelerators. He worked as an assistant and then a full professor at the University of Tokyo and eventually retired from the University of Tsukuba. He continued his study in high-energy physics at Waseda University after his retirement.

Throughout his career, Kondo worked on high-energy physics experiments at BNL, SLAC and most recently at Fermilab. He spent the last 31 years of his career on CDF.

The establishment of CDF as an international collaboration in 1980 was one in a series of US-Japan cooperative science and technology projects. In 1981, 15 scientists from Japan led by Kondo began participating in CDF, which had only 87 collaboration members. Professor Kondo led the group in completion of the design and construction of superconducting solenoid magnet, electromagnetic calorimeter, inner tracking chamber and muon chamber. He contributed to forming a strong Japanese group within the CDF collaboration. The group now has more than 35 members from four institutions.

During his time on CDF, Kondo was integral in the top quark discovery, and in 1998 was awarded with Nishina Memorial Prize recognizing his contributions to the top quark discovery. The Nishina Memorial Prize is one of the most prestigious awards in Japan.

Professor Kondo was an innovator in our field. He proposed a new analysis method to improve the precision of top quark mass. That method is now commonly applied to all different types of physics analyses at the Tevatron and commonly referred to as the matrix element method.

We remember Professor Kondo for his ever-present smile and quiet demeanor. He was also a constant mentor who advised 33 graduate students on their theses. As recently as this winter he advised students and helped with the day-to-day work of the CDF experiment. He held a deep passion for particle physics and for Fermilab until his final moment and his devotion to the mission and mystery of the field never faded.

He will be dearly missed by the CDF experiment and all who had the good fortune to know him.

Robert Roser, CDF co-spokesperson

From symmetry breaking

CERN brings hardware into the open

Hardware and software go hand in hand – one doesn’t work without the other. Despite being so closely linked, the two industries operate very differently. For the most part, hardware is produced in isolation and product designs are concealed by manufacturers, while software is created in a largely open and collaborative environment, available for anyone to use.

Javier Serrano, a hardware designer for accelerator systems at CERN, set out to change that. Three years ago, his software design colleagues were developing device drivers – the interface between a piece of hardware and software applications – with the Linux open-source operating system. Serrano noticed that they enjoyed being part of a community where they had access to high-quality products and could seek help whenever they needed it.

“I’m a hardware designer but I would love to work in that kind of environment,” Serrano said.

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Lauren Rugani

In the News

FY 2012 House funding bill: National Science Foundation

From the American Institute of Physics: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News, July 15, 2011

On Wednesday the full House Appropriations Committee approved the FY 2012 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Bill, and sent it to the House floor. The bill is scheduled to be considered by the House before the start of the August recess.

The committee report accompanying the bill has a 4 ½ page section of the committee’s recommendations for the National Science Foundation, which can be found starting on page 82. There was no language regarding the foundation as a whole. Excerpts regarding specific directorates and activities are below:

Total NSF:

  • The FY 2011 appropriation was $6,859.9 million
  • The FY 2012 Administration request was $7,767.0 million
  • The House Appropriations Committee recommends $6,859.9 million – level funding

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ES&H Tip of the Week:

Mosquitoes pose serious risk

There was a report of West Nile Virus, caused by mosquito bites, in St. Louis County on June 10. Photo: CDC

You may not have heard about it for a while, but according to the CDC, the dreaded West Nile Virus is still around. This virus, caused by the bite of an infected mosquito, was reported in St. Louis County on June 10. The St. Louis County Health Department found instances of the virus in several communities across the city in the past month. Non-human activity of infected bugs was also found in several Illinois counties.

If infected with West Nile Virus, you may experience headaches, body aches, fatigue, swollen lymph glands and sometimes a skin rash. For those infected, these symptoms can last for a few days or up to a couple of weeks. The biggest concern with West Nile Virus is that the infection can turn into something more serious. One in 150 people experience complications from West Nile, which can include severe conditions such as neuroinvasive disease, encephalitis, meningitis or poliomyelitis. All of these conditions affect either the brain or spinal cord and can be fatal if not properly treated.

The best way to protect yourself and your family is to:

  • Reduce your exposure to mosquitoes.
  • Avoid being outside at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Wear long sleeved clothing and insect repellant containing DEET if you must be outside.
  • Spray a light layer of insect repellant on clothing, rather than skin, if you’re concerned about chemical exposure.
  • Pour out any standing and stagnant water that has collected.
  • Keep gutters free of leaves and debris, so water will run off properly.
  • Keep pet water dishes filled with fresh water.

Visit here and here for more information on West Nile Virus and protection from mosquitos bites.

Human cases of West Nile Virus were reported in the dark green states. Photo: CDC

— J.B. Dawson

Photo of the Day

Saturday sunset on the water

This was the view from C24, an area on the main ring, on Saturday, July 9. Photo: Mike McGee, AD
Accelerator Update

July 13-15

- Four stores provided ~21 hours of luminosity
- Tevatron heat exchanger work continued
- MI LCW leak found and fixed
- Pbar LCW leak still a mystery
- Store 8891 aborted due to Tevatron vacuum valves
- MTA took beam
- Search for Tevatron ground fault halted when fault disappeared
- KRF6 and LRF4 problems held off shot setup for approximately six hours

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


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