Monday, Sept. 19, 2011

Have a safe day!

Monday, Sept. 19
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II
Special Topics: Recent Tevatron Accelerator Studies; FTBF Activity; MINOS Underground Areas Happenings

Tuesday, Sept. 20
3:30 p.m.

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Wilson Hall Cafe

Monday, Sept. 19

- 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

Wilson Hall Cafe Menu

Chez Leon

Wednesday, Sept. 21
- Southwestern beef & bean lasagna
- Gazpacho salad
- Tres leches cake

Friday, Sept. 23
- Potato, bacon & cheese soufflé
- Lobster tail w/ champagne butter sauce
- Spaghetti squash
- Snow peas
- Strawberry crepes

Chez Leon Menu
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Special Announcement

All-hands meeting - Sept. 21

Fermilab Director Pier Oddone will hold an all-hands meeting at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday to update employees on several important items.

Meeting topics will include:

  • Changes to insurance premiums
  • Conclusions from the Employee Advisory Group survey
  • Current status of Congressional budget process
  • The program going forward after the Tevatron

Streaming video for the meeting will not be available. If the auditorium is full, overflow seating will be available in One West.

Photo of the Day

Moonrise over the Tevatron

This photo, snapped on Sept. 14, shows a full moon decorating the sky over Fermialb. Photo: Marty Murphy, AD
Special Announcement

Street corner science:
Dr. Leon Lederman

The Chicago Council on Science and Technology continues its Street Corner Science series with "Ask a Nobel Laureate" on Saturday, Sept. 24. Dr. Leon Lederman will be in front of the Chicago Wrigley building Saturday afternoon, ready to answer any of your questions about science, technology and the physical world.

For more information, visit the Chicago Council on Science and Technology's website.


Correction: Sept. 15 ROW

The Result of the Week published in Fermilab Today on Thursday, Sept. 15, incorrectly named one of the physicists involved in the analysis. The correct photo caption is, "These physicists were responsible for this analysis. From left: Thomas Kuhr, Matthias Huschle and Michael Feindt, all from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany; and Michal Kreps, University of Warwick in the United Kingdom." Fermilab Today regrets the error.

In the News

Particle physicists' new extreme teams

From Science, Sept. 15, 2011

For decades, collaborations of hundreds of researchers have been the norm in particle physics. But by pushing into the thousands, two large collaborations at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), ATLAS and CMS, confront physicists with new issues and pressures. That's especially true because the LHC will soon be the world's sole great atom smasher, leaving ATLAS and CMS with only each other for competition. With fewer rival teams and many more teammates, researchers working on ATLAS and CMS face as much competition from within the collaboration as from without. Particle physics relies on an extreme division of labor, but scientists now face the reality that, even as they work on their specialized tasks, other team members are doing the same thing.

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From ILC NewsLine

Going with the particle flow

The particle flow algorithm joins smart programming with the high granularity of next-generation particle detectors to measure energies with unprecedented resolution

The familiar image of a collision event in a particle detector is a beautiful mess: Gossamer lines shoot and spiral every which way from a common point, revealing the paths of the post-collision projectiles. Unfortunately for particle tagging, the tracks almost always end in knotty energy clusters, leading physicists down trails that stop abruptly, unresolved, with a splat.

Matching each track to the right splat in the detector is the aim of the particle flow algorithm paradigm, or PFA, which is being developed for linear collider-type detectors. PFA helps scientists disentangle a collision’s energy deposits by dialing up the detector’s spatial resolution, bringing particle tracks into clearer focus.

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—Leah Hesla

ES&H Tip of the Week:

Avoiding the flu

Sign up to get your flu vaccine in October.

The influenza virus, often referred to as the flu, can take you out of action for about three to five days. You’ll feel feverish and fatigued and, frequently, a cough accompanies the other symptoms. If you have other health issues, the flu can even land you in the hospital.

Flu is spread on respiratory droplets. It most effectively spreads through the air, but it can be transmitted via high touch objects such as door knobs, phones and table tops. We can limit the airborne spread simply by being courteous. For example, a co-worker can cough into a tissue, or the crook of his or her elbow. Hand-spread virus needs to find a home in the nose, mouth or eye mucosal surfaces, or the wet area surrounding these areas, to develop into something more serious. Frequent hand washing helps prevent the virus from setting up house in your body.

Another effective means of prevention is to boost your immunity to the flu with vaccination. Timing is important. You wish to have immunity in time for the holidays, when indoor crowding usually starts, yet keep the time-limited vaccination induced immunity through prime time. In recent years, this is around March. In fact, we in the Medical Office observed flu-like illness into June. Nationally, there was a blip rivaling that of the peak season in April.

As always, we will roll out flu vaccine to those at high risk first. After that, we invite the general employee population to receive a vaccination. We will be administering the Sanofli Adult Seasonal Flu Vaccine, which is single strength.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) plans to do an analysis of a vaccine with quadruple strength efficacy in 2012 when it has two seasons of widespread use. The option was new last season. The CDC recognizes the availability of a quadruple strength dose for those over 65 years and older due to the decreased likelihood of an immune response with single strength vaccine.

Sign up for flu vaccine is open for the high risk category on Oct. 4. General vaccination sign up is Oct. 11 and 14. You must sign up in order to receive your vaccine through the Fermilab Medical Office. With some prevention effort, you can evade the flu.

—Dr. Brian Savazas

Accelerator Update

Sept. 14-16

- Tevatron completed run of 450 GeV 3x3 study stores
- The Tevatron quenched twice during wet squeezes
- Booster RF suffered from a short communications problem
- The next Meson FTBF experiment, T-922, began taking beam
- A Pbar debuncher kicker had its power supply replaced

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


Argentine Tango in Ramsey Auditoium - Sept. 21

Jabber IM users: Change in login - Sept. 22

Fermilab Lecture Series presents "The LHC Voyage of Discovery" - Sept. 23

Bohr and Heisenberg at Elgin Arts Theatre - through Sept. 25

Visa Office closure - Sept. 26-30

Introduction to LabVIEW course - Sept. 27

Special Tevatron Chez Leon Dinner - Sept. 29

August blood drive - 75 units collected

OrgPlus URL change

Web query (crystal reports) server name change

Weight Watchers at work

Accelerate to a Healthy Lifestyle Program continues

Athletic leagues: Outdoor soccer Tuesdays and Thursdays

Bowlers wanted for 2011/2012 bowling season

Open badminton

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