Monday, Nov. 14, 2011

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Monday, Nov. 14
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II
Special Topics: RE-990/Holometer Experiment Installation Progress; T-992 Diamond and 3-D Detector Tests at FTBF

Tuesday, Nov. 15
3 p.m.
LHC Physics Center Topic of the Week Seminar - Sunrise
Speaker: Josh Ruderman, Princeton University
Title: Lepton Jets and Stealth SUSY - Part One
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar -
One West
Speaker: César Clavero, College of William and Mary
Title: New Materials and Multilayer Coatings for SRF Cavities and Optical Applications

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Wilson Hall Cafe

Monday, Nov. 14

- Breakfast: Croissant sandwich
- Smart cuisine: Potato leek soup
- Monte Cristo
- BBQ chicken breast w/ stuffing
- Alfredo tortellini
- Chicken ranch wrapper
- Assorted sliced pizza
- Szechuan-style pork lo mein
*Carb-restricted alternative
Wilson Hall Cafe Menu

Chez Leon

Wednesday, Nov. 16
- Rouladen w/ buttered noodles
- Medley of peas & carrots
- German chocolate cake

Friday, Nov. 18
Guest Chef: Joe Walding
An English Thanksgiving
- Assortment of canapés: Chicken liver pate, roasted chestnuts, confit goose w/ toast points and onion marmalade
- Roast goose & turkey w/ holiday trimmings
- Variety of desserts, including British Christmas pudding w/ brandy butter

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Winter weather: Road closures and parking restrictions

These lime-green cones will mark the special no-parking areas during the winter.

Green cones will begin popping up in the parking lots - a sure sign of winter coming to Fermilab, which means it’s time to take more care walking in parking lots and choosing where to park. This year, in addition to parking restrictions, there will also be a few road closures.

Some roads on site will be closed all winter, from Dec. 5 to March 19. With the road closures, crews can maintain the same level of service in critical areas of the site. North Eola Road from Batavia Road to C Road East and Wilson Road from McChesney to B Road will be closed for the winter. In addition, Main Ring Road will be closed to all travel except for emergency and service vehicles. Limited snow removal service in the Main Ring will only provide access for these vehicles. Service levels and access will not change in the F4/A0 and C0 areas.

Parking during the winter can also be more complicated. Every winter, FESS Roads and Grounds crews clear more than 85 parking lots across the Fermilab site.

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Edited by Mike Becker, FESS Site Services

In Brief

Wilson Hall atrium construction continues on schedule

The construction for safety improvements in the atrium of Wilson Hall is on schedule. The installation of the floor system on the west side of the atrium will begin next week.

Regular updates may be found on the FESS website.

If you have any questions, please contact Gary VanZandbergen.

In the News

"Big Bang" turns youth on to physics

From, Nov. 10, 2011

Sheldon Cooper is an unlikely poster boy for any cause – he’s gangly, self-absorbed and sociopathic. Indeed, the fictional theoretical physicist is more like an alien observer of the human race, than someone to aspire to.

But according to an article in the Observer, the popular character in TV’s The Big Bang Theory – played by Jim Parsons – and his entourage of geeky physics pals are responsible for “a remarkable resurgence of physics among A-level [high school] and university students.” Tom Whitmore, 15, told the paper: “The The Big Bang Theory is a great show and it’s definitely made physics more popular”.

According to the paper, the number of British students studying physics at university has jumped by 10% since 2008 when the show was first broadcast in the UK.

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In the News

The brave new-media world

From, Nov. 10, 2011

When physicists in Italy claimed to have seen hints of faster-than-light neutrinos, it initiated a media frenzy as well as criticism of publicity-seeking. But as Chad Orzel argues, the scientists behaved just as they should.

On 23 September scientists at the Gran Sasso underground laboratory in Italy announced a discovery that could potentially revolutionize physics. The OPERA collaboration based at the lab found evidence that muon neutrinos produced by the CERN particle-physics lab near Geneva move slightly faster than the speed of light while on their way to Gran Sasso, where they are detected. If confirmed, the finding would put into question Einstein's special theory of relativity, which forbids superluminal travel.

The result quickly turned into one of the most covered physics stories of the year, with numerous articles in magazines, newspapers and on television asking whether "Einstein was wrong".

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ES&H Tip of the Week:

Plan, do, check and act

The quality assurance circle of plan, do, check and act allows for multiple chances to correct or improve potential errors.

The goal of quality assurance is to help you use tools and methods to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of your work, provide you more value (resources, time and safety), and allow you to accomplish more with confidence.

One quality assurance evaluation of management and non-management work used at Fermilab called "Plan Do Check Act" uses a continuous loop of activities to accomplish work and to improve jobs. The objective is to get the job done right and on time the first time and maybe better the next time.

PDCA is integral to the scientific method and incorporated within production operations in travelers, which is a checklist that records the sequence of activities needed for the assembly and testing of a magnet. For instance, the travelers checklist contains instructions with specifications (plan) indicating how an object is made (do), tested and the results recorded (check), and instructions for passing or failing results, which may result in corrective actions (act). This four-step process, whether it's used in science, engineering, production or the office, allows for an evaluation of what might be improved for each activity.

So how can you use this method?

  • Plan - Identify the objectives, processes and tests you will use to obtain measurable data for evaluating the job.
  • Do – Work the plan by making the object or performing the service and collecting the data.
  • Check – Compare the data to what you expected as a result.
  • Act – If your activity produces an outcome that is better or worse than the expected result, identify what caused this and request a corrective action to the plan.

The next time you work your plan, determine if you also collect, analyze and act on the resulting data. If you are not sure how PDCA could be incorporated into your job or need clarification, contact your QA or Office of Quality and Best Practices representative.

Edited by Thomas King

Accelerator Update

Nov. 9-11

- Booster RF had problems
- T-978 began taking beam

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


FCC main parking lot closed - today

Muscle toning class - Nov. 15

PBS NOVA series "The Fabric of the Cosmos" - Nov. 16 and 23

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® discount - Nov. 16-27

NALWO - Cooking demonstration - Nov. 17

Joint Speaker Series - Nov. 17

New play about Edwin Hubble, Einstein and the expanding universe - Nov. 19

Fermilab Arts Series: An Evening with Paula Cole - Nov. 19

Deadline for the University of Chicago Tuition Remission Program - Nov. 22

School's Day Out Camp - Nov. 21 and 22

Muscle toning class - Nov. 15

NALWO - Winter Holiday Tea - Dec. 5

Behavioral interviewing course - Dec. 7

Fermilab Arts Series: Second City's Dysfunctional Holiday Revue - Dec. 10

Excel Power user/Macros course - Dec. 14

Roadway construction safety update

Annual enrollment

Atrium work updates

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Predators discount

Winter basketball league

Indoor soccer

International Folk Dancing Thursday evenings in Kuhn Barn

Sam's Club announces membership offer for employees

Scottish country dancing meets Tuesday evenings in Kuhn Village Barn

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