Monday, Nov. 21, 2011

Have a safe day!

Monday, Nov. 21
2:30 p.m.
Particle Astrophysics Seminar - One West
Speaker: Peter Maksym, Northwestern University
Title: New Light on Tidal Disruption Flares
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II

Tuesday, Nov. 22
3:30 p.m.

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Wilson Hall Cafe

Monday, Nov. 21

- Breakfast: Croissant sandwich
- French Quarter gumbo soup
- French dip w/ horseradish cream sauce
- Santa Fe pork stew
- Smart cuisine: Country-baked chicken
- Popcorn shrimp wrap
- Assorted sliced pizza
- Sweet 'n sour chicken w/ egg roll
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Chez Leon

Wednesday, Nov. 23
- Cheese fondue
- Marinated vegetable salad
- Peaches w/ blackberry sauce

Friday, Nov. 25
Guest Chef: Joe Walding

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Guiding students to physics

These are a few of the Fermilab scientists who particpate in the Adopt-a-Physcist program.

Becoming a physicist is a long journey that begins early for many. Students in high school physics classes can’t always see that far down the career path and are often left with unanswered questions: What does it actually mean to be a physicist? What impact do physicists have on the world? How realistic is this kind of work?

For more than five years, students have posed questions like these to professionals in the physics world as part of a program called Adopt-a-Physicist. In the current session, running from Nov. 5 to Nov. 22, around 120 physicists and professionals with physics backgrounds converse in an online forum with 80 different classes across the country and abroad. Each physicist connects with up to three classes and each class adopts up to five physicists. When a student poses a question on the forum, the adopted physicist is emailed.

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Brad Hooker


Death: Bill Miller - Nov. 4

Editor's note: Former Fermilab employee Harold "Bill" Miller died on Nov. 4. He started at Fermilab in June of 1968 and worked as an engineer in the Accelerator Department until July of 1995. His full obituary may be read here.

Harold "Bill" Miller, age 76, a resident of Winfield for 44 years, died Friday, November 4 surrounded by his family, at Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, Illinois. He was born on March 2, 1935 in Sacramento, CA to Carl and Amada Miller.

Bill served in the US Army during the Korean conflict. While he was stationed in Huntsville, Alabama he met Frances Dunn whom he married on June 14, 1956.

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From symmetry breaking

Favored Higgs hiding spot remains after most complete search yet

The CMS and ATLAS experiments at the Large Hadron Collider have backed the Standard Model Higgs boson, if it exists, into a corner with their first combined Higgs search result.

The study, made public today, eliminates several hints the individual experiments saw in previous analyses but leaves in play the favored mass range for the Higgs boson, between 114 and 141 GeV. ATLAS and CMS ruled out at a 95 percent confidence level a Higgs boson with a mass between 141 and 476 GeV.

The new result combines eight studies of predicted decays of the Higgs boson using data the experiments collected up to July.

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Kathryn Grim

In the News

Still faster than light

From The Economist, Nov. 18, 2011

In September a furore erupted among physicists after it emerged that neutrinos—diaphanous particles which pervade the universe but rarely interact with anything—appear to be travelling faster than light. Since neutrinos are thought to have mass, and since Albert Einstein's special theory of relativity posits that accelerating any non-zero mass to the speed of light requires infinite energy, this implied that Einstein was not quite right. Either that, or the researchers who sent their neutrinos from CERN (Europe's, and the world's, main particle-physics facility, outside Geneva) 730km through the Earth's crust, to a huge detector sitting under the mountain of Gran Sasso in Italy's Apennines, made a mistake.

Now, relativity is looking even shakier than before. The Italian Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN), which runs the Gran Sasso lab, has just confirmed the earlier result based on a re-examination of the old data.

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ES&H Tip of the Week:

Bridge to the community

Nick Wielgos stands on one of the bridges repaired as part of his Eagle Scout project.

One of the great strengths of Fermilab is its availability to the general public – our neighbors – for a variety of activities. We are justifiably proud of Fermilab as an open facility, where community members as well as employees can come to admire the architecture, be entertained, enjoy a gourmet dinner or just experience the outdoors.

The “Big Woods” just north of Wilson Hall, is an area that is often used for hiking and bird watching, as well as cross-country skiing in the winter. The main trail through the woods crosses a small stream at two spots, but over the years, the bridges have deteriorated somewhat, threatening to create an unsafe condition.

A local boy scout troop came to the rescue, as part of an Eagle Scout project to repair Fermilab’s bridges. Nick Wielgos from Troop 7 in Elburn, son of Randy Wielgos (FESS) proposed to repair these bridges as part of his work towards obtaining the Eagle rank in the Boy Scouts. Working with the Roads and Grounds and Engineering Departments, Wieglos designed a project to repair the bridges, organized a small army of volunteers and completed the job this month.

The improved bridges will enable hundreds of people to walk or cross country ski through the woods and enjoy the environment more safely. This feature reinforces the many positive benefits that accompany simply getting out and appreciating nature. The fact that we exist in the midst of a heavily developed area only further reinforces our role as good neighbor to our community.

—Rod Walton, FESS


LBNE image incorrectly scaled

The image of the chosen Long-Baseline Neutrino Experiment beamline configuration published in Fermilab Today on Nov. 15 was scaled incorrectly. The hill covering the beamline appeared to be twice the height of Wilson Hall. Actually, the engineered hill will be 22 meters tall, which is somewhat less than half the height of Wilson Hall.

Accelerator Update

Nov. 16-18

- Neutron Therapy Facility treated patients
- NuMI BPM problems were resolved with a VME crate replacement

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


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

School's Day Out Camp - through Nov. 22

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

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

NALWO - Winter Holiday Tea - Dec. 5

Behavioral interviewing course - Dec. 7

Introduction to LabVIEW class - Dec. 7

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

Excel Power user/Macros course - Dec. 14

Roadway construction safety update

Atrium work updates

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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