Monday, Dec. 5, 2011

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Monday, Dec. 5
2:30 p.m.
Particle Astrophysics Seminar - One West
Speaker: Bhuvnesh Jain, University of Pennsylvania
Title: Tests of Gravity in the Local Universe
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II
Special Topics: Advanced Superconducting Test Accelerator (ASTA/NML); Electron Lifetime Measurements at the LAPD; DZero Cosmic Ray Running

Tuesday, Dec. 6
3 p.m.
LHC Physics Center Topic of the Week Seminar - WH11NE Sunrise
Speaker: Mariangela Lisanti, Princeton University
Title: Study of LHC Searches for a Lepton and Many Jets
3:30 p.m.
Particle Astrophysics Seminar - WH7 Crossover Racetrack
Speaker: Keith Bechtol, Stanford University
Title: The Extragalactic Gamma-Ray Background: A Census of High Energy Phenomena in the Universe
3:30 p.m.

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Monday, Dec. 5

- Breakfast: Croissant sandwich
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- Smart cuisine: Roast pork loin
- Smart cuisine: Lasagna
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- Smart cuisine: Pacific rim rice bowl
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Wednesday, Dec. 7
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- Lobster tail
- Spinach w/ scallions & lemon
- Lemon orzo
- Parfait w/ cookies

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From symmetry breaking

Intensity Frontier Workshop packed with ideas and people

As a postdoc, Giovanni Tassielli has the whole particle physics landscape to survey for the most stimulating future job prospects.

The researcher from INFN in Italy feels a pull toward the most challenging experiments at the Intensity Frontier: those that seek out the rarest of all particle interactions, the smallest of effects and provide a glimpse of physics beyond what experiments at particle colliders can reach.

“I love the precision,” said Tassielli while attending a Department of Energy-organized workshop in Washington, D.C., last week to explore scientific opportunities at the Intensity Frontier. This research area uses densely packed particle beams and complex detectors to allow physicists to see particle interactions occurring as rarely as once in a million million times.

Tassielli says it’s a research area that the world should invest in exploring to expand our understanding of nature, just as other scientists explore the depths of the ocean or craters of the moon.

The Fundamental Physics at the Intensity Frontier Workshop was set up to survey existing research and future scientific possibilities in this area, and to gauge the level of interest from the physics community. Organizers had to start turning people away after the 515 participant cap was reached more than a week before the workshop. Participant enthusiasm and energy exceeded expectations, said Glen Crawford, head of the research and technology division of DOE's Office of High Energy Physics.

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Tona Kunz

Special Announcement

Winter holiday tea - today

Today, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Barbara Oddone will host a winter holiday tea at Site #29, just inside the Wilson Street gate.

Please bring a dessert or appetizer to share, but feel free to attend even without a dish.

In Brief

Some Fermilab roads closed for winter starting today

Starting today the Main Ring road will be closed. Tentatively starting on Monday, Dec. 12, through March 19, North Eola Road and Wilson Road will be closed. This schedule is delayed a week from the original start date of Dec. 5 to have the time to finish Fermilab's on-site corn harvest, which was postponed due to an equipment failure. Those two roads need to remain open to allow the large grain trucks access to the harvest.

Some roads on site will be closed all winter, from Dec. 12 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.

Establishing these no-service areas will allow for better and more frequent snow removal efforts in high-priority snow removal locations while still reducing overall cost. In addition, the use of less salt and less fuel will have a positive environmental effect.

In the News

Excitement as Higgs boson seminar set to announce latest LHC findings

From The Guardian, Dec. 1, 2011

Two teams at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) will go public with their latest results in the search for the Higgs

The runup to Christmas looks exciting for the Large Hadron Collider at Cern near Geneva. Staff at the laboratory have arranged a special seminar on Tuesday 13 December at which the latest results in the search for the Higgs boson will be made public. The presentation is due to happen directly after the lab's scientific policy committee has convened one of its regular meetings behind closed doors.

So what can we expect to hear? The two main groups that hunt the Higgs boson, the Atlas and CMS detector collaborations, will describe their results separately, unlike the recent combined figures put out this month in Paris. There has been too little time to merge the most up-to-date results from both experiments.

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ES&H Tip of the Week:
Computer Security

Updating computer systems

Computer security breaches can be prevented with proper vigilence.

It is important for laboratory computer users to keep their systems up-to-date to avoid malware. Keeping up with computer security measures also helps to keep costs down.

Older systems no longer receive security patches from vendors, making those systems vulnerable to all new security exploits. We have many examples of an unpatched system being hacked within minutes of appearing on the network so operating an out-of-date system puts not only that computer but the entire laboratory network at risk.

Running older systems also puts an enormous burden on the teams of support personnel who work to keep your computers running. The support team's ability to provide effective support is compromised by a need to provide continued support to systems that are beyond their normal lifetimes.

These issues are particularly relevant now because Scientific Linux version 4 (SLF4) will no longer be supported with patches after Feb. 12, 2012. Of the several thousands of systems that were running SLF4 a few months ago, there are still 771 machines that need to be upgraded before Feb. 12. Both SLF5 and, even better, SLF6 are available and fully functional.

To find out which system you are running, please contact your system administrator. You can find out who that is by going to the Computing Sector website and clicking "Verify your node registration."

If you are running an SLF4 system, please update as soon as possible. Warning notices will begin circulating this month, two months in advance of the deadline. After Feb. 12, systems that are not updated will be blocked from network access. If there is a compelling need to continue running SLF4, you can apply to the Service Desk for a variance. Approval of the variance will depend on a clearly stated reason why the system cannot be upgraded and a plan for a set of mitigating security controls, such as keeping the machine off the network, that will compensate for the unavailability of security patches.

—Irwin Gaines

Photo of the Day

An English Thanksgiving

On, Friday, Nov. 18, Chez Leon hosted an English thanksgiving dinner with Chef Joe Walding. Clockwise, from top left: Joe Walding, Chivas Makaroplos, Fermilab Director Pier Oddone, Barbara Oddone, Alvin Tollestrup, Ellen Lederman, Janine Tollestrup and Leon Lederman. Photo: Brad Hooker
Accelerator Update

Nov. 30 - Dec. 2

- MiniBooNE beam turned off for MI-12 service building air conditioning work
- Booster beam shut off for access and BRF13 repairs

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