Monday, Dec. 12, 2011

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Monday, Dec. 12
2:30 p.m.
Particle Astrophysics Seminar - One West
Speaker: Petra Huntemeyer, Michigan Technological University
Title: The High Altitude Water Cherenkov (HAWC) Observatory in Mexico
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II
Special Topics: Application of 3D Plotter for an 11T Dipole Magnet Prototype Endpart for CERN LHC; DECam Imager in Chile; SuperCDMS New Payload Operation at Soudan Mine

Tuesday, Dec. 13
7 a.m.
Special live broadcast from CERN - One West
Topic: Latest Higgs results from ATLAS and CMS
3 p.m.
LHC Physics Center Topic of the Week Seminar - WH11NE Sunrise
Speaker: Richard Gray, Rutgers University
Title: Searching for SUSY with Leptons – Part I
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar - One West
Speaker: Michael Borland, Argonne National Laboratory
Title: Exploration of a Tevatron-Sized Ultimate Light Source

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Wilson Hall Cafe

Monday, Dec. 12

- 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, Dec. 14
- Cornish hen w/ cranberry-thyme sauce
- Roasted potatoes
- Broccoli
- Apple walnut cake
Friday, Dec. 16
Chez Leon Menu
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Special Announcement

Watch live CERN broadcast on Higgs results - Dec. 13

At 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 13, in One West, join your colleagues and watch the CMS/ATLAS seminar on the latest Higgs boson results. The webcast will also be available for viewing online.


ANL, Fermilab and UChicago meeting in One West - today

In an ongoing effort to keep Illinois a science powerhouse, Fermilab, Argonne and University of Chicago scientists continue to look for future collaborative opportunities.

More than 70 scientists from the three institutions will meet Monday, Dec. 12, at Fermilab in the One West conference room at Wilson Hall for the 10th joint meeting, organized to share ideas about future projects and the institutions' strategic plans.

The meetings, started in 2006 by Fermilab and Argonne, initially focused on accelerator R&D. Recent meetings involved RF superconductors, detector and computing efforts, and this time the primary focus is on detector R&D. A series of research grants provided by the University of Chicago has led to joint projects in other research areas as well.

Current projects covered in the meeting include a trigger upgrade for the Atlas experiment, development of the Illinois Accelerator Research Center (IARC), improvement of PET scanners through a new photodetection system and work on a cosmological computing initiative. Scientists will also delve into biology with discussions on biomass and biomolecular systems.

“Our collaborative efforts have been broader and deeper,” said Young-Kee Kim, Fermilab's deputy director. “At this meeting we will also try to evaluate collaborative efforts and collaboration meetings for future directions.”

Brad Hooker

Photos of the Day

New employee - Nov. 14

Fedor Barkov, TD. Photo: Cindy Arnold

New employees - Nov. 28

From left: Dmitry Shatilov, APC; Jake Hollarbush, FESS; Alessandro Vivoli, APC. Photo: Cindy Arnold
From SLAC Today

The rich fabric of intensity frontier physics

Last week the Office of High Energy Physics sponsored a workshop titled "Fundamental Physics at the Intensity Frontier." More than 500 scientists from the U.S. and international communities gathered for three days in Rockville, MD, to take stock of the exciting science opportunities presented by a broad array of precision particle physics experiments.

The Standard Model of particle physics rests on an interwoven fabric of precision experiments, whose consistency underpins our understanding of the forces and building blocks of nature. The future evolution of this precision approach, and its capability for probing indirectly the frontiers of discovery, remains an exciting opportunity as amply demonstrated by the workshop.

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David MacFarlane, the director of Particle Physics and Astrophysics at SLAC

In the News

Scientists excited over hints of finding elusive 'God particle'

From Chicago Tribune, Dec. 9, 2011

Scientists eagerly await data that may prove the existence of the Higgs boson, which is key to understanding mass in the universe. Or the hints may be a false alarm.

Scientists are quivering with anticipation — flying halfway around the world for a close-up view of the action and devouring the latest updates from the blogosphere the way some girls track the doings of Justin Bieber.

Careers hang in the balance. Not to mention a cache of chocolate handed out by the folks who award Nobel Prizes.

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ES&H Tip of the Week:

Keep the holidays fun and safe
Can you guess what’s wrong in this picture?

The holiday season brings many joys: family gatherings, entertaining and festive decorations. However, sometimes the holiday season also brings unexpected risks into your home and workplace.

Here are a few tips to help make your holidays safe:

  • Decorate with non-combustible or flame-resistant materials.
  • Check for frayed wires, broken sockets or loose connections. Check labels to be sure about the proper use of indoor and outdoor lights. Don’t overload electrical outlets.
  • Cut a few inches off the trunk of a live tree and fill the stand with water to keep it from drying out.
  • An artificial tree should be labeled “Fire Resistant.” Place trees away from fireplaces, radiators and portable heaters.
  • If you use a fireplace or candles, always ensure there is a working fire extinguisher available and that you know how to use it.
  • Never dispose of evergreens or wreaths in the fireplace or wood stove. They are likely to flare out of control.
  • Never burn wrapping paper in the fireplace. It often contains metallic materials that can be toxic if burned.
  • Never use lighted candles near trees, boughs, curtains, drapes, children, pets, gift wrapping or anything combustible or flammable.
  • Be especially careful when you choose toys for small children. Be sure anything you give them is too big to lodge in their throat, nose or ears.
  • Select gifts that are not heavy or awkward to handle.

Also remember that small children and pets may think that holiday plants look good enough to eat, but many plants can cause severe stomach problems. These plants include: mistletoe, holly berries, Jerusalem cherry and amaryllis. Keep all of these plants out of reach.

The holidays often mean preparing large meals for family and friends. Wash hands, utensils, the sink and anything else that has come in contact with raw poultry. Keep in mind that a stuffed bird takes longer to cook. Refrigerate or freeze leftovers in covered shallow containers (less than 2-inches deep) within two hours after cooking. Date the leftovers for future use.

Be a smart party host or guest. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than half of all holiday traffic fatalities are alcohol-related. Use designated drivers or taxis to drive you or guests home after a holiday party and remember to buckle up.

Happy Holidays!

—Nancy Grossman

Accelerator Update

Dec. 7-9

- There were problems with a kicker
- There were problems with the booster

Read the Current Accelerator Update
Read the Early Bird Report
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International folk dancing: cancelled Dec. 15, holiday parties Dec. 22, 30

Meet and greet: The UEC (Users Executive Committee) - Dec. 15

Fermilab Blood drive - through Dec. 13

Excel Power user/Macros course - Dec. 14

Free 10-minute stress relief massages - Dec. 15 and 20

Fermilab's 3rd annual potluck party - Dec. 16

School's Day Out Camp - Dec. 19-22 and Dec. 27-29

No prescription safety eyewear service - Dec. 28

403(b) supplemental retirement plan contributions

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Movie Tickets Make Great Gifts discount for employees

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