Archive: April 2012

Monday, April 30

  • Special Announcement: Arbor Day tree planting - May 1
  • Quality Assurance: 5 Whys - A root cause analysis tool for use at work and home
  • Proton beam upgrade team springs into action this week
  • Accelerator Update: April 25-27
  • From Duluth News Tribune, April 27, 2012: $283 million project seeks tiny particles in the big woods of northern Minnesota
  • From, April 26, 2012: Finding a new Earth: Holy grail of astronomy

Friday, April 27

  • LBNE reconfiguration workshop spring board for ideas from physics community
  • CMS Result: Creating dark matter
  • In Brief: Service outage for network file server maintenance - May 1-2
  • From symmetry breaking: CMS collaboration discovers its first new particle
  • From Nature, April 25, 2012: Astrophysics: Stars throw their weight in old galaxies
  • From, April 24, 2012: Gamma rays hint at dark matter

Thursday, April 26

  • Photo of the Day: Administrative Professionals Day at Fermilab - April 25
  • Result of the Week: Measuring the b quark: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder
  • Wellness Feature of the Month: May wellness offerings, fitness classes and employee discounts
  • Accelerator Update: April 23-25
  • From Scientific American, April 25, 2012: Is supersymmetry dead?
  • From National Geographic, April 24, 2012: Dark matter hits the average human once a minute?

Wednesday, April 25

  • Special Announcement: LBNE reconfiguration workshop - today
  • From the Accelerator Division: Accelerator and NuMI upgrades for NOvA
  • Fermilab's Open House was fun for the whole family
  • Safety Update: ES&H weekly report, April 24
  • From, April 25, 2012: Cosmic-ray theory gets the cold shoulder
  • From Physics, April 23, 2012: Viewpoint: Rethinking the Neutrino

Tuesday, April 24

  • Special Announcement: ES&H survey reminder
  • Director's Corner: U.S./Japan meeting
  • University of Minnesota Press Release: Federal and state officials to celebrate opening of high-tech physics lab in northern Minnesota
  • Accelerator Update: April 20-23
  • From Nature, April 18, 2012: No shame
  • From Daily Herald, April 22, 2012: Lots to learn at Fermilab's Family Open House

Monday, April 23

  • Milestone: Fermilab scientist to serve as chair of the APS Forum on Physics & Society
  • ES&H Tip of the Week: Safety: National Work Zone Awareness Week - April 23-27
  • Bubbles and dark matter
  • Accelerator Update: April 18-20
  • From Discovery News, April 19, 2012: Making music with the sounds of symmetry
  • From Physics, April 20, 2012: Focus: Asymmetric patterns from symmetric forces

Friday, April 20

  • Special Announcement: Family Open House - April 22
  • Physics in a Nutshell: Subatomic bomb squad
  • Successful cryomodule test at Fermilab lays groundwork
  • Special Announcement: Live chat with Energy Secretary Steven Chu - today
  • From New Scientist, April 18, 2012: Neutrino no-show deepens cosmic ray mystery
  • From, May 2012: Fast forward: The dark energy camera

Thursday, April 19

  • Special Announcement: Fermilab Earth Day activities
  • Result of the Week: Is the bottom quark a spectator or a team player?
  • Special Announcement: Tevatron Symposium - June 11
  • Press Release: Fermilab offers demonstrations and hands-on activities for the entire family at Family Open House
  • Accelerator Update: April 16-18
  • From Nature, April 18, 2012: Particle physics: A matter of detail
  • From The Huffington Post, April 6, 2012: Science In America: Crisis looming, physicists warn

Wednesday, April 18

  • Special Announcement: Physics for Everyone - today
  • From the Office of Internal Audit: Here to help
  • Sci-fi writer rolls into Fermilab
  • Special Announcement: Fermilab flags at half-mast
  • Safety Update: ES&H weekly report, April 17
  • From Scientific American's Basic Science, April 17, 2012: Crushed comets give star a dusty belt
  • From, April 16, 2012: Elusive particle may be found after decades of searching

Tuesday, April 17

  • Special Announcement: Road D closure postponed
  • Director's Corner: FALC meeting
  • New interim head of the Office of Program and Project Support announced
  • Special Announcement: ES&H survey reminder
  • Accelerator Update: April 13-16
  • From BBC News, April 16, 2012: Majorana particle glimpsed in lab
  • From Nature, April 11, 2012: Astrophysics: Fresh light on stardust

Monday, April 16

  • Special Announcement: Road D closure - April 17-19
  • ES&H Tip of the Week: Computer Security: Computer incident response
  • STEM Career Expo at Fermilab
  • Special Announcement: Physics for Everyone - April 18
  • Accelerator Update: April 11-13
  • From New Scientist, April 13, 2012: Supercomputer probes famous but messy particle split
  • From Ars Technica, April 12, 2012: Elusive Majorana fermions may be lurking in a cold nanowire

Friday, April 13

  • Special Announcement: LBNE reconfiguration workshop - April 25-26
  • CMS Result: Hidden in time loops
  • Fermilab brings energy into art
  • Photo of the Day: Fermilab's sun-streaked sky
  • Accelerator Update: April 6-9
  • From Science, April 12, 2012: Sparks Fly Over Shoestring Test Of 'Holographic Principle'
  • From Medill Reports, April 11, 2012: 'God particle' physicist Leon Lederman honored by National Science Foundation

Thursday, April 12

  • Special Announcement: Arts & Lecture Series presentation available online
  • Result of the Week: Standard Model wins again
  • Photo of the Day: IMSA students at Fermilab
  • From Aurora Beacon News, April 11, 2012: IMSA discussion: From dark matter to extra dimensions
  • From The Vancouver Sun, April 7, 2012: A universe without purpose

Wednesday, April 11

  • In Memoriam: Donald Young: First employee
  • From the Center for Particle Astrophysics: Next generation of dark matter
  • Special Announcement: STEM career expo - today
  • Safety Update: ES&H weekly report, April 10
  • From New Scientist, April 10, 2012: LHC smashes particle collision record
  • From Nature, April 9, 2012: Astronomers spot a solar system more populous than ours

Tuesday, April 10

  • Milestone: Christian Schwanenberger awarded IOP Career Prize
  • Director's Corner: Our plan for discovery
  • From symmetry breaking: Physicists mobilize to rescue U.S. neutrino experiment
  • Photo of the Day: Prince of the prairie at Fermilab
  • Accelerator Update: April 6-9
  • From Ars Technica, April 6, 2012: Particle accelerators' search for nature's hidden dimensions comes up empty

Monday, April 9

  • In Brief: Inaugural Leon M. Lederman lecture at IMSA - April 10
  • ES&H Tip of the Week: Safety: Accelerator safety experts meet at Fermilab; update guide
  • New bulls at the Fermilab farm
  • Accelerator Update: April 4-6
  • From, April 5, 2012: Scientists closing in on black hole at center of our galaxy

Friday, April 6

  • From Symmetry Breaking: Korean experiment confirms groundbreaking neutrino measurement
  • Physics in a Nutshell: Subatomic CSI
  • Photo of the Day: Fermilab stands at attention
  • From, April 4, 2012: Physicists hunt for dark forces
  • From, April 3, 2012: Kepler Mission extended to 2016

Thursday, April 5

  • From the Directorate: Brainstorming to save money
  • Result of the Week: DZero confirms newly observed particle
  • Photo of the Day: Fermilab scientist emeriti
  • Accelerator Update: April 2-4
  • From Nature, April 3, 2012: Physicists hunt for dark forces
  • From, April 4, 2012: Kepler Mission extended to 2016

Wednesday, April 4

  • Special Announcement: Live from the CMS and ATLAS control rooms on Google+
  • From the CMS Center: CMS team gets ready for data taking at the LHC
  • Press Release: Fermilab hosts STEM Career Expo - April 11
  • Safety Update: ES&H weekly report, April 3
  • From The Washington Post, April 2, 2012: Physicists hope to find the Higgs boson, key to unified field theory, this year
  • From, April 2, 2012: NASA probe to hunt galactic hearts of darkness

Tuesday, April 3

  • NSF Press Release: Leon M. Lederman receives 2012 Vannevar Bush Award
  • Director's Corner: Long-Baseline Neutrino Experiment
  • From symmetry magazine: symmetry available online
  • Photo of the Day: Future Fermilab physicists
  • Accelerator Update: March 30-April 2
  • From The New York Times, March 29, 2012: New U.S. research will aim at flood of digital data

Monday, April 2

  • Locally raised lawyer joins Fermilab's legal team
  • Milestone: In memoriam: Don Young
  • ES&H Tip of the Week: Health: Early tick activity this season
  • Accelerator Update: March 28-30
  • From, March 29, 2012: Physicists find patterns in new state of matter
  • From, March 27, 2012: A planetary system from the early Universe

Sunday, April Fools' Day

  • HALLoWS to test MAGIC
  • Roller derby team takes to Tevatron tunnel
  • Milestone: Doughnut deliciousness determined at Fermilab
  • In Brief: High-efficiency hand dryers upgraded in Wilson Hall
  • Scientists round up speed of light to next decimal, move on
  • From the CERN Bullentin: Higgs reconstructed at CERN's Computer Centre
  • Accelerator Update: April 1
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