Archive: March 2012

Friday, March 30

  • Fermilab's MicroBooNE begins detector construction
  • BNL Press Release: Supercomputing the difference between matter and antimatter
  • CMS Result: The Higgs boson quilt
  • In Brief: Now accepting 2012 Alvin Tollestrup Award nominations

Thursday, March 29

  • Fermilab's Muon Department at edge of Intensity Frontier
  • Result of the Week: Place your bets on Higgs mass
  • In Brief: Long-term care insurance enrollment ends March 31
  • Accelerator Update: March 26-28
  • From Nature, March 21, 2012: Physics: A century of cosmic rays

Wednesday, March 28

  • From the Technical Division: Building a magnet test facility on a tight budget
  • Photo of the Day: Wilson Hall during sunset
  • Safety Update: ES&H weekly report, March 27
  • From Nature, March 26, 2012: US physicists fight to save neutrino experiment
  • From, March 26, 2012: Largest molecules tested yet behave like waves

Tuesday, March 27

  • From symmetry: Happy webiversary!
  • Director's Corner: Independent laboratory-wide survey on ES&H culture
  • Photo of the Day: Flowers in bloom at Fermilab
  • Accelerator Update: March 23-26
  • From DOE Pulse, March 26, 2012: PPPL delivers plasma source for new Berkeley Lab accelerator
  • From The New York Times, March 26, 2012: The trouble with data that outpaces a theory

Monday, March 26

  • Puzzling together Fermilab's ASTA beam dump
  • Quality Assurance: Getting ready for April engineering assessments
  • Accelerator Update: March 21-23
  • From Science, March 22, 2012: DOE scraps plans for neutrino experiment in mine
  • From, March 21, 2012: Dance like a neutrino: Quantum scheme to simulate neutrino oscillations

Friday, March 23

  • Special Director's Corner: DOE decision on LBNE
  • Special Announcement: Hadron Collider Physics School deadline - March 25
  • Physics in a Nutshell: Combining results carefully
  • Photo of the Day: Spring flowers at Fermilab
  • Correction: NO╬ŻA
  • Wellness Feature of the Month: April wellness offerings, classes, athletic leagues and employee discounts

Thursday, March 22

  • Mind over matter at NOvA
  • Result of the Week: W boson mass masurement limits Higgs hiding space
  • Accelerator Update: March 19-21
  • From, March 20, 2012: Atom smasher hits highest energy levels yet
  • From, March 20, 2012: Editorial: Fermilab work adds to scientific advances

Wednesday, March 21

  • Special Announcement: Physics for Everyone - today
  • From the Accelerator Physics Center: Exploring the nonlinear world of accelerators
  • From symmetry breaking: More physics for your funding
  • Safety Update: ES&H weekly report, March 20
  • From, March 20, 2012: Detection of cosmic effect may bring universe's formation into sharper focus
  • From The Guardian, March 18, 2012: Why big data is now such a big deal

Tuesday, March 20

  • Fermilab's Main Control Room
  • Director's Corner: High Energy Physics Advisory Panel meeting overview
  • Special Announcement: Fermilab Lecture Series presents "The Intensity Frontier: A New Challenge for Fermilab"
  • Accelerator Update: March 16-19
  • From the LA Times, March 17, 2012: Neutrinos faster than the speed of light? Not so fast...

Monday, March 19

  • Special Announcement: Physics for Everyone - March 21
  • ES&H Tip of the Week: Ecology: Warm weather increases need to track butterfly populations
  • From symmetry: The cosmic-ray riddle
  • Photo of the Day: New employees - March 12
  • Special Announcement: Service Desk website change
  • Accelerator Update: March 14-16
  • From the Washington Post, March 16, 2012: Not so fast: Second experiment refutes faster-than-light particles
  • From Physics, March 15, 2012: Synopsis: Pinpointing Planck's constant with GPS

Friday, March 16

  • Cryogenics at Fermilab: Cooler than a frozen Han Solo
  • Result of the Week: Backscatter microscopes
  • CERN Press Release: ICARUS experiment at Gran Sasso laboratory reports new measurement of neutrino time of flight consistent with the speed of light
  • Special Announcement: ES&H applications will not be available - March 17
  • From The Economist, March 17, 2012: Flavoursome research
  • From, March 14, 2012: Dineutron emission seen for the first time

Thursday, March 15

  • From symmetry breaking: Scientists send encoded message through rock via neutrino beam
  • Result of the Week: The rarest of the diboson processes - ZZ pairs
  • Accelerator Update: March 12-14
  • From The Economist, March 14, 2012: Ringing the neutrinophone
  • From Physics, March 13, 2012: Viewpoint: Homing in on the Higgs Boson

Wednesday, March 14

  • Joy and toil as Fermilab sends first particles to SeaQuest
  • From the Business Services Section: Changes in the sensitive assets verification process
  • Special Announcement: "Great News!" email is SPAM
  • Photo of the Day: New employees - Feb. 27
  • Safety Update: ES&H weekly report, March 13
  • From, March 13, 2012: Not just the Higgs boson
  • From, March 13, 2012: Spacecraft aims to expose violent hearts of galaxies

Tuesday, March 13

  • From the Computing Sector: Fermilab's core computing services in transition
  • Director's Corner: An important scientific result
  • Death: In memoriam: Steve Barath
  • Photo of the Day: Hawk gives cold shoulder
  • Accelerator Update: March 9-12
  • From the newsroom of Northwestern University, March 12, 2012: For physics postdoc, new evidence of things not seen

Monday, March 12

  • Special Announcement: HEPAP meeting will not be available via webcast
  • ES&H Tip of the Week: Computer Security: Spring into cyber safety
  • From symmetry breaking: Scientists continue to see puzzling behavior in top quarks, reaffirm strength of Tevatron experiments
  • Photo of the Day: Early to rise, early to bed
  • From Wired Science, March 9, 2012: Strange effects: The mystifying history of neutrino experiments
  • Accelerator Update: March 7-9
  • From, March 7, 2012: Scientists getting clearer picture of 'God particle'

Friday, March 9

  • Milestone: SeaQuest sees muons
  • Physics in a Nutshell: And so, ad infintum: Smallest of the small
  • Special Announcement: HEPAP meeting webcast
  • Special Announcement: Daylight-saving - March 11
  • Photo of the Day: Early to rise, early to bed
  • From symmetry breaking: Daya Bay experiment makes key measurement, paves way for future discoveries
  • Special Announcement: Presenting Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul - March 10
  • From Wired Science, March 9, 2012: Strange effects: The mystifying history of neutrino experiments

Thursday, March 8

  • From Daya Bay: Discovery of a new kind of neutrino transformation
  • Result of the Week: Exciting hints of Higgs boson in the Tevatron data
  • In memoriam: James C. Humbert
  • Accelerator Update: March 5-7
  • From Science, March 8, 2012: Physicists in China nail a key neutrino measurement
  • From Nature: Boost for Higgs from Tevatron data

Wednesday, March 7

  • Press Release: Tevatron experiments report latest results in search for Higgs boson
  • From FESS: Upcoming construction
  • Photo of the Day: Fermilab freeze in February
  • Special Announcement: Short-Baseline Neutrino Experiments - Needs and Options meeting - March 21
  • Safety Update: ES&H weekly report, March 6
  • From Quantum Diaries: Frequently asked questions about the Higgs boson
  • From The New York Times, March 7, 2012: Data hint at hypothetical particle, key to mass in the universe

Tuesday, March 6

  • Special Announcement: Tornado drill - today
  • Director's Corner: The Employee Advisory Group
  • Students learn from physicists during Masterclass at Fermilab
  • Photo of the Day: "Wonders of Science" show a hit with kids at Fermilab
  • Accelerator Update: March 2-5
  • From the Argonne National Laboratory, Feb. 23, 2012: Gerig to chair Particle Accelerator School board

Monday, March 5

  • Special Announcement: Annual severe weather awareness week at Fermilab
  • ES&H Tip of the Week: Safety: Speed limits: Don't let warm weather give you a lead foot
  • From symmetry magazine: symmetry available online
  • Accelerator Update: Feb. 29 - March 2
  • From the The Economist, March 2, 2012: House of dreams
  • From the Kane County Chronicle, March 2, 2012: Fermilab faces $30 million in federal cuts

Friday, March 2

  • Press Release: Tevatron experiments combine for new W boson mass measurement
  • CMS Result: Investigating exotic plasma
  • Special Announcement: Fermilab roads re-opening
  • Special Announcement: Geese police at Fermilab
  • From the The Economist, March 1, 2012: Not up to Standard
  • From the, March 1, 2012: Daya Bay antineutrino detectors exceed performance goals

Thursday, March 1

  • Special Announcement: Joint Experiment-Theoretical Physics Seminar - today
  • Result of the Week: Separating wheat from chaff
  • Fermilab recycling numbers are up, but can still improve
  • Fermilab calendar migration
  • Accelerator Update: Feb. 27-29
  • From the Daily Herald, Feb. 27, 2012: Fermilab event shows the fun (and funny) side of science
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