Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012

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Tuesday, Jan. 3
3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 4
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Fermilab Colloquium - One West
Speaker: Christ Lintott, University of Oxford
Title: What to do with 500,000 Scientists

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Tuesday, Jan. 3

- Breakfast: Bagel sandwich
- Creamy turkey vegetable soup
- Chili dog
- Country-fried steak
- Chicken cacciatore
- Italian panini w/ provolone
- Assorted calzones
- Southwestern chicken burrito

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Chez Leon

Wednesday, Jan. 11
- Northern Italian lasagna
- Caesar salad
- Spumoni ice cream

Friday, Jan. 13
- Coquille St. Jacques
- Pork tenderloin w/ marsala sauce
- Steamed broccoli
- Roasted potatoes w/ onions
- Apple turnover w/ cream chantilly

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Deputy Director Young-Kee Kim elected AAAS fellow

Young-Kee Kim

The American Association for the Advancement of Science has elected Fermilab Deputy Director Young-Kee Kim as a AAAS fellow.

Kim was one of several hundred AAAS members nominated this year as fellows by their peers in recognition of distinguished contributions to their fields of study.


Retirement: Barry Fritz

Barry Fritz spent more than a decade working to make Fermilab more environmentally sound. Starting in June of 1992, Fritz worked out of ES&H department of AD. He retired on Aug. 8, 2011.

In 1993, Fritz began managing cleanup of PCB contamination in the main ring. The organic compound was once widely used as a coolant and insulating fluid, but it’s now known that PCBs are highly toxic.

“The laboratory ordered transformers specifically without PCBs, but the manufacturer used PCB oil to test the transformers before shipping them to us,” Fritz said. “That oil was replaced before delivery, but enough PCB was left behind in the windings of the transformers to contaminate the new oil to regulated levels.”

Oil from the transformers found its way into the soil due to leaks and early 1970s sampling practices that did not account for PCB’s environmental toxicity. Fritz had a tall order to fill.

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Ashley WennersHerron

Photo of the Day

Winter sunset at Fermilab

Fermilab employee Greg Vogel captured Wilson Hall's silhouette during this December sunset. Photo: Greg Vogel, AD
From Quantum Diaries

Science with ties to Fermilab top year-end ‘best of’ lists

Christmas time brings not only presents and pretty cookies but an outpouring of media lists proffering the best science stories of the year and predicting those that will top the list in 2012.

While the lists varied wildly everyone seemed excited by a few of the same things: upsetting Einstein’s theory of special relativity, a hint of the ‘god particle’ and finding planets like our own.

Several of the stories that made nearly every media outlet’s list, though in various rankings, have a connection, directly or indirectly, to Fermilab. Here’s a sampling with the rankings from the publications.

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Tona Kunz

In the News

Water street studios fuses with Fermilab for next art show, "Energy"

From Patch.com, Dec. 27, 2011

The central theme of energy will reflect in the artwork now being sought for the spring show.

Water Street Studios, in conjunction with Fermilab Art Gallery and The Gallery at Allen+Pepa, is proud to announce its next show, Energy.

Submissions to the show are free to all members of Water Street Studios and artists are encouraged to enter each Energy exhibition
. Gallery application forms and images are due Jan. 27, 2012.

"We have been looking for other galleries to work with and wanted to explore more themed shows," said Jim Kirkhoff, Water Street development director. "The idea of centering it around energy in the City of Energy and working with Allen + Pepa and Fermilab all just fell into place. It is a natural fit!"

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Director's Corner

The new year

Fermilab Director Pier Oddone

We have a mountain of exciting work coming our way!

In accelerator operations, we need to give enough neutrinos to MINERvA to complete their low-energy run, enough anti-neutrinos to MiniBooNE to complete their run and enough neutrinos to MINOS to enable their independent neutrino velocity measurement that will follow up on last year’s OPERA results. We need to provide test beams to several technology development projects and overcome setbacks due to an aging infrastructure to deliver beam to the SeaQuest nuclear physics experiment. And we need to do all of this in the first few months of the year before a year-long shutdown starts. During the shutdown, we will modify the accelerator complex for the NOvA era and begin the campaign to double the number of protons from the Booster to deliver simultaneous beams to various experiments.

In parallel with accelerator modifications, we will push forward on many new experiments. The NOvA detector is in full construction mode, and we face challenges in the very large number of detector elements and large mechanical systems. Any project of this scale requires a huge effort to achieve the full promise of its design. We have the resources in our FY2012 budget to make a lot of progress toward MicroBooNE, Mu2e and LBNE. We will continue to work with DOE to advance Muon g-2. All these experiments are at an important stage in their development and need to be firmly established this year.

At the Cosmic Frontier, we will commission and start operation of the Dark Energy Survey at the Blanco Telescope in Chile, where the camera has arrived and is being tested. In the dark matter arena we will commission and operate the 60 kg COUPP detector at Canada’s SNOLAB and continue the run of the CDMS 15 kg detector in the Soudan Mine while carrying out R&D on future projects. We continue to have a major role in the operation of the Pierre Auger cosmic-ray observatory. In addition we should complete the first phase of the Fermilab Holometer, which will study the properties of space-time at the Planck scale.

At the Energy Frontier, we play a major role in the LHC detector operations and analysis. It should be a fabulously exciting year at the LHC as we push on the hints that we already see in the data.

Beyond construction and operation of facilities we continue our R&D efforts on the superconducting RF technology necessary for Project X and other future accelerators. We will be building the Illinois Accelerator Research Center and moving forward to connect our advanced accelerator program with industry and universities. Our rich program on theory, computation and detector technology will continue to support our laboratory and the particle physics community.

If we accomplish all that is ahead of us for 2012, it will be a year to remember and celebrate when we hit New Year’s Day 2013!

Accelerator Update

Dec. 21-28

- Muon rings personnel conducted special high intensity studies
- FTBF experiment 1019 began taking beam
- Booster beam off for short time due to a RF station's transformer suffering a coil short
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Lecture by Dr. Rocky Kolb: Our Expanding Cosmic Horizons

Gallery chamber series featuring David Schrader, harpsichord

Fermilab Arts Series presents Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Butts & Guts begins Jan. 5

Two Zumba classes offered

January 2012 timecards - float holiday

403(b) supplemental retirement plan contributions

Open badminton at the gym

Atrium work updates

Winter basketball league

Indoor soccer

Sam's Club announces membership offer for employees

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