Monday, Jan. 9, 2012

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Monday, Jan. 9
2:30 p.m.
Particle Astrophysics Seminar - One West
Speaker: J. Patrick Harding, University of Maryland
Title: Current and Upcoming Sensitivities to Dark Matter in Gamma-Ray Observatories
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II
Special Topics: High-Brightness Electron Source Laboratory (HBESL); T-1019: Belle II iTOF Counter at FTBF; DZero Cosmic Ray Running

Tuesday, Jan. 10
3:30 p.m.

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Wilson Hall Cafe

Monday, Jan. 9

- Breakfast: Croissant sandwich
- Spicy beef & rice soup
- Corned beef reuben
- Smart cuisine: Roast pork loin
- Smart cuisine: Lasagna
- Chicken oriental wrap pineapple
- Assorted sliced pizza
- Pacific Rim rice bowl
Wilson Hall Cafe Menu

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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Special Announcement

Some Fermilab site roads closed starting today

Some roads on site will be closed today through 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.


New director of the Muon Accelerator Program

Palmer stands by a section of the Cornell electron-positron accelerator.

Today Mark Palmer assumes a new position as head of the Muon Accelerator Program (MAP), a collaborative project exploring the potential of a muon collider and a neutrino factory for experiments.

"I'm very much looking forward to joining the Fermilab team and helping to manage the program," said Palmer. "It's going to be quite enjoyable to work with what I view as a very diverse and talented team both at Fermilab and throughout the collaborations involved."

Palmer brings nearly 12 years of experience working on Cornell University's accelerator group. Prior to joining the accelerator group, he worked on the CLEO experiment at the university's electron-positron collider. After the conclusion of colliding beam operations in 2008, the collider operated as a test accelerator and, under the direction of Palmer for the following three years, carried out a research program on the electron cloud effect in support of the design effort for the International Linear Collider (ILC) damping rings.

"We're extremely happy that we were able to attract Mark to Fermilab to lead the US MAP program," said Stuart Henderson, associate director for accelerators at Fermilab. "It's hard to imagine someone better suited to lead this critical R&D program at this point in time."

As director of US MAP, Palmer is managing a team of about 200 physicists from several institutions across the country. Maintaining the program's focus on the most critical aspects of R&D, Palmer and his team will develop techniques never used before in a high-energy physics machine, with the goal of completing key demonstrations within a few years' time. This will provide the information needed to decide whether a muon collider is the machine to build for future efforts in high-energy physics.

"Mark has an extraordinarily broad knowledge in the field and will bring a practical can-do attitude to the muon R & D program," said Marc Ross, project manager for the Engineering Design Report for the International Linear Collider. "His contributions to ILC design and R & D have been quite considerable."

—Brad Hooker

In the News

Neutrino hunting underwater telescopes probe origins

From BBC News, Jan. 4, 2012

The number of "eyes" scanning deep space in search of a particle that could shed light on our universe's formation is about to multiply.

High-energy cosmic neutrinos are only able to be detected by a few existing detectors hidden in what may seem bizarre places - inside mountains, underground, underwater and even in solid ice.

Operators use them to unravel the mysteries of cosmos, aiming to provide insights into the nature of dark matter, the evolution of stars and the origin of cosmic rays.

They may also be able to test the results of recent experiments that suggested neutrinos were faster than light which were carried out a Cern, the world's biggest physics laboratory.

Soon two more telescopes will join the network.

The first, a 1 cubic km (0.24 cubic miles) detector, is set to replace an existing small octopus-like device floating more than 1km (0.6 miles) below Russia's Lake Baikal.

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ES&H Tip of the Week

Avoid "Not Invented Here" syndrome at Fermilab

Consult your colleagues when brainstorming to solve problems. Someone might have already faced that issue!

In the course of our work, we've all had a new technical responsibility assigned or been asked to implement a new administrative or regulatory practice. These responsibilities may fall outside our expertise or comfort zone. Our needs may be unique and we want to find the best solution to accomplish our task.

Our first inclination may be to begin collecting information and formulating a plan to meet the new requirement. Drawing on our experience, we try to consider all options and anticipate future problems. We may feel the need to invent a custom solution to our own specific needs, but we should avoid spending time and money developing an idea if a solution already exists. Even if something was "Not Invented Here," it may still be the simplest solution. Despite the best planning, there is often a learning curve to new activities and we can't foresee all possibilities. Fortunately, Fermilab has a wealth of experience upon which to draw.

When faced with a new challenge, consider that others have likely faced similar needs. If you're charged with implementing a new project planning process, consider others affected by the same requirement. If you need to develop an equipment calibration procedure, seek other groups that already have a system in place. How have they chosen to implement it? What pitfalls have they encountered? Others at Fermilab or other facilities may have a more mature practice in place and have already learned from their mistakes.

Your Quality Assurance Representative can serve as a valuable resource in accessing collective lab knowledge. Interacting with their counterparts in other organizations, they share experiences and can inquire about solutions implemented elsewhere. In their roles as QA Assessors for the laboratory, they have knowledge of practices used across the laboratory. The Office of Quality & Best Practices can also serve as a resource for directing you to others within or outside Fermilab who may have experience or best practices implemented in a specific area.

—Kurt Mohr

Special Announcement

Jan. 11 "Physics for Everyone" lecture rescheduled

The "Physics for Everyone" lecture scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 11, has been rescheduled. The lecture on the Mu2e experiment, given by Doug Glenzinski, will take place on Wednesday, March 21.

Accelerator Update

Jan. 4-6

- An access and repair period on Jan. 5 was completed successfully.
- The Linac source was changed.
- The Booster clock had problems.

Read the Current Accelerator Update
Read the Early Bird Report
View the Tevatron Luminosity Charts


Martial arts classes begin today

Lecture by Dr. Rocky Kolb: Our Expanding Cosmic Horizons - Jan. 20

Gallery chamber series featuring David Schrader, harpsichord - Jan. 22

Fermilab Arts Series presents Ladysmith Black Mambazo - Feb. 4

Outlook 2010: Intro. - Feb. 22

PowerPoint 2010: Intro. - Feb. 28

Word 2010: Intro Mar. 6

Excel 2010: Intro. - Mar. 8

Access 2010: Intro. - Mar. 14

FRA scholarship applications due Apr. 1

North Eola and West Wilson closed for winter

Anyone forget they ordered battery pack(s)?

Abri Credit Union appreciates our members

"Doing The Right Thing" video series

Two Zumba classes offered

January 2012 timecards - float holiday

Open badminton at the gym

Winter basketball league

Indoor soccer

Sam's Club announces membership offer for employees

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