Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012

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

Wednesday, Jan. 11
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Fermilab Colloquium - One West
Speaker: J Provine, Stanford University
Title: Surface Forces in Nanomechanical Systems: Living on the Edge

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Wilson Hall Cafe

Tuesday, Jan. 10

- 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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Rob Roser: New head of Scientific Computing

Rob Roser

On Jan. 6, Fermilab scientist Rob Roser became the head of the Scientific Computing Division. The transition comes at the conclusion of Roser's eighth year as a spokesperson for CDF.

"I was at CDF from the beginning to now, when we are completing the physics analysis from the Tevatron data, " Roser said. "It's thrilling to be in this new role for the transition to the Intensity Frontier."

Vicky White, the associate laboratory director for Computing, credited Roser's energy, insight and experience at CDF as an enormous asset for the Computing Sector.

"Rob understands the goals of the laboratory, and he understands the science necessary to achieve them," White said. "We're extremely excited to have him take on the position."

The Scientific Computing Division provides the facilities, tools and programming necessary for experiments to perform and for researchers to analyze the data and the whole scientific program to carry out their science.

"Any kind of scientific research requires a lot of computing," said Bob Tschirhart, Project X scientist. He'll be working closely with Roser to develop simulation and data analysis tools for the Project X research program. "Rob, as someone widely known in the scientific community, is now in a great position to bridge the gap between science people and technical people."

Steve Wolbers, the associate division head of Scientific Computing, agreed with Tschirhart. Wolbers worked with Roser for many years on CDF.

"Without a doubt, the group will benefit from Rob's connections and experience," Wolbers said. "He did a superb job at CDF and that display of leadership bodes well."

Roser is eager to begin his leadership responsibilities.

"I'm excited to figure out the best way to organize this very smart team of very capable people," Roser said. "We'll be putting computer systems and computer structures in place for our new experiments. We all want the process to be as successful as possible."

Greg Bock, associate laboratory director for research, cited Roser's interest in and support of the science at the laboratory as a major benefit to Scientific Computing.

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Ashley WennersHerron

In Brief

FermiMail migration update

After successfully migrating all Exchange 2007 users to FermiMail, the FermiMail team in the Core Computing Division has begun to migrate IMAP and Lotus Domino users.

IMAP migration will take place over the next three months. IMAP users, you will receive an email with more details from the Service Desk about two weeks before your migration day. After your mailbox is migrated to FermiMail, you must reconfigure your local email client. Instructions on how to do so are posted on the FermiMail website under the heading "What to expect from migration."

The FermiMail team recommends that users configure their email client using the MAPI protocol, since it provides an integrated email and calendar service. However, IMAP configuration is still available.

Configure your email client to use MAPI with Mac Mail, Outlook 2010 or Outlook 2011.

If you choose to configure your client using the IMAP/SMTP protocol, you must subscribe to your newly migrated IMAP mail folders. Instructions are available on this page under the heading "IMAP folder subscription."

The schedule for the Lotus Domino mailbox migration is being finalized with the Business Services and Finance Sections and is expected to begin next month. Before migration, users will receive email from the Service Desk with more details.

If you need help, please call the Service Desk at x2345 or submit a ticket via the web and click "Report a Service Outage or Incident." The migration team will assist you promptly.

Representatives from the migration team will be on hand to answer your questions about FermiMail at the doctor-is-in booth in the Wilson Hall atrium during lunch hours on Jan. 11 and 12.

Director's Corner

Leveraging technologies

Fermilab Director Pier Oddone

When the International Linear Collider's international committee selected superconducting RF technology for the ILC in 2005, one of the motivations for the decision was the potential utility of SRF technology for other fields of science and for even broader applications.

That decision has already proved beneficial in planning the next generation of facilities in the United States. Here at Fermilab, we have leveraged the investment in ILC technology to develop the skills and facilities necessary to build Project X. While the accelerating gradients to be used in Project X are lower than the ILC gradients, similar challenges exist in building very high-quality cavities with low losses. In addition to developing cavities at the ILC frequency of 1.3 GHz, for Project X we are developing a suite of five other cavity types at sub-harmonics of 1.3 GHz that are matched to the changing velocity of the particles in a proton linac.

Another important aspect of our SRF activity has been the development of a US industry capable of delivering cavities and other technical components used in building cryomodules. This interaction with industry will be enhanced with the Illinois Accelerator Research Center, which will be a portal for members of industry into the impressive set of SRF facilities at Fermilab. These facilities range from cavity processing and testing to full cryomodule tests with beam.

Highlighting the utility of SRF technology, last week we hosted a visit by Berkeley Lab Director Paul Alivisatos and his team to explore how we at Fermilab could help with the development of the Next Generation Light Source. Director Alivisatos gave an impressive talk on the proposed scientific capabilities of the NGLS to a standing-room only audience. It is a remarkable machine with a very broad scientific program. We are excited to help develop the NGLS, and will continue to seek out similar projects that will ensure that the investments made by the Department of Energy to establish an SRF core competency at Fermilab continue to pay dividends for programs across the entire Office of Science.

Accelerator Update

Jan. 6-9

- Booster personnel conducted aperture scan studies
- A Booster RF station (BRF18) tripped off and would not reset
- Linac personnel conducted an emittance study
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