Monday, Jan. 23, 2012

Have a safe day!

Monday, Jan. 23
2:30 p.m.
Particle Astrophysics Seminar - One West
Speaker: Alvaro Chavarria, Princeton University
Title: First Evidence of pep Solar Neutrinos by Direct Detection in Borexino 1
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II
Special Topics: T-958: FP420 (CMS+ATLAS) Fast Timing Group at the FTBF; T-992: Radiation-Hard Sensors at FTBF for the SLHC

Tuesday, Jan. 24
3:30 p.m.

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Wilson Hall Cafe

Monday, Jan. 23

- Breakfast: Croissant sandwich
- French Quarter gumbo soup
- French dip w/ horseradish cream sauce
- Santa Fe pork stew
- Smart cuisine: Country baked chicken
- Popcorn shrimp wrap
- Assorted sliced pizza
- Sweet and sour chicken w/ egg roll
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Chez Leon

Wednesday, Jan. 25
- Crispy chipotle lime tilapia w/ avocado sauce
- Corn & black bean salad
- Cold lime soufflé

Friday, Jan. 27
- French onion soup
- Medallions of beef with merlot sauce
- Potato gratin
- Steamed green beans
- Marzipan cake w/ bittersweet chocolate sauce

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Special Announcement

Fermilab's "Plan for Discovery"

Fermilab's "Plan for Discovery" is now available online and in the Office of Communication.

What does the future hold for Fermilab? A new document, "A Plan for Discovery," answers this question by describing the laboratory's scientific strategy for the next two decades. The strategy encompasses a suite of experiments and accelerator facilities that keep the laboratory, and the United States, at the forefront of particle physics research. It builds on the record of excellence in scientific research and technological innovation that Fermilab employees and users have established over the course of four decades. It makes the best possible use of the laboratory's existing world-class accelerators and experiments, computing capabilities and technical infrastructure. The strategy as outlined in "A Plan for Discovery" is also pragmatic and flexible enough to meet the challenges posed by new discoveries and changing worldwide economic realities.

Copies of "A Plan for Discovery" are being mailed to all Fermilab employees. The document can also be downloaded and ordered online. Copies are also available in the Office of Communication on the atrium level of Wilson Hall.


Lecture Series: Rocky Kolb captivates audience

Rocky Kolb

On Friday, Jan. 20, renowned astrophysicist Rocky Kolb from the University of Chicago spoke as a part of Fermilab's Public Lecture Series and reminded us that there is still much to discover about our cosmos.

Kolb opened his lecture by examining the possibility of other “earths” among neighboring stars and then switched to a discussion about his two areas of research: graviton detection and the search for dark matter. Kolb explained that looking through a telescope is actually looking back in time because it takes many years for the light from distant galaxies to reach us. He then showed the audience images of ancient light collected by a telescope and brought us back to a few seconds after the Big Bang.

The images raise more questions than answers: What is dark matter? What happened to all the antimatter? And where are the gravitons that pull it all together? He then explained the curious theory of quantum expansion that created all matter and emphasized that we ourselves are "an amplified quantum expansion." Kolb ended his talk with a discussion about the future of cosmic research, where it's headed and how important it is for today's youth to carry the torch and continue on the path to discovery.

The full talk will be posted on the Fermilab VMS website within the next few weeks.

—Sarah Charley

From symmetry breaking

Cutting-edge accelerator design gets results 60 years later

This is the EMMA particle accelerator. Photo courtesy of STFC.

At Daresbury Laboratory in England, a team of scientists recently completed the first successful runs on a new prototype that may change the way accelerators speed up particles. Its novel design, scientists said, is capable of energies beyond the reach of current cyclotrons, with acceleration rates exceeding those of the most powerful synchrotrons – all within a compact, cost-effective and operationally simple package.

Daresbury's high-intensity proton accelerator, called EMMA, gains its technological edge through an accelerator concept nearly abandoned a half century ago.

The accelerator's magnet configuration incorporates a fixed field, rather than a pulsed field like a cyclotron, but includes alternating gradients like a synchrotron. The first versions of these fixed-field alternating-gradient machines were invented independently in Japan, Russia and the U.S. in the early 1950s.

The U.S. FFAG came about through the Midwest Universities Research Association, a group of 15 universities dedicated to developing a machine capable of accelerating particles beyond a billion electron volts, or 1 GeV. This unique institution soon built the first FFAG prototypes, albeit low-energy models.

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—Brad Hooker

ES&H Tip of the Week:

Don't let fixing pain turn deadly

Pain relief through medication has changed medicine and people's lives dramatically. It has also created a growing problem in society that can, and has, ended lives of otherwise healthy people.

One in 20 Americans have reported recreational use of painkillers. Nearly 15,000 Americans die from painkiller overdoses annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Many of the deaths are linked to opiod abuse. Opiods such as codeine or OxyContin can be easily obtained through legal means, a prescription bought through illegal internet sales, secured from unscrupulous physicians or imposters or borrowed from a spouse or family member. Borrowed medication is not considered a legitimate use under Femilab's drug testing program.

Opiods were originally produced via opium derived from the poppy plant. They provide effective pain relief but have a downside in terms of tolerance. With regular use over time, a larger dosage is needed to obtain the same effect. The need to increase the dosage over time, coupled with the drug's ability to suppress our brain's breathing regulation center, creates a lethal combination.

Many of the prescribed opiates are for back or other muscle or joint pain. This use is not a bad thing on a short-term basis, as a means to return someone to normal motion.

The following are options to avoid or reduce opiate use in these situations:

  • Distraction balms or creams give a hot or cold sensation on the overlying skin and help jam the pain pathways.
  • The use of other drug classes such as anti-seizure medication or antidepressants in low doses can modify perceived pain.
  • Physical therapy modalities such as electrical stimulation units help decrease pain levels.
  • Exercise, particularly aerobic, is one of the most potent medicines of all. Aerobic exercise releases endorphins, the body's natural painkiller. It is the goal of all the other steps to get to this one.

Opiods can be lethal if suddenly withdrawn after heavy, prolonged use. If you or a loved one might have an opiate abuse issue, speak with your doctor. The Employee Assistance Program at Fermilab can help identify resources as well.

For proper drug disposal, follow the Illinois EPA's advice.

—Dr. Brian Svazas

Accelerator Update

Jan 18-20

- Booster personnel upgraded solid-state modulators and power amplifiers
- Water Group personnel repaired a leak in the MI-10 service building
- Neutron Therapy Facility personnel treat patients
- FTBF experiment T-1018 began taking beam

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


Muscle toning class begins Jan. 24

NALWO - Luncheon and tour on Jan. 26

Feb. weight management class added

Fermilab Arts Series presents Ladysmith Black Mambazo - Feb. 4

Argentine tango classes - Wednesdays, through Feb. 8

Outlook 2010: Intro. - Feb. 22

Embedded Design with LabVIEW FPGA and CompactRIO class scheduled - Feb. 23

Introduction to LabVIEW scheduled - Feb. 23

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

Fermilab Management Practices courses are now available for registration

"5 Treasures" Qigong for stress relief

January 2012 float holiday

NALWO - Volunteers needed for English conversation

Tax presentation for users and visitors

International folk dancing Thursday evenings in Kuhn Barn

Scottish country dancing Tuesday evenings in Kuhn Village Barn

Abri Credit Union Appreciates Our Members

Open badminton at the gym

Winter basketball league

Indoor soccer

Sam's Club announces membership offer for employees

Atrium construction updates

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