Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012

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Wednesday, Feb. 8
12:30 p.m.
Physics for Everyone - Ramsey Auditorium
Speaker: Brian Rebel, Fermilab
Title: Looking for gold: LBNE in the Homestake Mine
3:30 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 9
1:30 p.m.
Particle Astrophysics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: Lauren Hsu, Fermilab
Title: Next-Generation Dark Matter Searches with SuperCDMS
2:30 p.m.
Theoretical Physics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: Toshihiko Ota, Max Planck Institute for Physics, Munich
Title: Effective Operators in Neutrino Physics - A Bottom-Up Approach to New Physics
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar - One West
Speakers: Alexandr Drozhdin, Igor Rakhno, Leonid Vorobiev, Fermilab
Title: Multiturn Stripping Injection and Foil Heating with Application to Project X

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Wednesday, Feb. 8

- Breakfast: English muffin sandwich
- Smart cuisine: Chicken noodle soup
- Steak sandwich
- Smart cuisine: Maple dijon salmon
- Smart cuisine: Mongolian beef
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- Chicken pesto pasta

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Wednesday, Feb. 8
- Cheese Fondue
- Marinated Vegetable Salad
- Mixed Berry Pie

Friday, Feb. 10
Valentines Dinner
- Roasted butternut salad w/ sherry vinaigrette
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- Sautéed spinach
- Cauliflower gratin
- Chocolate pots de crème w/ fresh berries

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Special Announcement

"Physics for Everyone" - today in Ramsey Auditorium

Today from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in Ramsey Auditorium, Fermilab physicist Brian Rebel will give a talk titled, "Looking for gold: LBNE in the Homestake Mine." The talk will include time for questions and answers.

"Physics for Everyone" is a non-technical lecture series about Fermilab science and culture. Information on upcoming lectures and video of previous lectures is available on the series website. This lecture series is organized by the Diversity Council Subcommittee for Non-Scientific and Non-Technical Employees.

In Brief

URA submissions for annual Thesis Award due March 1

Fermilab and the Universities Research Association invite submissions for the 15th annual URA Thesis Award competition. The award recognizes the most outstanding thesis related to work conducted at Fermilab or in collaboration with Fermilab scientists. The thesis submitted must be completed in the 2011 calendar year to qualify.

Nominations must be submitted to Bob Zwaska by March 1, and should include at least two letters supporting the merits of the thesis. At least one letter should be from a member of the thesis committee of the Ph.D.-granting institution.

The URA thesis awards committee will select the winners. The committee members will judge each thesis on clarity of presentation, originality and physics content. To qualify, the thesis must have been submitted as partial fulfillment of the Ph.D. requirements in the 2011 calendar year, be written in English and it must have been submitted in electronic form to the Fermilab Publications Office in accordance with Fermilab policy.

For further details, consult the URA Thesis Award website.

Photo of the Day

New employees - Jan. 17

From left: Samantha Poeppelman, WDRS; Don Rogus, BSS; Mike Baker, CD; Michelle Mesquita de Medeiros, PPD; Valerie Bailey, FS; Sarah Charley, DIR; Maureen Hix, WDRS; and Aleksey Fetisov, TD. Photo: Cindy Arnold
In the News

Researchers close in on origin of the universe

From The State News, Feb. 3, 2012

Most people might not wake up every day and wonder, "Where did the universe come from?" But for professor Raymond Brock, it's a question always on his mind.

The answer might be closer than expected, thanks to the work of researchers including those from MSU.

Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider, or LHC, near Geneva are on the hunt for the Higgs boson particle, the key to potentially figuring out how the universe came about and how particles obtain their mass.

In mid-December 2011, Brock, an MSU professor of physics and astronomy, was at the LHC for a series of talks as the data collected following the smashing together of protons was made public.

The answer to the universe's beginning was so far inconclusive, and the mysterious particle remained elusive, but that doesn't mean experiments to find it are over.

"(We're) trying to discover this particle, but at the same time, we're excluding places that it might hide," said Wade Fisher, an MSU physics professor.

The LHC is located at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN. The large collider there and a smaller one located at Fermilab outside of Chicago create conditions similar to those following the Big Bang of the universe, Fisher said.

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From the Directorate

Road safety at Fermilab during unpredictable winter weather

Bruce Chrisman, Fermilab's chief operating officer, wrote this column.

Bruce Chrisman

Several employees have raised questions concerning the laboratory's wintertime road and walkway closures and restrictions. While it may appear strange to have some areas closed when there is no snow and temperatures are above freezing, the laboratory is following procedures similar to those used in surrounding communities, motivated primarily by funding and staff reductions.

Fermilab had to reduce manpower and equipment for snow removal beginning last year. At the same time, construction has added new parking lots. Restricting other snow removal areas has allowed the laboratory to provide the same level of service in the most critical areas.

When it comes to snow removal, there are safety concerns when you try to do more with less. Roadway conditions, maintenance and salt-use reductions are some of the factors involved in the decision to close certain roads. West Wilson and Main Ring roads, for example, are deteriorating quickly, and there is no funding for repaving these roads. Removing traffic from these roads in the winter, the most damaging season, will extend their life before we may need to close these roads permanently.

As for walkways, their maintenance is often the responsibility of local building managers. These individuals have limited time to monitor the weather, assess surface conditions and place or remove barriers. Even when it hasn't snowed in a while, shaded areas or water dripping from a roof can lead to unexpected, slippery conditions. Barriers protect you from these hazards.

We recognize the overall inconvenience of the closures and restrictions, and we will do whatever we can to minimize it. If you have an idea on how to improve a specific area, send it to me and it will be evaluated. While it might be too late to make certain changes this season, we will review our plans for next winter.

For your own safety, please respect all barriers and stay off closed walkways. When you drive on site, please slow down and look out for pedestrians, especially as you drive through parking lots.

Safety Update

ES&H weekly report, Feb. 7

This week's safety report, compiled by the Fermilab ES&H section, contains one incident. An employee received a laceration on his head after being struck with a bolt. He received stitches, making the incident recordable.

Find the full report here.

Argentine tango classes through today

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

URA Visiting Scholars Program deadline - Feb. 29

The University of Chicago Tuition Remission Program deadline -
March 2

Word 2010: Intro Mar. 6

Excel 2010: Intro. - Mar. 8

Access 2010: Intro. - Mar. 14

FRA scholarship applications due Apr. 1

Python Programming class - April 16-18

Fermilab Management Practices courses are now available for registration

"5 Treasures" Qigong for stress relief

NALWO - Volunteers needed for English conversation

Tax presentation for users and visitors

Requests for on-site housing for summer

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Scottish country dancing Tuesday evenings in Kuhn Village Barn

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