Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012

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Wednesday, Feb. 15
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Fermilab Colloquium -
One West
Speaker: Stuart Henderson, Fermilab
Title: Are Accelerators Ready to Drive Subcritical Nuclear Reactors?

Thursday, Feb. 16
2:30 p.m.
Theoretical Physics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: Pedro Schwaller, University of Chicago
Title: Flavored Leptogenesis
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar -
One West
Speakers: Charlie Briegel, Fermilab
Title: ACSys in a Box; Un-Scaling the Fermilab Control System for Standalone Operation Enabling Collaboration and Future Enhancements

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Wednesday, Feb. 15

- Breakfast: English muffin sandwich
- Portabello harvest grain
- Santa Fe chicken quesadilla
- Hoisin chicken
- Smart cuisine: Parmesan fish
- Cuban panini
- Assorted sliced pizza
- Shrimp pesto

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Chez Leon

Wednesday, Feb. 15
- Roasted chicken-artichoke calzones
- Spiced marinated tomato salad
- Pumpkin cheesecake

Friday, Feb. 17
Guest chefs:
Francesco Pupillo & Donatella Torretta
"From South to North: An Italian Cooking Trip"
- Fresh ricotta cheese w/ oven roasted vegetables & sun-dried tomatoes
- Baked pasta w/ sweet peppers
- Braised pot roast w/ rich wine sauce & polenta
- Seasonal fruit
- Torta della nonna w/ crème anglaise

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Test beam facility: 500+ customers and counting

Components from the MINERvA detector were tested in Fermilab's Test Beam Facility in June of 2011. Photo: Reidar Hahn

The idea of re-using Fermilab's unique Meson Building as a next-generation beam test facility emerged from the kind of meeting where many complex issues and strategies have been discussed, argued and settled one way or another throughout the laboratory's history: Lunch.

In the Fermilab cafeteria, experimental physicists Stephen Pordes and Erik Ramberg were discussing life in general and physics in particular. Pordes mused that it would be interesting if Fermilab had a test beam facility that brought in members of the wider high-energy physics community.

"I just came right out and said I would do it," Ramberg said. So he did.

With support from the Particle Physics and Accelerator Divisions, Ramberg directed the design and installation of a new radiation-shielding wall. The Meson Test proton beam came back up in 2002.

"Then we started advertising for customers," Ramberg said.

No Fermilab project is a solo effort, and Ramberg acknowledged Leon Beverly and Todd Nebel, for their efforts in logistics and materials, and Rick Coleman, the beamline physicist, among many others getting the Fermilab Test Beam Facility open for business.

Since its makeover in 2005, with new capabilities for low energy beam, the Fermilab Test Beam Facility has staged 38 experiments, with 528 collaborators, from 119 institutions in 23 countries. In 2011 alone, there were 13 experiments, including 223 collaborators from 60 institutions in 14 countries.

Read more

Mike Perricone

Special Announcement

Live underground tour of the CMS detector on Google+

You’re invited to tour an underground cavern that holds one of the largest scientific experiments in the world.

The head of the CMS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider, physicist Joe Incandela, will chat live from the CMS detector 100 meters underground in France via a Google+ Hangout today, from noon to 1 p.m. CDT. Postdoc Sue Ann Koay of the University of California Santa Barbara will join the Hangout from above ground in the CMS Control Room.

To watch a live stream of the Hangout, visit the CMS Google+ page. To participate, add +CMS Experiment to your circles on Google+ and comment here with a question you would like to ask on air.

In Brief

Recycling program expands

Fermilab's desk-side recycling program is expanding with a new three-bin system. Employees should separate their waste into the following three categories: paper (all paper, including cardboard), containers (glass, plastic and metal) and trash (any garbage that cannot be recycled). Also, employees are reminded that they are individually responsible for disposing of their desk-side garbage in the large cans located on each floor.

In the past four years, Fermilab has nearly tripled the amount it recycles. Everyone, from the children at Fermilab's day care to the directorate, are doing their part to make Fermilab environmentally sustainable. If you have any questions, please call x2798.

In the News

Leading the quest to crack cosmological mysteries

From, Feb. 13, 2012

Since 2007 UChicago researchers have used the South Pole Telescope in their attempt to help solve the cosmological mystery of dark energy. Little is known about this force, other than that it works against gravity and appears to have sped up the expansion of the universe.

Such is the case with cracking the mystery of dark energy and its repulsive gravity, which is causing the expansion of the universe to accelerate.

"People don't even get the term 'repulsive gravity' because the defining feature of gravity is that it's attractive," says Michael Turner, director of the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics. "What do you mean, repulsive gravity? Do you mean the theory is repulsive?" he jokes.

Turner calls dark energy "the most profound mystery in all of science." Cracking the problem requires collaborations of original thinkers working beyond the limits of current theories.

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From the ES&H Section

Think outside the box and initiate change

Nancy Grossman

Nancy Grossman, head of the ES&H section, wrote this week's column.

Step back, look at the big picture and think outside the box. We are good at that. That is why Fermilab is so successful.

We are all being asked to do more with less and thus it is important to be innovative in our approaches. Now more than ever we need to step back and be innovative. Is there a better way of doing this? Are there better tools to use? Could someone provide input or help and make the job easier?

Just because we have done a job in a certain way for years doesn't mean that is the best way to do it. In fact, it probably means it is time to revisit the process as there are many new tools out there – especially in the electronic world – that can make our jobs easier. Systematically filing manuals and other documents labwide with our new Engineering Database Management System (EDMS) called Team Center is a great example.

We have had several injuries this year that led to people missing work or having limited-duty work days. We have also had a few near misses where someone could have been severely injured. In all these cases we used Human Performance Improvement (HPI) tools to look at the error precursors to these events. What decisions did people make that resulted in them getting hurt or almost hurt? In all cases there were many bigger picture items, processes and inappropriate tools that contributed to the injury/near miss.

Those doing the tasks know best what is hardest about them. Together with their managers, they should step back and initiate change. Taking a bigger picture HPI perspective helps you improve the system and the overall program. So take the time to look at the tasks you do – big and small – and see what can be improved regarding efficiency, effectiveness and ES&H.


In memoriam: Bob DeMaat

Editor's note: Fermilab Today will publish a full profile on Bob DeMaat and his contributions to Fermilab in the coming weeks.

Fermilab employee Bob DeMaat died on Feb. 13. He was the head of the Electrical Engineering Department.

The wake will take place from 2 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 19, at John Sheehy & Sons Funeral Home.

The memorial service will take place at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 20, at Incarnation Church.

Safety Update

ES&H weekly report, Feb. 14

This week's safety report, compiled by the Fermilab ES&H section, contains one incident. An employee received a laceration on knuckle. The incident is recordable because the employee received first-aid treatment.

Find the full report here.

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