Monday, Feb. 27, 2012

Have a safe day!

Monday, Feb. 27
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II
Special Topics: Changes to PPD Engineering Organization; SeaQuest/E-906 Ready for Beam

Tuesday, Feb. 28
3:30 p.m.

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Wilson Hall Cafe

Monday, Feb. 27

- Breakfast: Croissant sandwich
- Italian minestrone soup
- Patty melt
- Chicken cordon bleu
- Smart cuisine: Herbed pot roast
- Garden roast beef wrap
- Assorted sliced pizza
- Smart cuisine: Szechuan green beans w/ chicken
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Chez Leon

Wednesday, Feb. 29
- Braised beef w/ rosemary-mushroom sauce
- Whipped potatoes
- Broccoli
- Espresso-walnut cake

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Special Announcement

All-hands meeting - today

An all-hands meeting will take place today at 11 a.m. in Ramsey Auditorium. Employees and on-site users are encouraged to attend in person and to bring their questions for the discussion period following the presentation.

For those who cannot attend in person, the meeting will be webcast.

In Memoriam

Bob DeMaat - Feb. 13

Bob DeMaat

PPD Electrical Engineering Department Head Bob DeMaat passed away unexpectedly on Feb. 13 while on vacation in Colorado.

"It's hard to capture all the things Bob represented," Paul Czarapata, DeMaat's former supervisor and longtime friend, said. "He had an impact on so many different people, yet he was also one of the guys."

Czarapata, who is a former EE department head, hired DeMaat in January of 1986 and made him the department deputy five years later.

"He had a keen attention to detail. He was always gracious and gave guidance without strong-arming," Czarapata said. "He was a gentleman's gentleman."

DeMaat was amiable, passionate and perceptive – three qualities that carried him far at Fermilab and in life.

"Bob was not striving for perfection because that indicates you are done. Bob was always striving to do the best that could be done," Czarapata remembered from DeMaat's eulogy.

During his time at Fermilab, DeMaat held several managerial positions in the Electrical Engineering Department and coordinated with engineers on a variety of experiments.

"At one point, Bob was the Associate Head of EED, Project Electrical Engineer for MINERvA and the Deputy Project Manager for MINERvA, all at the same time," said Peter Wilson, who is the PPD associate head for Engineering and worked with DeMaat since 1998. "He was very passionate, but never rigid. He had a youthful attitude."

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Sarah Charley


New Longterm Care Insurance offered to Fermilab employees

Fermilab is offering an addition to its employee benefits: CNA Independent Solutions Group Long-Term Care (LTC) insurance. There will be an open enrollment period from March 1 through March 31. Information about the open enrollment has been sent to your home address. Plan to attend one of the informational meetings to learn more and have all of your questions answered. During this time, employees will have the opportunity to enroll in the program without being asked any medical questions (evidence of insurability). Your acceptance into the plan is guaranteed.

LTC insurance covers care provided at home or in a facility such as a nursing home for individuals who are unable to take care of themselves as the result of chronic illness, disability or mental impairment. Personal care, nursing and other related services are provided for persons of all ages. Services range from simple help with meals, to assistance with activities such as dressing or bathing, to 24-hour monitored care.

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Wilma Cardona, Lab Benefits Strategic Planner

In the News

Higgs running out of hiding places

From ScienceNews, Feb. 23, 2012

New measurement of another particle's mass confirms a final missing piece of physics' puzzle is right where scientists think it is

Even as physicists in Europe close in on their most-wanted quarry — a particle known as the Higgs boson — scientists in Illinois are helping narrow the hunt. New measurements of a different particle, one called the W boson, confirm the Higgs is in the mass range that most physicists had thought.

Theory suggests that the Higgs particle must exist in order to imbue many other particles with mass. Experiments at the Large Hadron Collider, at the CERN laboratory near Geneva, have shown that the Higgs' own mass must be less than 127 billion electron volts.

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In the News

How to see the invisible: Three approaches to finding dark matter

From Discover Magazine, Feb. 22, 2012

Physicists scour heaven, Earth, and everywhere in between for the mysterious particles that hold together galaxies and sculpt the universe.

Although we live in a renaissance era of cosmology, in which theories and observations have advanced to the stage where ideas can be precisely tested, we also live in the dark ages. About 23 percent of the universe consists of dark matter, mysterious stuff that exerts gravitational forces but doesn't interact with light. Ordinary matter makes up just 4 percent. (Another 73 percent is dark energy, an even more mysterious component that permeates the universe.)

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ES&H Tip of the Week:

Illinois Yellow Dot initiative maximizes the golden hour

Got the dot? This medical alert system could save your life.

The hour after a medical emergency is often referred to as the golden hour. Treatment rendered during that time can help determine whether you survive or how the incident will affect your quality of life. During the golden hour, it's possible that you may be too physically, mentally or emotionally impaired to provide valuable medical information.

The Illinois Department of Transportation has launched a new voluntary initiative called the Yellow Dot program to help those in motor vehicle accidents give first responders a jump-start in giving quality care.

To participate in the Yellow Dot program, you simply fill out a yellow medical card, which must contain your photo, emergency contact information, name of your personal physician, any medical conditions, a list of recent surgeries, any allergies and current medications being taken. After you fill out your card and place it in your glove box, you simply place your yellow dot sticker on your driver's side rear-facing window. If there are others that share your car and wish to participate, they too can complete a card and keep it in the glove box.

The Illinois Department of Transportation has provided Fermilab with materials for this program. If anyone wishes to obtain a kit with instructions, yellow sticker and card, these materials will be available in the Fermilab Medical Office. Optionally, if you wish to update your medical chart, a staff member can update your chart from the information you provide for your Yellow Dot card. Alternatively, kits are available through the Illinois Yellow Dot program directly. DuPage County residents also may receive kits by calling the DuPage County Health Department at (630) 682-7400.

How you fare after a crash or medical emergency in your vehicle may just come down to whether or not you've got the dot.

Brian Svazas, Fermilab doctor

Photo of the Day

Flags and bird in flight

A visitor to the laboratory in early February spotted this bird flying past the flags in front of Wilson Hall. Photo: Gordon Garcia
Accelerator Update

Feb. 22-24

- The EDIT School took its last beam
- Water Group narrowed the cause of the Main Injector water leak
- FTBF experiment T-979 took beam
- Operators conducted 750 KeV line and Booster injection tuning

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


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