Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012

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

Wednesday, Feb. 29
3:30 p.m.
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Fermilab Colloquium -
One West
Speaker: Hod Lipson, Cornell University
Title: Machine Science: Distilling Natural Laws from Experimental Data, from Particle Physics to Computational Biology

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Wilson Hall Cafe

Tuesday, Feb. 28

- Breakfast: Bagel sandwich
- Golden broccoli cheese sandwich
- Fish & chips
- Coconut crusted tilapia
- Burgundy beef tips
- La grande sandwich
- Assorted calzones
- Chicken fajitas

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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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Fermilab's golden rule: What goes around comes around

The SRF Test Facility at NML is filled with recycled materials. The green shield blocks, cable tray and yellow electrical racks are all reused equipment. Photo: Jerry Leibfritz

Some people make coffee coasters out of old newspapers or lawn ornaments out of rusty shovels. Fermilab is building a particle accelerator that employs $28 million of recycled equipment and material.

Fermilab's Superconducting Radio Frequency program places Fermilab at the forefront of design and development for the next generation of particle accelerators. To develop the SRF program infrastructure, scientists and engineers are incorporating old equipment into its new designs. A significant portion of the machinery, metal and concrete the SRF program uses for its test facility was reclaimed, revamped and refurbished from old experiments. The SRF program also uses preexisting buildings on site to build and house various components of the program.

SRF program Director Bob Kephart is proud of the reuse and recycle tradition at Fermilab.

"Reusing parts and machinery is a win-win: it's quick, environmental, saves money and it's smart," Kephart said. "If we can use something that's already here and refurbish it for our own purposes, it's a lot easier and faster than building something from scratch."

Engineers designing the facility scoured Fermilab's railhead, a storage yard used to house unneeded materials until another experiment or project finds a use for them. Fermilab personnel also contacted other laboratories, like Jefferson Laboratory and SLAC, looking for all the right parts. One piece of machinery they are particularly excited about is a helium purifier that they will be getting from PPD.

"There is a lot of trading between the experiments, and whenever we can get a piece of equipment that we can use, we are very appreciative," said Jay Theilacker of the Cryogenic Department.

Because budgets are limited, Fermilab engineers like those working on the SRF project must be creative when planning an experiment.

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Sarah Charley

Wellness Feature of the Month

March wellness offerings, open athletic leagues and employee discounts

This month, the Wellness Office
will sponsor the following free events:

  • Walk 2 Run from 4:45 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays from March 1 to May 3 outside Wilson Hall, on the East side.
  • Qigong, Mindfulness & Tai Chi Easy┬« for Stress Reduction classes from 7 to 8 a.m. on Wednesdays in Ramsey Auditorium; and from noon to 12:45 p.m. on Fridays in Ramsey Auditorium.

Fitness classes:

  • Butts & Guts from noon to 12:45 p.m. on Thrusdays, March 1 to April 19, in the Fitness Center. $53 per person.
  • Yoga from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays, from March 6 to April 24, in Ramsey Auditorium. $85 per person.
  • Zumba from noon to 12:45 p.m. on Wednesdays, from March 14 to May 2, and Fridays, from March 16 to May 4, in the Fitness Center. $85 per person.
  • Muscle Toning from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from March 20 to May 17, in the Fitness Center. $77 per person.

Employee Clubs:

  • Barnstormers (Radio Control Model Airplane Club) Delta Dart Night at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 14.

For more information, please visit the Wellness website.

Director's Corner

All-hands meeting video

On Feb. 27, Fermilab Director Pier Oddone led an all-hands meeting to discuss the current state of the laboratory. The talk is available in the online archive. The presentation slides are also available online.
In the News

Timing glitches dog neutrino claim

From Nature, Feb. 27, 2012.

Team admits to possible errors in faster-than-light finding.

Is it an epic blunder or a textbook demonstration of how science should work? To some physicists, the OPERA (Oscillation Project with Emulsion-tracking Apparatus) collaboration deserves credit for disclosing possible errors in its paradigm-challenging measurement of neutrinos travelling faster than light. "I think we did the right thing to continue to investigate," says Dario Autiero of the Institute of Nuclear Physics of Lyons in France, who presented the original results and notes that the collaboration had spent six months checking its result before its announcement last September.

To others, the revelation shows that the OPERA team went public too soon with its claim that neutrinos from CERN, the European particle-physics laboratory near Geneva in Switzerland, were flouting Albert Einstein's absolute limit on the speed of light as they travelled the 730 kilometres to the OPERA detector at the underground Gran Sasso National Laboratory near L'Aquila, Italy.

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Accelerator Update

Feb. 24-27

- The EDIT school took its last beam
- A Booster bulk power supply needed work
- Sparking problems troubled the Booster RF system
- A Linac Klystron RF station went down and was repaired
- H-Source was down due to a faulty power supply controller card
Read the Current Accelerator Update
Read the Early Bird Report
View the Tevatron Luminosity Charts


PowerPoint 2010: Intro. - today

No on-site prescription safety eyewear - Feb. 29

URA Visiting Scholars Program deadline - Feb. 29

Butts & Guts - Mar. 1

Walk 2 Run - Mar. 1 - May 3

Free ACU demo "Understanding Credit Reports" - Mar. 1

The University of Chicago Tuition Remission Program deadline -
March 2

Gallery Series present Arianna String Quartet - Mar. 4

NALWO Luncheon - Mar. 8

Word 2010: Intro Mar. 6

Excel 2010: Intro. - Mar. 8

Fermilab Arts Series presents Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul - Mar. 10

Access 2010: Intro. - Mar. 14

Fermilab Lecture Series presents "The Intensity Frontier" - Mar. 23

FRA scholarship applications due Apr. 1

Python Programming class - April 16-18

Deadline approaching for summer 2012 on-site housing requests

Martial arts classes

Fermilab Management Practices courses are now available for registration

"5 Treasures" Qigong for stress relief

International folk dancing Thursday evenings in Kuhn Barn

Scottish country dancing Tuesday evenings in Kuhn Village Barn

Open badminton at the gym

Winter basketball league

Indoor soccer

Atrium construction updates

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