Monday, March 5, 2012

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Monday, March 5
1 p.m.
Particle Astrophysics Seminar - One West
Speaker: Anders Pinzke, University of California, Santa Barbara
Title: Gamma-Ray Emission from Clusters of Galaxies – A Competition Between Cosmic Rays and Dark Matter
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II
Special Topic: Lifetime Studies of Cryogenic ICs for LAr TPC Readout

Tuesday, March 6
3:30 p.m.

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Monday, March 5

- Breakfast: Croissant sandwich
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- Smart cuisine: Roast pork loin
- Smart cuisine: Lasagna
- Chicken oriental wrap w/ pineapple
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- Smart cuisine: Pacific rim bowl
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Wednesday, March 7
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Special Announcement

Annual severe weather awareness week at Fermilab

The annual severe weather awareness week at Fermilab will begin today and continue through Friday, March 9. There will be a tornado drill tomorrow, March 6, that will coincide with the monthly fire drill. Employees are asked to evacuate to the tornado shelters or to review the necessary information via a table-top discussion. If an employee requires a medical exemption, please call the medical office at x3232 for the correct form. Please contact Wilson Hall building manager John Kent with any questions.

From symmetry magazine

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The very first online-only issue of symmetry magazine is now available here, featuring articles on the Higgs boson, cosmic rays, The Big Bang Theory and much more.

In the News

House of dreams

From The Economist, March 3, 2012

Physicists rarely become household names. Pretty much anyone watching television in Britain will have heard of Brian Cox who is credited with making physics sexy again. But before him you would probably have to go back a century or so to Albert Einstein, or three centuries to Isaac Newton, to find a name that is universally recognised. One day, though, Peter Higgs and his eponymous boson might outshine them all.

Mr Higgs's road to stardom began with a short, equation-riddled paper published in 1964. In it he predicted the existence of a particle which gives other subatomic species their mass. The challenge Mr Higgs set ultimately led to the construction of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC, illustrated above) the most ambitious—and, at SFr10 billion ($10 billion) the most expensive—scientific experiment in history. It has also sparked a mini-publishing boom of books to explain what all the fuss is about.

In "Higgs Force" Nicholas Mee, a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society with a doctorate in theoretical particle physics from Cambridge University, lays out why the Higgs matters, and what is being done to find it. The LHC smashes together subatomic particles called protons in a 27km underground circular tunnel outside Geneva at within a whisker of the speed of light. Its scientists then study the detritus in cathedral-sized detectors.

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In the News

Fermilab faces $30 million in federal cuts

From the Kane County Chronicle, March 2, 2012

The director of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory is warning a proposed $30 million cut in the laboratory's budget could significantly affect its research.

"We will shrink far below our competitors in the rest of the world," Fermilab director Pier Oddone told employees Monday.

President Obama's proposed federal budget cuts Fermilab's budget from $395 million to $365 million, Oddone said. Obama in February submitted his budget request for fiscal year 2013.

Oddone said he knows the constraints of the federal budget. The U.S. Department of Energy operates Fermilab.

"Both the President's budget and whatever budget Congress ultimately agrees to must fit the spending caps established by the Budget Control Act of 2011," Oddone said.

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ES&H Tip of the Week:

Speed limits: Don't let warm weather give you a lead foot

The roads are clear, the sun is bright, and the urge to drive a little faster is lurking in the back of our minds. We have our sunglasses on and are flexing our hands in our driving gloves.

But before you hit the accelerator take five seconds and think. Remember that posted speeds on site take into consideration visibility, road width and conditions, traffic patterns and other safety factors. Double yellow lines and warning signs are posted to augment safety considerations in that area as well.

Fermilab has adopted, as a minimum standard, portions of the State of Illinois Vehicle Code and the Rules of the Road. These are the same standards that motorists are legally obligated to observe when operating vehicles on public roadways in Illinois. The laboratory reserves the right to employ more stringent standards to reduce vehicle accidents. The no cell phone usage while driving policy enacted by laboratory management is an example of this.

Failure to follow these regulations on laboratory property could result in a citation issued by Fermilab Security and possible disciplinary action. Some examples of infractions that can result in a citation include:

  • Exceeding the posted speed limit in parking lots.
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  • Failure to yield right-of-way to vehicles or pedestrians where required.
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Accelerator Update

Feb. 29 - March 2

- The Water Group isolated the Main Injector system
- Main Injector conducted a Muon g-2 study
- The Switchyard power supply was repaired to fix a ripple in the test beam

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