Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Have a safe day!

Tuesday, March 6
3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 7
1 p.m.
Particle Astrophysics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: Matthew Malek, Imperial College
Title: Using Neutrinos as a Cosmic Messenger
2 p.m.
Joint Experimental-Theoretical Physics Seminar - Auditorium
Speakers: Satish Desai, Fermilab; Michelle Stancari, Fermilab
Titles: Latest Higgs Results from D0;
Latest Higgs Results from CDF and Tevatron Combination
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Fermilab Colloquium -
One West
Speaker: Marco Bersanelli, University of Milano
Title: The Planck Mission: Early Results

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Wilson Hall Cafe

Tuesday, March 6

- Breakfast: Bagel sandwich
- Creamy turkey vegetable soup
- Chili dog
- Country fried steak
- Chicken cacciatore
- Italian panini w/ provolone
- Assorted calzones
- Southwestern chicken burrito

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Chez Leon

Wednesday, March 7
- Ham & gruyere crepes w/ maderia sauce
- Cabbage salad
- Chocolate mousse w/ butter cookies

Friday, March 9
- Mushroom duxelle
- Sea bass w/ braised leeks and mustard sauce
- Thai rice pilaf
- Steamed asparagus
- Tiramisu

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There will be a tornado drill today that coincides 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.


Students learn from physicists during Masterclass at Fermilab

A collaborative effort, students all over the world have a chance to visit laboratories and learn about physics from physicists, like this group at Fermilab in 2008. Photo: Cindy Arnold

Around the world, high school students are discovering what it means to be a physicist in a program called Masterclass. From Israel to Illinois, students have the opportunity to spend a day conversing with scientists and analyzing real scientific data. Recently, three local high school groups had the chance to participate in the Fermilab QuarkNet Masterclass.

"The Masterclasses offer students the opportunity to look at real data from accelerators and interpret it," Chris Stoughton, the Fermilab QuarkNet mentor, said. "They work in a collaboration with their peers and have the opportunity to ask scientists questions. This gives students a glimpse of what actually happens in the scientific community."

The International Particle Physics Outreach Group, formed by the European Committee for Future Accelerators (ECFA) and the High Energy Particle Physics Board of the European Physical Society (EPS-HEPP Board), offers the Masterclasses in 31 countries. The U.S. sector, called QuarkNet, offers classes from mid-February through April.

This year, Ken Cecire, from Notre Dame University, and Stoughton designed a new experiment for the students and tested it at Fermilab on Feb. 18. In this new experiment, the students interpreted data from the LHC to measure the ratios of W and Z boson production and to determine the Z mass.

"This was the first time we analyzed this data set with high school students. They were very engaged and asked a lot of good questions. After they finished interpreting the data, they were able to compare their results to published scientific papers," Stoughton said.

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Sarah Charley

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"Wonders of Science" show a hit with kids at Fermilab

A local boy scout shows his unscarred palms to the audience after one of the scientists from the annual "Wonders of Science" show lit a fire in the boy's hands. Photo: Reidar Hahn
In the News

Gerig to chair Particle Accelerator School board

From the Argonne National Laboratory, Feb. 23, 2012.

Editor's note: Rod Gerig, director of the Argonne Accelerator Institute, was named the chair of the Board of Governors of the U.S. Particle Accelerator School, which is based at Fermilab.

Rod Gerig was selected chair of the Board of Governors of the U.S. Particle Accelerator School (USPAS) at the board's annual meeting. Gerig is Deputy Associate Laboratory Director for Photon Sciences at Argonne National Laboratory, and is also the director of the Argonne Accelerator Institute.

The USPAS is a partnership of nine U.S. Department of Energy national laboratories, two National Science Foundation-supported universities, and one office of the Department of Homeland Security dedicated to providing rigorous academic courses in accelerator science and engineering at sessions held twice a year.

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Director's Corner

The Employee Advisory Group

Fermilab Director Pier Oddone

We are seeking nominations for eight new members of the Employee Advisory Group. The EAG is very valuable to me and other managers at the laboratory in helping us understand the many issues related to our work environment and how to improve that environment through policy development. If you have insights, concerns and suggestions about Fermilab policies and programs that affect your workplace I encourage you to consider nominating yourself or a colleague that shares the same interest. The deadline for nominations is March 16.

The EAG is a direct pipeline from the many levels of the work environment to senior managers. The committee meets approximately once a month. The committee is regularly joined by several members of the senior management team: the laboratory director; deputy director; chief operating officer; head of the Workforce Development and Resources Section and the head of the Office of Communication. The laboratory benefits from the EAG's formal recommendations that come after the EAG studies a topic, as well as the extensive discussion of the often complex issues. The discussions are guided by a facilitator from outside the laboratory.

The EAG is a relatively large group, currently consisting of 21 members who serve three-year terms. In composing the group we try to have representation from all of the different parts of the laboratory and from the many types of jobs in our organization. But we know that even a large group can't represent all points of view, so EAG members are expected to communicate with their fellow employees about issues under consideration to expand the range of viewpoints represented in their advice to laboratory management.

We will often bring proposed policy changes to the EAG for discussion. Here the EAG acts almost as a pilot, thinking through what issues might arise in different parts of the laboratory. In these cases it provides advice not only on the policy but how to communicate any changes.

The committee has undertaken projects independently from particular management requests to understand issues that it considers important. Among others, it has studied performance evaluations; conducted an employee survey on management issues and posted and communicated the results; suggested improvements in internal communications; and suggested improvements to the new employee orientation process, career planning support, and access to employee policies and procedures.

In many small ways, as well as in very broad issues, the EAG has contributed to making our work environment better and has heighten our awareness of where further improvements are necessary. This is the first time since the EAG's inception that members have finished their terms, and I want to thank those who are rotating out of the committee for their devoted work and look forward to welcoming the new members.

Accelerator Update

March 2-5

- Main Injector enclosure 40 required access to repair the sump pump
- EE Support personnel repaired a MI quadrupole magnet power supply
Read the Current Accelerator Update
Read the Early Bird Report
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NALWO Luncheon - March 8

Excel 2010: Intro. - March 8

Fermilab Arts Series presents Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul - March 10

Access 2010: Intro. - March 14

Fermilab Garden Club spring meeting - March 14

Take the Take Five Winter Challenge - March 19

Fermilab Lecture Series presents "The Intensity Frontier" - March 23

FRA scholarship applications due Apr. 1

Python Programming class - April 16-18

Abri Credit Union is now selling books of stamps

Deadline approaching for summer 2012 on-site housing requests

CERN book give-away

Fermilab Management Practices courses are now available for registration

"5 Treasures" Qigong for stress relief

Open badminton at the gym

Indoor soccer

Atrium construction updates

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