Monday, April 2, 2012

Have a safe day!

Monday, April 2
2:30 p.m.
Particle Astrophysics Seminar - One West
Speaker: Louie Strigari, Stanford University
Title: Dark Matter Properties from the Faintest Galaxies
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II
Special Topic: Revised Mu2e Proton Delivery Scheme; US-Japan Collaboration: Monolithic Active Pixel Sensors in SOI Process

Tuesday, April 3
3:30 p.m.

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Monday, April 2

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Locally raised lawyer joins Fermilab's legal team

Trevor Orsinger

After several years of practicing law for the Department of Defense, Trevor Orsinger was ready for a change.

"I grew up in Wheaton and, as a little kid, I remember going to Fermilab," Orsinger said. "I know Fermilab is a revered and great institution with a noble mission. I wanted to be part of that."

When a position in the Fermilab Legal Office opened, Orsinger seized the opportunity to return to DuPage county and switch his law career from defense to science. Now he is the senior staff attorney and will be working with Gary Leonard, Fermilab General Counsel, to provide legal services to the laboratory and FRA.

"I hired Trevor because he had the right experience," Leonard said. "Working at a government agency requires more than a law degree. It is a technical job, and Trevor had the most experience working with federal facilities."

Orsinger has always had an interest in philosophy and law. He is excited that this position at Fermilab will allow him to practice law in an intellectual environment.

"Both my parents and my wife are teachers, so I wanted to work in a place with an academic, university feel," Orsinger said.

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—Sarah Charley


In memoriam: Don Young

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

Former Fermilab employee Don Young, 90, died on Friday, March 30. He was the first person hired into Fermilab, and eventually served as the deputy head for the Accelerator Division, before retiring in 1990.

The funeral service will take place at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 3, at St. Andrew's Church.

Please click here to read Young's obituary.

In the News

Physicists find patterns in new state of matter

From, March 29, 2012

Physicists at the University of California, San Diego have discovered patterns which underlie the properties of a new state of matter.

In a paper published in the March 29 issue of the journal Nature, the scientists describe the emergence of "spontaneous coherence," "spin textures" and "phase singularities" when excitons—the bound pairs of electrons and holes that determine the optical properties of semiconductors and enable them to function as novel optoelectronic devices—are cooled to near absolute zero. This cooling leads to the spontaneous production of a new coherent state of matter which the physicists were finally able to measure in great detail in their basement laboratory at UC San Diego at a temperature of only one-tenth of a degree above absolute zero.

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A planetary system from the early Universe

From, March 27, 2012

A group of European astronomers has discovered an ancient planetary system that is likely to be a survivor from one of the earliest cosmic eras, 13 billion years ago. The system consists of the star HIP 11952 and two planets, which have orbital periods of 290 and 7 days, respectively. Whereas planets usually form within clouds that include heavier chemical elements, the star HIP 11952 contains very little other than hydrogen and helium. The system promises to shed light on planet formation in the early universe – under conditions quite different from those of later planetary systems, such as our own.

It is widely accepted that planets are formed in disks of gas and dust that swirl around young stars. But look into the details, and many open questions remain – including the question of what it actually takes to make a planet.

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ES&H Tip of the Week:

Early tick activity this season

The warmer months encourage people to venture into wilderness areas, increasing insect encounters. The Fermilab Medical Office has already seen two employees for tick removal in March, In the northeast U.S., there is fear of an uptick in disease transmission this year due to the synchronization of food source, tick and mouse population. A year of abundant acorns such as last year leads to an explosion of white-foot mice, which can harbor the Lyme disease bacteria that ticks can acquire from a blood meal. Later, ticks can transmit the bacteria to humans.

Cases are being seen at an increasing rate with the latest estimate at 400,000 cases of Lyme disease per year in the United States. The most severe manifestations of Lyme disease are arthritis, heart conduction problems or nerve inflammation. Your chance of getting infected with Lyme disease increases if you are bitten by a deer tick or a black-legged tick, or if the tick goes undiscovered and feeds for an extended period of time.

You can protect yourself from ticks by doing the following:

  • Wear light-colored clothing to better spot a hitchhiking tick.
  • Wear a hat.
  • Stay in the center of trails so that you reduce your chances of brushing against vegetation.
  • Consider using an insect repellant containing up to 30 percent DEET. A permethin-based product can be applied to clothing, but it has potential for causing skin rashes, so any coated items need to be dry before wearing.
  • Inspect yourself for ticks after venturing outdoors.

If a tick bites you, remove it as soon as possible by grabbing it as close to the skin as you can with tweezers and pulling the tick out in a straight direction. Do not burn the tick or try to smother it.

Tick mouth parts left in the skin can cause irritation, but do not put you at risk for disease like the main body segment does. Clean the area with soap and water. A red ring rash that spreads outward from the bite site may appear in as soon as three days. This could be indicative of a more serious health problem, so see your doctor as soon as possible. The Fermilab Medical Office will assist with the identification and removal of ticks.

Dr. Brian Svazas

Accelerator Update

March 28-30

- SeaQuest continued to commission their beamline
- FTBF experiment T-992 began taking beam
- Lightning strike caused Linac, Booster and Main Injector trips

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