Wednesday, April 4, 2012

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Wednesday, April 4
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Fermilab Colloquium -
One West
Speaker: Chris Quigg, Fermilab
Title: The Higgs Boson for the Masses?

Thursday, April 5
2:30 p.m.
Theoretical Physics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: Chuan-Ren Chen, Argonne National Laboratory
Title: Top Quark Forward-Backward Asymmetry and New Physics

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Wednesday, April 4

- Breakfast: English muffin sandwich
- Smart cuisine: Chicken noodle soup
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- Smart cuisine: Maple dijon salmon
- Smart cuisine: Mongolian beef
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- Chicken pesto pasta

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Chez Leon

Wednesday, April 4
- Espresso marinated flank steak
- Poblano, potato & corn gratin
- Tiramisu

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Special Announcement

Live from the CMS and ATLAS control rooms on Google+

You’re invited to hang out in the control rooms of some of the largest scientific experiments in the world.

Live from the CMS, ATLAS and CERN control rooms, via a Google+ Hangout, scientists will be available to answer questions today, starting at 9 a.m. CDT.

To watch a live stream of the Hangout, visit the CMS Google+ page.

Press Release

Fermilab hosts STEM Career Expo - April 11

Technical Division employee David Harding talks to a high school student during the 2010 STEM Career Expo at Fermilab.

A unique chance for high school students to meet and chat with scientists, engineers, technicians and mathematicians

High school students can learn about high-tech career options at the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Career Expo from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11, at the Department of Energy's Fermilab. The event is free of charge and will take place in Fermilab's Wilson Hall.

The expo will connect high school students with scientists, engineers, technicians and mathematicians. These professionals will participate in panel discussions about their careers and educational backgrounds as well as answer student questions. Informational material also will be available at display areas to give students an idea of the vast variety of careers opened up through the study of math, science and computer technology.

Contact for more information or visit the career fair website. No advance registration is necessary.

To read the full press release, click here.

In the News

Physicists hope to find the Higgs boson, key to unified field theory, this year

From The Washington Post,
April 2, 2012

The Higgs boson is a scientific Loch Ness monster. Some people believe it exists, want it to exist and have seen small glimpses of evidence that suggests it exists. Some physicists predict that this is the year we find it. Still, after years of research and billions of dollars invested, we haven't produced definitive evidence that the Higgs boson is real, leaving open the possibility that a decades-old, widely believed theory is completely wrong.

For those who haven't yet caught Higgs fever, here's a brief background on the particle.

It all begins with a collection of theories known as the "standard model." The standard model answers two important and fundamental questions: What is matter made of? And why does it behave the way it does?

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In the News

NASA probe to hunt galactic hearts of darkness

From, April 2, 2012

Black holes, neutron stars and supernova remnants won't be able to hide in the fog of space for much longer.

NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) mission — which is due to launch this spring, though the agency has yet to pin down a date — will pierce the dust and gas shrouding sources of high-energy X-rays, revealing many secrets they have long managed to conceal, scientists say.

Although telescopes such as NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory have probed the skies with X-rays before, these other instruments have focused on lower-energy bands.

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From the CMS Center

CMS team gets ready for data taking at the LHC

Patricia McBride

Patricia McBride, head of the CMS Center, wrote this column.

The CMS Center and the LHC Physics Center are buzzing with activity these days. CMS collaborators at Fermilab and institutions around the globe have been working around the clock to produce physics results from the 2011 LHC data. Many new results were presented at the recent physics conferences in Moriond, La Thuile and at the APS April meeting in Atlanta. The updated results on the search for the Higgs from CMS, ATLAS and the Tevatron experiments were among the highlights.

Now we are getting ready for new data. The LHC Operations team is in the process of commissioning the accelerator complex and making preparations for the 2012 run. The first collisions at the new world-record energy of 8 TeV were observed in the CMS detector on Friday. We expect the LHC to run steadily and begin collecting physics data in a couple of weeks.

The CMS Computing Operations team has used the Fermilab Tier-1 computing system and other, worldwide CMS computing resources to generate and process simulations in anticipation of the 2012 data. CERN projects that the accelerator will provide a record number of collisions and produce a total integrated luminosity of 16 inverse femtobarns in 148 days of physics running in 2012.

We've had a number of changes in the CMS leadership team this year. I became the head of the CMS Center in January, following in the footsteps of Lothar Bauerdick. Lothar deserves a huge thank you for helping to create the CMS Center and leading it during the formative years. Kevin Burkett is the new deputy head, and Rob Harris is the new associate head. Joe Incandela, a former Fermilab Wilson Fellow who worked on CDF, became spokesperson of the CMS collaboration in January. Ian Fisk will continue as CMS Computing Coordinator, and Liz Sexton-Kennedy became the CMS Offline Coordinator. Both work in the Scientific Computing Division. Jeff Spalding, PPD, is the new co-coordinator for the CMS Detector Upgrades. Ian Shipsey, the co-head of the LHC Physics Center, was elected Chair of the CMS Collaboration Board. He will start his term in 2013. I'm looking forward to working with them and the rest of the CMS team.

We are anticipating an exciting year. Many discoveries, including the elusive Higgs particle, seem to be within reach.

Safety Update

ES&H weekly report, April 3

This week's safety report, compiled by the Fermilab ES&H section, contains two incidents. One employee suffered a minor laceration while filing and received first-aid treatment. Another employee sustained a minor laceration while fixing a desk lamp and received first-aid treatment.

Find the full report here.

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