Monday, April 9, 2012

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Monday, April 9
4 p.m.
All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II
Special Topic: T-1017: CIRTE at FTBF; US-Japan Collaboration: Monolithic Active Pixel Sensors in SOI Process

Tuesday, April 10
3:30 p.m.

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In Brief

Inaugural Leon M. Lederman lecture at IMSA - April 10

These panelists will speak at the Leon M. Lederman lecture on April 10. From left: John Peoples, Scott Dodelson and Marcela Carena.

The IMSA Great Minds Program will host the inaugural Leon M. Lederman Frontiers of STEM Symposium from 2:45 to 3:45 p.m. on Tuesday, April 10, in its main gym in Aurora, Ill. The panel will comprise John Peoples, Scott Dodelson and Marcela Carena. They will answer questions from the IMSA community and guests about building accelerators, theoretical physics and cosmology.

The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy is a learning laboratory that enrolls gifted high school students from Illinois. Leon Lederman, a founding member of IMSA, created the IMSA Great Minds Program in 1998 to foster a new type of learning for IMSA students and the public alike.

To register to attend the event in person, click here. To watch the panel live, click here. An archived version of the panel will be available here.


New bulls at the Fermilab farm

One of Fermilab's new bulls gets a taste of life on the Illinois prairie. Photo: Cindy Arnold

They may not be as cute and cuddly as a newborn bison, but the two bulls recently delivered from Silver Bison Ranch in western Wisconsin will help ensure that future Fermilab calves are strong and plentiful.

"We don't want to interbreed our herd, so every couple years we get bulls from another ranch," senior ground keeper Cleo Garcia said.

The two bulls traveled by truck for six hours before reaching the Fermilab farm. When the gate on the trailer finally opened, they bounded off the truck and into their new home.

But the Fermilab bison were a little suspicious of the newcomers and more cantankerous than congenial.

"The cows and heifers were picking on them," Garcia said with a laugh. "They were chasing them around the pen."

The two bulls were herded into an adjacent field to separate them from cows. They will remain separated from the cows until the breeding season starts in June.

"We want the cows to give birth in the spring, but they were off cycle and having calves in the middle of winter," Garcia said. "We will separate the bulls from the cows until the breeding season starts."

While the cows and heifers are satisfied with the separation, the two bulls anxiously await their introduction into the herd.

"These bulls came from a herd with 400 bison," Garcia said. "You can tell they want to be with the rest of the bison here."

But until June, these bulls will have to be satisfied with each other's company and the tough life of grazing, lying in the shade and occasionally rolling in dirt.

—Sarah Charley

In the News

Scientists closing in on black hole at center of our galaxy

From, April 5, 2012

Though scientists have suspected for a while that a giant black hole lurks at the center of our galaxy, they still can't say for sure it's the explanation for the strange behavior observed there. Now researchers are closer than ever to being able to image this region and probe the physics at work – potentially shedding light on the great conflict between the theories of general relativity and quantum mechanics.

At the heart of the Milky Way, astronomers see some wacky things. For example, about a dozen stars seem to be orbiting some invisible object. One star has been found to make a 16-year orbit around the unseen thing, moving at the hard-to-imagine speed of about 3,000 miles (5,000 kilometers) a second.

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ES&H Tip of the Week:

Accelerator safety experts meet at Fermilab; update guide

From top left, clockwise (including teleconference participants): Amy Ecclesine, Lawrence Berkeley; Anna Campbell, ES&H; Dave Freeman, Oak Ridge; Don Cossairt, ES&H; John Scott, DOE-FSO; Mark Bollinger, DOE-FSO; Nathan Duff,PPD; Mike Sandvig, Idaho; Wayne Schmitt, AD; Rickey Winfield, CD; Scott Davis, DOE-SC; Keith Ealy, Los Alamos; Andy Lego, CD; Dennie Parzyck, FSO; John Anderson, AD; Tom Barkalow, Argonne; Chuck Prokuski, Argonne; Pete Washburn, DOE-ASO; Jim Floyd, Lawrence Berkeley; Charles Kelsey, Los Alamos; Bob May, Jefferson; Ed Lessard, Brookhaven; Doug Paul, DOE-ORO Photo: Reidar Hahn

Last month, a group of accelerator safety experts from eight DOE laboratories, two DOE field offices and DOE headquarters gathered at Fermilab to update an important DOE guidance document on accelerator safety.

Environment, safety and health concerns are of utmost importance at DOE accelerator sites. In recognition of this, the DOE has partnered with its laboratories to create standards based on best management practices to safely accomplish the mission of the accelerator laboratories. These safety requirements and guidance documents are specific to the unique characteristics of accelerators, such as high-intensity electromagnetic fields, superconductivity and ionizing radiation. These documents address the safe design, operation and decommissioning of accelerators for the entire DOE accelerator community.

The DOE Office of Science staff led the community to develop the original version of the main accelerator safety guide in 1992, with a major update in 2005. This guide has come into widespread use outside of the DOE community at U. S. laboratories not sponsored by DOE and in foreign countries. As accelerators continue to advance, many novel technologies are being introduced into the field. The experienced knowledge base with the safe design and operation of accelerators has also grown considerably since 2005, leading the group gathered at Fermilab to significantly update the guide. The updated version of this document will be published later this year.

Don Cossairt

Accelerator Update

April 4-6

- SeaQuest continued to commission their beamline
- Muon Ring personnel conducted studies

Read the Current Accelerator Update
Read the Early Bird Report
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Crown Financial Ministries biblical financial principles video series - April 10

Artist reception - April 13

Chicago Fire Soccer - April 15 and May 12

Fermilab summer day camp registration deadline - April 16

Heartland blood drive - April 16-17

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Women of Fermilab - softball league

Changarro restaurant offers 15 percent discount to employees

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Scottish country dancing meets Tuesday evenings in Kuhn Village Barn

International folk dancing meets Thursday evenings in Kuhn Village Barn

Argentine tango classes at Fermilab

Fermilab Golf League

2012 CTEQ-Fermilab school on QCD and electroweak phenomenology

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