Monday, April 16, 2012

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Monday, April 16
Particle Astrophysics Seminar - Curia II (NOTE LOCATION)
Speaker: Peter Nugent, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Title: Observations of a Type Ia Supernova Within Hours of Explosion in the Pinwheel Galaxy
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II

Tuesday, April 17
2 p.m.
Computing Techniques Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: Frank Winter, The University of Edinburgh
Title: Scaling SciDAC Lattice QCD Software to GPU Enabled Parallel Systems
3:30 p.m.
4:00 p.m.
Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: William A. Barletta, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Title: Accelerator Education in America

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Wilson Hall Cafe

Monday, April 16

- Breakfast: Croissant sandwich
- French Quarter gumbo soup
- French dip w/ horseradish cream sauce
- Santa Fe pork stew
- Smart cuisine: Country baked chicken
- Popcorn shrimp wrap
- Assorted sliced pizza
- Sweet 'n sour chicken w/ egg roll

*Carb-restricted alternative
Wilson Hall Cafe Menu

Chez Leon

Wednesday, April 18
- Southern California crepes
- Spicy chicken
- Tomato & avocado salad
- Chocolate fondue w/ fresh fruit

Friday, April 20

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Special Announcement

Road D closure - April 17-19

Fermilab's Road D, near CDF's building and west parking lot, will be closed from Tuesday, April 17, through Thursday, April 19. Pedestrian crossings are not allowed in the closed road area. The detour route is Road B to Road C to Batavia Avenue.

Access from Road D to the new Industrial Complex parking lot extension will be open. Access from Road D to the CDF east parking lot and Building 327 will be open. The Road D closing will not affect the bike path.


STEM Career Expo at Fermilab

Local high school students spoke with professionals from across the STEM fields at Fermilab's fifth annual career expo. Photo: Sarah Charley

On April 11, more than 500 students and parents from the west suburban Chicago area converged on Wilson Hall for the fifth annual STEM Career Expo.

STEM careers, which include science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields, are important in our increasingly technical society. But many students are not exposed to these fields during high school.

"In high school, most students are not taught about how many different types of STEM careers there are," said Susan Dahl from the Education office. "For example, there are so many different types of engineers—mechanical, chemical, software—but students often don't learn about the different types."

This year's STEM Career Expo featured over 70 professionals representing almost 30 fields, ranging from acoustic engineering to particle astrophysics. These professionals came to Fermilab to discuss their career paths with curious students.

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—Sarah Charley

Special Announcement

Physics for Everyone - April 18

From 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 18, Fermilab physicist Tom Kroc will give a talk titled, "Fighting cancer with neutrons," as a part of the Physics for Everyone lecture series. The talk, which will take place in Ramsey Auditorium, will include time for questions and answers.

In the News

Supercomputer probes famous but messy particle split

From New Scientist, April 13, 2012

Break-ups are often messy, and the splitting of subatomic particles into lighter, daughter particles is no exception. Now the ability to simulate a particularly famous particle decay could help answer one of the most burning questions in physics: why the universe appears to contain so much more matter than antimatter.

According to our current picture, the big bang produced both particles and antiparticles in equal amounts, most of which mutually annihilated to release energy. At some point, some unknown factor must have led there to be slightly more particles than antiparticles.

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In the News

Elusive Majorana fermions may be lurking in a cold nanowire

From Ars Technica, April 12, 2012

Inside materials, the interactions between groups of electrons and atoms in the crystal lattice can give rise to a variety of interesting phenomena. Their collective behavior, especially at low temperatures, can give rise to quasiparticles: particle-like excitations that have strikingly different properties than the electrons that form them. Quasiparticles have been discovered that have behaviors predicted by particle physics, but have not been observed in particle collidors.

Researchers in the Netherlands have now produced quasiparticles that act like Majorana fermions: electrically-neutral particles that are their own antiparticles, such that if two collide, they annihilate.

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ES&H Tip of the Week:
Computer Security

Computer incident response

Computer security breaches can be prevented with proper vigilence.

For more than 15 years, the Fermilab Computer Incident Response Team handled cyber security incidents. This team, comprised of individuals from throughout the laboratory, acted like a volunteer fire department for computers. They brought knowledge of their organizational units to bear on security incidents. The FCIRT acted quickly and decisively to contain incidents, prevent them from spreading widely and learned from them to prevent recurrences.

Several recent trends have made this strategy less effective. IT support consolidation moved most IT support into the Computing Sector; tools needed to understand and analyze incidents became more complex and specialized; and initial notification of many incidents now comes directly to the Computer Security Team through a variety of subscription and formal notification channels. Also, the requirements for reporting incidents to the DOE became more complex.

The combination of these factors has led us to consolidate cyber incident handling within the Security Team, where knowledge of the tools needed to process incidents is centralized. We are also using the Service Now system to maintain and track all information about incidents, which allows us to more easily share incident information among those who need access to the data. Service Now also aids us in preparing formal incident reports to DOE and in tracking incident statistics.

These changes should not affect your reporting of all suspected incidents to the Service Desk at x2345 or, for non-urgent situations, via email.

For their work on the FCIRT and for the transition to our new system, we owe thanks to Mark Leininger, Dane Skow, Don Petravick, Irwin Gaines, Mark Kaletka, Mike Diesburg and Keith Chadwick, as well as to the scores of individuals who have served on the FCIRT.

—Irwin Gaines

Accelerator Update

April 11-13

- Linac switched to using the H- Source
- FTBF experiment T-1005 began taking beam
- T-992 continued to take beam
- SeaQuest continued to commission beamline

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Cholesterol Management class deadline - today

Fermilab summer day camp registration deadline - today

Heartland blood drive - today and April 17

Road closure near CDF building beginning April 17

NALWO buffalo barn tour and luncheon - April 26

NALWO spring tea - May 10 offers Mother's Day discount

Argentine Tango classes - first class free

Dragon II restaurant employee discount

Women of Fermilab - softball league

Changarro restaurant offers 15 percent discount to employees

Monday night golf league

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

Fermilab Management Practices courses are now available for registration

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Atrium construction updates

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