Tuesday, May 8, 2012

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Tuesday, May 8
3 p.m.
LHC Physics Center Topic of the Week Seminar - Sunrise
Speaker: Antonio Boevia, University of Chicago
Title: The Higgs Search at ATLAS
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar - One West
Speaker: Stephen Holmes, Fermilab
Title: Staging Opportunities for Project X

Wednesday, May 9
2 p.m.
LHC Physics Center Topic of the Week Seminar - WH11NE
Speaker: Antonio Boevia, University of Chicago
Title: New Ways of Searching for New Physics at the LHC
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Fermilab Colloquium -
One West
Speaker: Robert Tschirhart, Fermilab
Title: Project X and the Endless Frontier

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Tuesday, May 8

- Breakfast: Bagel sandwich
- Chicken & rice soup
- Meatball sub
- Smart cuisine: Beef stroganoff
- Smart cuisine: Chicken stew w/ dumplings
- Peppered beef
- Assorted calzone
- Nachos supreme

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Chez Leon

Wednesday, May 9
- Cajun roasted pork loin
- Roasted sweet potato fries
- Green beans
- Chocolate pecan pie

Friday, May 11
Guest chef: David Cathey
- Field greens w/ Mississippi caviar
- Barbecue ribs (Dave's Secret Sauce)
- Baked potato
- Baked beans
- Fruit kabobs w/ cinnamon yogurt sauce

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Special Announcement

SSVSP information sessions - May 9 and May 16

There will be two information sessions for Fermilab employees about the Self-Select Voluntary Separation Program. The first will take place from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 9, in One West. The second session will take place from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesady, May 16, in the Big Room at CDF in building 327.

The streaming video of the all-hands meeting that took place on May 4 was archived and is available for viewing online.

From symmetry

Particle physics and your ride

Weld cell at a pickup truck frame assembly line in Apodaca, Mexico. Photo courtesy of Metalsa

Metal products contain microscopic stresses that can grow into bigger problems. How engineers choose to manage these stresses makes all the difference.

Particle physics experiments allow scientists to probe the heart of matter, track mysterious entities such as dark photons and, now, predict the lifetime of your tractor or car.

They do this with a subatomic stress test.

Companies including John Deere, Metalsa and General Motors can evaluate the components of their products with equipment at the High Temperature Material Laboratory, or HTML, at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. This type of analysis helps engineers improve product durability and increase the efficiency of product testing—improvements that trickle down to customers in the form of lower prices and more reliable, fuel-efficient vehicles.

During the intense heating, molding, hammering and pounding that metal alloys endure in the production process, tiny imperfections called residual stresses form.

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—Sarah Charley

In Brief

New and improved stock catalog moved to ServiceNow

Fermilab's stock catalog is changing homes. Used by employees to order common use items, such as office supplies, the stock catalog provides a comprehensive listing of all available items. Once an item is ordered, the item is delivered usually within one day.

Previously located on the Business Services Section homepage, the stock catalog is now located on the ServiceNow website. Once you sign in with your services log in information, the stock catalog link appears in the left column. The link to the catalog on the BSS website has been changed and will take you directly to the Service Now website

With the change in location come improvements in design. The previous ten-line limit for orders is now unlimited. Users can also change the unit of measure, as an example changing an order of 12 pens to one box of pens.

For more information, contact Jack Kelly at x5674.

In the News

Fermilab explores SaaS

From SaaS in the Enterprise,
May 4, 2012

An enterprise's first move into SaaS is usually more of a toe-dipping than a headlong dive. SaaS marks a departure from previous ways of doing things and adoption often occurs in steps.

Fermilab, a US Department of Energy laboratory that focuses on particle physics, is following that pattern. In a recent interview, Vicky White, Fermilab's chief information officer, discussed the organization's approach to SaaS. The lab's initial foray into SaaS, under somewhat trying circumstances, has since evolved into broader adoption.

The lab reports a number of benefits from SaaS. Overall, SaaS lets Fermilab more rapidly deploy IT, provides greater agility, and offers a more modern code base, White noted. And while some industry observers might say that SaaS is altering the IT shop, White said she believes it's more the case that SaaS reinforces changes already underway.

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Director's Corner

Attention to safety

Fermilab Director Pier Oddone

The shutdown has begun, and with it comes an enormous amount of work to upgrade our accelerators and build the detectors for our new projects. Today I want to remind you to be ever vigilant regarding your safety. This applies to all work activities, but especially to the large mechanical installations such as the Main Injector and the NOvA detector, which are not routine and can lead to serious injuries if you do not pay attention.

I normally would not feel the need to call attention to this matter, trusting the strong safety culture at Fermilab. However, this year's numbers for recordable cases and for days away and restricted are the worst we have had in the last several years. Is this a sign that we are relaxing our attention to safety? These injuries were accumulated over the last several months, before the start of the shutdown, and naturally raise concerns that we are not doing enough to ensure the persistent awareness necessary for us to stay safe at all times.

I am asking all of you - leaders of divisions and sections, managers and supervisors and non-supervisory employees - to heighten your awareness and redouble your efforts to keep working safely above all other considerations. You owe it to yourself, your family and your co-workers.

Special Announcement

Public tours of MINOS Underground Areas suspended starting May 14

Due to impending construction, public tours of the MINOS Underground Areas will be suspended beginning May 14 and for the duration of the Fermilab accelerator complex shutdown.

This week contractors are preparing for construction of the NOvA near-detector hall, which will be built adjacent to the cavern that houses the MINOS and MINERvA experiments. More on the construction of the new NOvA detector hall will appear in a future issue of Fermilab Today.

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Argiculture at Fermilab

Bales of hay wait to be removed from Fermilab. Photo: Alex Waller, AD

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