Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Have a safe day!

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

Thursday, May 10
2:30 p.m.
Theoretical Physics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: Walter Winter, University of Würzburg
Title: Neutrinos from Cosmic Accelerators, and the Multi-Messenger Connection
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar - One West
Speaker: Stuart Henderson, Fermilab
Title: Report from the OHEP Accelerator R&D Task Force

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Wilson Hall Cafe

Wednesday, May 9

- Breakfast: English muffin sandwich
- Portabello harvest grain
- Santa Fe chicken quesadilla
- Hoisin chicken
- Smart cuisine: Parmesan fish
- Cuban panini
- Assorted sliced pizza
- Shrimp pesto

Wilson Hall Cafe Menu

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
Chez Leon Menu
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Special Announcement

Vacuum exhibition - May 10

Several vendors for vacuum equipment will be at Fermilab on May 10 to answer procurement, engineering and technical questions about their products. Representatives from Gamma Vacuum, MDC Vacuum, Brooks Automation, Edwards Vacuum and SAES Getters will participate. They will be available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the front of the Wilson Hall atrium.

In Brief

MeetingMaker to be replaced by laboratory-wide calendar

The FermiMail calendar migration is nearly complete. One feature of the unified, laboratory-wide calendar system is a meeting room reservation service that makes scheduling meetings easier. With this service, anyone can view the free/busy status of others and tentatively reserve a room (pending approval by the room owner) by inviting that room to the meeting, just as they would invite a participant. Meeting room owners may still decide which meetings have priority status in which rooms and whether to accept or reject the invitation.

The FermiMail team will turn off the old MeetingMaker calendar system on May 15. After this date, users will no longer be able to access MeetingMaker data. Instructions on how to archive MeetingMaker data and other information about the FermiMail calendar are available on the FermiMail website.

University Profile

Florida State University

Florida State University

Tallahassee, Florida

Osceola and his horse, Renegade

Garnet and gold

Dzero, CMS, CTEQ

Nine faculty, two postdocs and six graduate students


PARTICLE PHYSICS RESEARCH FOCUS: We primarily do collider physics. On CMS and DZero, we work on searches for new physics (including the Higgs), top quark physics, QCD studies and electroweak measurements. Our theory group does pertubative QCD and electroweak calculations, new physics model building and lattic guage calculations.

Our experimental work and our calculations are extremely well integrated.


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In the News

Earth-like alien planets unlikely around stars with 'hot Jupiters'

From, May 7, 2012

Alien solar systems that are home to so-called "hot Jupiters" — gas giants circling sizzlingly close to their stars — are unlikely homes for Earth-like planets, researchers say.

Hot Jupiters get their name from the fact that they are approximately Jupiter's size, but extraordinarily near their stars, at about a tenth of the distance from Mercury to our sun. These roaster planets are among the alien worlds that astronomers have discovered most often since their size and proximity to their parent stars mean they exert large gravitational tugs on their hosts that scientists can readily spot.

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A boost for quantum reality

From Nature News, May 8, 2012

Theorists claim they can prove that wavefunctions are real states.

The philosophical status of the wavefunction — the entity that determines the probability of different outcomes of measurements on quantum-mechanical particles — would seem to be an unlikely subject for emotional debate. Yet online discussion of a paper claiming to show mathematically that the wavefunction is real has ranged from ardently star-struck to downright vitriolic since the article was first released as a preprint in November 2011.

The paper, thought by some to be one of the most important in quantum foundations in decades, was finally published last week in Nature Physics, enabling the authors, who had been concerned about violating the journal's embargo, to speak about it publicly for the first time.

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From the ES&H Section

Why horrible things can happen to good people

Nancy Grossman

Nancy Grossman, head of the ES&H section, wrote this week's column.

First and foremost, I want to thank all employees who took the time to complete the safety survey last month. We had a fantastic response rate of 73 percent. This high level of participation will help us take a good pulse of the ES&H culture and risks at our laboratory. We are still reviewing the data, and I will report on the results in Fermilab Today in the future.

At Fermilab we pride ourselves on our open ES&H culture. We ask and expect all employees, contractors and users to report unsafe procedures and situations to their managers and safety officers. Once a week, the division, section and center heads report safety incidents to the directorate and discuss ways to improve safety. We all can improve these safety efforts by taking the time to listen, ask questions and take appropriate action.

Recently I read "Failure to Learn" by Andrew Hopkins about the BP Texas City refinery disaster where 15 people were killed. This refinery had gotten an award for its low injury rates and was supposedly moving to become a High Reliability Organization.

The first part of the book focuses on the actions of the people most directly involved in the chain of events. They did many completely inappropriate things - so many that one cannot imagine them ever happening. The author then delves deeper into what led those people and their managers and supervisors to behave so inexplicably.

The book points to a change in risk awareness known as normalization of risk as one of the main contributors to the events that led to this disaster. Over time, people begin to accept levels of risk they wouldn't have considered safe previously. This change occurs slowly, over decades. Resources tighten, people focus on production and the quality of maintenance; repairs and oversight slowly degrades. Procedures are not updated and reviewed as they should be. Alarms are occasionally ignored since they inhibit production and don't appear to serve much purpose. Eventually something very bad happens, shutting down operations and seriously hurting people.

Another main contributor to the Texas City disaster was the lack of knowledge that upper management had about safety concerns. Their direct reports avoided communicating bad news, and they did not get out in the field enough to talk to the people who might have shared their concerns.

Please communicate risks to your management and help your colleagues work safely by pointing out any concerns you might have with what they are doing. Offer to help someone trying to do a task that would go better with another hand. This will help us move closer toward our goal of no injuries.

Safety Update

ES&H weekly report, May 8

This week's safety report, compiled by the Fermilab ES&H section, contains one incident. A contractor employee fell down a flight of stairs, fracturing his ankle. The case is classifed as ORPS.

Find the full report here.

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