Monday, June 4, 2012

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Monday, June 4
2:30 p.m.
Particle Astrophysics Seminar - One West
Speaker: Sonia El Hedri, Stanford University
Tite: Dark Matter in 3D
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II
Special Topics: Shutdown Work Status and Plans; Proton Beam Measurements in the Recycler; TeamCenter Update; COUPP-4 kg Running Again at SNOLAB

Tuesday, June 5
Undergraduate Lecture Series (NOTE LOCATION) - Curia II
Speaker: Herman White, Fermilab
Title: Fermilab: An Introduction
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar - One West
Speaker: Puneet Jain, Brookhaven National Laboratory
Title: Studies on 704 MHz Five-Cell Superconducting RF Cavity

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Monday, June 4

- Breakfast: Croissant sandwich
- Smart cuisine: *Potato leek soup
- Monte Cristo
- Barbecue chicken breast w/ stuffing
- Alfredo tortellini
- Chicken ranch wrapper
- Assorted sliced pizza
- Szechuan-style pork lo mein

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Wednesday, June 6
- Sesame-chile chicken w/ watermelon salsa
- Orzo
- Citrus chiffon cake

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Special Announcement

Tevatron Impact agenda online, Users' Meeting registration still open

The full agenda for the June 11 Tevatron Impact symposium is now online. Employees and users are invited to attend this celebration of the Tevatron program's lasting impacts on science, technology and society. A reception will follow in the Wilson Hall atrium.

Registration is still open for the 45th annual Users' Meeting, which will cover new physics results and the laboratory's future projects. Among the highlights will be a public lecture by Nobel laureate David Gross.

The Users' Meeting takes place from June 12-13.


Matt Crawford helps Fermilab put its best foot forward

Matt Crawford is Fermilab's new Contractor Assurance Systems Project Manager. Photo: Joseph Piergrossi

Having worked at Fermilab for 20 years in various roles, Matt Crawford recently became the laboratory's Contractor Assurance System Project Manager. Crawford's new job is to develop better methods of assuring that Fermilab's performance is up to DOE standard and managing risk in all parts of the laboratory.

In 2010, the U.S. Department of Energy mandated the creation of the Contractor Assurance System (CAS) as a way to improve oversight of the national laboratories. The plan involves each laboratory instituting a system for ongoing self-evaluation processes, such as issues management and worker feedback. These enable each laboratory to see how well it is performing. The idea is that, over time, fewer resources will have to be invested in assessments.

"My role is to mature this system and make it give us a better account of ourselves," Crawford said.

This involves a two-pronged approach. First, Crawford is helping Fermilab come up with methods for identifying and managing risks at all levels. These assessments and assurance systems help the laboratory allocate resources more efficiently. Second, Crawford is looking at how departments assess their performance.

"Just as the safety program affects all levels of the laboratory, part of CAS is to ensure the integration of the assurance process in all levels of management," Crawford said.

Previously, Crawford worked on a number of laboratory-wide projects. After coming to Fermilab from the University of Chicago, he worked in networking, cybersecurity, network research and storage of scientific data. Recently he developed a fallback network connectivity plan so that, in the event of a major security breach, the laboratory could maintain an Internet presence during investigation and recovery.

In his current assignment, Crawford is taking aim at a new goal.

"I want to find ways to bring the whole assurance process to a greater level of maturity so that DOE can see quite clearly that we're running this lab in a top-notch way," he said.

—Joseph Piergrossi

In the News

Bison, birds and bugs at Fermilab Family Outdoor Fair

From Batavia Patch, June 1, 2012

Families learn about science and explore a dozen hands-on activities at Fermilab's Family Outdoor Fair, a free event on Sunday, June 10 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Visitors will experience a day of bison, birds and bugs at the 6,800 acres site of the Batavia physics laboratory. The laboratory was designated a National Environmental Research Park by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Children can make animal print tracks, net pond critters, take a nature scavenger hunt on a trail through the prairie and dig through decaying logs for insects.

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In the News

Quantum algorithm can predict what the Large Hadron Collider will see

From ars technica, May 31, 2012

Every time particle physicists look for the Higgs boson or any other members of a large collection of theoretical particles, they have to do a bit of statistics. Well, quite a lot of statistics, actually. The Standard Model of physics helps tell them what they'll probably see when two particles smash together at nearly light speed. To find something new, they have to look for places where the signals they see don't match up to the pattern predicted by the Standard Model.

Those predictions, however, require impressive amounts of computing power and are only approximations at best. There are some conditions where there are simply no effective methods of calculating the result with a classical computer. But a quantum computer doesn't have to play by the same rules, and researchers have now produced an algorithm that can solve the equations that dictate what goes on within particle colliders like the LHC.

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ES&H Tip of the Week:

Don't feed the animals

Do not feed the coyotes. Photo: Martin Murphy

Editor's note: This article originally appeared in the Feb. 16, 2009 issue of Fermilab Today.

It has been a long, cold winter. It's easy to fall prey to the pleading, saucer-sized eyes of a coyote or raccoon looking for a snack.

You think: "It's just one crumb. It can't hurt."


Feeding animals disrupts their natural food cycle and encourages them to lose their fear of people and vehicles.

Coyotes naturally see humans as a potential threat. Their comfort level around humans only increases when people give the animals an incentive, such as an easily-accessible meal.

"We don't want coyotes getting comfortable around humans," said Rod Walton, Fermilab's ecologist. "They're wild animals, and they can be dangerous."

Food has been left at the dog training area, which has led to animals approaching cars and people.

Recently, a coyote approached a person parked in the dog training area with interest in the person's sandwich.

"The issue is that the coyote approached the person in the first place," Walton said.

To prevent coyote domestication, please make sure you are not leaving trash or food outdoors. Scattering bird seed or filling a bird feeder is fine.

In Brief

Transit of Venus - June 5

Tomorrow at 5:04 p.m., Venus will pass in front of the face of the Sun, an event that won't happen again for another 105 years.

Do not directly look at the Sun with naked eyes. Viewers should wear special eclipse glasses or glasses with an acceptable welding glass shade. When using welders glasses, NASA recommends glass shade no. 14.

The public is welcome to participate in a viewing hosted by the Naperville Astronomical Association. The Astronomical Observatory at Wheaton College will also be open for a viewing.


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Tevatron symposium - June 11

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