Wednesday, July 18, 2012

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Wednesday, July 18
3:30 p.m.


Thursday, July 19
2:30 p.m.
Theoretical Physics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: Jamison Galloway, University of Rome, La Sapienza
Title: Getting to Know the Higgs

3 p.m.
LHC Physics Center Topic of the Week Seminar - Sunrise, WH11NE
Speaker: Daniel Elvira, Fermilab
Title: SUSY Searches III: Recent CMS Results and Future Directions

3:30 p.m.

4 p.m.
Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar - One West
Speakers: Manjiri Pande, BARC
Title: Development of 325-MHz Solid-State RF Power Amplifiers for Project X, Under Addendum-V of IIFC

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- Smoked-turkey panini w/ pesto mayo
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From symmetry

An energetic life: from physics to efficiency

Physics training taught Brian Gerke how to figure out anything; now he's applying his skills to energy-efficiency research.

Brian Gerke follows the second law of thermodynamics: He likes to spread his energy in different directions.

An English major who also studied physics—not physics for poets, but a rigorous second major in physics—Gerke has always prized a full, diverse life.

So even though it wasn't an easy decision after 10 years in cosmology research, he stepped off the well-trod path leading to a faculty position a year ago to pursue energy-efficiency research.

"Basic research is very important and exciting; I'm really glad I spent a decade in cosmology," Gerke says. "And that preparation has served me very well in my new technical field, where I'm using my training to produce more immediate outcomes."

It turns out that helping to set national energy-efficiency standards is a great career for someone with a PhD in physics (from the University of California, Berkeley) and three years of experience studying galaxy formation at the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology (based at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University).

And for someone who's sung in a madrigal choir, painted a 50-foot portrait of Waldo at the Burning Man festival in Nevada and rowed for a Cambridge University boat club, the job offers variety of its own. Gerke gets the chance to help craft policies that serve multiple interests: saving people money, growing the economy and reducing the severity of climate change.

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Heather Rock Woods

University Profile

University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez

University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez

Mayaguez, Puerto Rico

Tarzan the Bulldog



Early 1980s (E-687, FOCUS, BTeV)

Three faculty, one postdoc, seven graduate students

We have a wide range of interests in the CMS experiment, including the search for new physics in rare b baryon decays, precision test measurements of the Standard Model and pixel tracking detector performance. We collaborate in the CMS upgrade tracking simulation group as well as in the hardware development group. Our theoretical group studies neutrino physics and physics beyond the Standard Model.

We are the only experimental high-energy physics group in the Caribbean with a student body that includes graduate students from Latin American countries. Our outreach QuarkNet program is very strong and includes high school physics teachers from all over the island.


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In the News

Peering into the heart of a supernova

From Caltech Media Relations, July 12, 2012

PASADENA, Calif.—Each century, about two massive stars in our own galaxy explode, producing magnificent supernovae. These stellar explosions send fundamental, uncharged particles called neutrinos streaming our way and generate ripples called gravitational waves in the fabric of space-time. Scientists are waiting for the neutrinos and gravitational waves from about 1,000 supernovae that have already exploded at distant locations in the Milky Way to reach us. Here on Earth, large, sensitive neutrino and gravitational-wave detectors have the ability to detect these respective signals, which will provide information about what happens in the core of collapsing massive stars just before they explode.

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From the CMS Center

Thank you

Patricia McBride, head of the CMS Center, wrote this column.

Patricia McBride

The last few weeks have been an exciting time for particle physics. The CMS community around the world shared in the historic July 4 announcement of the discovery of a new particle. The observation of this Higgs-like resonance had long been anticipated, perhaps even expected by some. Still, the announcement, part of the opening session of the International Conference on High Energy Physics in Melbourne, Australia, was received with much elation. We were delighted to share the broadcast from CERN with our colleagues, friends and family as we gathered for a viewing party at Fermilab at 2 a.m.

Many of the scientists and postdocs at the LHC Physics Center (LPC) at Fermilab have been directly involved in the Higgs search analyses. At the all-hands meeting on July 5, we had the opportunity to join our colleagues from the Tevatron experiments to share some ruminations on the Higgs with the rest of the Fermilab community. Volunteers wore "Ask me about the Higgs" badges and answered questions after the meeting.

We have many people to thank for their efforts to make CMS succeed in its hunt for the Higgs particle. Many people at the laboratory have contributed to the experiment and the collaboration over nearly two decades. Fermilab's Dan Green has been one of the leaders. He formed the Fermilab CMS group in the 1990s, worked closely with the funding agencies and shaped the US participation in the planning, construction and operation of the CMS experiment. At a special colloquium last week, he gave highlights of a long career at the Energy Frontier and his observations about the hunt for the Higgs.

The Fermilab Tier-1 CMS computing facility under the leadership of Lothar Bauerdick, Jon Bakken and Burt Holtzman has been a major success. The facility, coupled with the LPC CMS Analysis Facility, has allowed CMS scientists to process and analyze the 2012 datasets collected this spring in a prompt and timely matter. In addition, the software experts at the lab have made our software flexible, fast and manageable. Many thanks to the many members of the software team, the computing operations team and the whole Tier-1 team who all have made invaluable contributions to the success of the collaboration.

The CMS community sends a big thank you to the Fermilab staff who contributed to the construction and operation of the CMS detector and to the LARP collaboration and our colleagues in the Accelerator Division and Technical Division who worked on the LHC magnets and the commissioning of the LHC accelerator. It took a large and extremely dedicated team to make this global scientific endeavor a success, and Fermilab has been a proud partner in this journey.

We look forward to taking the next steps and exploring the properties of this Higgs-like particle. Perhaps we will find some new, unexpected physics in the not too distant future.

Safety Update

ES&H weekly report, July 17

This week's safety report, compiled by the Fermilab ES&H section, contains two incidents.

Two employees and one visitor were stung by wasps. They required first-aid treatment.

An employee was injured when the rug she stepped on slipped out from underneath her, causing her to fall. Medical treatment and lost time make this case a DART.

Find the full report here.

Live music for International Folk Dancing in Ramsey Auditorium - July 19

NALWO tour and luncheon - July 19

Artist reception - July 20

Collider New Play Project - July 21

Collecting school supplies - through July 27

Volunteers invited to Fermilab prairie quadrat study - July 28

ANSYS courses offered in July and August

University of Chicago Tuition Remission Program deadline - Aug. 17

Howard Levy & Chris Siebold - August 18

Project Management Introduction class - Sept. 10-14

Fermilab Management Practices Seminar - begins Oct. 4

Interpersonal communication skills training - Nov. 14

Outdoor soccer - Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m.

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