Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012

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Title: The Ghost That Wasn't: Neutrino Physics in the Twenty-first Century

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Fermilab says good-bye to Fire Chief Steinhoff, welcomes Chuck Kuhn

Fire Chief Jack Steinhoff and Battalion Chief Chuck Kuhn shake hands at Steinhoff's retirement party on Friday. Photo: Joseph Piergrossi

Jack Steinhoff came to work at Fermilab as a fireman in August 1975, when the fire station was in the Village, and he was here when the fire station was built two years later at its current location on Site 38. Since then, he has put out fires, rescued people from accident vehicles and pulled employees out of elevators.

Now Steinhoff, who has served the last 18 years as the laboratory's fire chief, is retiring. His last day is today.

Current Battalion Chief Chuck Kuhn will take over for Steinhoff.

"Jack's done a great job," said Jeff Irvin, Business Services Section Head. "He's brought stability to the department, upgraded our equipment and shown a lot of dedication and service to the lab."

Steinhoff is responsible for replacing many of the department's fire apparatuses, including three pumpers and a grass-fire truck. He also established Automatic Aid, a mutual aid agreement between the Fermilab Fire Department and those of Batavia and Warrenville to assist each other in emergencies.

As Fermilab fire chief, he's also had to deal with safety matters peculiar to an institution that whips subatomic particles around beneath the prairie soil.

"There aren't many places that have a tunnel 350 feet underground," he said.

Steinhoff pushed for the installation of an emergency elevator in the MINOS detector hall, which extends 350 feet below ground, adjacent to the main elevator. They call it the Steinhoff Suite.

"The first thing is to protect the people," Steinhoff said. "After that, you worry about the experiments, the buildings and the equipment."

Chuck Kuhn plans to continue Steinhoff's work keeping the lines of communication open between the Fire Department, FESS and the surrounding communities. He becomes fire chief after working for 10 years as battalion chief and 21 years at the laboratory.

"We're here for anyone anytime and will help out anybody that we can," he said.

He'll continue his current campaign to educate the public about fire safety. That includes organizing the yearly field trip children make to the fire station during DASTOW and the firemen's annual day-care visit during Fire Prevention Week.

"Anything we can do for safety is near and dear to my heart when it comes to public education," he said. "The kids are fun to be around, and it's very rewarding to be able to educate both kids and adults on safety."

Kuhn appreciates the way Steinhoff has helped bring up Fermilab's Fire Department since it was a small building in the once-tiny Village.

"He's gotten us great equipment and has in general improved the department," he said. "We're all grateful for his efforts."

Steinhoff says he plans to enjoy life during retirement, and he's glad to be going out on a high note.

"There's a right time when people should retire," he said. "I'm retiring out while I'm still at the top of my game."

Leah Hesla

A MINOS service building emergency elevator is named in Steinhoff's honor. Photo: Fermilab
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Fermilab Director Pier Oddone is on vacation. The Director's Corner will return next week.

Construction Update

Grade beam and elevator shaft work under way at IARC

Contractor Barton Malow has begun installing elevator shaft structures and beams underground for the IARC Office, Technical and Education Building. Photo: Cindy Arnold

Elevator shaft work and work on beams just beneath ground level are well under way for the IARC Office, Technical and Education Building. The contractor is installing reinforcing steel and forms prior to pouring concrete for the grade beams and shafts.

You can view more photos of IARC construction progress at the IARC OTE Facebook page.

In the News

Closing in on the border between primordial plasma and ordinary matter

From Brookhaven National Laboratory News, Aug. 13, 2012

Scientists taking advantage of the versatility and new capabilities of the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC), an atom smasher at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory, have observed first glimpses of a possible boundary separating ordinary nuclear matter, composed of protons and neutrons, from the seething soup of their constituent quarks and gluons that permeated the early universe some 14 billion years ago. Though RHIC physicists have been creating and studying this primordial quark-gluon plasma (QGP) for some time, the latest preliminary data—presented at the Quark Matter 2012 international conference—come from systematic studies varying the energy and types of colliding ions to create this new form of matter under a broad range of initial conditions, allowing the experimenters to unravel its intriguing properties.

"2012 has been a banner year for RHIC, with record-breaking collision rates, first collisions of uranium ions, and first asymmetric collisions of gold ions with copper ions," said Samuel Aronson, Director of Brookhaven National Laboratory.

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