Monday, Aug. 20, 2012

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Monday, Aug. 20

3:30 p.m.


Tuesday, Aug. 21

10:30 a.m.
Research Techniques Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: Roger Rusack, University of Minnesota
Title: What Type of Forward Detector for CMS at the HL-LHC?

3:30 p.m.

4 p.m.
Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: Vitaly Pronskikh, Fermilab
Title: Radiation Studies for Mu2e Experiment

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Wilson Hall Cafe

Monday, Aug. 20

- Breakfast: banana nut multi-grain pancakes
- Bourbon Street gumbo
- The Fermi Burger
- Veal parmesan
- Smart cuisine: country baked chicken
- Classic club sandwich
- Meatball pizza
- Cantonese sweet and sour chicken

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Wednesday, Aug. 22
- Chile rellenos
- Spanish rice
- Confetti salad
- Pineapple flan

Friday, Aug. 24
- Mandarin orange and red-onion salad
- Grilled mahi mahi w/ tomatillo-avocado salsa
- Thai rice pilaf
- Coconut cake

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Bardeen Program welcomes Kavin Ammigan to Fermilab

Kavin Ammigan

For seven years, the Bardeen Engineering Leadership Program has helped bring young, creative engineering talent to Fermilab, invigorating its scientific projects with a fresh perspective. This year the program's selection committee welcomed their eighth recipient of the Bardeen position, mechanical engineer Kavin Ammigan.

"We're glad to have him here," said Elaine McCluskey, chair of the program's 2012 selection committee. "He has a variety of engineering experience and was a good match for what we do at Fermilab."

Ammigan came to the laboratory last month, having received his doctoral degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology in May. He currently works with the Accelerator Division to research and analyze target materials to withstand high-intensity particle beams for future experiments such as LBNE and Project X.

"I'm looking forward to starting my career here," he said, adding that his work entails a nice balance of fundamental research and engineering.

This isn't his first time working at the laboratory. As an undergraduate, Ammigan participated in Fermilab's co-op student program. Now, nine years later, he now serves a lab that is shifting its focus from high-energy projects to more high-intensity experiments.

"I was surprised by the number of new projects the lab is taking on," he said.

And, McCluskey says, new projects benefit from new talent.

Every year, the Bardeen program's selection committee nominates an engineer no more than three years out of graduate school to join the laboratory as a permanent employee. In their worldwide search for candidates, the six-member committee looks for engineers with potential for leadership and for bringing original approaches to Fermilab's projects.

"The fresh approach enlivens the program at the laboratory," McCluskey said. "We saw a chance for Kavin to be a leader in our engineering efforts."

In his or her first week at the lab, the Bardeen employee tries on a few projects for size, spending a few days in each of several different departments before settling on one. The flexible approach helps ensure a good fit for both department and employee.

"All our future plans for the Intensity Frontier hinge on developing target systems that can handle higher and higher beam intensity and power," said Stuart Henderson, directorate sponsor of the Bardeen program. "It's fantastic to have Kavin joining us to help strengthen our efforts in targetry."

The program is named for two-time Nobel laureate John Bardeen, who served on the Honorary Board of Directors for Friends of Fermilab.

The search committee will begin to accept the next round of Bardeen program applications in November.

Leah Hesla

In the News

Mr. Freeze to wow kids with science

From Morton Grove Champion, Aug. 16, 2012

A cool time will be had by all when Fermilab Presents: The Mr. Freeze Cryogenic Show, 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at Morton Grove Public Library, 6140 Lincoln Ave.

"It's a 'wow' science show, in order to get kids excited about science," said Fermilab engineer Jerry Zimmerman, aka Mr. Freeze. "I demonstrate lots of the basic properties of cryogenics, using liquid nitrogen as the main material. I take balloons and collapse them, blow up bottles and shoot corks up."

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In the News

System could warn of solar storms

From BBC News, Aug. 15, 2012

A warning system with the potential to protect against the devastating and costly effects of a massive solar storm could be on the horizon.

That's according to research published in the journal Astroparticle Physics.

Solar flares can be accompanied by the release of high energy particles - a coronal mass ejection - towards Earth.

Ensuing huge geomagnetic storms could wreak havoc on electronic systems, satellites, power grids and communication networks.

Data from the study, led by Prof Ephraim Fischbach and Prof Jere Jenkins of Purdue University, suggest that the rate of breakdown of radioactive materials changes in advance of solar flares.

They hope they can use this to develop a system that could predict when a potentially devastating geomagnetic storm might take place. This would allow authorities to adopt protective measures, such as shutting down satellites, at times of most risk.

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Tip of the Week:

Our children depend on our safe driving

As school starts this fall, be especially aware of pedestrians when driving through school zones.

Many child pedestrians are killed in the streets or sidewalks of their school zones because of the reckless and irresponsible behaviors of motorists. Drivers need to remember the unpredictability of children and be on the lookout for all pedestrians. It is difficult for children to see motorists and for motorists to see them. Children also have difficulty judging a car's speed and distance, and they often think that if they can see the driver, the driver can see them.

As the school season begins, keep in mind these school zone motorist safety tips:

  • Observe speed limits at all times, but especially around children. When driving in school zones, near playgrounds, or in neighborhoods where children might be playing, anticipate that a child may dart out into the roadway.
  • When turning left at a green light or making a right turn on red, look for children crossing the street.
  • While picking up kids, do not stop or park in the crosswalk.
  • A school bus's red flashing lights and extended stop arms indicate that it has stopped and that children are getting on or off. As you approach a stopped school bus from either direction, wait until the red lights stop flashing before proceeding. On undivided roadways with no physical barrier or median, stop on both sides of the roadway.
  • Avoid using a cell phone close to school zones. If you are texting, talking or making a call, it affects your ability to react quickly. Remember that using cell phones while driving in a school zone is illegal in Illinois.

Again, children's actions can be unpredictable, and they do not always pay close attention to drivers when they are outside a school zone on the way home. Motorists, child pedestrians and adults with child pedestrians should be especially mindful of moving vehicles during the school year.

For more information on school zone and school bus safety, view this National Safety Council video.

Brian Niesman, ES&H Traffic Safety Subcommittee Chair

In Brief

New anti-virus, anti-spam system

To enhance the laboratory's e-mail service, the Core Computing Division will switch to a new anti-virus and anti-spam system on August 23. Any e-mail or attachment determined to contain a virus will be cleaned or blocked as with the current system. This new system will deliver suspected spam messages to your junk mail folder where you can review them.

Outlook and Webmail will automatically use the new system. Users of these e-mail clients should notice little difference in spam filtering and do not need to take any action. Mac Mail users, as well as those who use an e-mail client other than Outlook or Webmail, must set filter rules in their e-mail clients in order to have suspected spam automatically moved from their inboxes to a junk mail folder.

Instructions for how to set filter rules are available for Mac Mail and Thunderbird. You may set your filters ahead of time with no negative effect. However, failure to set filter rules will likely result in an undesired increase in spam messages in your inbox after this change on Aug. 23.

For questions about setting e-mail filter rules, contact the Fermilab Service Desk at x2345 or on the web.


Today's New Announcements

ListServ mail list outage - Aug. 21

Butts & Guts offered twice a week - begins Aug. 21

Zumba offered twice a week - begins Aug. 22

Pre-Retirement Planning Program - Aug. 22

Paddle boat tour - Aug. 23

Free weight management course - register by Aug. 24

URA Visiting Scholars Program deadline - Aug. 27

Scottish country dancing in Ramsey Auditorium - through Aug. 31

International Folk Dancing in Ramsey Auditorium - through August

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.

Congratulations to Abri Credit Union winner

Fermilab employee discounts

Atrium work updates