Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012

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Wednesday, Oct. 31

3:30 p.m.

4 p.m.
Fermilab Colloquium - One West
Speaker: Lauren Hsu, Fermilab
Title: Dark Matter: The Next Great Discovery of Particle Physics?

Thursday, Nov. 1

2:30 p.m.
Theoretical Physics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: Marat Freytsis, Harvard University
Title: Seeing Half the Story: Tagging Partially Reconstructed Jet Substructure

3:30 p.m.


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FSPA welcomes new officers

New officers of the Fermilab Student and Postdoc Association recently began their terms. Top, from left: Leonidas Aliaga, College of William and Mary; Anthony Barker, Rutgers University; Vladimir Khalatyan, Northern Illinois University. Bottom, from left: Carrie McGivern, University of Pittsburgh; Jason St. John, Boston University.

Earlier this month the Graduate Student Association got a name change, rebranding itself as the Fermilab Student and Postdoc Association to reflect the diverse population it aims to represent.

Now it's also undergone a change in leadership. Last week, the association elected new officers to lead FSPA members for the 2012-13 term.

"We're grateful to all the former officers for the work they put into making Fermilab an active and social place to do research," said new officer Vladimir Khalatyan from Northern Illinois University. "We plan to continue their efforts to make Fermilab an interesting place to work for students and postdocs."

The new FSPA officers are Leonidas Aliaga, Anthony Barker, Jason St. John, Vladimir Khalatyan and Carrie McGivern.

FSPA acts as a liaison between the directorate, experiment managers, the Users' Executive Committee and the Fermilab postdoc and student population, disseminating information on employment opportunities and helping with education and outreach programs.

This year's officers hope to build FSPA's strength in all these areas.

"This is a great opportunity for the group, a reinvention if you will," said McGivern, a postdoc at the University of Pittsburgh. "With the expansion to formally include postdocs, we can now reach out to a larger part of the lab. This will be especially helpful for new postdocs, as well as students, who are visiting Fermilab, or the U.S., for the first time."

FSPA also encourages interaction among students and postdocs from all different parts of the laboratory. One of the first social events the new officers will host is the annual FSPA Halloween party, which takes place Friday, Nov. 2, at 6 p.m. in Kuhn Barn. All are invited to attend. Costumes are optional but encouraged.

Those interested in joining in on FSPA events are invited to subscribe to the association's e-mail list.

Leah Hesla

Scientists and friends look spooktacular at the 2010 Halloween party hosted by the Graduate Student Association, now the Fermilab Student and Postdoc Association. Photo: FSPA
University Profile

Florida Institute of Technology

Florida Institute of Technology

Melbourne, Fla.


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CMS, PHENIX (Brookhaven), RD51 (CERN)

Three faculty, two postdocs, six graduate students, 20 undergraduate students

Our current research activities in CMS include heavy-quark production and decay, top quark physics, search for Higgs and new phenomena, upgrade of the CMS hadron calorimeters and development of large-area micropattern gas detectors (GEMs) for upgrade of the CMS forward muon system and experiments at a future electron-ion collider.

The Florida Tech HEP group has a long history of hadron collider physics, instrumentation of HEP experiments and development and operation of a Tier-3 high-performance grid computing center. The group is also active in the QuarkNet outreach program for mentoring high-school teachers and students.


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In the News

'QED' a tour de force for Rob Riley

From the Chicago Sun-Times, Oct. 25, 2012

Spending a solid 90 minutes perched on the edge of the brain of a genius might not be a restful exercise. But if the brain in question happens to belong to that highly original, playfully unorthodox, Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman, it is a sure bet that you not only will have a wildly thought-provoking experience, but an enormously entertaining, thoroughly exhilarating one.

To be sure, your metabolism will almost immediately soar to "high," and your imagination will be set into a Frisbie-like spin mode not all that different from the one that inspired the scientist to devise a crucial theory.

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From the Center for Particle Astrophysics

Rocky III

Craig Hogan

Craig Hogan, director of the Center for Particle Astrophysics, wrote this week's column.

No, this column is not about a movie featuring an American comeback slugger. Instead, I'm providing an update on a science strategy report that came out this summer.

"Rocky III" is the nickname for the latest in a series of reports on dark energy chaired by Edward "Rocky" Kolb of the University of Chicago. Rocky's team was asked to comment on the status and opportunities for DOE's program on dark energy research.

The report has already had an important impact on agency policy. One of its recommendations—to do a deep, wide-field spectroscopic survey—is now under serious consideration. It's been given first-stage approval (CD-0) by the Department of Energy, meaning that it fills a mission need for the agency.

The basic idea is to make a detailed map of the universe so we can better understand the mysterious forces that influence its expansion and structure. The Dark Energy Camera, now being commissioned in Chile, will soon create the best and biggest imaging survey of the universe ever made. This survey, however, still has limited resolution on how far away the galaxies are because it only measures light in a few different colors.

The report points out the scientific value of a spectroscopic survey to measure spectra—the mixture of thousands of colors—of tens of millions of galaxies and quasars over a wide area of the sky. This spectral information gives a cosmic map with far better resolution in depth: a third dimension in space.

The spectrum tells us approximately how far away an object is from Earth—the missing third dimension—because the wavelength of light stretches in proportion to the size of the expanding universe: Light from more distant objects is stretched more and appears redder. A detailed spectrum also provides precise information on the velocities of celestial objects not directly associated with the expansion of space, caused by the gravity of cosmic structures, since motion changes the wavelength of the light. Both kinds of information are valuable for studying the effects of dark energy.

Collecting the spectra takes a big new machine, a factory floor full of precision spectrographs fed by thousands of optical fibers, whose other ends are precisely positioned in the focal plane of a telescope. It's like the wildly successful Sloan Digital Sky Survey, but an order of magnitude bigger—an ambitious project appropriate for DOE laboratories like Fermilab and Berkeley Lab.

Of course, you also need a big, wide-field telescope where one would position the fibers to collect the light from distant galaxies. Now the fun begins. It is up to all of us—funding agencies, science communities and laboratories—to work together in a time of constrained budgets to create the best science program we can to investigate dark energy.

Photos of the Day

Superstorm effects over Fermilab

The effects of superstorm Sandy can be felt from as far away as Batavia, Ill. A bank of undulating clouds appeared over Fermilab yesterday. Photo: David Huffman, PPD
Halo, sunshine. A sun halo appeared in the sky yesterday, seen here over Wilson Hall. Photo: Marty Murphy, AD
The cloud bank obscured the Chicago skyline, but sharp eyes can still see Willis Tower in the middle of the horizon behind another building. Photo: Elliott McCrory, AD
Safety Update

ES&H weekly report, Oct. 30

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

An employee suffered a contusion when the hoist he was working with fell over. Medical treatment makes this case recordable.

An employee backed a government vehicle into a private vehicle causing minor damage. There were no injuries.

Find the full report here.

Today's New Announcements

Fermilab discount: "QED" - a day in the life of Richard Feynman

Power outage - Nov. 2-5

Martial Arts class - begins Nov. 5

"Playing with Time" at the Field Museum - register by today

Butts & Guts - begins Oct. 30, Nov. 1

SciTech presents Masters of Lightning - Nov. 3

CSADay 2012 training opportunities - Nov. 6

Enrollment for 2013 benefits - through Nov. 6

Deadline for UChicago Tuition Remission Program - Nov. 26

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Four-session survey of God's promise through history

2013 403(b) plan limitations

Abri Credit Union - money just got cheaper

Winter volleyball begins soon

Professional development courses

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