Monday, Nov. 5, 2012

Have a safe day!

Monday, Nov. 5

2:30 p.m.
Particle Astrophysics Seminar - One West
Speaker: John Peterson, Purdue University
Title: Simulating the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) One Photon at a Time

3:30 p.m.

4 p.m.
All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II
Special Topics: Proton Improvement Plan; FTBF Wire Chamber Progress; LAPD Status; DECam Commissioning Status

Tuesday, Nov. 6

3:30 p.m.


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You pick the winner in the Fermilab Arts & Lecture Series' first Physics Slam on Nov. 16

Fermilab slammer-scientist Bob Tschirhart may or may not be brandishing an important document sheathed in a protective plastic cover when he slams about Project X on Nov. 16 in Ramsey Auditorium. Photo: Reidar Hahn

Five physicists will enter, only one will leave ... with a prize, that is.

On Nov. 16, five of Fermilab's best and brightest will duke it out in the Fermilab Arts & Lecture Series' first ever Physics Slam. It's similar to a poetry slam—each of the five physicists will get 12 minutes to explain a complex scientific concept to the audience in the most clear and entertaining way possible.

And just as in a poetry slam, the audience will decide the winner. The physicist who receives the loudest applause will walk away a champion.

This won't be your average physics lecture, however. The five slammers will be allowed to use any props they want and illuminate their chosen concept with humor, songs or audience participation. Don't expect to see a lot of complex equations or diagrams. Do expect to have fun while learning about the science conducted at the Department of Energy's premier laboratory for particle physics.

"They can do music, they can do jokes," said Dave Dykstra, a member of the Auditorium Committee that organized the Physics Slam. "It should be anything but dry."

Participating in the first Physics Slam will be:

  • Doug Glenzinski, deputy project manager with the Mu2e muon experiment and a Fermilab physicist since 1999. Glenzinski will discuss how muons—heavy cousins of the electron—may hold the key to the next revolutionary particle physics discovery.
  • Deborah Harris, spokesperson for the MINERvA neutrino experiment and a longtime Fermilab physicist. Her presentation is called "The Neutrino Monologues" and will delve into the mysterious properties of these tiny particles.
  • Stuart Henderson, associate laboratory director for accelerators. He will talk about the potential that particle accelerators bring to nuclear power, specifically, that they provide an alternative to storing nuclear waste underground.
  • Chris Stoughton, a Fermilab scientist working on the development of the Holometer, an experiment bringing together quantum mechanics and general relativity. Stoughton will explain the "Holography of the Universe," and he promises to discuss just what it is scientists do all day.
  • Bob Tschirhart, research program scientist for the proposed Project X and a Fermilab physicist since 1992. Tschirhart will talk about Project X, one of the lab's lynchpin long-term projects, and the impact it may have on physics worldwide.

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Fermilab's Hooper to talk Higgs at TEDxNaperville

Fermilab scientist Dan Hooper will discuss Higgs theory on Friday at TEDxNaperville. Photo: Reidar Hahn

If you're interested in delving deeper into what the Higgs boson is all about, you'll want to attend Fermilab physicist Dan Hooper's talk at TEDxNaperville on Friday, Nov. 9.

Hooper, author of two physics books for non-physicists and an associate professor of astronomy and astrophysics at the University of Chicago, said he hopes to bring his listeners further into the science of the Higgs discovery without getting too technical.

"There are no equations in my talk, so it's not hardcore theory in that sense," he said. "But I'm trying to treat the audience like grown-ups."

Hooper's talk will begin with the problem the Higgs theory was designed to solve—the fact that the W and Z bosons should be massless but in fact are heavier than the proton. Hooper will discuss the notion of a Higgs field, first put forth in 1964, and show how decades of searching led to the first real evidence of a possible Higgs boson earlier this year at CERN's Large Hadron Collider.

Hooper's presentation is scheduled to start at 1:20 p.m. at the Grounds for Hope Café, 2701 Maple Avenue in Lisle.

This is the third year for TEDxNaperville, an outgrowth of the original TED conference in California. This year's local event features a dozen speakers and promises an "immersive, high-tech experience." Tickets are $50 and can be ordered online. For more information, visit the TEDxNaperville website.

Andre Salles

Tip of the Week: Cybersecurity

Computer Security Awareness Day

Irwin Gaines gives a talk at a recent Computer Security Awareness Day. Photo: Reidar Hahn

Tomorrow, Nov. 6, is Fermilab's annual Computer Security Awareness Day. This day combines classroom presentations of all the ITNA required security and privacy classes as well as specialized presentations about security topics of current interest.

The morning will be devoted to the required ITNA classes. Three computer security classes will take place in WH One West:

  • 9 a.m.: Basic Computer Security
  • 10 a.m.: Security Essentials for Desktop System Administrators
  • 11:05 a.m.: Security Essentials for Fermilab System Administrators

All laboratory computer users must take one of these courses every two or three years. This is an opportunity to fulfill the requirement without having to pass a diabolical online quiz. Note that attending a more advanced course will satisfy an ITNA requirement for one of the more basic courses.

The two privacy classes will be taught in WH One North:

  • 9 a.m.: Advanced Protecting Personally Identifiable Information
  • 10 a.m.: Protecting Personally Identifiable Information at Fermilab (Basic PII)

All laboratory users must take the Basic PII class once but do not need to retake it if they have already fulfilled this requirement. Note that the Advanced PII class (unlike the other ITNA classes) is not offered online, so laboratory users who need to deal with privacy information and who have not previously fulfilled this requirement should attend.

Finally, the afternoon will offer a selection of specialized topics in WH Curia II:

  • 1 p.m.: FY12 Incident Response Recap. This talk will discuss recent security incidents at Fermilab and elsewhere on the Internet and answer questions about lab incident response procedures.
  • 2 p.m.: DOE Grids to OSG-PKI Transition. If you have or ever wanted to have a DOE Grids certificate, this talk will explain what to do now that DOE Grids is ceasing to issue certificates.
  • 2:30 p.m.: Web Content Publishing. This talk will provide an overview of upgraded procedures and policies to ensure all Web content on Fermilab websites belongs there.
  • 3 p.m.: Mobile Computing Security. This talk will discuss issues relating to security for tablets, smart phones and other mobile devices.
  • 3:30 p.m.: IPV6 Security. This talk will discuss issues relating to the Internet's migration to the new IPV6 networking protocols and how this may affect you.

Pre-registration is NOT required for any of the classes. There will be sign-up sheets available at the morning ITNA classes so you can receive credit.

Irwin Gaines

Photo of the Day

Fermilab in orange

Tuesday's sunset over Fermilab, together with the day's fascinating cloud cover, made for a striking scene. Photo: Ruben Carcagno, TD
In the News

Dark Energy Camera dedication begins celebration of 50th anniversary of Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory

From NOAO, Nov. 1, 2012

On Nov. 9, 2012, ceremonies on the summit of Cerro Tololo, Chile, will mark the dedication of the Dark Energy Camera and the beginning of the 50th anniversary celebration of Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIO). Speakers will include Drs. David Silva (NOAO Director), R. Christopher Smith (Director of AURA Observatories in Chile), Nicole van der Bliek (CTIO Director), Joshua Frieman (Director of the Dark Energy Survey), Timothy Abbott and Alistair Walker (CTIO) and Brenna Flaugher (Fermilab).

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Today's New Announcements

Writing for Results: E-mail and More class - Nov. 29

Tree planting dedication in memory of Lisa Rogers - today

Martial Arts class - begins today

CSADay 2012 training opportunities - Nov. 6

Enrollment for 2013 benefits - through Nov. 6

Deadline for UChicago Tuition Remission Program - Nov. 26

Calling all veterans 

2013 403(b) plan limitations

Professional development courses

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

Country House employee discount

Atrium work updates