Monday, Feb. 25, 2013

Have a safe day!

Monday, Feb. 25

2:30 p.m.
Particle Astrophysics Seminar - One West
Speaker: Daniel Whiteson, University of California, Irvine
Title: Are the FermiLAT Lines Real?

3:30 p.m.


Tuesday, Feb. 26

2 p.m.
Computing Techniques Seminar - One West
Speaker: Stephen Kent, Fermilab
Title: Worlds in Collision: The Chelyabinsk Meteor

3:30 p.m.


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Wilson Hall Cafe

Monday, Feb. 25

- Breakfast: Apple cinnamon multigrain pancakes
- Spicy Thai beef noodle soup
- Garam masala salmon
- Bayou tuna steak sandwich
- Smart cuisine: sweet and sour apricot chicken
- Asian chicken wrap
- Assorted pizza
- Stir-fry sensations

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Chez Leon

Wednesday, Feb. 27
- Broiled tilapia with Thai coconut curry sauce
- Sautéed tri-colored peppers
- Jasmine rice
- Tropical coconut cake

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In Brief

Fermilab's Employee Advisory Group wants to hear from you

If you have a suggestion for the Employee Advisory Group, drop them a line at the EAG website.

Have an idea or suggestion about how to improve life at Fermilab? Then the Employee Advisory Group would like to hear from you.

The EAG maintains a SharePoint site where you can post comments that will be reviewed and discussed by the group. If you have previously submitted a suggestion to the EAG and you'd like to check on the status or if you'd just like to see what others have submitted, you can also the site for up-to-date information. Access the SharePoint site by visiting the EAG website and select "EAG recommendations" from the left-hand column (you will need to log in with your services account).

Since the EAG's inception in 2009, members have been meeting monthly. The majority of discussions revolve around the development and implementation of new and revised policies aimed toward making things better for everyone at the laboratory. Discussion topics have included flexible work schedules and work-from-home policies, improving the employee orientation process and identifying ways to create and maintain a positive culture throughout the laboratory.

More than 20 EAG members represent a cross-section of the lab and they all welcome input from their Fermilab co-workers. In addition to the EAG SharePoint site, you can also provide input to the group by directly contacting an individual EAG member.

In Brief

Veteran hiring initiative launches

The Fermilab Employment Department is pleased to announce the launch of a new veterans recruitment initiative, consisting of an expanded job fair presence and the introduction of a new software program called My Next Move. This program translates military jobs to civilian job titles. We are proud to collaborate with O*Net and the U.S. Department of Labor to offer this recruitment feature, which eases the transition from military to civilian employment. Learn more on Fermilab's veteran recruitment welcome page.

All hiring managers are encouraged to consider United States veterans as potential employees. Candidates who are veterans bring many benefits to the laboratory, including proven leadership, mission focus, team-player orientation and a strong work ethic. Find additional information about the merits of hiring veterans, which may be especially useful for hiring managers.

From symmetry

Linear collider plans move forward

A new international organization is born that will guide the development of a $7.78 billion particle accelerator that could be heir to the Large Hadron Collider. Photo: TRIUMF

The two most advanced future particle physics collider projects, the International Linear Collider and the Compact Linear Collider, officially joined forces on Thursday under the newly formed Linear Collider Collaboration.

The LCC will now coordinate and advance global development work for the projects, the next major international particle accelerators that could succeed the Large Hadron Collider. Scientists would use a linear collider to delve deeper into the secrets of the universe. Such a machine, for example, could precisely measure the properties of the Higgs boson.

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Kelen Tuttle

In the News

Search for 'unparticles' focuses on Earth's crust

From Physics World, Feb. 21, 2013

Evidence of a minuscule force that could exist between two particle spins over long distances could be lurking in magnetized iron under the Earth's surface. That is the conclusion of a new study by physicists in the US, who have used our planet's vast stores of polarized spin to place exacting limits on the existence of interactions mediated by unusual entities such as "unparticles".

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Tip of the Week: Cybersecurity

Intrusion detection: it's not just about viruses

Alert the Service Desk if you think malicious forces are besieging your computer.

Most laboratory users are well aware of the virus-checking applications that run on their laptops and desktops to detect and remove harmful software. But a single weapon is not enough. Instead we rely on defense in depth, which makes use of a variety of applications at many levels to protect lab computers and data.

One such level that may be less apparent is intrusion detection software, a commercial product from SourceFire that inspects network packets both entering and leaving the lab network using a constantly updated set of signatures to search for harmful content. Recent upgrades have allowed us to extend the use of this software from selected laboratory networks to the entire lab.

This software is sensitive both to incoming packets aimed at infecting your systems and to outgoing packets indicating that there may already be something installed on your computer that doesn't belong there. Such undesired installations may be a traditional virus infection or a Trojan program that virus scans might not detect. But these days it is more frequently an unintended toolbar or advertising banner that can deleteriously affect your computer's performance or transmit information about your computer usage habits to the outside world.

So please cooperate if you receive notification that some suspicious software has been detected on your computer. The Service Desk can help remove any uninvited visitors to your system and restore it to optimum performance.

Irwin Gaines

Photo of the Day

Pheasantly plump

Pheasants are a rare sight on the Fermilab grounds these days. This colorful bird was spotted just over a week ago. Photo: Dan Johnson, AD

New employees - February

The following regular employees started at Fermilab in February:

Roberto Acciarri, PPD; Jeffery Blaha, CCD; Cara Brown, WDRS; David Esterquest, BSS.

Fermilab welcomes them to the laboratory.


Today's New Announcements

Welsh country dancing for St. David's Day - March 3

URA Visiting Scholars program deadline - today

URA Thesis Award competition applications accepted until March 1

School's Day Out - March 1

International Folk Dance 25th Anniversary party - March 2

Deadline for on-site summer housing requests - March 4

Deadline for UChicago Tuition Remission Program - March 7

Fermilab Chamber Series: Arianna String Quartet - March 10

Extended network outage at Wilson Hall - March 10

Fermilab Arts Series: The Believers (documentary) - March 15

DOEGrids certificates to be decommissioned - March 23

Nominations open for 2013 Tollestrup Award - through April 1

2013 FRA scholarship applications accepted until April 1

Interpersonal Communication Skills course offered in May

Indoor soccer

Employee discounts