Wednesday, April 3, 2013

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Wednesday, April 3

3:30 p.m.

4 p.m.
Fermilab Colloquium - One West
Speaker: Mark Beeman, Northwestern University
Title: Insight in the Brain: The Cognitive and Neural Bases of Eureka Moments

Thursday, April 4

2:30 p.m.
Theoretical Physics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: Wouter Waalewijn, University of California, San Diego
Title: Combining Helicity Amplitudes with Resummation Using SCET

3:30 p.m.


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Wednesday, April 3

- Breakfast: breakfast strata
- Harvest moon vegetable soup
- Monte cristo
- Baja chicken enchilada casserole
- Smart cuisine: ancho chili barbecue beef
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- Assorted calzones
- Szechuan green beans with chicken

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Wednesday, April 3
- Pan-seared cod with basil sauce
- Sautéed spinach
- Orzo
- Lemon Neapolitan

Friday, April 5
- Field greens with walnuts, dried cranberries and blue cheese
- Filet mignon with porcini sauce
- Grilled asparagus
- Strawberry crepes

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Masterclasses make mentors out of Fermilab scientists

Fermilab scientists Teppei Katori and Jake Anderson participate in a QuarkNet masterclass videoconference. Photo: Sarah Khan

"Can we claim the discovery of a new particle with this data?" asked Fermilab scientist Jake Anderson recently to 35 high-school students at the University of Rochester on the other end of a videoconference.

The students said they would need more trials to make such a claim, referring to a mass spectrum plot they recently created with real CMS data. Anderson then talked about the number of trials CMS scientists needed while narrowing the search for the Higgs boson.

The videoconference is part of an ongoing series of QuarkNet masterclasses in which high-school students from around the world can analyze particle physics data and discuss results with scientists working on the same projects.

Fifty videoconferences will be held this year. Most are at CERN, but about a quarter are at Fermilab, where both Fermilab and Argonne National Laboratory physicists volunteer as moderators.

Anderson is one of several moderators participating in the series. His job is to ask questions that get students to interpret the meaning of their data and results. Anderson asks what certain numbers mean, why there are peaks in the data and what's going on with all the extraneous information in between.

Anderson said he isn't unfamiliar with reaching out to young, aspiring scientists.

"I have always enjoyed participating in outreach, so when I heard about the masterclasses I immediately signed up," Anderson said.

Anderson used to take outreach trips to elementary schools while studying physics as an undergraduate and gave tours of SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, in addition to pursuing graduate studies. He said that casual conversations about his job as a physicist sometimes start with others remarking that math and science has always been "too difficult."

"I'd just like to show (students) that science doesn't have to be difficult and onerous like it's often perceived," Anderson said.

Additionally, masterclasses show young physics students what it's like to work and live as a physicist. Students at the recent masterclass asked Anderson and MIT postdoc Teppei Katori about working far away from the universities they attend.

It's not uncommon to travel thousands of miles or more from your university campus, they explain.

"We want to give them a sense of collaboration in particle physics," said Ken Cecire, a QuarkNet staff teacher at Notre Dame University. "Scientists come from all over the world to do research at a lab. They go where the science is."

Sarah Khan

In the News

OSG's continued expansion supports research at every scale

From isgtw, March 28, 2013

Why do things have mass? How do we eliminate disease? What is the magnitude of human impact on the global environment? These are just a few of the questions addressed by researchers using the Open Science Grid (OSG), a multi-disciplinary partnership that provides access to a distributed fabric of high-throughput computational services.

The Open Science Grid held its annual all hands meeting on the campus of Indiana University - Purdue University at Indianapolis, US, to focus on the computational needs of research and academic communities at every scale. Craig Stewart, executive director of the Indiana University Pervasive Technology Institute, welcomed attendees and recognized the OSG for its achievements. "The OSG plays a critical role in supporting the high-energy physics community, and yet the diversity of scientific disciplines supported by the OSG is at an all time high," says Stewart.

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In the News

LHC upgrade to open up 'new realm of particle physics'

From BBC News, April 2, 2013

Engineers have begun a major upgrade of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).

Their work should double the energy of what's already the most powerful particle accelerator in the world.

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Site master planning helps to prepare for Fermilab's future

Randy Ortgiesen

Randy Ortgiesen, head of the Facilities Engineering Services Section, wrote this column.

I am pleased to announce that the laboratory has for the first time appointed a campus architect for the Fermilab site. This role is perhaps better known across the country on large university campuses, but it is just as important on our 6,800-acre Fermilab campus as we continue preparations for the future. Gary Van Zandbergen, an architect in the Facilities Engineering Services Section, received and accepted this appointment on March 20.

As the laboratory is currently planning and engineering for multiple projects, it is an important time to preserve our architectural heritage—yet it is equally important to capitalize on the opportunity to help define the future. Gary understands this heritage and has essentially been performing in this capacity for the last few years. Now the function has been recognized at the laboratory.

With this assignment comes the responsibility to develop a deliberate strategy for continuity of architecture. Gary will also be communicating the architectural vision, leading efforts in development of a site master plan and ensuring that building designs meet aesthetic as well as functional and scientific goals.

With the support of many others across the site, Gary will develop the site master plan not only to identify the major scientific projects being planned for Fermilab as we move from the Energy Frontier into the Intensity Frontier, but also to address issues of modernization, consolidation and centralization, and the character and identity of the site.

Photo of the Day

Requesting your coordinates

What is it? It's the precision measuring head of a Zeiss coordinate measuring machine in Lab A. Coordinate measuring machines use probes, such as the one pictured above, to measure objects' geometries. For example, you can place the probe inside a cylinder to measure its diameter and out-of-roundness. Photo: Greg Derylo, PPD
Safety Update

ESH&Q weekly report,
April 2

This week's safety report, compiled by the Fermilab ESH&Q section, contains no incidents.

Find the full report here.


Today's New Announcements

Fermilab Singers concert - April 5

Digital certificate doctor-is-in booth - today

Web queries security changes - today

C2ST: Chemical Innovations: Molecular Modeling - today

Garden Club spring meeting - today

Hiring managers: submit summer personnel requisitions by April 12

The World According to Higgs - Chris Quigg - April 12

April - Fermilab Heartland Blood Drive - April 15-16

UChicago: Willy Wonka - movie and science demos - April 21

Fermilab Arts Series: Barynya: Music & Dance of Russia - April 20

Reminder - FSA debit card PIN required

2013 Fermilab Heartland Blood Drives - upcoming dates

Martial arts class

Free Zumba trial classes

Walk 2 Run

International folk dancing meets Thursday evenings in Kuhn Barn

Indoor soccer

Monday golf league