Monday, May 6, 2013

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Monday, May 6

2:30 p.m.
Particle Astrophysics Seminar - One West
Speaker: Neal Dalal, University of Illinois
Title: Probing Dark Matter Substructure with Dusty Galaxies

3:30 p.m.

4 p.m.
All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II
Special Topics: Proton Improvement Plan; Detector R&D; Computing Load Shed Plan for Summer 2013

Tuesday, May 7

3:30 p.m.

4 p.m.
Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar - One West
Speaker: Alexander Shemyakin, Fermilab
Title: Status of PXIE MEBT Absorber Development

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Wilson Hall Cafe

Monday, May 6

- Breakfast: oatmeal raisin pancakes
- Breakfast: Sausage, egg and cheese croissant
- Fermi burger
- Smart cuisine: country baked chicken
- Veal parmesan
- Classic club sandwich
- Buffalo chicken salad
- Chicken and sausage gumbo
- Texas-style chili
- Assorted pizza by the slice

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Chez Leon

Wednesday, May 8
- Apple- and horseradish-glazed salmon
- New potatoes with dill
- Roasted broccoli
- Lemon cake

Friday, May 10
- Spinach salad
- Alaskan crab legs
- Parsley potatoes
- Grilled asparagus
- Lemon panna cotta with blueberry sauce

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From the Director Search Committee

Director search update

Norm Augustine

On behalf of the Fermilab Director Search Committee, I want to begin this final update by thanking the many Fermilab staff members and scientists from across the country and around the world who aided our work. Your thoughtful input, advice and guidance have been invaluable as we identified candidates for the laboratory's next director.

Our committee's unanimous final report was submitted May 1, on schedule, to Robert Zimmer, chairman of the Fermi Research Alliance Board of Directors and president of the University of Chicago. As required in our charge, the report contained an unranked list of at least three candidates to lead the laboratory, the rationale for our choices, and a summary of the process we followed to arrive at our conclusions.

President Zimmer will review our report and make a recommendation for the next director of Fermilab. Approval of his recommendation will be sought from the two FRA member organizations, the University of Chicago and Universities Research Association, and from the FRA Board of Directors. Lastly, concurrence with the final recommendation will be sought from the U.S. Department of Energy. When the process is completed, an announcement will be made.

I appreciate the significant effort my colleagues on the Director Search Committee devoted to carrying out our important responsibility. Our committee represented a diverse range of scientific interests, geographic locations and viewpoints, and I could not have asked for a finer group with which to work. I join the rest of you in looking forward to the announcement of a new Fermilab director and hope you will join with us in supporting that individual to the greatest possible extent.

Norm Augustine, Chair,
Fermilab Director Search Committee

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Which way to the dog park?

A Great Dane and its much smaller friend apply to a Fermilab security guard for guidance. Photo: Tanya Levshina, SCD
In the News

Davis-Bahcall Scholarship recipients for 2013 announced

From Sanford Underground Research Laboratory, May 1, 2013

Lead, S.D.—Nine outstanding South Dakota science students have been selected as Davis-Bahcall Scholars for 2013. The four-week summer program, now in its sixth year, includes study at the Sanford Underground Research Facility in Lead, S.D., and at Italy's Gran Sasso National Laboratory, which is the world's largest underground lab. Students also will visit two national labs near Chicago—Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and Argonne National Laboratory.

The Davis-Bahcall program provides opportunities for high school seniors and college freshmen to meet and study with scientists and engineers doing world-leading research. The program is made possible through generous financial support from 3M, a global innovation company based in Minnesota, and by the NASA South Dakota Space Grant Consortium, which supports two college freshmen to join the seven high school seniors selected to the program. The Sanford Lab runs the program in partnership with the South Dakota Department of Education.

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In the News

Holdren responds to proposals to limit federal support for research

From FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News, May 3, 2013

In remarks prepared for the AAAS Forum on Science & Technology Policy, Office of Science and Technology Policy Director John Holdren addressed recent developments on Capitol Hill regarding federal support for research. Holdren was responding to congressional concerns about federal funding for social science research and proposed legislation impacting the grant making process at the National Science Foundation. Selections from his remarks, delivered yesterday in Washington, D.C., follow.

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Tip of the Week: Cybersecurity

Virus vigilance in Fermilab computing

While Fermilab's Computing Sector does not enforce a zero-tolerance policy on computer security incidents, it does take aggressive measures if a virus infects your computer.

Fermilab's mission to advance particle physics research relies heavily on the secure operation of the lab's computing resources. In order to enable this mission and ensure that scientific work proceeds smoothly, we do not have zero-tolerance policy on computing security incidents. Restricting computing activities to a level such that we would never have a security incident would prevent the communication and interaction that our science requires.

But this means that when we detect a potential incident, it is critical that we respond rapidly and effectively to make sure that the incident is contained and any damage is localized. There are sets of specific procedures to be followed for different types of incidents. These are designed to provide this containment and damage limitation.

One example that is often visible to users is the case of virus detection. We do not inspect machines at the entrances to the lab, but we do scan systems when they appear on our network. Baseline configurations for Windows, OSX and Linux systems require running regular virus scans using up-to-date virus signatures and reporting the results to the lab's central virus scanning service. To protect the rest of laboratory computing, detecting certain types of viruses requires mandated responses before an infected machine can be put back into service.

Boot sector or system area viruses require that the machine be wiped and the operating system be reinstalled. These types of viruses are too pernicious and difficult to eradicate with less intrusive measures. The wipes and reinstalls are performed by the Desktop Support Group, and they have no leeway to take other actions. The only other choice available is to permanently retire the offending machine and never again attach it to the laboratory network.

So if your system needs to interact with desktop support, please give them full cooperation. To avoid such potential unpleasantness, use care in visiting non-business websites and downloading software: Even a seemingly innocent browser taskbar can carry malicious content.

Irwin Gaines


Today's New Announcements

NALWO's spring tea - today at 11 a.m. at director's house

Immigration presentation for students and postdocs - May 9

DASTOW scheduled - June 21

Outdoor soccer at the Village

Artwork pick-up - May 8 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

LabVIEW classes scheduled - May 10 and June 13

Hubbard Street 2 Dance - Fermilab Arts Series - May 11

Pet Adoption Day at Abri Credit Union in Romeoville - May 11

Lecture: Big Science, Big Challenges - May 16

English country dancing Sunday afternoons at Kuhn Barn - May 19

OneNote 2010 class offered - May 22

46th Fermilab Users Meeting registration now open

Register for Argonne-UChicago-Fermilab collaboration meeting

Changes to U.S. visa procedures

Finance Section website migration

Butts & Guts offered Mondays and Wednesdays

Open gym basketball Tuesday evenings

International folk dancing meets Thursday evenings in Kuhn Barn

Scottish country dancing meets Tuesday evenings in Kuhn Barn

Indoor soccer

Fermilab lost-and-found is in Communication Center, WH GF

International folk dancing meets Thursday evenings in Kuhn Barn

Scottish country dancing meets Tuesday evenings in Kuhn Barn