Tuesday, June 25, 2013

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Tuesday, June 25

Undergraduate Lecture Series - One West
Speaker: Don Lincoln
Title: The Energy Frontier

3 p.m.
LHC Physics Center Topic of the Week Seminar - WH11NE
Speaker: Yevgeny Kats, Rutgers University
Title: LHC Searches Examined via the RPV MSSM: Part 2 – Stops and Gluinos

3:30 p.m.

4 p.m.
Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar - One West
Speaker: Alex Lumpkin, Fermilab
Title: Applications of Undulator Radiation at ASTA: High-Power Beam Diagnostics and an XUV FEL Oscillator

Wednesday, June 26

3:30 p.m.


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Tuesday, June 25

- Breakfast: All-American breakfast
- Breakfast: bacon, egg and cheese bagel
- Grilled-chicken quesadilla
- Smart cuisine: pork piccata with lemon sauce
- Chicken curry
- California turkey panini
- Taco salad
- Chef's choice soup
- Minnesota chicken and rice soup

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Chez Leon

Wednesday, June 26
- Stuffed portobello mushroom with spinach and feta
- Romaine, strawberry and orange salad
- Vanilla bean cheesecake

Friday, June 28
Guest chefs: Grace and Gary Leonard
- Asparagus salad
- Halibut en papillote
- Pasta with cilantro pesto
- Grilled pound cake with seasonal fruit and pomegranate molasses

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Fermilab physicist Skypes with Pittsburgh classroom

Physics students at Peters Township High School in Pennsylvania participate in a Skype in the Classroom call with Fermilab scientist Mike Cooke and two ATLAS physicists. Photo courtesy of Susan Hlebinsky

In an effort to inspire the next generation of scientists, last month Fermilab scientist Mike Cooke, along with two physicists from CERN's ATLAS experiment, chatted via Skype with 64 students at Peters Township High School in McMurray, Penn., as part of Skype in the Classroom, a program that sets up free Internet calls between teachers, students and experts.

Fermilab's involvement in the call, which focused on the Higgs boson, was orchestrated by Marge Bardeen, the manager of Fermilab's Education Office, who is also co-chair of the International Particle Physics Outreach Group. Bardeen saw it as an opportunity to excite both future physicists and future supporters of science.

"If science doesn't reach out, if scientists can't talk about what they do, they're not going to have the support they need in order to do the research they are passionate about," Bardeen said. "So they have to become good communicators and reach out and explain what they're doing and why it's important."

Cooke, who won the 2010 Director's Award for volunteer service, was a natural choice to participate in the call. He said the students asked about a dozen questions they had prepared ahead of time, ranging from technical questions about how detectors work to more broad ones about the significance of studying particle physics—especially after the discovery of the Higgs boson.

"It's a very exciting time, and there are still questions," Cooke said. "That excitement about the field is why I wanted to do physics, and I try to communicate this to the students."

If the students' reactions are any indication, Cooke did just that. Susan Hlebinsky, the teacher who headed the call, said one student came up to her after the talk, newly aware of all the mysteries of the universe still waiting to be solved.

"He came up to me and said, 'We think we know so much, but after listening to them I see how much more there is for me to learn,'" Hlebinsky said. "I love physics. Not all of my students will love physics, but I want them to see how important it is and how they can better interact with the world in which they find themselves."

Laura Dattaro

Video of the Day

And there was much rejoicing

Early Monday morning, the Muon g-2 ring set out down the William Floyd Parkway in Long Island, headed to the Smith Point Marina 10 miles away. The team from Emmert International estimated that the trip would take six hours. It actually took two hours and 15 minutes. Later that day, the ring was lifted by crane onto a waiting barge. Next it will begin its four- to six-week journey to Illinois. Follow the trip on the map at the Muon g-2 Big Move Web page, and check out the video of the ring rolling down the parkway. Video: Brookhaven National Laboratory
In Brief

Project X Book released

The Project X Book is now available online. It will be available as a paperback book at this summer's Snowmass workshop.

Last week the Project X collaboration released the Project X Book. The book is a series of three reports that covers the Project X accelerator reference design, its opportunities for particle physics and its broader impacts beyond particle physics.

The work is the culmination of many years of effort researching and developing the technology for the Project X accelerator complex and defining its physics objectives. Project X is a proposed proton accelerator complex at Fermilab that would provide the particle physics world with powerful and sensitive tools to explore new scientific frontiers. This facility would provide particle beams to multiple experiments searching for rare and hard-to-detect phenomena that will further our understanding of fundamental physics.

The Project X Book will be available in paperback at this summer's Snowmass workshop.

In the News

Fermilab picks new director

From Chicago Daily Herald, June 21, 2013

Nigel Lockyer, director of Canada's TRIUMF laboratory for particle and nuclear physics, has been tapped to lead Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, officials announced Thursday.

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In the News

U.S.-India joint fact sheet: A remarkable expansion of U.S.-India cooperation on science & technology

From the U.S. Department of State, June 24, 2013

The United States and India and enjoy robust bilateral science and technology cooperation. This collaboration has been vital in achieving a broad range of shared goals, including sustaining economic growth and job creation; allowing our citizens to live longer, healthier lives; developing clean sources of energy; and protecting our environment for future generations. The U.S.-India Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement, signed in 2005, established the Joint Committee meeting (JCM) to plan, coordinate, monitor, and facilitate bilateral cooperation in science and technology.

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Director's Corner

Thanks for eight great years

Fermilab Director
Pier Oddone

After eight years and about 400 director's corners, I come to the last column of my tenure as director of our great laboratory. I am deeply grateful for the privilege to have served as your director and for the support, encouragement and great devotion of all of you to Fermilab's mission. You are hard-charging, can-do folks. Often you start with a healthy dose of skepticism—you need to be convinced. But watch out when you move! There is no stopping you until you succeed.

When I was considering taking the helm of Fermilab more than eight years ago, I remember hearing from a colleague familiar with the lab, "There is a lot of juice there." Indeed I found "a lot of juice" here. It consists of vitality and strength joined with incredible resilience, which has allowed us to deal successfully with a major transition from the dominant Tevatron program to a marvelous suite of new projects that delve into the greatest mysteries of the universe—projects that keep Fermilab and the U.S. program at the forefront of particle physics. And all of this has been accomplished despite bruising budgetary circumstances.

This is not the work of just one person. I have been fortunate to have not only a superb management group but a wonderful team across the many disciplines represented at the laboratory working for the benefit of Fermilab and the particle physics community.

One person who deserves special recognition and gratitude from all of us is Deputy Director Young-Kee Kim. She has shared in directing the laboratory, been part of all decisions and played key roles in the most important and sensitive issues we have faced during these turbulent years. She has done so indefatigably, combining great drive and grace. She has never held back in giving generously of her time and effort for the benefit of the laboratory.

I also want to thank our user community for an exceedingly productive working relationship and mutual support. The users' reports given during last week's events was most impressive. My family and I greatly appreciated the gesture of "retiring" my jersey, which features the Peruvian colors and the number 5, symbolizing the tenure of the fifth director of Fermilab.

In this final column I also want to welcome the sixth director of Fermilab, Nigel Lockyer, and wish him and all of you at Fermilab every success in the years to come. He will discover that there is today even more of that "juice" of vitality, strength and resilience that characterizes Fermilab. I salute you all.

Photos of the Day

2013 Fermilab Users Meeting

This year's Fermilab Users Meeting was full of excitement. In addition to the annual meeting, the Fermilab Users hosted an event commemorating the completion of the International Linear Collider technical design and a farewell symposium for outgoing director Pier Oddone. Above: Director Oddone is presented with an SRF-cavity penholder at the farewell symposium. Photo: Cindy Arnold. View more photos.
Special Announcement

DASTOW posters available in Wilson Hall atrium

Take home a poster of this year's DASTOW group photo. Photo: Reidar Hahn

DASTOW souvenir posters are now available for pick-up in the Wilson Hall atrium by the security desk.

In the News

Moving a $25 million magnet without moving it an inch

From Popular Mechanics, June 21, 2013

Once in a great while, the exact $25 million tool you need is laying around, free for the taking. Free, that is, if you can move a delicate, complex piece of scientific equipment halfway across the country without breaking it.

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Today's New Announcements

Batavia Road gate closed July 5-6

Swim lessons session 2 due

Fermilab Prairie Plant Survey (Quadrat Study) - June 26, July 19

Registration for FEMA assistance due July 9

Behavioral interviewing course scheduled for July 18

Summer intern Friday tours

Sitewide domestic water flushing

Volunteer opportunity - Coat Drive 2013

10K Steps Drawing Winner

BuZheng Qigong & Tai Chi Easy

Pool memberships at Fermilab

Ultimate Frisbee Mondays and Wednesdays

Outdoor soccer at the Village

International folk dancing moves to Wilson Hall for summer

Scottish country dancing meets Tuesday evenings in Auditorium

Join the Tango Club