Tuesday, July 9, 2013

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Tuesday, July 9

10:30 a.m.
Research Techniques Seminar - WH8XO
Speaker: Zhehui (Jeff) Wang, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Title: GHz Hard X-Ray Imaging: Challenges in Efficiency, Timing and Rates

Undergraduate Lecture Series - One West
Speaker: Mark Pankuch, Central Dupage Hospital
Title: Cancer Treatment with Particle Beams

3 p.m.
Farewell reception for Young-Kee Kim - Wilson Hall atrium

3:30 p.m.

4 p.m.
Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar - One West
Speaker: Roger Jones, The Cockcroft Institute and the University of Manchester
Title: Accelerator Structures for High-Gradient Linac Applications

Wednesday, July 10

3:30 p.m.


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Tuesday, July 9

- Breakfast: All-American breakfast
- Breakfast: bacon, egg and cheese bagel
- Chopped-barbecue-pork sandwich
- Smart cuisine: honey dijon baked pork
- Chicken pot pie
- Gourmet chicken salad croissant
- Kiwi pecan chicken salad
- Mexican lime chicken soup
- Chef's choice soup
- Assorted pizza by the slice

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Chez Leon

Wednesday, July 10
Guest chef: Teri Traum Welsh
- Grilled shrimp and tri-melon salad
- Guacamole and grilled-garlic toast
- Pear caflouti

Friday, July 12
- Minted orange, fennel and red-onion salad
- Grilled lamb chops with hot red-pepper relish
- Lemon tarragon green beans
- Toasted bulgur with corn and tomatoes
- Individual berry cobbler with spiced cream

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Special Announcement

Farewell reception for Young-Kee Kim today at 3 p.m.

All Fermilab employees and users are cordially invited to attend a farewell reception for Deputy Director Young-Kee Kim today from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Wilson Hall atrium. Take an afternoon break, enjoy cake and ice cream, and wish Young-Kee well.


BBC's Chris Lintott discusses citizen exploration of universe in July 19 Lecture Series talk

On July 19, Chris Lintott will discuss how citizen scientists can discover planets and explore galaxies in his Fermilab Lecture Series talk, "How to Discover a Planet From Your Sofa." Photo: Dark Energy Survey

Next week Oxford astronomer and BBC's "The Sky at Night" co-presenter Chris Lintott will discuss the magical world of the Zooniverse, where people can discover planets, explore distant galaxies and even travel on World War I ships without leaving their browsers. On Friday, July 19, at 8 p.m. in Ramsey Auditorium, Lintott will deliver a lecture titled "How To Discover A Planet From Your Sofa" as part of the Fermilab Lecture Series.

The Zooniverse is a popular collection of citizen science projects that use the power of human pattern recognition to help scientists sort through millions of images and gigabytes of data. Lintott's talk will include news of the latest discoveries. It will also explain the progress we are making in determining whether the Earth—our own corner of the universe—is special after all.

Lintott runs The Zooniverse. He is the citizen science project lead at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago and a researcher at the University of Oxford. He recently co-authored Bang! with Sir Patrick Moore and Brian May and regularly contributes to The Times about observing the night sky. His work with the Zooniverse was recognized in 2011 by the UK's Royal Society.

Admission to this lecture is $7. Reserve tickets by calling 630-840-2787. For more information, visit the Fermilab Arts & Lecture Series website.

Photos of the Day

Baby bison rescue

Last week a visitor to the Fermilab site noticed that a bison calf had put its head between a gate and the gate post at the bison farm, accidentally getting itself stuck. The visitor notified staff at Site 52, who in turn quickly called Roads and Grounds. Herdsman Cleo Garcia came to the rescue, freeing the calf. Photos: Lori Limberg, BSS
In the News

Dahl aims to burst the dark-matter bubble

From DOE Pulse, July 8, 2013

Sometimes, when the day's work is over, Eric Dahl sits in front of his computer and watches a live video of a clear vessel filled with a special liquid. He watches from a room on the sixth floor of Wilson Hall, the main building of DOE's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Illinois; the vessel is 700 miles away, in a lab buried more than a mile underground in a mine in Ontario.

Most of the time, the liquid isn't doing much. Some days, though, Dahl sees a bubble, and one day, one of those bubbles might revolutionize our understanding of the universe by providing direct evidence for a new type of matter particle. Dahl, an assistant professor at Northwestern University and a scientist at Fermilab, is one member of a small team working on the Chicago Observatory for Underground Particle Physics experiment, which is using bubble chambers to search for signs of dark-matter particles.

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In the News

Peering into space at Aspen Ideas Festival

From BBC's The Forum, July 6, 2013

Cutting-edge space science from this year's Aspen Ideas Festival in Colorado. Former astronaut Edward Lu explains why we urgently need to map all sizeable near-Earth orbit asteroids if we want to avoid becoming 'dinosaur toast'. Also, Lisa Randall, a theoretical physicist at Harvard, explores the mysteries of dark matter—the invisible, seemingly inert stuff, which makes up around 96 percent of the known universe. And, Fermilab's Craig Hogan is behind a new experiment to probe the fabric of space itself, by seeing if it's possible to detect the very tiniest units in the universe.

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Director's Corner

A time of change

Jack Anderson

Editor's note: Fermilab Interim Director Jack Anderson will author Director's Corners until Sept. 3.

Last week I found myself in the unique position of being afforded the distinction of serving as interim laboratory director between Pier Oddone's retirement and the beginning of Nigel Lockyer's tenure on Sept. 3. Coupled with Young-Kee Kim's return to her full-time position in the Physics Department at the University of Chicago, I had the sudden feeling of being on a sailboat when the wind just … stops. It can be an eerie feeling, but sail we must, and the wind will gradually return.

As we look to the immediate future, it is important for us as individuals—and as a laboratory—to maintain a clear focus on the business of Fermilab. Until Nigel begins in September, I will maintain our forward momentum on the plan and activities that Pier and Young-Kee set in place. I plan no structural changes during this transition period. However, it is obvious that the level of engagement by the Directorate in various activities throughout the lab will be different over the next couple of months. I have been working with the associate laboratory directors and several section heads to "lend a hand" to the Directorate in order to continue to maintain support for important activities. So, in a phrase, we'll be working as a team.

We have many important and exciting activities taking place over the next two months. It's important to stay focused and stay safe. Human performance training teaches us that changes can create opportunities for errors, so it is important for all of us to practice "productive inquiry." Ask questions when you don't understand a situation, when something doesn't feel right or if unexpected conditions are encountered. Clarify roles, responsibilities, goals and objectives to reduce the likelihood of unwanted outcomes.

The summer ahead will be a busy one. The Muon g-2 ring arrival is anticipated at the end of July or early August, and employees, their families and the public will be invited to watch the ring move across our site. The construction of its new home, the MC-1 building, is well under way. The extended accelerator shutdown that began on April 30, 2012, and has been marked by many accomplishments is coming to an end next week. This is a significant milestone for all of Fermilab. While the shutdown was an Accelerator Division project, people and groups from all over the lab provided support to get things done. The startup will be paced and methodical, using low-intensity beams. We will be holding a labwide celebration later this year to commemorate the accelerator complex restart and the official start of the Intensity Frontier run.

As we prepare for the transition to a new director, I will continue to stay in frequent contact with Nigel as he prepares to take the helm in two months. He is absorbing a lot of information very quickly regarding a number of activities of importance to the lab, including active participation in the Snowmass process, engaging in HEPAP activities, meeting with key stakeholders and coming up to speed on our organization, systems and processes.

Construction Update

Pouring concrete foundation for MC-1 building

Concrete pouring has begun for the new MC-1 building. Photo: Cindy Arnold

Workers from Whittaker Construction & Excavating Inc. began pouring the basement slab of the new MC-1 building on June 27. Seven-hundred cubic yards of concrete and 90 concrete trucks were required to complete the concrete pour. The slab is the basement floor that will support the future 700-ton Muon g-2 experiment's storage ring.


Today's New Announcements

Artist reception - July 12

Registration for FEMA assistance due today

NALWO event: How to create your own terrarium - July 12

Inside Money: Managing income and debt workshop being offered by TIAA-CREF - July 12

Behavioral interviewing course scheduled for July 18

Fermilab Prairie Plant Survey (Quadrat Study) - July 19

NALWO potluck supper - July 19

Chris Lintott: How to Discover a Planet From Your Sofa - July 19

What's Your Financial IQ Challenge runs from July 1 - 31

July EAP webinar

Summer intern Friday tours

Puppet Fundamentals course offered in September

Fall and spring onsite housing requests now accepted

Same-sex couples now eligible for immigration benefits

Martial arts

BuZheng Qigong & Tai Chi Easy

English country dancing at Kuhn Barn

Scottish country dancing meets Tuesday evenings in Auditorium

International folk dancing in Auditorium for summer