Monday, July 22, 2013

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Monday, July 22


3:30 p.m.

4 p.m.
All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II
Special Topic: Superconducting Cavity Processing Progress

Tuesday, July 23

Undergraduate Lecture Series (NOTE LOCATION) - CDF Big Room
Speaker: Amitoj Singh, Fermilab
Title: Computing at Fermilab

2:30 p.m.
Theoretical Physics Seminar (NOTE LOCATION) - WH3NE
Speaker: Kyoungchul Kong, Kansas University
Title: Next-to-Minimal Universal Extra Dimensions

3:30 p.m.

4 p.m.
Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar - One West
Speaker: Eric Colby, DOE Office of Science High Energy Physics
Title: DOE HEP's Accelerator R&D Stewardship Program

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Monday, July 22

- Breakfast: blueberry pancakes
- Breakfast: sausage, egg and cheese croissant
- Sloppy joe
- Smart cuisine: pasta primavera
- Pecan-crusted chicken breast
- Oven-roasted vegetable wrap
- Shrimp and crab scampi
- Vegetarian potato leek soup
- Texas-style chili

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Chez Leon

Wednesday, July 24
- Bacon cheese stuffed shells
- Field greens with herb vinaigrette
- Fresh fruit plate

Friday, July 26
- Cold spicy cucumber avocado soup
- Peruvian-style beef kabobs with grilled onions and zucchini
- Quinoa and grilled-pepper salad
- Lime tart with blueberry sauce

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Special Announcement

Muon g-2 magnet ring move and celebration Friday

This map shows the path the Muon g-2 ring will take across Fermilab on Friday, July 26. Also marked are restricted parking areas for Friday.

On Friday, July 26, Fermilab will celebrate the arrival of the Muon g-2 magnet ring. Fermilab employees, users, their families and our neighbors are invited to watch as Emmert International transports the magnet across Fermilab grounds.

An event to mark the move begins at 5:30 p.m. on July 26 in Wilson Hall. The magnet is expected to pass near Wilson Hall at 6:30 p.m. Viewing areas will be set up in front of Wilson Hall. A group photo with the ring and all people present will be taken around 7 p.m.

The above map details both the route of the electromagnet ring and parking availability throughout the site on that day. Because of the electromagnet's transportation, certain parking areas will be blocked off all day, and others will be closed starting at 4 p.m. Please make note of these areas and plan accordingly.

Video of the Day

Muon g-2 ring moves up the Illinois River

The Miss Katie pushes the Muon g-2 ring up the Illinois River. In this 1-minute video clip, it passes through the Peoria Lock and Dam as it travels toward Lemont, Ill. View the video. Video: Fermilab
From symmetry

T2K experiment catches neutrinos in the act

For the first time, an experiment has definitively observed the appearance of neutrinos that have changed from one type to another. Photo courtesy of Kamioka Observatory, Institute for Cosmic Ray Research, The University of Tokyo

Physicists have long suspected that strange little particles called neutrinos, which come in three types, can morph from one type into another. They've studied beams made up of one type of neutrinos and discovered that they seem to disappear as they travel.

Today, for the first time, a neutrino experiment has observed conclusively the other side of this process: the appearance of a different type of neutrino in one of those beams.

Physicists on the T2K experiment (pictured above) discovered electron neutrinos in a beam of muon neutrinos they sent 185 miles from the east coast to the west coast of Japan.

"This result constitutes the main motivation for constructing the T2K experiment and has been one of the main goals of neutrino physics for the past decade," says T2K physicist Michael Wilking of TRIUMF laboratory in Canada, who presented today's result at the European Physical Society meeting in Stockholm.

It's as if each neutrino is a ball that has the innate ability to be a baseball, a basketball or a football. It chooses which one to be only when it's caught. Scientists have made machines that pitch tons of these balls in the form of baseballs across long distances. They then catch the balls and study them.

What they had seen up until this point was that not all of the baseballs they were pitching made it to the catcher. This gave them some evidence that the balls were changing types. Now not only have T2K scientists seen baseballs disappearing but they also have caught a significant number of basketballs on the other side.

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Kathryn Jepsen

In Brief

UEC/FSPA presentation for Fermilab and Argonne postdocs and students

Worried about funding for basic research? Wondering what to do with your Ph.D.? On Wednesday, July 24, the Fermilab Users Executive Committee and Fermilab Student and Postdoc Association will present "How to Have a Successful Career in Industry" from 5 to 7 p.m. in One West.

Guest speakers, including two former Ph.D. student Fermilab experiment members, will draw from their personal experiences transitioning from research to industry. Topics will include an overview of the industries that hire physicists, tips on preparing your resume and application material to highlight your transferable skills, how to prepare for interviews, and more. A Q&A will follow the presentation.

For more information, please e-mail Sergo Jindariani.

In the News

Super magnet journey to Fermilab nearly complete

From ABC 7 Chicago, July 21, 2013

July 21, 2013 (LEMONT, Ill.) (WLS) — Moving a 50-foot-wide magnet from New York to Illinois in one piece is no small task, but a local [laboratory] got the project done safely, and that is just step one.

It's part of a latest project by Fermilab, a particle physics research [laboratory].

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In the News

Particle physics: Let it B

From Nature, July 17, 2013

The first observation of matter-antimatter asymmetry in the decays of particles known as Bs0 mesons has been reported in Physical Review Letters by the LHCb collaboration (Aaij et al.) at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, near Geneva, Switzerland. This measurement reinforces the standard model of particle physics and, in particular, its explanation of how the weak force, which governs radioactive decays, distinguishes matter from antimatter.

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Tip of the Week: Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity incidents

One of the lab's most significant vulnerabilities is its Web servers, so Fermilab limits systems offering Web services. Image: ivanpw

We do not have many cybersecurity incidents at Fermilab, but when we do, it is useful to examine their root causes and draw lessons on how we can improve our security practices. Minor incidents, like a virus infection on a single machine, are expected to happen with modest frequency and don't necessarily require extreme scrutiny. But unusual and unexpected occurrences, such as an incident we had last week, do require rigorous examination.

Last week's incident began with a Web server offering Plone services. Plone is a popular mechanism for sharing documents with authorized individuals, as well as for providing managed workflows. There are several instances of Plone in use at the laboratory.

Employees must obtain approval before creating a Plone account. However, one Plone instance allowed self-registration by anyone on the Internet, with no approvals required. This allowed individuals not associated with the lab (or, more likely, robot programs running on some compromised computer) to sign up for Plone accounts and post material on that particular lab Web server. In this case, they posted links that supported various spam enterprises (and pointers to their Plone pages elsewhere on the Internet), resulting in the security incident.

This incident was quickly contained, as we removed the server with the illicit Plone content from the Internet. However, it raised several issues that we can learn from to improve our security:

  1. Obviously, we will make sure no other Web servers offering applications like Plone allow this type of self-registration. More generally, we will be looking at other applications that allow user signups without approvals.
  2. This again points out that one of our most significant security vulnerabilities is with our Web servers. All systems offering Web services to the Internet present an attractive target, especially when they are running applications, like Plone, that may not be configured in the most secure ways. We will continue efforts to limit systems offering Web services both by migrating Web pages to centrally managed systems and by controlling services and applications offered on laboratory Web servers.
  3. We will try to improve our system and application administrators' knowledge of what services are running on their systems so they can help ensure those applications are configured securely, even when installed by others.

Please be understanding as we roll out policies and procedures to accomplish these objectives. And thanks to the entire lab community for their collective efforts to help minimize security incidents.

Irwin Gaines

Photos of the Day

Muon g-2 electromagnet arrives in Illinois

On Friday afternoon, the Muon g-2 ring passed near Pekin, Ill., close to the Kingston Mine. Photo: Reidar Hahn
A crane lowered the ring onto a flatbed truck on Saturday in Lemont, Ill. Photo: Reidar Hahn
Secure on its flatbed truck, the ring will begin the last leg of its journey over land to Fermilab this week. Photo: Kenneth Sievert, AD

Today's New Announcements

URA Visiting Scholars program deadline - Aug. 26

UChicago Tuition Remission program deadline - Aug. 22

Fermilab Heartland Blood Drive - Aug. 12 and 13

Yoga begins July 23

Benefits Office closed July 23-26

UEC/FSPA presentation for Fermilab, Argonne postdocs, students - July 24

NALWO tour to Garfield Farm - July 31

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

July EAP webinar

C2ST presents The Physics of Baseball - Aug. 2

Puppet Fundamentals course offered in September

Poster contest for the CMS experiment

Same-sex couples now eligible for immigration benefits

Outdoor soccer at the Village

English country dancing at Kuhn Barn

Scottish country dancing meets Tuesday evenings in Auditorium

International folk dancing in Auditorium for summer

Fermilab discount at Don's Auto Ade Inc.

Bristol Renaissance Faire discount