Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013

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Tuesday, Sept. 10

10:30 a.m.
Research Techniques Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: Dan Levin, University of Michigan
Title: Plasma Panel Detectors for Ionizing Particles

3:30 p.m.


Wednesday, Sept. 11

3:30 p.m.

4 p.m.
Fermilab Colloquium - One West
Speaker: Tom Diehl, Fermilab
Title: The Dark Energy Survey

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Tuesday, Sept. 10

- Breakfast: All-American breakfast
- Breakfast: bacon, egg and cheese bagel
- Twin chili cheese dogs
- Smart cuisine: Mediterranean baked tilapia
- Cuban steak with black-bean salsa
- Rachel melt
- Stir-fry sensations
- Chef's choice soup
- Hungarian pork goulash

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Chez Leon

Wednesday, Sept. 11
- Vietnamese caramelized pork and rice noodle salad
- Pomegranate poached pear

Friday, Sept. 13
- Gazpacho
- Chili-glazed halibut with avocado tomatillo sauce
- Lemongrass rice
- Sauteed pea pods
- Pineapple flan

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Fermilab Lecture Series: NASA's Michael Meyer talks life on Mars - Sept. 13

NASA's Michael Meyer will give a lecture on the possibility of life on Mars in Ramsey Auditorium on Friday, Sept. 13. Photo: NASA

On Aug. 6, 2012, NASA's Curiosity rover touched down on Mars. The event was greeted with great fanfare as people around the world tuned in to watch the landing. Curiosity could very well be the thing that would uncover conditions favorable for life on Earth's sister planet.

This Friday at 8 p.m. in Ramsey Auditorium, NASA's lead scientist for the Mars Exploration Program, Michael Meyer, will present the latest discoveries on Mars, including those revealed by Curiosity. The Mars program has been able to achieve a series of highly successful interconnected missions to investigate the biological potential of Mars. Curiosity, the first astrobiology mission since Viking, is the culmination of this series. Curiosity is on a mission to explore Gale Crater and the slopes of Mt. Sharp, with the task of determining present and past environments and whether any could have ever supported microbial life.

Michael Meyer works at NASA headquarters and is responsible for the science conducted by NASA's ongoing and developing Mars missions. As the former head of Astrobiology and NASA's planetary protection officer, Meyer has a unique view of Mars exploration and its potential.

Tickets are $7. For more information or to reserve a seat, visit the Fermilab Lecture Series Web page.

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Off the wall, down to earth

A praying mantis hangs out at the Feynman Computing Center. Photo: Mark Kaletka, CCD
This one was spotted in front of Wilson Hall. Photo: Ronald Evans, BSS
In the News

Giant digital camera probes cosmic 'dark energy,' the universe's deepest mystery

From The Washington Post, Sept. 7, 2013

With the whir of a giant digital camera, the biggest mystery in the universe is about to become a bit less mysterious.

Fifteen years ago, the world of science was rocked by the discovery that, contrary to our notions of gravity, distant galaxies appeared to be flying apart at an ever-accelerating rate. The observation implied that space itself was stretching apart faster and faster. It was akin to watching a dropped ball reverse course, speed upward and disappear into the sky.

The discovery made many cosmologists—the scientists who probe the very nature of nature itself—acutely uncomfortable. For either our understanding of gravity is cockeyed, or some mysterious repulsive force—quickly and glibly dubbed "dark energy"—permeates the universe.

In 2011, the Nobel Committee blessed the improbable discovery as real, handing their prize in physics to the two teams that nearly simultaneously made the observation.

"As unhappy as it made some of us, the expansion of the universe is indeed accelerating," said Marc Kamionkowski, professor of physics and astronomy at Johns Hopkins University. "That's how the universe works."

Now, after years of planning and construction, four new projects at telescopes in Chile, Hawaii and the South Pole are getting a handle on what, exactly, is doing this unseemly pushing.

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Director's Corner

New column schedule

Director's Corners will run every other week in Fermilab Today. The next column will appear on Tuesday, Sept. 17.


DOE recognizes Eric Prebys for his LARP service

Mike Procario of the DOE Office of Science presents Eric Prebys an award of appreciation for his service as the program director of the LHC Accelerator Research Program. Photo: Reidar Hahn

For five years, Fermilab scientist Eric Prebys served as program director of the LHC Accelerator Research Program, or LARP. On Aug. 27, DOE Office of Science's Mike Procario presented Prebys with an award of appreciation for his LARP service.

As part of the U.S. involvement with CERN's Large Hadron Collider, LARP coordinates the activities of U.S. labs involved with the LHC accelerator. LARP began in 2003 and consists primarily of Berkeley Lab, Brookhaven Lab, Fermilab and SLAC.

As program director, Prebys led the major R&D portion of the program, which culminated in a proposal for U.S. deliverables to the LHC high-luminosity upgrade, currently scheduled for 2022.

Prebys recently stepped down from the role, and Technical Division Head Giorgio Apollinari succeeds him.

Construction Update

Interior work at IARC OTE Building makes progress

Workers are getting close to finishing the interior of the IARC OTE Building. Photo: Cindy Arnold

A great deal of interior finish work is under way as the IARC Office, Technical and Education Building nears completion. The raised access flooring installation is nearly complete. The ceiling grid is installed, and ceiling tiles are being placed. In the coming week, look for final site grading to take place, with asphalt and permeable pavers for drives and parking lot to follow.

In the News

The mystery of dark matter clarified — a little

From Time, Sept. 5, 2013

Astronomers got their first hints that the universe is filled with some invisible, mysterious, massive substance back in the 1930's—something that must be there and holding things together gravitationally, otherwise the rotation of galaxies would cause them to spin apart. Even now, nobody knows for sure what the mystery stuff is. The leading candidate for the past decade or two has been some sort of exotic elementary particle, forged in the Big Bang—but so far, despite plenty of searching, such a particle has never actually been found.

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Nigel Lockyer meets with users in One West - today

Annual ICW flush - through Sept. 13

Life on Mars - Fermilab Lecture Series - Sept. 13

"Got Debt? Let's Manage It!" free webinar - Sept. 18

Second City: Happily Ever Laughter at Fermilab Arts Series - Sept. 21

Access 2010 classes scheduled

MS Excel and Word classes offered this fall

Interpersonal Communication Skills class scheduled for Dec. 4

Accelerate to a Healthy Lifestyle

Abri Credit Union special offers

International folk dancing meets Thursday evenings in Auditorium

Outdoor soccer at the Village

Chicago Blackhawks preseason discounts