Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013

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Tuesday, Sept. 24

11 a.m.
Academic Lecture Series - One West
Speaker: Ruth Van de Water, Fermilab
Title: State of the Theoretical Art

3 p.m.
LHC Physics Center Topic of the Week Seminar - WH11NE
Speaker: Deepak Kar, University of Glasgow
Title: Jet Substructure Studies in ATLAS

3:30 p.m.


Wednesday, Sept. 25

2:30 p.m.
Theoretical Physics Seminar (NOTE DATE AND LOCATION) - WH3NE
Speaker: Mikhail Solon, University of Chicago
Title: WIMP-Nucleon Scattering with Heavy WIMP Effective Theory

3:30 p.m.

4 p.m.
Fermilab Colloquium - One West
Speaker: Colin Williams, D-Wave Systems Inc.
Title: D-Wave's Approach to Quantum Computing

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Wilson Hall Cafe

Tuesday, Sept. 24

- Breakfast: All-American breakfast
- Breakfast: bacon, egg and cheese bagel
- Grilled reuben sandwich
- Smart cuisine: Caribbean jerk barbecue skewers
- Beef stew in a bread bowl
- Grilled-chicken Caesar jazz salad wrap
- Pork carnitas soft tacos
- Split pea with ham soup
- Chef's choice soup
- Assorted pizza by the slice

Wilson Hall Cafe menu

Chez Leon

Wednesday, Sept. 25
- Parmesan broiled tilapia
- Kale, quinoa and avocado with lemon dijon vinaigrette
- Strawberry lemon tart

Friday, Sept. 27
- Crunchy noodle salad with cabbage and peanut sauce
- Indonesian grilled swordfish
- Spiced rice
- Green beans with ginger and chili
- Sweet potato coconut cake

Chez Leon menu
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One minute with Jim Wilson, fabrication specialist

Jim Wilson, seen here at MI8, oversees the procurement of hardware used in experiments such as NuMI and NOvA. Photo: Reidar Hahn

How long have you been at Fermilab?
This November it will be 35 years. I started out working in the machine shop as an instrument machinist, then I was an instrument maker, and then I became a working foreman before I moved over to the Accelerator Division. I absolutely love it here; it's a great place.

What is a typical day for you like?
This could be anything related to ongoing fabrication issues in our machine shops or at outside vendors. Right now, we have critical parts being brazed in California; if a problem should arise, I may have to travel to address it. A few weeks ago, I traveled to Florida for a vendor visit to discuss fabrication for an ongoing project. Every day is a little bit different, which makes it interesting.

What is the best part of your job?
I work with a variety of talented people all over the lab. I really enjoy that. It's fun. The thing I really like about the lab environment is that it is a team effort.

How did you get interested in this type of work?
I've always been interested in experimental stuff, one-of-a-kind projects. What really drives me is the hardware that is not easily repaired or is difficult to manufacture. I like the challenge — every day there's a new challenge, and every job has unique challenges.

What do you like most about working at Fermilab?
This place is amazing. We have scientists, attorneys, engineers, technicians, administrative support, groundskeepers, machinists, welders, and procurement and transport specialists, to mention a few occupations. In other words, many different occupations are represented at Fermilab, and each is the best at what they do. I believe that we have some of the best talent — friendly and helpful. If you have a question about something, there's somebody here that can help you.

What do you like to do when you're not at work?
I restore antique cars; it is very relaxing. It's similar to some of the work I do here at Fermilab, like machining, finishing, fitting, assembling and troubleshooting.

Sarah Witman

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Photo of the Day

DOE Chief Information Officer Robert Brese visits Fermilab

Last week DOE Chief Information Officer Robert Brese toured Fermilab. From left: Fermi Site Deputy Manager Mark Bollinger, Fermi Site Manager Mike Weis, Fermilab Chief Information Officer Vicky White, DOE Chief Information Officer Robert Brese, Fermilab Director Nigel Lockyer. Photo: Reidar Hahn
In the News

Five-year hunt for mysterious dark energy begins

From space.com, Sept. 17, 2013

Scientists have embarked on a quest to map one-eighth of the entire sky looking for clues about dark energy, the mysterious force believed to be responsible for the ever-accelerating expansion of the universe.

The five-year Dark Energy Survey (DES for short) officially began after sunset on Aug. 31, 2013. Its main instrument is the 570-megapixel Dark Energy Camera at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in the Andes Mountains in Chile.

Though scientists think dark energy comprises 74 percent of the universe, they do not fully understand what it is. Dark energy, for now, is the name given to the force that seems to be working against gravity, causing the expansion of the universe to speed up instead of slow down.

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In the News

Physics: Quantum quest

From Nature, Sept. 11, 2013

If the truth be told, few physicists have ever really felt comfortable with quantum theory. Having lived with it now for more than a century, they have managed to forge a good working relationship; physicists now routinely use the mathematics of quantum behaviour to make stunningly accurate calculations about molecular structure, high-energy particle collisions, semiconductor behaviour, spectral emissions and much more.

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Anna Grassellino earns IEEE Particle Accelerator Science and Technology Award

Anna Grassellino received a doctoral student award from the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Science Society for her work on SRF cavities. Photo: Reidar Hahn

The IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society awards the Particle Accelerator Science and Technology Doctoral Student Award to individuals who have performed outstanding thesis research in particle accelerator science and technology.

The 2013 honoree is Fermilab's Anna Grassellino "for contributions to the fundamental understanding of the field dependent loss mechanisms in SRF cavities."

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35 years of service to Fermilab

The directorate recently honored employees with 35-Year Service Awards. Front row, from left: Vicky White (directorate), Stuart Henderson (directorate), Robert Kephart, Glenn Federwitz, Rich Stanek, Jack Anderson (directorate). Back row, from left: Roger Dixon, Eugene "JJ" Schmidt, Tom Nicol, David Augustine, Glenn Smith. Photo: Reidar Hahn

In August, Chief Information Officer Vicky White, Associate Director for Accelerators Stuart Henderson and Chief Operating Officer Jack Anderson presented Fermilab employees with awards for 35 years of service to the laboratory. Fermilab Today congratulates the employees.

Construction Update

NOvA Near Detector installation is in full swing

PPD engineers and technicans install the first PVC unit of the NOvA Near Detector. Photo: Cindy Arnold

NOvA started the installation of its PVC plastic detector units for the near detector on Aug. 21, after many months of preparation work in the CDF building. PPD first assembled each detector unit, made of 24 layers of fully active volumes for neutrino interaction detection, at CDF. The detector units then took an hour-long, low-speed trip to the Minos surface building before being lowered down into the detector hall 350 feet below ground. The picture shows PPD technicians and engineers in the process of placing the first PVC unit in the underground detector hall.

In the News

'Mr. Freeze' entertains students with science

From Daily Chronicle, Sept. 18, 2013

DeKALB – All Jerry Zimmerman needs to make a ball fly sky high is a little liquid nitrogen.

Zimmerman, also known by his stage name "Mr. Freeze," had students from St. Mary Catholic School in DeKalb gathered outside to watch him shoot a ball more than 250 feet high with his "cryo cannon." Stored in the cannon was bottled water pressurized by boiling liquid nitrogen. After about 15 seconds, the bottle exploded and sent the ball sitting on top hurtling across the air before it landed atop the school's roof.

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Today's New Announcements

Fermilab Photo Club members exhibit application deadline - Oct. 1

Big Move t-shirts available for purchase

Indoor soccer now on Tuesdays and Thursdays

Basketball open gym on Wednesdays

Nominate a colleague for the Director's Award by Sept. 25

Power Writing Workshop offered Oct. 24

Access 2010 classes scheduled

Interpersonal Communication Skills class scheduled for Dec. 4

Writing for Results: Email and More class offered Dec. 11

NALWO "English Conversation" mornings

Accelerate to a Healthy Lifestyle

International folk dancing meets Thursday evenings in Auditorium