Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013

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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

Thursday, Sept. 26

11 a.m.
Intensity Frontier Seminar Series - WH8XO
Speaker: Tingjun Yang, Fermilab
Title: Liquid-Argon Time Projection Chambers


3:30 p.m.

4 p.m.
Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar (NOTE DATE) - One West
Speaker: Tianjue Zhang, China Institute of Atomic Energy
Title: The Cyclotron Development Activities at China Institute of Atomic Energy

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Wilson Hall Cafe

Wednesday, Sept. 25

- Breakfast: crustless quiche casserole
- Breakfast: ham, egg and cheese English muffin
- Western turkey burger
- Smart cuisine: portobello and peppers over soft polenta
- Southern fried chicken
- Turkey bacon panino
- Sweet and sour chicken
- Cuban black-bean soup
- Texas-style chili
- Assorted calzones

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
Call x3524 to make your reservation.


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Wellness Feature of the Month

October wellness offerings, fitness classes and discounts

Wellness offerings for October include the Health and Wellness Fair, free wellness offerings, fitness classes, athletic league and new employee discount information.

Health and Wellness Fair
Monday, Oct. 21, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Wilson Hall atrium
There will be vendors, giveaways and drawings.

Free Wellness Offerings

Lunch and Learn: Reduce Your Risk for Cancer
Wednesday, Oct. 16, noon-1 p.m.
Curia II
Free; no registration required

You've heard about foods that do this and foods that do that, but which ones are actually going to be the most beneficial for fighting cancer? Get the latest research on cancer prevention and everyday ways you can help prevent cancer from developing. There will be giveaways for all attendees. Just show up. Feel free to bring your lunch.

BuZheng Qigong and Tai Chi Easy
Mondays and Fridays, Sept. 16 to Dec. 20, noon-1 p.m.
Ramsey Auditorium

Wednesdays, Sept. 18 to Dec. 18, 7-8 a.m.
Ramsey Auditorium

Fitness Class

Mondays and Wednesdays, Sept. 30 to Nov. 6, 5-6 p.m.
Fitness Center exercise room

Athletic League

Indoor soccer
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6 p.m.
Fitness Center gymnasium

Gym membership is required to participate. Contact O'Sheg Oshinowo for more information.

Employee Discount

Six Flags Great America Fright Fest
For other discount information, visit the WDRS employee discounts Web page.

For more information, contact Jeanne Ecker in the Wellness Office at x2548 or at

Photo of the Day

3-D printed model of the Mu2e solenoid

This model of the Mu2e solenoids was made on a 3-D printer at the University of Virginia. The Mu2e solenoids will form a continuous magnetic channel that captures pions from a production target, form a secondary muon beam and provide a constant field for momentum analysis of 100-MeV electrons. The magnetic field varies from nearly 5 Tesla (at the far right) to 1 Tesla (at the far left). The Mu2e tracker and calorimeter reside inside the solenoid at the far left. 3-D printing technology makes it possible to fabricate detailed models for a fraction of the cost of a traditional scale model. Photo: Reidar Hahn
Accelerator Update

Accelerator update, Sept. 23

Linac and Booster
AD personnel operated the Linac and Booster accelerators, tuned the machines and conducted machine studies. Technicians replaced the driver tube for the RFQ.

Main Injector/NuMI
During the week of Sept. 16, the Main Injector provided 113 hours of proton beam to the NuMI target for the production of neutrinos for MINERvA, MINOS and NOvA. The machine delivered an integrated intensity of 4.57 x 1018.

AD personnel investigated an aperture restriction in the Recycler. They adjusted and realigned the beam pipe.

Fixed-target area: Test Beam Facility
AD personnel sent proton beam from the Main Injector to the Fermilab Test Beam Facility. Experiment T-1038 took data, and equipment for experiments T-1043,T-992,T-1045 and T-1047 were installed during the week.

Fixed-target area: SeaQuest
The first post-shutdown beam to SeaQuest is expected in October.

View the AD Operations Department schedule.

In the News

Managing a pond for education

From Fermilab Natural Areas, September/October

Every fall, middle school students net for invertebrates in the pond by the Lederman Science Center. Students decide whether or not the pond is healthy by noting what "critters" they find.

This summer, plants such as elodea, pondweed, and Eurasian water milfoil covered about 95 percent of the pond. To ensure the survival of the pond so that it could be a viable test area for students, and efficiently handle parking lot runoff, something needed to be done!

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Changes in laboratory health coverage

Kay Van Vreede

Kay Van Vreede, head of the Workforce Development and Resources Section, wrote this column.

Over the next month, Fermilab employees will receive two important communications from the Benefits Office, so please watch your email.

Oct. 1 - State health insurance exchange notice. The first all-hands email will contain a link to a notice, which employers must distribute to their employees, explaining upcoming changes mandated by health care reform, also known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The next milestone in health care reform occurs Jan. 1, 2014, when everyone will be required to have minimum essential coverage or incur a penalty. All three Fermilab-sponsored medical plans meet the minimum essential coverage requirements. Americans who are not eligible for coverage through their employers may enroll in plans through the new state exchange marketplace. Read more about the state exchange marketplace and review the notice.

Oct. 11 - Annual enrollment announcement. Employees will receive an all-hands email announcing that annual enrollment will take place Oct. 14 to 25. The email will include links to the annual enrollment booklet, additional notices and the change form. We are pleased to announce that effective Jan. 1, 2014, all three medical plans will transfer to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL). The dental plans will remain with CIGNA. Annual enrollment informational meetings will be held throughout the two-week enrollment period. Plan to attend a meeting to learn more about the 2014 changes and new programs offered by BCBSIL. If your spouse or family member has questions, invite them to attend a session on Oct. 14 at 6 p.m. in Curia II.

Annual enrollment is a passive enrollment this year, so you are not required to re-enroll if you intend to continue with the same plans and coverage that you have in 2013 or want to enroll in a 2014 FSA plan. However, you should review the booklet to understand how you may be affected by the transition of our medical plans to BCBSIL. Retirees will be notified of these changes in a separate mailing.

The Benefits Office continually evaluates the lab's benefit programs to ensure that we maintain a competitive benefit position that is cost-effective, consistent with laboratory and DOE policies and compliant with state and federal laws.

As always, members of WDRS and the Benefits Office are available to answer your questions. Feel free to email or call x3395 to make an appointment. You can also contact your HR generalist for help.

In Brief

Dark Energy Survey featured on WTTW's "Chicago Tonight" this evening at 7 p.m.

The Dark Energy Survey will be the subject of a segment on WTTW-11's program "Chicago Tonight" this evening at 7 p.m. Reporter Eddie Arruza conducted an extensive interview with DES Director Josh Frieman for the piece. For more information, visit the WTTW website.

Safety Update

ESH&Q weekly report, Sept. 24

This week's safety report, compiled by the Fermilab ESH&Q section, contains no incidents.

Find the full report here.

In the News

CERN wants us to surf like it's 1990

From IT World, Sept. 18, 2013

Recently I created a list of 15 geeky places to visit before you die, and one of them was CERN, the European Center for Nuclear Research. It's a famous place based solely on the science that goes on there, but also because it gave birth to the World Wide Web in 1990. If you can't afford the trip to Switzerland to bask in those historic web vibes, though, you should soon be able to relive the experience of being one the first people to surf the web, right from the comfort of your own home.

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Today's New Announcements

Network maintenance in Fixed Target areas - Sept. 26

Nominate a colleague for the Director's Award today

Fermilab Photo Club members exhibit application deadline - Oct. 1

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

Big Move t-shirts available for purchase

NALWO "English Conversation" mornings

Accelerate to a Healthy Lifestyle

International folk dancing meets Thursday evenings in Auditorium

Indoor soccer now on Tuesdays and Thursdays

Basketball open gym on Wednesdays