Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013

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Tuesday, Oct. 15

11 a.m.
Academic Lecture Series - Curia II
Speaker: Robert Bernstein, Fermilab
Title: The Mu2e Experiment

2 p.m.
Computing Techniques Seminar - WH7X
Speaker: Shantenu Jha, Rutgers University
Title: A Fresh Perspective on Large-Scale Distributed Cyberinfrastructure: Abstractions, Models and Interoperable Tools

3:30 p.m.


Wednesday, Oct. 16

3:30 p.m.


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Wilson Hall Cafe

Tuesday, Oct. 15

- Breakfast: All-American breakfast
- Breakfast: bacon, egg and cheese bagel
- Ranch chicken breast sandwich
- Smart cuisine: pork piccata with lemon sauce
- Chicken curry
- California turkey panini
- Taco salad
- Minnesota chicken and rice soup
- Chef's choice soup

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Chez Leon

Wednesday, Oct. 16
- Spicy Italian lasagna (vegetarian option available on advance request)
- Caesar salad
- Fudgy banana cream pie

Friday, Oct. 18
- Lentil soup
- White fish with Moroccan spice marinade
- Couscous
- Moroccan vegetables
- Tangerine custard tart

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In Brief

Reminder: annual enrollment, informational meetings take place through Friday, Oct. 25

Fermilab's annual enrollment for employee benefits takes place this week and next, ending on Friday, Oct. 25. WDRS is hosting informational meetings throughout the next two weeks about the changes in the lab's benefit programs.

Changes made during annual enrollment will be effective Jan. 1, 2014. This year is a "passive" enrollment. If you do not make a change, your current medical coverage will automatically transfer from CIGNA to the corresponding Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois plan.

For more information, see the email about enrollment benefits sent to all employees on Oct. 10 or visit the annual enrollment Web page.

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Monarch butterfly

A monarch butterfly brightens the Fermilab prairie. Photo: Sue Quarto, FESS
In the News

Fermilab played key role in Nobel Prize-winning discovery

From Chicago Tribune, Oct. 11, 2013

Particle physicists at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, also known as Fermilab, played a key role in the work that ultimately proved a Nobel Prize-winning theory related to the so-called "God particle."

The research focused on how particles acquire mass through the existence of the Higgs boson.

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded the Nobel Prize in physics on Oct. 8 to Peter Higgs and Francois Englert for their theory that predicted the existence of the particle, which was confirmed just over a year ago by the discovery of the Higgs particle at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, through a series of experiments at the Swiss facility's Large Hadron Collider.

Fermilab, a U.S. Department of Energy lab located just outside of Batavia, was heavily involved in both the construction of CERN's particle collider — designing and building magnets that focus the particle beams into a collision — and the research undertaken with the collider that led to the discovery of the Higgs particle.

Nearly 2,000 physicists from U.S. institutions, including 89 universities and seven U.S. Department of Energy laboratories, participated in the experiments, according to a Fermilab press release about the Nobel Prize.

"These guys had this idea in 1964 ... and now it's proven," said Joel Butler, senior research scientist at Fermilab and program manager for the U.S. effort in the Compact Muon Solenoid experiment. "Now they're singled out and honored as the people who had the right idea ... and we helped them. Everybody in the U.S. feels vested in this."

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In the News

U. of C. to open business incubator to spur innovation

From Chicago Sun-Times, Oct. 11, 2013

A new tech incubator is going up on the South Side.

The University of Chicago announced Friday that it will open the incubator, called the Chicago Innovation Exchange, late next year to turn early stage ideas into businesses.

The announcement coincides with universities' growing efforts to commercialize their faculty and student research. At the same time, they're justifying the taxpayer-funded lab work and enabling students to gain business and workplace skills.

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In the News

Synopsis: a black hole's lucky stars

From Physics, Oct. 7, 2013

Astronomers have recently discovered, in the most remote corners of the universe, a number of quasars surrounding black holes a billion times more massive than the Sun. Researchers have dated these distant supermassive black holes (SMBHs) to only several hundred million years after the Big Bang, but are uncertain how such massive objects could have formed so quickly. Writing in Physical Review Letters, Christian Reisswig at the California Institute of Technology and colleagues analyze one possible origin of SMBHs in the early universe.

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Director's Corner

Moving forward despite uncertainty

Fermilab Director
Nigel Lockyer

I start today's column by expressing my appreciation for the commitment you are exhibiting in the face of continuing uncertainty. These are unprecedented times for the laboratory, and your focus on carrying out our scientific mission is commendable.

The budgetary situation has not changed from that described in my email on Friday: Congress has not yet appropriated funds for the fiscal year that began Oct. 1, and while we have been continuing to operate at a reduced level on carryover funding, we have begun to prepare for the possibility of a temporary lab shutdown and furloughs. No date has yet been set for the start of a temporary shutdown; I will let you know as soon as possible if such a shutdown may need to be implemented.

If you are on the Fermilab site or can connect to the lab via VPN, you can view the FAQ page, which has the full text of Friday's message, along with a growing list of shutdown-related questions and answers. We've received many more questions and will update the FAQ page throughout the week.

In the meantime, as we wait and hope for Congress to reach an agreement, we are still working hard to move the laboratory and its research program forward. Much of my time over the last month has been devoted to working with our partners to advance the Fermilab research program as well as the program of the international particle physics community. I have communicated with the leaders of CERN, INFN in Italy and KEK in Japan about possibilities for collaboration in projects in the U.S., in Europe and in Asia. This week the laboratory is hosting a visit by members of the Italian NESSiE collaboration who are interested in partnering with us on LBNE. I will travel to Washington tomorrow to visit the DOE Office of High Energy Physics and discuss lab strategy and scientific planning, topics that will also be on the agenda for the FRA Board meeting this Thursday and Friday.

I very much hope — as I know you also do — that Congress reaches an agreement soon and that we are able to keep our momentum going. In the meantime, if you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask me a question or submit a suggestion.

Construction Update

Finishing the concrete for the MC-1 Building

Workers are completing the installation of the MC-1 Building concrete floors and underground utilities in preparation for the arrival of the structural steel. Photo: Russ Alber, FESS

With the concrete work for the experimental hall complete, workers from Whittaker Construction & Excavating Inc. are finalizing the installation of the under-floor utilities and concrete slabs associated with the service area of the MC-1 Building. The service area includes a Refrigeration Room for cryogenic equipment, Control Room, Computer Room and rooms for power supplies, mechanical equipment and general office space with elevator and restroom. Structural steel erection is expected to start next week, with the building complete by April 2014.


Today's New Announcements

Reduce Your Risk for Cancer - Lunch & Learn - Oct. 16

Donate winter wear for Fermilab Coat Exchange

CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics is online

Fermilab public events and lectures canceled

Scottish country dancing meets at Baker Community Center - Oct. 15

Office of Science's Patricia Dehmer speaks at UChicago - Nov. 5

Heartland Fermilab walk-in blood drive - Nov. 5 and 6

New wireless guest network service now available

SPIE digital library online trial at Fermilab

Money just got cheaper

Accelerate to a Healthy Lifestyle

Indoor soccer now on Tuesdays and Thursdays

Basketball open gym on Wednesdays

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey discounts