Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013

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Tuesday, Oct. 29

2:30 p.m.
Theoretical Physics Seminar (NOTE DATE) - Curia II
Speaker: Vikram Rentala, Michigan State University
Title: Discriminating Higgs Production Mechanisms Using Jet Energy Profiles

3:30 p.m.


Wednesday, Oct. 30

3:30 p.m.

4 p.m.
Fermilab Colloquium - One West
Speaker: Lance Cooley, Fermilab
Title: Superconductivity and the Environment: A Roadmap

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Wilson Hall Cafe

Tuesday, Oct. 29

- Breakfast: All-American breakfast
- Breakfast: bacon, egg and cheese bagel
- Tuna melt
- Smart cuisine: pork loin with raspberry sauce
- Chicken pot pie
- Gourmet chicken salad croissant
- Kiwi pecan chicken salad
- Green pork chili
- Chef's choice soup
- Assorted pizza by the slice

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Chez Leon

Wednesday, Oct. 30
- Chicken satay
- Jasmine rice
- Sauteed pea pods
- Coconut cake

Friday, Nov. 1

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Wellness Feature of the Month

November wellness offerings, fitness classes and discounts

Wellness offerings for November include Lunch & Learn, book fair, fitness classes, athletic league and new employee discount information.

Free Wellness Offerings

Lunch & Learn: Supplements and Cholesterol
Wednesday, Nov. 13, noon-1 p.m.
Curia II

There are plenty of supplements and vitamins out there that promise healthier cholesterol numbers, but what's the truth behind those promises? Are there foods that naturally provide the same benefit? Learn what does, and doesn't, improve cholesterol. No registration is needed. Feel free to bring your lunch. There will be giveaways for all attendees.

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

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

Book Fair
Wednesday, Nov. 20, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 21, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Wilson Hall atrium

Fitness Classes

Mondays and Wednesdays, Nov. 11 - Dec. 18, 5-6 p.m.
Fitness Center gym

Tuesdays, Nov. 12 - Jan. 14 (no class Dec. 24 or 31), noon-1 p.m.
Ramsey Auditorium

Butts & Guts
Wednesdays, Nov. 13 - Dec. 11, 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Ramsey Auditorium

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

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey
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 jecker@fnal.gov.


10 years of service to Fermilab

Earlier this year, members of the directorate presented Fermilab employees with awards for 10 years of service to the laboratory. Fermilab Today congratulates the employees.

The directorate recently honored employees with 10-Year Service Awards. Front row, from left: Greg Bock (directorate), Valeri Poloubotko, Barbara Brooks, Al Wywialowski, Jeffrey Larson, John Cassidy, Dan Bauer, Svetlana Lebedeva, Young-Kee Kim (directorate). Back row, from left: Tim Messer, Molly Anderson, Tom Kubicki, Josh O'Connell, Philip Varghese, Tom Boes. Photo: Cindy Arnold
The directorate recently honored employees with 10-Year Service Awards. Front row, from left: Don Mitchell, Kevin Anderson, Young-Kee Kim (directorate), Nicole Gee, Heath O'Connell, Jack Anderson (directorate). Back row, from left: Adam Lyon, Michael Sarychev, Matthew Kufer, Eric Pirtle. Photo: Reidar Hahn
The directorate recently honored employees with 10-Year Service Awards. Front row, from left: Stuart Henderson (directorate), Crae Tate, Daniele Turrioni, Vaia Papadimitrio. Back row, from left: Kevin Burkett, Barb Book, Alex Hernandez, Beth Karau. Photo: Reidar Hahn
In the News

Evergreen Park junior benefits from firm (and Fermilab) commitment

From Southtown Star, Oct. 25, 2013

Virginia Miller is a junior at Evergreen Park High School and already is chalking up experiences that will solidify her college applications.

This past summer, Miller, 17, was one of a handful of students who earned an internship at Fermilab in Batavia.

She was chosen after a rigorous application process that included filling out extensive paperwork along with collecting teacher recommendations.

She got a call for an interview at the University of Illinois - Chicago campus, after which the list of applicants was narrowed down to about 50 candidates.

She made the cut and was chosen as one of 18 who got the chance to see what goes on inside Fermilab for six weeks over the summer.

Read more

Director's Corner

Planning the future

Fermilab Director
Nigel Lockyer

The first public meeting of the newest incarnation of the Particle Physics Project Prioritization Panel — known informally as P5 — will take place this weekend at Fermilab. Our lab is honored to be the first to host the panel, which has been charged by DOE and NSF with developing an updated strategic plan for U.S. high-energy physics under various budget scenarios. The P5 process is critically important for Fermilab as it will guide the focus of HEP project funding for the next decade. This weekend's meeting will focus on neutrino physics, Snowmass and the international context. The panel will hear from particle physics leaders in Europe (CERN, Italy and the UK), Asia (China and Japan) and Brazil.

In preparation for the visit of the P5 panel to Batavia, our lab's scientific staff have been engaged in an intensive planning process of their own. A working group was charged with developing a set of recommendations on Fermilab's role in an optimized particle physics program over the next 10 years. The group has met several times over the last month with the broader scientific staff to discuss options and potential plans. The group is delivering recommendations to me this week that I will use in my discussion with the P5 panel.

In tandem with the working group's activities, I have been engaged with the LBNE project team in intensive work to plan the strategy for the Long-Baseline Neutrino Experiment. This was the focus of a series of meetings last week with DOE officials and is also the reason for my first visit to South Dakota this week. Yesterday I arrived at the Sanford Lab and received a brief overview of the site (including the mandatory and thorough safety training). Today I will go underground and engage South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard in a discussion of particle accelerators and neutrino physics. The current LBNE plans and strategy will also be discussed Sunday morning at the P5 meeting.

I encourage all Fermilab employees and users with an interest in the planning process to attend the open sessions of this weekend's meeting in Ramsey Auditorium. On Saturday the panel will hear from the convenors of the Snowmass working groups and from the directors of CERN, KEK and IHEP Beijing. Sunday is dedicated to neutrino physics, with presentations from the various experimental groups. The open sessions end with a town hall meeting on Sunday at 4 p.m.

Photos of the Day

Dew and frost

The patterns formed by heavy dew earlier this month (top) and heavy frost last week (bottom) are visible in these close-ups of greenery inside Main Ring Road. Photo: Elliott McCrory, AD

New employees - October

The following regular employees started at Fermilab in October:

Daniel Bowring, APC; Jin Chang, CS; Rafael Coelho Lopes de Sa, CMS; Elisabetta Furlan, PPD; Pawel Kryczinski, PPD; Dennis Loppnow, FESS; Marco Mambelli, SCD; Keenan Newton, CCD; Flor Nunez, TD; Anne Schukraft, PPD; Liang Zhang, CCD.

Fermilab welcomes them to the laboratory.

In the News

Astronomers use fake data to tackle dark energy

From Nature, Oct. 24, 2013

The dark energy that is blowing the universe apart is perhaps the most important problem in cosmology today. To help understand its mysterious nature, astronomers are hoping that competitions to crunch fake data will prepare them for the large amounts of information expected from sky surveys that will hunt for dark energy's effects.

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Today's New Announcements

Cafeteria will be open Nov. 2-3

Deadline for Wilson Fellowship application - Nov. 1

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

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

Stars of Dance Chicago - Fermilab Arts Series - Nov. 9

CSADay 2013 training opportunities - Nov. 12

Physics Slam 2013 - Fermilab Arts & Lecture Series - Nov. 15

Message regarding Windows 8.1

Donate winter wear for Fermilab Coat Exchange

Lepton flavor violation course in lecture series

Money just got cheaper

Accelerate to a Healthy Lifestyle

Scottish country dancing returns to Kuhn Barn Tuesday evenings

International folk dancing returns to Kuhn Barn Thursday evenings

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey discounts