Monday, Nov. 4, 2013

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Monday, Nov. 4

2:30 p.m.
Particle Astrophysics Seminar - WH6W
Speaker: Sarah Andreas, Institut d'astrophysique de Paris
Title: Dark Matter in a Hidden Sector

3:30 p.m.

4 p.m.
All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II
Special Topic: 3D ASIC progress

Tuesday, Nov. 5

3:30 p.m.

4 p.m.
Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar - One West
Speaker: Massimo Giovannozzi, CERN
Title: The LHC dynamic aperture saga: overview, ideas and recent developments

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Monday, Nov. 4

- Breakfast: blueberry crepes
- Breakfast: sausage, egg and cheese croissant
- Philly-style cheese steak with peppers
- Smart cuisine: ancho chili barbecue beef
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- Texas-style chili

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Wednesday, Nov. 6
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Saturday, Nov. 9
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- Filet with blue cheese sauce
- Roasted potatoes with garlic and rosemary
- Sauteed green beans
- Chocolate pecan pie

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Brainstorming a more sustainable laboratory

Fermilab's Sustainability Committee was formed to brainstorm new ways for the laboratory to practice environmentalism and energy efficiency. One method already in use is the purchase of renewable energy certificates with the lab's electricity, thereby investing in sustainable forms of energy. Photo: Reidar Hahn

Why is it important for a facility like Fermilab to think about and implement sustainable practices? Because if you don't, says Eric Mieland, you're behind the curve.

Sustainability and energy efficiency have been watchwords at Fermilab for decades. Even the laboratory's most powerful accelerators were designed and operated with an eye toward keeping energy consumption low. In 2010, the Department of Energy renewed its focus on sustainable practices, setting ambitious long-term goals for its laboratories.

That's one reason Mieland, an environmental officer with Fermilab's ESH&Q Section, gave for the formation of a sustainability committee, the first in the laboratory's history. Mieland and Rod Walton, environmental officer for FESS, met with then-Chief Operating Officer Bruce Chrisman to form a committee focused on coming up with new ways to be more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly.

"The goal was to form a group with representatives from each division and section, including key positions such as the lab's energy, fleet and procurement managers," said Mieland. "We would come up with ideas that could be taken back to that division or section and put into practice."

Since early 2011, a group of roughly a dozen people from all corners of the laboratory has met on a regular basis to talk about a wide range of issues. They've tackled everything from improving the efficiency of the accelerators to encouraging employees to carpool.

"It's the only committee charged with going beyond what we have to do," Walton said. "Our charter letter charges us to advocate for sustainability measures that go beyond what's required."

The requirements are fairly ambitious in themselves. DOE has set agency goals for the reduction of greenhouse gases by 2020, and since most of the laboratory's emissions come from purchased electricity, the lab is looking for creative ways to bring those numbers down. One idea already in practice is the purchase of renewable energy certificates, Mieland said, which allows the lab to fund green energy in an amount equal to the power it uses.

The computing centers use more power than anything else at the lab except the accelerators, Mieland said, and work is under way at the Grid Computing Center to increase efficiency there. The lab's fleet of vehicles runs largely on E85 and biodiesel, both renewable fuels.

But it's not just about large-scale efficiencies. Walton said much of the committee's discussion has focused on encouraging employees to cut back on their own greenhouse gas emissions. With employees driving an average of 30 miles round trip each day, getting to work pumps nearly 5,000 tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere each year.

This summer, the ESH&Q section offered a gas gift card as incentive to sign up with GreenRide Connect, a carpooling database hosted by Argonne National Laboratory. The committee has also brought in representatives from Pace to talk about services they offer, including ridesharing and van pools.

The committee works as an advisory group. And while its charge is vast, its work is important, Mieland said.

"We want more sustainable practices out of necessity, but it's also the right thing to do," he said.

Andre Salles

Special Announcement

Roads B and D closed Nov. 5-8

Roads B and D in the vicinity of the Feynman Computing Center and the IARC OTE Building construction will be closed from Tuesday to Friday. Click on the map to view the detour route.

From Nov. 5-8, parts of Road B and Road D will be closed because of road improvements in front of the IARC Office Technical and Education Building and on the east side of Feynman Computing Center.

Employees at FCC will use the FCC remote parking lot along the north side of Road B.

Employees at CDF will use the parking lot at Site 327. Access around the barricade at the far east end of Road D is allowed for CDF employees only.

Employees working in the Industrial Complex (IC and IB 1, 2, 3 and 4) will access the parking lots from Feldott Road.

See this map to view the detour route.

In the News

Top 20 countdown: Innovations in Chicago that changed the world

From Chicago Tribune, Oct. 30, 2013

#10: FermiLinux (1998)

Since programmer Linus Torvalds created Linux as a free source code in 1991, it has spread around the world as a useful, flexible operating system that serves as an alternative to Microsoft's Windows and others.

But if Linux can be thought of as a common "language," at least one powerful "dialect" originated at Fermilab near Chicago. In collaboration with the European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, and other labs and universities, Fermilab recompiled a version of Linux — now called "Scientific Linux" because of its use in the global scientific community.

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Tip of the Week: Safety

Before and after you turn those keys, look 360 degrees

Remember to look behind you when backing your vehicle. Photo: Fermilab Security

Although we at Fermilab ended fiscal year 2013 with our lowest injury rate in years, the rate of vehicle accidents rose. Backing accidents accounted for over 50 percent of all vehicle accidents for the past two years. While most vehicle accidents at Fermilab involved only property damage, bodily injuries have been recorded in the past.

According to the National Safety Council, one out of four vehicle accidents can be blamed on poor backing techniques. Backing accidents cause 500 deaths and 15,000 injuries per year in the United States. Here are a few safe vehicle backing tips to help prevent accidents on and off the job.

  • Get to know a vehicle's blind spots. In a medium-size truck, blind spots can extend tens of feet in front of and behind the vehicle. Drivers need to remember that mirrors can never give the whole picture while backing.
  • Park defensively. Drivers should choose easy-exit parking spaces that don't crowd neighboring vehicles, parking their vehicle in the center of the parking space if possible.
  • Do a 360-degree walk-around. Walking around a vehicle gives the driver a first-hand view of the backing area and any limitations. They can check for children, soft or muddy areas, potholes, tire hazards, light poles, wires, low-hanging tree branches and other dangers.
  • Every backing situation is new and different. Even though a driver might visit the same location several times a day, he or she should be especially careful in these cases, looking for changes and any new obstacles at every visit.
  • Use a spotter. A driver should use another person to help when visibility is vastly limited. The spotter should not walk backwards while giving instructions. Instead, the spotter should always walk forward, turn around, then give the proper hand signal.
  • Avoid distractions. Talking on a cell phone is never a safe option while driving, and this is especially true when backing. Backing requires the full attention and skill of the driver.
  • Back up slowly. Take time to check mirrors and give any initially unseen pedestrian time to move away. Rushing to park in a space or reverse direction only increases your risk of overlooking dangers. Patience saves lives.

For more information on traffic awareness at Fermilab visit the Traffic Safety Subcommittee website.

J.B. Dawson

Photo of the Day

Quiet, please

Fermilab's natural areas sometimes need some quiet time, too. Photo: Steve Krave, TD
In Brief

Construction noise on the first floor of Wilson Hall

Over the next eight weeks, construction will take place in the northwest corner of the Wilson Hall atrium, which will house the offices of the Fermilab director, deputy director and chief operating officer. The construction activities may produce noise at times. The potentially loudest work has been scheduled during the 4 p.m. to midnight time period to help minimize disruption to staff in Wilson Hall.

Please note that the bicycle and motorcycle parking area on the west side of Wilson Hall will be unavailable during construction, which is scheduled to be completed in January 2014. An alternate parking area is located on the east side of Wilson Hall.

In the News

Neutrinos head off again to Minnesota

From CERN Courier, Oct. 21, 2013

In August, after a 16-month shutdown, Fermilab resumed operation of its Neutrinos at the Main Injector (NuMI) beamline and sent the first muon neutrinos to three neutrino experiments: MINERvA, MINOS+ and the new NOvA experiment. Numerous upgrades to the Fermilab accelerator complex have laid the groundwork for increasing the beam power of the NuMI beamline from about 350 kW to 700 kW. In addition, Fermilab has changed the NuMI horn and target configurations to deliver a higher-energy neutrino beam compared with pre-shutdown operation.

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Today's New Announcements

FCC access limited on Nov. 5 - 6

SharePoint maintenance - Nov. 8-11

CSADay 2013 training opportunities - Nov. 12

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

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

Labwide party - Dec. 6

Message regarding Windows 8.1

Scottish country dancing returns to Kuhn Barn Tuesday evenings

International folk dancing returns to Kuhn Barn Thursday evenings