Monday, Nov. 18, 2013

Have a safe day!

Monday, Nov. 18

2:30 p.m.
Particle Astrophysics Seminar - WH6W
Speaker: Joaquin Vieira, Caltech
Title: The South Pole Telescope and the Millimeter Sky

3:30 p.m.

4 p.m.
All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II

Tuesday, Nov. 19

11 a.m.
Academic Lecture Series - Curia II
Speaker: Gerald Gabrielse, Harvard University
Title: The Magnetic Moment of the Electron

3 p.m.
LHC Physics Center Topic of the Week Seminar - WH11NE
Speaker: Hugh Lippincott, Fermilab
Title: Direct Searches for Dark Matter

3:30 p.m.


Click here for NALCAL,
a weekly calendar with links to additional information.

Ongoing and upcoming conferences at Fermilab


Take Five

Weather Breezy

Extended forecast
Weather at Fermilab

Current Security Status

Secon Level 3

Current Flag Status

Flags at full staff

Wilson Hall Cafe

Monday, Nov. 18

- Breakfast: oatmeal and raisin pancakes
- Breakfast: sausage, egg and cheese croissant
- Fermi burger
- Smart cuisine: country baked chicken
- Veal parmesan
- Classic club sandwich
- Mandarin orange pecan chicken salad
- Chicken and sausage gumbo
- Texas-style chili
- Assorted pizza by the slice

Wilson Hall Cafe menu

Chez Leon

Wednesday, Nov. 20
- Rouladen
- Buttered egg noodles
- Dill baby carrots
- Apple walnut cake with spiced cream

Friday, Nov. 22

Chez Leon menu
Call x3524 to make your reservation.


Fermilab Today

Director's Corner

Frontier Science Result

Physics in a Nutshell

Tip of the Week

User University Profiles

Related content


Fermilab Today
is online at:

Send comments and suggestions to:

Visit the Fermilab
home page

Unsubscribe from Fermilab Today

Special Announcement

Special lecture and award ceremony - today at 1:30 p.m. in Ramsey Auditorium

Celebrate your colleagues' inventions and innovations in the Fermilab Inventor Recognition Awards ceremony today at 1:30 p.m. in Ramsey Auditorium. This is the first ceremony of its kind in 12 years.

Fermilab employees who have developed patents or submitted records of invention will be recognized. Eric Fossum, best known for inventing the CMOS camera, will give a talk following the ceremony.


"Fermilab Examined" exhibits works of art from Fermilab Photography Club

Steve Krave's photograph "Experiments Past" is one of many photos of Fermilab that will be on display until Jan. 26 in the Fermilab Art Gallery. The exhibit comprises fine-art photos of the lab taken by members of the Fermilab Photography Club. Photo: Steve Krave, TD

Today the Fermilab Art Gallery unveils "Fermilab Examined: A juried exhibition by members of the Fermilab Photography Club" on Wilson Hall's second-floor crossover. It is the first-ever art exhibit dedicated solely to photographs of the lab taken by the Fermilab Photography Club.

An artist reception for the exhibit will be held in the Art Gallery on Wednesday, Nov. 20, from 5-7 p.m. The selected photographs will remain in the gallery until Jan. 26.

Jesus Orduna, a physicist for the Mu2e experiment, has been a member of the Fermilab Photography Club since its formation in 2011. Orduna is rarely seen without his camera, which he totes around — while traveling to and from work and between lab buildings during the day — in hopes of snagging the perfect photo op.

"Most of my nicest pictures have been taken that way," he said.

Orduna hopes "Fermilab Examined" will inspire the club's roughly 60 members to meet more frequently and plan future exhibits. A Fermilab-focused exhibit is an opportunity for them to get excited about the group and become more involved, he said.

"I think it's awesome," he said. "I spend a lot of time taking pictures, so getting some of them to show in something like this is really nice."

The photographs displayed in "Fermilab Examined" range in subject matter from lab buildings and equipment to foliage and wildlife seen around the grounds. Barb Kristen, an administrative assistant in the Particle Physics Division, said she mostly focuses on nature scenes but is working on branching out into portraiture.

"Fermilab is a great place to take photos; it changes every day," Kristen said.

Kristen's work has been featured in previous Fermilab exhibits, and she is optimistic that the photography club will continue to participate in them as it becomes more established and cohesive. She said she enjoys these events as a way to recognize the lab's photographers and their various skill sets.

"It feels really nice to know that somebody thinks my photographs are good enough to put on display," she said. "It feels really good."

To join the Fermilab Photography Club, subscribe to the mailing list "photography" on Fermilab's list server.

Sarah Witman

In Brief

Fermilab represented at SC13 supercomputing conference

At this week's SC13 conference in Denver, the facilities and capabilities of DOE 15 national labs, including Fermilab, will be highlighted in one booth for the first time. The booth program features a presentation, titled "Particle Accelerators, Quarks and How We Make Scientific Discoveries," by Scientific Computing Division Head Rob Roser. Four Fermilab staff members are also presenting posters on research activities at Fermilab. View the SC13 schedule.

In the News

MIT's Marc Kastner nominated to head DOE Office of Science

From MIT News, Nov. 14, 2013

The White House announced today that President Barack Obama intends to nominate MIT's Marc Kastner to head the Department of Energy's Office of Science, which manages much of the nation's basic research on energy.

Kastner is the dean of MIT's School of Science, as well as the Donner Professor of Physics. He has been on the MIT faculty since 1973 and has led MIT's Department of Physics and its Center for Materials Science and Engineering.

Read more

In the News

Focus: landmarks — matter and antimatter are not so symmetric

From Physics, Nov. 8, 2013

Symmetry has been a guiding theoretical principle for particle physicists, but in a few cases, nature has turned out not to be as symmetric as expected. The 1964 discovery of the violation of CP symmetry — which involves the relationship between matter and antimatter — was a particularly awkward intrusion that even today represents something of a theoretical enigma. Published in Physical Review Letters nearly 50 years ago, the Nobel-Prize-winning discovery hinted at an answer to one of the most important questions in cosmology: why is there is so little antimatter in the universe?

Read more

Tip of the Week:
Quality Assurance

Check and double-check

Making checklists is a worthwhile investment of your time since it will help you remember important tasks and avoid costly errors and failures.

Did you ever skip making a list because the task was so easy even a caveman could do it?

Sometimes people think forgetting doesn't happen to them. But forgetfulness happens no matter how young, old or smart we are. That is why we should make and use checklists.

Checklists are one of many standard practices we use to ensure we consistently achieve a desired result. Just as airplane pilots use preflight checklists, professionals at Fermilab use checklists to make sure that we accomplish a certain activity, that items are in a specific order and that the job is complete and correct.

This also helps avoid costly errors and failures, which generally exceed appraisal costs and may exceed both prevention and appraisal costs depending on severity of the failure.

For example, if someone started a generator without coolant or lubricant, overheating could damage its components. Knowing this, members of the Technical Division follow the recorded sequence of activities needed to operate a generator safely and effectively. Likewise, the Accelerator Division uses a checklist to ensure the startup of the accelerator complex is accomplished properly.

The Fermilab Integrated Quality Assurance Program requires the "appropriate level of work process controls, including which activities require written procedures."

If you feel an activity needs to be accomplished more consistently or proficiently, consider a checklist and suggest it to your manager. Performing activities better and more affordably is not only a good idea, it is the right thing to do. So always "check and double check."

J.B. Dawson

Photos of the Day

Volunteer scouts contribute to Fermilab's natural areas

Matthew Bailey, Eagle Scout candidate for the Boy Scouts of America Troop 13, based in St. Charles, and volunteer scouts built shrub propagation boxes for Fermilab. Fermilab ecologist Ryan Campbell (bottom photo) worked with Bailey to design the boxes, which will be used to grow more than a dozen different species of native shrubs that will eventually go into Fermilab wetlands, woodlands and prairies. Fermilab staff and Fermilab Natural Areas volunteers collect seed locally and will sow it yearly into the boxes and plant it into natural areas. Photo: Mike Bailey

ILC-type cryomodule

In Friday's milestone, we incorrectly stated that CM2 was the first superconducting cryomodule in which all cavities were processed in the United States. It is not, in fact, the first in that category. Fermilab's is the first ILC-type cryomodule with U.S.-processed cavities. The updated article is here. Fermilab Today regrets the error.


Today's New Announcements

Book Fair - Nov. 21

English country dancing at Kuhn Village Barn - Dec. 1

Artist reception for Fermilab Photography Club exhibit - Nov. 20

University of Chicago Tuition Remission program deadline - Nov. 21

Argonne-Fermilab-UChicago event: Clean Energy 2030 - Dec. 4

LabVIEW seminars offered Dec. 5

Volunteer Opportunity - Community Outreach to Feed Children - Dec. 5

Labwide party - Dec. 6

Abri Credit Union - Rake in the Savings

Take 5 and win a prize

Scottish country dancing returns to Kuhn Barn Tuesday evenings

International folk dancing returns to Kuhn Barn Thursday evenings