Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013

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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.


Wednesday, Nov. 20

3:30 p.m.

4 p.m.
Fermilab Colloquium - One West
Speaker: Gerald Gabrielse, Harvard University
Title: Testing the Symmetries and Most Precise Prediction of the Standard Model with a Single Particle or Antiparticle

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Tuesday, Nov. 19

- Breakfast: All-American breakfast
- Breakfast: bacon, egg and cheese bagel
- Grilled reuben sandwich
- Smart cuisine: portobello and peppers over soft polenta
- Southern fried chicken
- Grilled-chicken Caesar jazz salad wrap
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- Split pea with ham soup
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- Assorted pizza by the slice

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

Friday, Nov. 22

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Boris Kayser celebrates retirement

Boris Kayser

Boris Kayser, one of Fermilab's experts on neutrino physics, will celebrate his retirement this Friday in the way that most people have come to appreciate him: explaining to both colleagues and the public how future experiments can solve scientists' questions about the perplexing behavior of neutrinos.

Kayser, who received his Ph.D. in physics at Caltech, worked for the National Science Foundation from 1972 to 2001, where he was the program director for theoretical physics. He spent his spare time doing research on weak neutral currents and became an expert on how neutrino interactions might be able to explain the dominance of matter over antimatter in the universe.

To truly enjoy his retirement from the NSF, Kayser decided to join Fermilab as a distinguished guest scientist! Although he had planned to focus on research, Kayser may have served on more committees and advisory panels during his 12 years at Fermilab than most scientists during their entire lifetime. He served on the Particle Physics Prioritization Panel (2002-2007), the Fermilab Physics Advisiory Committee (2004-2008), the NuSAG (2005-2007) and PAC DUSEL (2010-present). He was elected chair of the Division of Particles and Fields of the American Physical Society (2009). His legacy also includes the startup of a neutrino school for graduate students and postdocs.

"Boris has been instrumental in defining the future neutrino program at Fermilab," said Stephen Parke, head of the Fermilab Theory Department. "It's been great having him around to bounce off new ideas in neutrino physics."

Kayser, who officially retired at the end of 2012, will remain a frequent guest at Fermilab. Freed from his day-to-day work duties, he is writing a book about neutrino physics, will continue to do more research and travel around the world.

Please join Kayser at his "wine and cheese" seminar this Friday, Nov. 22, at 4 p.m. in One West.

Kurt Riesselmann

From symmetry

Scribing science

A colorful note-taking technique offers a fresh perspective on complex science. Image courtesy of Perrin Ireland

Sometimes the only way to navigate a complicated scientific talk is to use familiar words and concepts as guideposts. As a science scribe, Perrin Ireland translates those guideposts into illustrated form.

Ireland creates live visual representations of lectures, discussions and public talks. It's like taking notes — except Ireland's notes are full of color and drawings, typically sketched on foam-core boards mounted on an easel.

"I see myself as kind of an advocate for the visual learners in the room," Ireland says.

So when Duke physicist Mark Kruse told an audience at the 2012 annual meeting of the National Association of Science Writers that different particles leave different signatures as they pass through detectors, Ireland, who was scribing the event, drew a little cursive signature.

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Julianne Wyrick

Photo of the Day

In shadow

In this panoramic photo, the Feynman Computing Center, the Central Helium Liquefier building, Industrial Building Center, IARC, CDF and the bison farm lie in Wilson Hall's shadow. Photo: Marty Murphy, AD
In the News

My first job: A summer at Fermilab taught me how to fight for my own inertia

Posted on LinkedIn, Nov. 12, 2013

I didn't grow up in Silicon Valley, but I got my first tech job in 1999 when I was 17. While my friends worked "normal" jobs as camp counselors, babysitters, and burger-flippers, I landed my dream first job as a programmer at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) in Batavia, Ill. the summer before my senior year of high school. My summer job focused on two main areas.

First, I developed software programs to analyze large data sets from the DZero experiment in the Tevatron collider, a high-energy accelerator. The DZero research studies interactions of protons and antiprotons, searching for subatomic clues that reveal the character of the building blocks of the universe. Pretty amazing stuff.

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Director's Corner

Meeting challenges together

Fermilab Director
Nigel Lockyer

My primary goal as laboratory director is to ensure that Fermilab is functioning at the highest level possible, with all of its scientific and operational aspects working together effectively. Achieving that goal over the next decade will require us to work together to overcome two big challenges: managing several construction projects while operating the country's largest accelerator complex and carrying out these activities within an atmosphere of continuing fiscal restraint.

The community has recognized our skill and expertise and has entrusted us with some of their most important scientific projects. We have two neutrino experiments near completion; the Muon Campus is being built and we lead the U.S. portions of the CMS detector and LHC accelerator upgrades. We are attracting international partners for LBNE so the program can achieve its full potential and developing a plan to upgrade the accelerator complex on the same timescale. We have the right team of accelerator and experiment builders, operators, and analyzers to carry out this ambitious program successfully.

The second challenge will require just as much teamwork and creativity to overcome as the first. There are two ways to increase the investment in our scientific and site infrastructure: securing new funding and freeing up existing funds by decreasing inefficiencies. The management team continues to pursue all possible avenues to secure new funding and to use existing funds more efficiently. Most importantly, we are finding ways to put any savings directly back into improving our laboratory's infrastructure.

I write today to ask for your help on all of these fronts. Some of you have already shared your thoughts with me, but I know there are more great ideas out there. How can we best organize to carry out our suite of projects? Are there new sources of funding we should pursue? Where can we be more efficient? Which aspects of our infrastructure would most benefit from investment? Please share your ideas with your manager or submit them directly to me.

This lab's "can do" attitude and ability to surpass expectations has led to remarkable achievements over a span of nearly 50 years. I look forward to working with all of you to build a laboratory that will thrive well past our 60th anniversary.

Construction Update

Erecting steel for the MC-1 Building

With the concrete work completed, workers have started the installation of the MC-1 Building structural steel. Photo: Cindy Arnold

Workers from Whittaker Construction & Excavating Inc. have started erecting the structural steel for the MC-1 Building. The siding panels that make up the walls of the building will be installed the first week of December. In early January employees of the AD Cryogenic Department will be the first occupants of the building to outfit the Refrigeration Room (foreground in the picture) with cryogenic equipment in support of Muon g-2 and Mu2e experiments. The building will be completed by April 2014.

Russ Alber

In Brief

Volunteer opportunity to give back to community, engage employees

The Fermilab Diversity Committee's Helping Hands Team is offering a volunteer opportunity for Fermilab employees, their family and friends to engage in the community by packing meals for those in dire need, such as those affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

Volunteers will meet Thursday, Dec. 5, from 6-7:30 p.m. at 555 Exchange Court in Aurora for the packing event. To sign up, call Teri Dykhuis x3607 or email dykhuis@fnal.gov.


Artist reception for Fermilab Photography Club exhibit - Nov. 20

University of Chicago Tuition Remission program deadline - Nov. 21

Book Fair - Nov. 20-21

English country dancing at Kuhn Village Barn - Dec. 1

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

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