Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013

Have a safe day!

Wednesday, Dec. 18

3:30 p.m.

4 p.m.
Fermilab Colloquium - One West
Speaker: Hitoshi Murayama, University of California, Berkeley, Kavli IPMU
Title: Toward the International Linear Collider

Thursday, Dec. 19

11 a.m.
Academic Lecture Series - One West
Speaker: Jodi Cooley, Southern Methodist University
Title: Direct Dark Matter Detection Experiments 2


3:30 p.m.

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Wednesday, Dec. 18

- Breakfast: crustless quiche casserole
- Breakfast: ham, egg and cheese English muffin
- Western barbecue burger
- Smart cuisine: braised beef with vegetables
- Stuffed pork chops
- Zesty turkey pastrami sandwich
- Buffalo chicken salad
- Cuban black-bean soup
- Texas-style chili
- Assorted calzones

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Wednesday, Dec. 18
- Salmon Wellington
- Parmesan orzo
- Lemon berry Napoleon

Friday, Dec. 20
- Spinach and pomegranate salad
- Lobster tail with champagne butter sauce
- Spaghetti squash with scallions
- Grilled asparagus
- Raspberry mousse with assortment of Christmas cookies

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Recycler sends slip stacked beam to Main Injector

Last week the Accelerator Division successfully sent beam through all major stages of Fermilab's accelerator complex. Photo: Reidar Hahn

On Thursday, Dec. 12, the Recycler sent slip stacked beam to the Main Injector for the first time.

The milestone marks the successful, continuous delivery of beam through all major stages of acceleration in the upgraded accelerator complex.

Beginning at the particle source, beam traveled from the Booster to the Recycler through the new beamline connecting the two stages. The Recycler then slip stacked two batches of beam using the new RF system and transferred them to the Main Injector through a second new beamline.

The tests demonstrated that all the acceleration steps work as designed in the new accelerator operation mode, which is needed to achieve 700 kW of beam power.

The Accelerator Division will now begin optimizing slip stacking in the Recycler. They will then send the optimized beam to the Main Injector, which will begin accelerating beam in the near future.

In Brief

Free on-site health screening for active employees in January

Fermilab will provide on-site health screenings on Jan. 7 and 8 from 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. The health screening will offer active employees an opportunity to have their cholesterol, blood glucose, blood pressure and body composition checked. Registration is required to participate.

You will also be able to meet one-on-one with a health coach to review your results, ask questions and discuss follow-up health and wellness resources.

To schedule your appointment, visit and enter the following username and password.

  • Username: fermi
  • Password: healthy

A reminder email will be sent to all pre-registered participants.

The health screening is voluntary, confidential and offered at no charge to active Fermilab employees. Your test results will not be shared with the lab. We look forward to seeing you there.

For more information, go to the above website or contact Jeanne in the Wellness Office at or x2548.

In Brief

Employee verification form for University of Chicago - Fermilab scholarship

The deadline for applying for the University of Chicago - Fermilab Scholarship is Jan. 3. Beginning this application cycle, the University of Chicago will offer one full-tuition scholarship each year to the child of a regular, full-time employee of Fermilab.

To ensure that every eligible scholarship applicant is accounted for, the applicant (or the applicant's parent or legal guardian) must complete a Fermilab employee verification form. Students who do not complete this form will not be considered for the scholarship.

The University of Chicago receives thousands of applications to its undergraduate programs. Employee verification allows University of Chicago admissions officers to identify which among its many applicants are the children of regular, full-time Fermilab employees and thus eligible for the scholarship.

If you have questions about the scholarship or would like additional information about admission to the University of Chicago, please contact Associate Director of Admissions Callie Brown at or 773-702-5795. See also this article in Fermilab Today on the scholarship.

Photos of the Day

Particle decorations

AD's Dan Bollinger and his daughter Brittany help hang particle-themed decorations in the Linac ion source viewing area. Photo: CY Tan, AD
The ornaments represent the majority of the constituents of the plasma in the ion source, which sits at the beginning of Fermilab's chain of accelerators. The ornament marked "H" represents hydrogen; its red color represents hydrogen's emission spectrum. The blue ornament marked "Cs" represents cesium and its blue emission spectrum. The "e" stands for electrons, and "H-" stands for negative hydrogen ions. Members of the Accelerator Division extract H- ions from the source, inject them into the radio-frequency quadrupole and accelerate them down the Linac. Photo: Dan Bollinger, AD
From the Core Computing Division and the Business Services Section

Emergency notification system to launch

Jon Bakken
Jeff Irvin

Jon Bakken, head of the Core Computing Division, and Jeff Irvin, acting head of the Business Services Section, wrote this column.

Next month, Fermilab will launch a new emergency notification system. During situations such as power outages, blizzards or other emergencies that have a potentially great impact on the lab, Fermilab employees, contractors and users will be able to receive notification via email, phone or text message. The system is similar to those used by school districts, municipalities and several other national labs.

Why we are implementing the new system
Until now, the Fermilab sitewide emergency warning system, Twitter and Facebook posts, all-hands emails and information posted on the Fermilab home page have been used to communicate information regarding emergencies or other events that affect lab operations. While these methods are effective and will continue to be used, the new emergency notification system will allow messages to be delivered to multiple phone numbers and email addresses, even during widespread power outages or if the Fermilab email system is down.

When emergency notification messages will be sent
Messages will be sent during an emergency or other events that could greatly affect the operations of the lab or the safety of those on site. These include early lab closings or late openings, tornado warnings, and lengthy or widespread power outages. Messages will also be sent during annual system tests.

What you will have to do
In January, an email message will be sent to all active, badged and on-site individuals who have an email address on file with the lab. If you want the emergency notification messages to be sent only to your email address on file, then you will not have to do anything. If you want to add additional notification numbers and email addresses, you will be able to do so by clicking on a link in the email.

If you have a Fermilab badge but do not have an email address on file (as is the case with some contractors, for example), you will need to update your information. This update process can be completed through WDRS for employees, the Users Office for users or visitors, and the Key and ID office for contractors.

More information to come
More information about the Fermilab emergency notification system will be sent next month prior to launching the system and will include details about how to sign up.

Safety Update

ESH&Q weekly report, Dec. 17

This week's safety report, compiled by the Fermilab ESH&Q Section, contains one incident.

While getting out of her car, an employee lost her footing on the ice, falling and twisting her back.

Find the full report here.

In the News

Meet a Higgs boson - "God particle" - detective

From CNN, Dec. 14, 2013

Geneva, Switzerland (CNN) — One trillionth of a second after the Big Bang is the timeframe that physicist Joe Incandela knows well. So he was surprised by an invitation to speak to businesspeople last year about predictions for 2013.

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Today's New Announcements

Timecards due early - week of Dec. 16-22

Timecards due early - week of Dec. 23-29

Zumba Fitness - register by Dec. 31

Zumba Toning - register by Jan. 2

Float holiday - 2014

Free on-site health screenings for active employees in January

Free abs classes - today

Revised submission date for the Take Five 2013 Challenge - today

Temporary taxi service closure - today

School's Day Out - enroll by Dec. 20

SharePoint end-user training - Dec. 20

SharePoint designer training - Dec. 20

Kyuki Do martial arts - register by Dec. 30

English country dancing at Kuhn Barn - Jan. 5

Wilson Street entrance closed for construction

Dreamweaver class offered in February

2014 BCBS PPO & PPO Premium plan ID cards

Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks certified for use

Cashier's Office closed during holidays

Box office moves to the mezzanine

International folk dancing meets Thursday evenings in Kuhn Barn

Indoor soccer