Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014

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Wednesday, Feb. 19

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Thursday, Feb. 20

11 a.m.
Intensity Frontier Seminar Series - WH8XO
Speaker: Matthew Wetstein, University of Chicago
Title: ANNIE: The Atmospheric Neutrino Neutron Interaction Experiment

2:30 p.m.
Theoretical Physics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: Emanuele Re, University of Oxford
Title: Toward Event Generation at NNLO

3:30 p.m.

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Slip stacked beam sent to NuMI in accelerator complex's new operational mode

The Accelerator Division reached a new milestone in the ramp-up of operations at Fermilab's accelerator complex. Click for an animated version. Image courtesy of Fermilab

On Friday, Feb. 14, the reconfigured Recycler successfully sent 12 batches of slip stacked beam to the NuMI target.

This is the first time the Accelerator Division carried out all the acceleration steps — from the beginning of the accelerator chain to the NuMI target — in the accelerator complex's high-power operation mode.

Starting in the Booster, the 12 batches of beam were injected into and slip stacked in the Recycler, transferred to the Main Injector, accelerated to 120 GeV and delivered to the NuMI target.

The Accelerator Division will continue to work on gradually increasing the slip-stacked-beam intensity in the Recycler. The goal is to have the reconfigured Recycler fully integrated into the rest of the accelerator complex in May. In the new configuration, the accelerator complex will be able to produce more neutrinos.

The Accelerator Division carried out all the acceleration steps in the complex's new high-power mode, delivering 12 x 1012 protons to the NuMI target. This plot shows beam slip stacked in the Recycler (red), accelerated by the Main Injector (yellow) and sent to the NuMI target (blue). Image courtesy of Ioanis Kourbanis, AD

Pat Oleck, badge no. 256, retires Friday

Pat Oleck

Fresh out of high school and newly wed, Pat Oleck went to work for Fermilab at the age of 18 when the lab itself was only just getting off the ground, in 1968. Almost 45 years later, Oleck, who lays claim to one of the lowest active employee ID numbers at Fermilab — number 256 — is retiring. Her last day is Friday.

In her first two years at the lab, Oleck worked in the Director's Office of Planning and Scheduling in Oak Brook. She helped pack up the lab for its move to what was then the Village of Weston, now the Fermilab Village. From 1970-71, she worked for the Contracts Department. After taking some time away from the lab (her husband was drafted into the United States Army), she was placed at Fermilab as a Kelly girl in 1973 and rehired permanently in 1975 as part of the Theory Department.

"Fermilab raised me," Oleck said about her first years here.

Her co-workers were her family, she said. Directly after their Saturday wedding reception, she and her husband Andrew drove to Fermilab as he was to begin working at the lab the following Monday. On his first scheduled day of work, they had a car accident. Oleck's lab friends came swiftly to their side, setting them up in a hotel and driving them to and from work every day until they secured a replacement car.

Her co-workers value Oleck as highly as she regards them.

"Pat has had such an interesting variety of jobs during her time here, and she did each one with a high level of ability and dedication, mixed with a wonderful, fun sense of humor," said the Directorate's Sue Grommes.

Indeed, Oleck's career at Fermilab could be considered a tour of the lab organization. She worked for the Theory Department until 1985, when she transferred to the Office of Research and Technology Applications and Fermilab Industrial Affiliates. After a decade there, she spent another 10 years as a foreign-travel specialist in the Directorate. Since 2006, she has served as assistant to the Chief Financial Officer.

After she leaves Fermilab, Oleck and her husband will travel and spend more time with their grandchildren. A lifelong quilter, Oleck will continue to work on her craft, some of the fruits of which have been exhibited in the Fermilab Art Gallery. She'll also continue her church volunteer work. Perhaps most significantly, Oleck will "sleep in every day" during retirement, she says.

"Ethel here is sure going to miss my Lucy," Grommes said.

Please join the Finance Section in saying good-bye to Oleck tomorrow, Feb. 20, at 2 p.m. on the 15th-floor south crossover.

Cindy Conger, Finance Section

In the News

Robert Tribble named Brookhaven Lab's deputy director for science and technology

From Brookhaven National Laboratory, Feb. 18, 2014

UPTON, NY – Robert Tribble, a widely respected physicist who has played a key role in charting the future direction of nuclear science in the U.S., has been named Deputy Director for Science & Technology at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory, effective February 24, 2014. Tribble is currently a Distinguished Professor of Physics & Astronomy at Texas A&M University (TAMU) and Director of the Cyclotron Institute and the Nuclear Solutions Institute there.

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From the Business Services Section

Taking care of government property

Jeff Irvin

Jeff Irvin, acting head of the Business Services Section, wrote this column.

By far, the majority of property on the Fermilab site belongs to the U.S. government. Most of us are custodians of some type of government property, which we are responsible for overseeing and protecting from misuse, loss or theft. Government property in our care includes laptop and desktop computers, cell phones, printers, tools and furniture.

As part of Fermi Research Alliance's contract with the Department of Energy to manage and operate Fermilab, the laboratory has very specific and stringent property management and security regulations to which we must adhere. This responsibility is one we take seriously. Not only does it demonstrate to DOE and the U.S. taxpayer that we are responsible stewards of tax dollars, it can save the laboratory money in the long run. Replacing equipment because it is obsolete or worn out from use is expected, but replacing equipment because of misuse, loss or theft is wasteful.

As is the case every year, the Fermilab Property Office will soon perform the required inventories of government property. While this may seem to some as a redundant inconvenience that takes us away from more important and pressing tasks, it is important to remember that these inventory results are part of DOE's performance measures for the laboratory and must be completed accurately and on time. All custodians must be able to account for the location and condition of all assigned assets. Property Office guidelines must be followed when assets are transferred, disposed of, cannibalized, traded or exchanged, and the Property Office must be notified when any of these changes in status occur.

If you have questions or concerns about the possible improper use of government property, please talk to your supervisor. Reports of misuse, loss or theft of government property should be made to division or section offices and Fermilab Security.

We have a duty to maintain the trust of DOE and the public because they own the resources we use and protect. Fermilab has consistently shown responsibility in these areas, but only with your continued active efforts can we demonstrate excellence in the stewardship and use of government property.

Photo of the Day

Diagram this

Feynman diagrams make for cool architectural elements at the SiDet building. Photo: Steve Krave, TD
Safety Update

ESH&Q weekly report, Feb. 18

This week's safety report, compiled by the Fermilab ESH&Q Section, contains no incidents.

Find the full report here.

In the News

Dark-matter detector to begin operations soon in China

From, Feb. 13, 2014

China is entering the race to detect mysterious dark matter in a big way, with a huge facility in Sichuan province set to begin collecting data in the coming weeks.

The $8 million PandaX (Particle and Astrophysical Xenon) experiment — which lies 7,874 feet (2,400 meters) underground, inside a mountain made of marble — will be up and running early this year, IEEE Spectrum reported recently on Discovery News. When it comes online, PandaX will join the world's other subterranean dark-matter experiments, such as the XENON project in Italy and the Large Underground Xenon (LUX) effort in South Dakota.

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Today's New Announcements

Zumba Fitness registration due Feb. 25

Zumba Toning registration due Feb. 27

Interaction Management course - March 6, 13 and 20

Garden Club spring meeting - Feb. 20

URA Visiting Scholars Program deadline - Feb. 24

Direct from Ireland: Alan Kelly Gang - Fermilab Arts Series - March 1

Rembrandt Chamber Players - Gallery Chamber Series - March 9

Performance Review course: March 26 or 27

Summer 2014 on-site housing requests now accepted

Fermi Singers invites new members

Society of Philosophy Club

Martial arts

International folk dancing meets Thursday evenings at Kuhn Barn

Scottish country dancing meets Tuesday evenings at Kuhn Barn

Indoor soccer