Monday, May 19, 2014

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Monday, May 19


3:30 p.m.

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

Tuesday, May 20

8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
5th High-Power Targetry Workshop - One West
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11 a.m.
Academic Lecture Series - Curia II
Speaker: Josh Klein, University of Pennsylvania
Title: Goals of Long-Baseline Neutrino Experiments

3:30 p.m.

4 p.m.
Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar (NOTE LOCATION) - Curia II
Speaker: Ioanis Kourbanis, Fermilab
Title: Doubling the Main Injector Beam Power

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Monday, May 19

- Breakfast: blueberry crepes
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Four Fermilab sites eligible for national historic register

On Tuesday, May 20, at noon, Fermilab's Adrienne Kolb will provide a Pioneer Cemetery walk. Photo: Fermilab

Recently representatives from the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency (IHPA) and the Kane County Historic Preservation Commission (KCHPC) visited the lab. They accompanied Fermilab and DOE Fermi Site Office personnel, along with subcontractor Midwest Archaeological Research Services, to four sites that are being considered for eligibility on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). They took interior photographs at the sites for further review by IHPA, since these particular sites' architectural merits are the reasons they are under consideration for NRHP eligibility. The IHPA, with input from KCHPC and the National Register Committee, will now decide upon eligibility in the register.

Several other sites may be eligible for inclusion on the NRHP and are color-coded in yellow on the map (in Appendix A of Archaeological and Architectural Assessment of Historic Properties within Fermilab), while others are not eligible and are color-coded in green. One site that has been determined eligible for inclusion on the NRHP, the Pioneer Cemetery, is color-coded in red.

The Pioneer Cemetery, pictured above, at Fermilab dates from the early 19th century. Buried in the cemetery are the remains of about 20 people. One was General Thompson Mead, a veteran of the War of 1812, who moved to Illinois when he retired after serving in the New York State Militia. The cemetery was rededicated on Sept. 24, 1972, (see photo below). Fermilab's founding director, Robert Wilson, was laid to rest there in 2000.

Additional information about the rich history of Fermilab can be found in the Archaeological and Architectural Assessment, which provides an overview of historic properties, including archaeological investigations and background research, as well as an architectural assessment, which evaluates the architectural merits of those historic properties with standing buildings and structures. This was done because most, if not all, of the 350 buildings and structures present on the parcel when the State of Illinois purchased the 77 individual farms that became the Fermilab site are now at least 50 years old. This is the minimum age for consideration concerning inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places.

Fermilab Historian and Archivist Adrienne Kolb will host a Pioneer Cemetery Walk tomorrow, May 20, at noon for those who are interested in learning more. Meet at site 38 (click on site 39 to zoom in). Ellen Lockyer has kindly invited those attending to come to her house at site 29 for refreshments after the walk. You may bring a picnic lunch. An RSVP is needed by today at 5 p.m. to Cynthia Albright at 630‐638‐8010. All ages are welcome, but children must be supervised by an adult at all times.

Teri Dykhuis, ESH&Q, NEPA and Cultural Resources (including Historical Properties) coordinator

Donald R. Getz (center), NAL assistant director, spoke at the September 24th ceremony rededicating the grave of General Thompson Mead in NAL's Pioneer Cemetery in 1972. Photo: Fermilab
Ask the Ethicist

New ethics training for all Fermilab employees

Gary Leonard, Fermilab general counsel, wrote this column.

Gary Leonard

Employees at the laboratory have asked whether Fermilab has an ethics policy and, if so, what the policy says. The short answer is that we do have an ethics policy. And today, all Fermi Research Alliance employees will see an important new training course in their ITNAs. The course will help make staff aware of what the policy says.

FRA is a contractor of the Department of Energy, and because of that partnership, FRA employees must follow certain guidelines and requirements established by DOE and the federal government concerning ethical conduct in general, as well as in business and employment practices.

To remain in compliance with these requirements, Fermilab's Legal Office has put together the brief training course to make all Fermilab employees aware of the laboratory's ethics policy, including topics such as the FRA Code of Conduct and outside employment and consulting. The policy also contains resources for dealing with ethics issues employees may confront in the workplace. The training involves an interactive presentation with engaging hypotheticals as well as basic factual information about FRA's ethics policy.

The Legal Office is directly responsible for overseeing the FRA ethics program and resolving ethics-related issues. All employees should feel free to visit the Legal Office, located on Wilson Hall's fourth floor, with questions or concerns. You can also call the Legal Office at x3572.

In the News

When will we find dark matter

From Scientific American, May 16, 2014

Scientists are playing a dogged game of hide-and-seek with one of the universe's most plentiful components: dark matter. So far, dark matter continues to hide as scientists still seek. No one knows what comprises this invisible form of matter, but a leading candidate is a type of particle called a WIMP (weakly interacting massive particle). WIMPs are appealing because although they themselves neither radiate nor reflect light, they might produce other particles that do.

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Tip of the Week: Safety

Two wheels or four, let's all take a quiz, try for a prize

Ride safely when you bike on the Fermilab site. Photo: Reidar Hahn

May is National Bike Month, sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities from coast to coast. Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling — and encourage more folks to give biking a try.

The Chicago Tribune recently noted that crash statistics show that people — both bicyclists and motorists — aren't as well acquainted with the bicycle rules of the road as they should be. The article reads, in part:

Crash statistics, on the other hand bear the grim reality that every day, too many people — on four wheels, two wheels or on foot — put themselves and others at risk because of misconceptions about the rules of the road or simply the belief that what you don't know won't hurt you.

Many bicyclists, for instance, think they are safer staying close to the curb in a narrow traffic lane, but such behavior just invites drivers to try to squeeze by dangerously, experts say.

On streets that are marked with bicycle lanes, the experts also say, a common mistake by motorists preparing to turn right at intersections is the tendency to merge right instead of first yielding and judging the speed of bicyclists in the bike lane, then completing the turn.

The Tribune also posted a fun and informative quiz on bicycle safety, which you can take online.

Participants are encouraged by the ESH&Q Section to send in their certificates of quiz completion to Mail Station 119, bring them to the ESH&Q section, or send them through the Take Five Submit a Question/Suggestion box for a chance to win an ESH&Q gift certificate.

Whether you bike to work or school, ride to save money or time, pedal to preserve your health or the environment, or ride to explore your community, National Bike Month is an opportunity to celebrate the unique power of the bicycle and the many reasons that so many people ride. When you pump those pedals, do so safely.

J.B. Dawson

In Brief

Accelerator Sector leadership transition

Following the departure of Stuart Henderson, associate laboratory director for the Accelerator Sector, Sergei Nagaitsev has assumed the role of acting ALD. Nagaitsev, who has been with Fermilab since 1995 and has held the position of Accelerator Division head since December, has been working closely with Henderson to ensure a smooth transition.

"I thank Stuart for his dedication to the lab's many important accelerator projects," Nagaitsev said. "I look forward to the opportunity to continue his excellent work in support of Fermilab's mission."

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May flower

A new burning bush bud alerts us that spring is here. Photo: Elliott McCrory, AD
In the News

Doubling beam intensity unlocks rare opportunities for discovery at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory

From IEEE Spectrum's Multiphysics Simulation, May 2014

Particle accelerators such as the Booster synchrotron at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (FNAL) produce high-intensity proton beams for particle physics experiments that can ultimately reveal the secrets of the universe. High-intensity proton beams are required by experiments at the "intensity frontier" of particle physics research, where the availability of more particles improves the chances of observing extremely rare physical processes. In addition to their central role in particle physics experiments, particle accelerators have found widespread use in industrial, nuclear, environmental, and medical applications.

Read more (go to page 12)


Today's New Announcements

Wilson Street entrance closure extended to May 20

Hula hoop contest - today

Employee Health and Fitness Day - May 20

Guided walk through Pioneer Cemetery (please RSVP) - May 20

Mac OSX end of life - May 21

Lecture Series : Quantum Universe - Hitoshi Murayama - June 11

Registration open for annual Fermilab Users Meeting - June 11-12

The CIE + Cisco EIR Innovation Challenge - due June 15

Be a winner! Take the Take Five Challenge spring 2014

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Thursday night golf at Arrowhead Golf Course

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