Tuesday, May 20, 2014

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Tuesday, May 20

8:30 a.m.-5:45 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

Wednesday, May 21

8 a.m.-5:40 p.m.
5th High-Power Targetry Workshop - One West
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2:30 p.m.

3 p.m.
Fermilab Colloquium (NOTE TIME) - One West
Speaker: William Colglazier, U.S. State Department
Title: Science and Diplomacy

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Wilson Hall Cafe

Tuesday, May 20

- Breakfast: All-American breakfast
- Breakfast: bacon, egg and cheese bagel
- Chicken fajita sandwich
- Smart cuisine: Mediterranean baked tilapia
- Brazilian beef stew with rice
- Rachel melt
- Chicken BLT ranch salad
- Beef and rice soup
- Chef's choice soup
- Assorted pizza by the slice

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Chez Leon

Wednesday, May 21
- Spinach- and red pepper-stuffed chicken breast
- Orzo salad
- Strawberry shortcake

Friday, May 23

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Special Announcement

Employee Health and Fitness Day - today on Main Ring Road

Walk, run, bike or rollerblade around the ring today. Photo: Cindy Arnold

Walk, run, bike or rollerblade around the Main Ring with your co-workers today from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for Employee Health and Fitness Day. Start at A1 on Main Ring Road, east of Wilson Hall. The first 300 participants will receive a coupon for Italian ice, valid at the cafeteria. The first 400 participants will receive t-shirts, drawstring bags, fitness towels and exercise bands.


Karol Lang is new MINOS+ co-spokesperson

Karol Lang

In April, Karol Lang was elected for a three-year term as the new co-spokesperson for MINOS+. Taking over for Fermilab's Rob Plunkett, who remains on MINOS+, he joins University College London's Jenny Thomas in leading the neutrino experiment.

A physics professor at the University of Texas at Austin, Lang is a long-time MINOS collaborator. He joined the experiment in 1995, 10 years before it detected its first beam neutrino.

"I've pretty much been in as many roles as you can be in on an experiment, in both managing and scientific functions," he said. "MINOS has always been my top priority."

Now he will help lead 75 researchers in MINOS+. In this stage of the experiment, scientists will not only continue studying neutrino oscillations but will also look for new physics, using a higher-energy beam, in what is known as the exotic domain. They'll seek out nonstandard interactions, hypothesized sterile neutrinos and large extra dimensions.

In addition to ensuring that MINOS+ runs smoothly well into the future, Lang is intent on helping the experiment's 15 early-career physicists, students and postdocs, advance their research and establish themselves in the particle physics community.

"MINOS has always been very serious about caring for their needs, and we always support any of their reasonable requests," he said. "They're the ones doing the work, so we recognize and reward them as much as we can."

MINOS+ co-spokesperson Jenny Thomas says that Lang's experience and natural leadership make him the right person for the role.

"I am delighted that Karol will be taking on the role as co-spokesperson," she said. "Karol has been an inspirational figure to the younger physicists and has worked tirelessly for the MINOS cause for many years."

He'll continue to support the cause, working to get as much physics out of the NuMI beam as nature allows.

"MINOS+ is a mature experiment, so it takes relatively less effort to get new results out. It is also necessary since our resources are limited," Lang said. "It's important that Fermilab continues to produce more physics with the experiments we've invested in."

Leah Hesla

From symmetry

Long-distance neutrino search

For some physicists, remote operations centers bring neutrino experiments closer to home. Photo: Reidar Hahn

Physicist Ruth Toner sits facing five computer screens and a TV monitor in a room in Medford, Massachusetts. She's watching an experiment in action: Tiny particles fly through a pair of detectors hundreds of miles away, one at a laboratory in Illinois and the other in a former iron ore mine near the Canadian border of Minnesota.

"Nothing's turned red yet, so it's going okay," Toner says as she glances at the largest screen, which glows green.

Toner, a postdoc at Harvard University, has been taking shifts here in the new control room at Tufts University since January 20, when she was the first to try it out independently. The room allows particle physicists at the two Boston-area schools to observe detectors of the Main Injector Neutrino Oscillation Search, or MINOS, experiment at Fermilab in Illinois and in Soudan Underground Laboratory in Minnesota. The MINOS experiment is on its second iteration, called MINOS+ (pronounced Mee-nohs-plus).

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Amanda Solliday

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Tree swallows

Tree swallows spruce up their home in Big Woods. Photo: Sue Quarto, FESS
In the News

The mysterious boundary

From Science News, May 16, 2014

A black hole's event horizon is a one-way bridge to nowhere, a gateway to a netherworld cut off from the rest of the cosmos.

Understanding what happens at that pivotal boundary could reveal the hidden influences that have molded the universe from the instant of the Big Bang.

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From the Chief Information Officer

Strengthening the laboratory

Rob Roser

One of the first things I realized in my role as CIO is that information technology cuts across all parts of the laboratory. It is not only scientific facilities but also finance, procurement, communications and human resources that depend on IT services to do business. With that in mind, Fermilab leverages its IT expertise to create value and improve efficiency.

The job of IT is not simply to align with the business, but rather to partner with the business to drive innovative solutions forward. While it sounds simple, its execution requires teamwork. With all the advances in computing in recent years — mobile devices, clouds and large "pipes" to transmit customized data to a customer — IT is no longer just about "automating the paper." It's about rethinking the way we do business, in light of the emerging tools, to get information into the hands of those who need it in as straightforward a manner as possible.

This is where cooperation comes in. We in IT know about the technology, but you better understand the intricacies of how the lab does business and the constraints that we need to work within. Thus a successful IT endeavor is one in which the subject matter experts work side by side with the IT professionals to leverage technology, improve efficiency and provide capabilities to the lab that it does not currently enjoy.

One such project we're currently embarking on is called the labwide budget and planning system, or BPS. BPS is a joint effort between the Computing Sector and the Finance Section. The goal of the BPS program is to develop and deliver an integrated budget and planning capability that will unite strategic and resource planning with budget formulation. We are engaging stakeholders from across the lab to put together a set of requirements that will meet the lab's diverse needs. It is this team effort that will make the undertaking successful and useful to its many users.

Together, we will make Fermilab stronger.

In Brief

French attaché for science and technology, former CERN Council president pay visit

Fermilab Director Nigel Lockyer met with Marc Rousset, French attaché for science and technology, Michel Spiro, former CERN Council president, and other scientists in the LHC Remote Operations Center on Friday. From left: Christophe Royon (CEA-Saclay), Mike Weis (Fermi Site Office), Caroline Milstene (Wayne State University), Aron Soha (Fermilab), Marc Rousset, Nigel Lockyer, Peter Shanahan (Fermilab), Michel Spiro and Kurt Riesselmann (Fermilab).

On Friday the French attaché for science and technology in the Chicago area, Marc Rousset, and former CERN Council president Michel Spiro visited Fermilab. They met with Fermilab Director Nigel Lockyer and other members of the Fermilab community, including some of the French scientists working at Fermilab. The visitors toured the LHC Remote Operations Center, the Minos underground area, the Advanced Superconducting Test Accelerator area and the DZero detector. At lunch they discussed Fermilab's neutrino research program with Jim Strait, director of the LBNE project.

Construction Update

IARC OTE Building receives beneficial occupancy

The modern and dynamic exterior of the IARC Office, Technical and Education Building is in keeping with Fermilab's forward-looking mission to advance science and technology for U.S. industry. Photo: Reidar Hahn

The IARC Office, Technical and Education Building has reached a milestone. On May 7, Fermilab took beneficial occupancy of the future accelerator research facility.

The glass and steel structure stretches along the prairie's horizon, allowing light to pass through its walls. Those inside will be have an expansive view of the Fermilab's vast, green spaces, and those outside will appreciate its integration into the landscape.


Today's New Announcements

On the Spot - nominate staff for Fermilab Spot Award

Employee Health and Fitness Day - today

Wilson Street entrance closure extended through today

Guided walk through Pioneer Cemetery (please RSVP) - today

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

Martial Arts

Fermi pool memberships

Water aerobics registration

Preschool and beginner swim lesson registration

Thursday night golf at Arrowhead Golf Course

Abri Credit Union new financial advisor