Thursday, June 12, 2014

Thursday, June 12

8:30 a.m.-5:45 p.m.
Users Meeting - Auditorium

Undergraduate Lecture Series - One West
Speaker: Eric Prebys, Fermilab
Title: Accelerators

2:30 p.m.
Theoretical Physics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: Falko Dulat, ETH Zurich
Title: Higgs Boson Production at N3LO

3:30 p.m.

Friday, June 13

3:30 p.m.

4 p.m.
Joint Experimental-Theoretical Physics Seminar - One West
Speaker: Dmitry Bandurin, University of Virginia
Title: Probing the Nucleon Structure with Multiple Parton Interactions at DZero

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Wilson Hall Cafe

Thursday, June 12

- Breakfast: Canadian bacon, egg and cheese Texas toast
- Breakfast: sausage gravy omelet
- Cajun chicken sandwich
- Smart cuisine: finger-lickin' baked chicken
- Mom's meatloaf
- Eggplant parmesan panino
- Greek chicken salad
- Meatball and orzo soup
- Chef's choice soup
- Assorted pizza by the slice

Wilson Hall Cafe menu

Chez Leon

Friday, June 13
- Fresh corn and scallop johnnycakes with green onion sauce
- Coffee- and molasses-brined porkchops
- Creamy polenta with parmesan
- Roasted broccoli
- Espresso crepes with ice cream and bittersweet chocolate sauce

Wednesday, June 18
- Summer herb chimichurri with grilled steak
- Roasted potatoes
- Sauteed tri-color peppers
- Chocolate caramel cake

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Special Announcement

Fermilab Users Meeting - today in Ramsey Auditorium

The 47th annual Fermilab Users Meeting continues today in Ramsey Auditorium. View the Users Meeting agenda.


Hasan Padamsee takes over as head of Technical Division

Hasan Padamsee

Many Fermilab researchers may recognize Hasan Padamsee's name from the cover of one of their former textbooks. Now, the man who literally wrote the book on superconducting radio-frequency technology is leading Fermilab's Technical Division and the laboratory's SRF program. He began in his new role as Technical Division head on Monday, June 2. He takes over from David Harding, who has served as acting Technical Division head since December 2013.

"David's fantastic leadership has left the division in a great position. He is in command of many areas and is invaluable to me," Padamsee said. "I have asked him to continue to help me make this transition."

As part of his new role, Padamsee will also take on the position of SRF program manager, responsible for managing and coordinating the laboratory's SRF activities. Bob Kephart, who led Fermilab's SRF program for the last seven years, will focus his attention on the Illinois Accelerator Research Center program.

Padamsee came to Fermilab after 40 years at Cornell University, where he led the superconducting RF group for more than two decades. In his long and distinguished career, Padamsee published three books on SRF technology and held several appointments with other institutions, including CERN, DOE and Beijing University. He received several accolades and awards, including being elected fellow of the American Physical Society in 1993.

It was a natural decision to take the position, Padamsee explained. He had begun a phased retirement at Cornell and was consulting for Fermilab during the last five years, a position that helped him get to know key researchers in the laboratory's SRF area. He is excited by the challenges of building the accelerators required for future experiments, and he hopes that through his role, he can help the division reach new heights.

"The division is full of very talented, skillful, hardworking people," Padamsee said. "They have a high level of expertise in two major technical areas that are important to accelerators around the world — magnets and cavities — and both have room for growth and room for application."

As TD head, Padamsee has several goals, including improving communication between the division's different suborganizations. He plans to work with each department head to learn about and help solve the department's day-to-day challenges.

"I am going to focus on trying to inspire the experts here to push the technology forward and enable the accelerators that we want to build for the mission of the laboratory," Padamsee said.

Sergei Nagaitsev, acting associate laboratory director for the Accelerator Sector, feels that Padamsee's selection for the role highlights the importance of the Technical Division's work.

"When a person of this stature becomes the leader of the division, it tells a great deal," Nagaitsev said. "I am looking forward to working with him. I think he is an asset for our laboratory."

Rhianna Wisniewski

Special Announcement

Interior window washing at Wilson Hall - June 16 - 23

Next week, Clorica Management workers will wash Wilson Hall's interior windows. The cleaning schedule is as follows:

Monday, June 16: floors 13, 14, 15
Tuesday, June 17: floors 11, 12
Wednesday, June 18: floors 8, 9, 10
Thursday, June 19: floors 4, 5, 6, 7
Friday, June 20: floors 1, 2, 3, mezzanine

The insulated interior windows on floors 10, 11 and 12 will be removed in order to be cleaned.

Clorica will wash the atrium and ground-floor windows the evening of June 23.

Please clear all items from in front of windows on days work is scheduled for your floor. Contact Enixe Castro at x2798 with questions.

In the News

Another glimpse of 'new physics' at the LHC?

From Discovery News, June 7, 2014

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is currently on the long road to re-start, but for physicists poring over the huge wealth of data stored from countless trillions of particle collisions already carried out by the world's most powerful particle accelerator, the work never paused.

And this week, at the LHC Physics meeting in New York City, researchers who are currently analyzing data from one of the LHC's seven detectors announced an intriguing finding. As reported by Symmetry Magazine, the finding — which isn't quite a discovery (yet) — focuses on the production of electrons, muons and taus in the post-collision soup of particles that are produced inside the LHCb detector.

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Press Release

Kids invited to Wave Like a Particle and Swing Like a Neutrino at new outdoor exhibits

Pi poles are part of a new exhibit for kids at the Lederman Science Center. Photo: Cindy Arnold

If you want to get children interested in the fundamentals of science, there's nothing like letting them experience the phenomena first-hand. If you can make it fun at the same time, you have a formula for success.

That's the thinking behind Fermilab's in-progress outdoor physics exhibits, located near the Lederman Science Center. The Fermilab Education Office has just unveiled the latest exhibits, which allow kids to learn about basic principles of physics while playing in the sunshine.

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Video of the Day

Big mysteries: extra dimensions

The weakness of gravity compared to the other subatomic forces is a real mystery. One credible solution is that gravity has access to more spatial dimensions than the other three known forces. In this video, CMS Education and Outreach Coordinator Don Lincoln describes the idea, with the help of some urbane characters. View the video. Video: Fermilab
Photos of the Day

Snapping turtle plods along

A snapping turtle crawls along Pine Street. Photo: Charles Orozco, TD
Its face is inscrutable. Photo: Charles Orozco, TD

In memoriam: Linda Alsip

Fermilab retiree Linda Alsip passed away on Sunday, June 8, at the age of 64.

Alsip came to Fermilab in 1980 and worked as a senior technician and fabrication specialist in the Technical Division Quality and Materials Department. She retired from Fermilab in 2012.

"It was a pleasure to have known and worked with Linda for the past 33 years," said John Zweibohmer, TD. "She was very good at her job and one of the people you could count on to get the work done without a lot of fanfare. She was also just a great person."

A visitation for Alsip will be held today from 4-8 p.m. at the Daleiden Mortuary, 220 N. Lake St in Aurora.

Read Alsip's obituary.

In the News

EXO-200 narrows its search for Majorana neutrinos

From Physics World, June 11, 2014

The first two years of data from the Enriched Xenon Observatory-200 (EXO-200) have been released by an international collaboration of physicists. The experiment looks for evidence of a process known as "neutrinoless double beta decay", in a sample of isotopically enriched xenon-136. While the EXO-200 collaboration has not yet found any statistically significant evidence for the decay process, they have put an improved lower limit on the half-life of the decay.

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Today's New Announcements

New updates available for Mac computers - June 12

Service Desk in Wilson Hall under construction today and tomorrow

Int'l folk dancing cancelled today; in Ramsey June 19

The CIE + Cisco EIR Innovation Challenge - due June 15

Martial Arts - register by June 16

Register for next week's FIFE Offline Computing Workshop - June 16-17

Strength Training by Bod Squad - register by June 17

Scottish country dancing moves to Ramsey June 17

Zumba Toning - register by June 17

Zumba Fitness - register by June 19

Planning to attend DASTOW on June 20?

Fermilab Lecture Series presents Particle Fever with Q&A - June 20

Study of Genesis through Ancient Eyes begins June 24

Wilson Hall EBS customers to use the Managed Print Service

FermiWorks training for managers

Registering your personal device to access the Fermilab network

Fermi pool memberships

Outdoor soccer