Wednesday, July 2, 2014

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Wednesday, July 2

2:30 p.m.
Theoretical Physics Seminar (NOTE DATE, LOCATION) - WH3NE
Speaker: Marina Billoni, University of Mainz
Title: EW Corrections to W-Pair Production at the LHC

3:30 p.m.


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Fermilab scientist Joe Lykken assumes deputy director role

Joe Lykken

Joe Lykken is a familiar name not only at Fermilab, where he has worked as a theorist since 1989, but to people across the country who have seen him on PBS or have read his words in Scientific American.

His vast experience in researching and communicating particle physics led Director Nigel Lockyer to select Lykken as Fermilab's new deputy director. Lykken began in the new position on July 1.

Although Lykken is very familiar with the laboratory's science, he hopes to become better acquainted with other aspects of Fermilab as he starts out in the directorate role.

"I'm really looking forward to having as many conversations one on one with as many people as I can," he said.

In helping lead the laboratory, one of Lykken's tasks will be to implement the P5 vision.

"P5 gave us a very strong push that we want to take advantage of," he said. Part of that will be to work with international partners to put together the best possible neutrino program, for which LBNE has laid the groundwork, he said.

Implementing the P5 plan also involves communicating Fermilab's scientific goals with its employees, decision makers and general audiences alike. Lykken is well suited to the task, having become one of the lab's go-to scientists for talking with the public. He was one of the guest scientists on the PBS television series "The Elegant Universe" and has been interviewed for stories in publications such as The New York Times and Science, as well as on NPR.

"Part of my job is to help both this laboratory and the rest of the world understand Nigel's vision and the program that we're trying to implement — our ambitions and dreams," Lykken said. "I'll help explain the science, why it's exciting and how it all fits together. It's not just a laundry list of topics, but that's not so obvious to most people."

Prior to his arrival at the lab, Lykken was at the Santa Cruz Institute for Particle Physics, having completed his Ph.D. at MIT. Both an APS and a AAAS fellow, he started out at Fermilab as a string theorist and then became more involved in the CMS experiment at CERN's Large Hadron Collider. He continued theoretical work on Higgs physics and supersymmetry while gaining interest in the experimental side.

In addition to his deputy director position, Lykken will serve as the laboratory's chief research officer; Greg Bock will serve as deputy CRO. Lykken will also continue to work in the Theory Group, supervising postdoctoral students.

"Joe has an envious track record in scientific research as well as in translating science for the public," said Director Nigel Lockyer. "He is adept at problem solving and enjoys combining his analytic thinking with keen intuition when solving challenging situations — and we have lots of them here at Fermilab for him to practice on. I very much look forward to his talents being applied to helping Fermilab achieve its goals."

Leah Hesla

Photo of the Day

Night and day

Reynier Cruz Torres, who works on the MINERvA experiment, combined a night shot and a day shot of Wilson Hall into this image. He took the night picture just before his MINERvA owl shift and the day picture the next morning, just after the shift ended. Photo: Reynier Cruz Torres, University of Florida
In the News

Higgs boson looks "standard," but upgraded LHC may tell a different tale

From Scientific American, June 26, 2014

If it looks like a Higgs, and acts like a Higgs, it's probably a standard Higgs boson. That's the drift from the latest measurements at CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC), where physicists have been carefully characterizing the new particle they discovered in 2012. So far, every test at the Geneva accelerator confirms that the new particle closely resembles the Higgs boson described by the Standard Model of particle physics. These results resoundingly confirm the Higgs theory first put forward in 1964 by Robert Brout, François Englert and Peter Higgs — and helped win the latter two the Nobel prize last year. (Brout died in 2011, making him ineligible for the award.)

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From the Core Computing Division

Improving searches in INSPIRE

Heath O'Connell

Heath O'Connell, head of the Information Resources Department, wrote this column.

INSPIRE, the key information system for high-energy physics worldwide, provides comprehensive databases and associated services covering research, conferences, jobs, experiments, institutions and people in the HEP community. As reported in a previous column, Fermilab is a strong contributor to INSPIRE.

In May, Fermilab hosted the third annual INSPIRE Advisory Board meeting. The board welcomed China's Institute for High Energy Physics (IHEP), which joined the INSPIRE collaboration of CERN, DESY, Fermilab and SLAC. In addition, scientist Rob Kutschke participated as Fermilab's new INSPIRE Advisory Board representative. Among other things, board members discussed efforts to manage experimental data sets in INSPIRE by preserving them in the database, assigning them unique digital object identifiers and linking them with the papers they appear in.

For its part, Fermilab has, among other things, been working on two endeavors of particular note — distinguishing between author names and enabling job searches in the field.

For scientists, tracking their research publications is invaluable to their careers. However, this gets difficult when people have similar names: How do you determine who is who? We have devoted considerable effort to author disambiguation by assigning ID numbers to more than 40,000 physicists and maintaining bibliographic information for each of them. These ID numbers are used by the Tevatron, LHC and RHIC collaborations as well as Pierre Auger, among others, to identify their authors. Now we're assisting IHEP as they work on Chinese authors.

We also manage the HEPJobs database, which contains job listings submitted by users as well as jobs we find from scanning major high-energy physics institutions' sites. Using our HEPJobs database, we provided data to the Snowmass Young Physicists organization for a job market study last year. Typically, there are between 500 and 1,000 jobs posted, which we regularly confirm are still open. Roughly 1,000 people subscribe to our courtesy job announcement mailing list, and many more browse the site regularly.

As America's particle physics laboratory, we're glad to provide these services, which strengthen the community and the connections between those who make the science possible.

Safety Update

ESH&Q weekly report, July 1

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

A subcontractor, wearing gloves, pinched his finger between the floor and a floor plate. He received off-site treatment. This is not a DART case.

Find the full report here.

In the News

New Fermilab detector put in place

From Kane County Chronicle, June 24, 2014

BATAVIA – A new detector was put in place Monday that Fermilab scientists hope will help unravel some of the mysteries of the universe.

The 30-ton MicroBooNE detector was transported by truck across the Fermilab campus from the warehouse building, where it was constructed to its new home three miles away in the Liquid-Argon Test Facility. The 40-foot-long detector has been under construction for two years and will be the centerpiece of the MicroBooNE neutrino experiment.

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Today's New Announcements

Scottish country dancing Tuesday evenings in Ramsey Auditorium

International folk dancing Thursday evenings in Ramsey Auditorium

Fermi Days at Six Flags Great America

Artist reception - today

Lecture Series - Technology for Advanced Neural Prostheses - July 11

On-site housing requests for fall 2014 and spring 2015 due July 14

Register for the C++ Fermilab software school - Aug. 4-8

New updates available for Mac computers

FermiWorks training for managers with direct reports

Construction work at Main Ring Road and AZero

Outdoor soccer

Employee Appreciation Day at Hollywood Palms Cinema