Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014

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Wednesday, Aug. 6

2:30 p.m.
Particle Astrophysics Seminar (NOTE DATE, TIME, LOCATION) - One East
Speaker: Marcelle Soares-Santos
Title: Understanding Cosmic Acceleration with DES and Beyond

3:30 p.m.

4 p.m.
Fermilab Colloquium - One West
Speaker: Mark Anastasio, Washington University
Title: Recent Advances in Bioimaging

Thursday, Aug. 7


3:30 p.m.

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Wednesday, Aug. 6

- Breakfast: breakfast casserole
- Breakfast: ham, egg and cheese English muffin
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- Smart cuisine: herbed pot roast
- Italian lasagna
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- Mongolian beef stir fry
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- Texas-style chili
- Assorted calzones

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Wednesday, Aug. 6
- Lemongrass shrimp over rice vermicelli and vegetables
- Jasmine chai rice pudding

Friday, Aug. 8

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Hidden gender bias still influences physics field

Yale University astrophysicist Meg Urry spoke about gender bias in science at the July 30 Fermilab Colloquium. Photo: Lauren Biron

Both men and women need to improve how they evaluate women in the sciences to help eliminate bias, says Meg Urry, who spoke at last week's Fermilab Colloquium. People of either gender fall victim to unconscious prejudices that affect who succeeds, particularly in physics.

"Less than 20 percent of the Ph.D.s in physics go to women," Urry noted, a figure that has barely crept up even while fields such as medicine have approached parity.

Urry, a professor at Yale University and president of the American Astronomical Society, unleashed a torrent of studies demonstrating bias during her talk, "Women in Physics: Why So Few? And How to Move Toward Normal."

In one example, letters of recommendation for men were more likely to include powerful adjectives and contain specifics, while those for women were often shorter, included hints of doubt or made explicit mention of gender.

Another study found that in jobs that were perceived as masculine, both men and women tended to award the position to the man even when the woman was the qualified individual.

Other data showed that women are less likely to be perceived as the leader in mixed-gender scenarios, Urry said. When small numbers of women are present, they can become an "other" that stands in for the whole gender, magnifying perceived mistakes and potentially confirming a bias that women are less proficient in physics.

"You need a large enough group that people stop thinking of them as the woman and start thinking of them as the scientist," Urry said.

Urry advised the many young women in the audience to own their ambition, prep their elevator speeches, get male allies who will stand up if female voices are ignored, practice confidence and network. Above all, she said, work hard, do interesting work, and don't be discouraged if things get rough.

Meanwhile, Urry said, leaders need to learn about bias, actively look for diverse candidates rather than wait for applications, mentor and prevalidate women, such as when introducing a speaker.

Urry worked hard to debunk the myth that hiring more women means lowering the bar for diversity's sake.

"When you hire a diverse group of scientists, you are improving your quality, not lowering your standards," Urry said, echoing sentiments from her lunchtime talk with 40 women. "We should be aspiring to diversity of thought to enrich science."

Lauren Biron

In the News

Slideshow: Muon gā€“2 ring takes final steps to new home

From Science, Aug. 1, 2014

A little more than 1 year ago, the Muon g-2 (pronounced "g minus two") storage ring set out on an epic journey. Beginning at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, New York, it traveled 5,000 kilometers down the Atlantic coast, up three rivers, and across several highways to reach its new home at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) in Batavia, Illinois. The ring is a key part of an experiment to measure a property called magnetic moment in muons, much heavier subatomic-particle relatives of electrons. Scientists saw tantalizing hints of new physics during Muon g-2's first run at Brookhaven from 1999 to 2001. But to be sure, they need to run the experiment again with Fermilab's more powerful muon beam ā€” which is why they moved the 15-meter-wide ring halfway across the country by truck and barge. Science talks to Chris Polly, Muon g-2's project manager, about some highlights of the trip and what's in store for the ring at its new home.

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Video of the Day

The origins of mass

The Higgs boson was discovered in July 2012 and is generally understood to be the origin of mass. While those statements are true, they are incomplete. It turns out that the Higgs boson is responsible for only about 2 percent of the mass of ordinary matter. US CMS Education and Outreach Coordinator Don Lincoln tells us the rest of the story. View the video. Video: Fermilab
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Handsome young buck

A young buck appears at the edge of Big Woods. Photo: Sue Quarto, FESS
Safety Update

ESH&Q weekly report, Aug. 5

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

A contract employee received a cut between the fingers of his left hand from a shim. He received sutures. This is not a DART case.

Find the full report here.

In the News

Dark matter makes up 80 percent of the universe — but where is it all?

From ars technica, July 27, 2014

It's in the room with you now. It's more subtle than the surveillance state, more transparent than air, more pervasive than light. We may not be aware of the dark matter around us (at least without the ingestion of strong hallucinogens), but it's there nevertheless.

Although we can't see dark matter, we know a bit about how much there is and where it's located. Measurement of the cosmic microwave background shows that 80 percent of the total mass of the universe is made of dark matter, but this can't tell us exactly where that matter is distributed. From theoretical considerations, we expect some regions ā€” the cosmic voids ā€” to have little or none of the stuff, while the central regions of galaxies have high density. As with so many things involving dark matter, though, it's hard to pin down the details.

Unlike ordinary matter, we can't see where dark matter is by using the light it emits or absorbs. Astronomers can only map dark matter's distribution using its gravitational effects. That's especially complicated in the denser parts of galaxies, where the chaotic stew of gas, stars, and other forms of ordinary matter can mask or mimic the presence of dark matter. Even in the galactic suburbs or intergalactic space, dark matter's transparency to all forms of light makes it hard to locate with precision.

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Today's New Announcements

Adobe Flash Player update on Windows - today

Bike path closed today

Town hall meetings on changes to videoconferencing services - Aug. 7, 28

C++ FNAL Software School - through Aug. 8

English country dancing Sunday afternoon at Kuhn Barn - Aug. 10

Deadline for the UChicago tuition remission program - Aug. 18

Call for applications: URA Visiting Scholars Program - apply by Aug. 25

New central web services launched

Walk 2 Run offers two time slots in August

International folk dancing Thursday evenings at Ramsey through August

Scottish country dancing Tuesday evenings at Ramsey through August

Fermilab Tango Club

Bowlers wanted

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