Monday, Sept. 15, 2014

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Monday, Sept. 15

2 p.m.
Particle Astrophysics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: Stefano Profumo, University of California, Santa Cruz
Title: New Physics and Indirect Dark Matter Detection

3:30 p.m.


Tuesday, Sept. 16

3:30 p.m.


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Monday, Sept. 15

- Breakfast: eggs benedict
- Breakfast: sausage, egg and cheese croissant
- Sloppy joe
- Teriyaki pork stir fry
- Chicken makhani
- Oven-roasted veggie wrap
- Taco salad
- Texas-style chili
- Vegetarian cream of spinach
- Assorted pizza by the slice

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Chez Leon

Wednesday, Sept. 17
- Barbecue back ribs
- Creamy coleslaw
- Cocoa cappuccino mousse with cookies

Friday, Sept. 19

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In Brief

Now accepting nominations for director's volunteer award

Last year, Fermilab Director Nigel Lockyer recognized AD's Todd Johnson for his contributions to the laboratory's K-12 education programs. Photo: Cindy Arnold

The Education Office is now accepting nominations for this year's Director's Award for exceptional volunteer service, funded by Fermilab Friends for Science Education.

Each year, more than 200 employees, users and contractors go above and beyond their everyday duties to further outreach and education at the laboratory.

These volunteers are role models and mentors for teachers and students, answer tough questions about Fermilab and its science, maintain Lederman Science Center exhibits, visit area classrooms and more.

Once a year at a reception, the laboratory recognizes the efforts of an especially dedicated volunteer with the Director's Award.

If you've been impressed by a colleague's education or outreach contribution, let the Education Office know. You may nominate a Fermilab staff member, user or contractor. The Education Office will take nominations until Oct. 10. This year's reception will take place on Oct. 20.

Special Announcement

Save the date: labwide celebration Oct. 8

A labwide celebration, scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 8, will kick off at 10 a.m. in Ramsey Auditorium with a presentation by members of the NOvA team, followed by a coffee reception in the Wilson Hall atrium. A dinner for all Fermilab employees and users will be held in the atrium beginning at 4 p.m., also on Oct. 8.

Video of the Day

Got a minute? LPC: The LHC Physics Center

The Fermilab LHC Physics Center, or LPC, provides a hub for U.S. scientists. Rather than having to fly to Europe, where the LHC is located, scientists can instead visit Fermilab, where about 100 expert physicists reside. In this video, scientist Sam Hewamanage describes the LPC. View the video. Video: U.S. CMS
In Brief

Changes to audio, web and video services this month

ESnet is discontinuing the audio, web and video services they currently provide for Fermilab as of Sept. 30. Fermilab will continue to provide ReadyTalk audio and web services after that date.

Current Fermilab ReadyTalk account holders will continue to be able to use their accounts with no changes.

In addition, ReadyTalk will be unavailable for maintenance for Fermilab users on Tuesday, Sept. 30, from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m., Central Daylight Time, while transitioning the account services from ESnet to Fermilab.

Starting today, ESnet will no longer process new ReadyTalk account requests. These requests may be made by submitting a Service Desk ticket (users must be logged in to Service Desk to use this direct link) and will be processed after Oct. 1.

ReadyTalk phone and web collaboration services are available to all Fermilab employees, visitors and contractors who are associated with Fermilab projects or experiments or who provide support to the lab and its scientific mission.

For more information about ReadyTalk at Fermilab, see the relevant FAQ (you must be logged in to view the FAQ).

In the News

Synopsis: Higgs mass comes into clearer focus

From Physics, Sept. 9, 2014

The announcement of the discovery of the Higgs boson by CERN in 2012 electrified the world but left the need to fully characterize its properties, especially its mass value. Not only is the mass an essential feature of any particle, but knowing the Higgs mass is especially important for a complete understanding of the entire particle physics edifice. This is because the Higgs mass cannot be predicted by the standard model; instead, filling in the value by experimental measurement then feeds into other parameters connecting the Higgs to other particles.

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Tip of the Week: Safety

Keep out the noise: use hearing protection devices

Using a hearing protection device is necessary to protect you from noise-induced hearing loss. Use the devices appropriately and, as with all personal protective equipment, keep it clean. Use single-use ear plugs only once. Reusable earplugs, canal caps and earmuffs must be cleaned on a regular basis.

At low levels, noise can be irritating, but at high levels noise can actually damage your hearing. As you might expect, hearing loss becomes worse with exposures that are longer and louder.

Exposure to noise at 85 decibels A-weighted ("A-weighted" refers to one of the international standards for measuring sound), or dBA, for longer than eight hours can cause noise-induced hearing loss. How loud is too loud? If you need to raise your voice to be understood at a distance of three feet, you should think about taking action. If you regularly work in noisy areas, you are likely a participant in Fermilab's Hearing Conservation Program, which requires annual training and audiometric testing.

If engineering or administrative controls cannot be implemented to reduce noise exposure levels, hearing protection devices are the next best lines of defense. At Fermilab, regularly occupied areas that exceed 85 dBA are clearly posted. In most cases, supplies of earplugs are maintained in the posted areas. If not, you can find various styles of plugs and muffs at Fermilab's stockroom.

Although noise exposures occur at work, many people participate in non-work activities that can present a greater exposure. This is especially true when using engine-powered equipment for yard maintenance or recreational activities. The use of a hearing protection device is often the best course of action in these cases.

If you are not a participant in the lab's hearing conservation program, but are concerned about your exposure to noise, please contact your supervisor or ES&H group.

Jonny Staffa

Photo of the Day

Pushing through the pavement

This evening primrose's nearly symmetrical leaves have been growing in the Wilson Hall parking lot, wedged against a crumbling curb. Photo: Crae Tate, DO

Today's New Announcements

Added room locations in the FermiMail Calendar on Sept. 11

Newly released eBook available at the Fermilab Library

NALWO Playgroup meets Wednesdays at Users Center

Bible Exploration for Lunch League starting Genesis study Sept. 16

NBI 2014 Workshop - Sept. 23-26

Mike Super at Fermilab - Sept. 27

Access 2010: Intermediate - Oct. 2

Interpersonal Communications Skills - Oct. 21

Excel 2010: Intermediate - Oct. 29

Writing for Results: Email and More (morning only) - Oct. 30

Managing Conflict course (morning only) - Nov. 5

Access 2010: Advanced - Nov. 12

Excel 2010: Advanced - Dec. 3

Abri Credit Union financial advisor

Help improve travel in Fox Valley region and to Fermilab

Featured eBook at the Fermilab Library

Scottish country dancing Tuesday evenings at Kuhn Barn

International folk dancing Thursday evenings in Kuhn Barn

English country dancing at Kuhn Barn

Indoor soccer

Batavia Smashburger employee discount