Monday, Oct. 6, 2014

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Monday, Oct. 6

2 p.m.
Particle Astrophysics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: Kevork Abazajian, University of California, Irvine
Title: Implications of the Candidate Dark Matter Decay Line at 3.5 keV

3:30 p.m.

4 p.m.
All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II
Special Topic: T-992: Rad Hard Sensors for the SLHC

Tuesday, Oct. 7

3:30 p.m.

4 p.m.
Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar - One West
Speaker: Anthony Leveling, Fermilab
Title: TLM Design and Applications

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Wilson Hall Cafe

Monday, Oct. 6

- Breakfast: blueberry crepes
- Breakfast: sausage, egg and cheese croissant
- Philly-style cheesesteak with peppers
- Chicken creole
- Greek patitsio
- Spicy Asian chicken wrap
- Stir fry sensations
- Corn chowder
- Texas-style chili
- Assorted pizza by the slice

Wilson Hall Cafe menu

Chez Leon

Wednesday, Oct. 8
- Chicken schnitzel
- Smashed mustard potatoes
- Apple, fennel and celery slaw
- German chocolate cake

Friday, Oct. 10
Guest chefs: Grace and Gary Leonard
- Mushroom and wild rice soup
- Tunisian fishcakes with aioli couscous
- Grilled asparagus
- Carottes rapees
- Praline pumpkin pie

Chez Leon menu
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From symmetry

When research worlds collide

Particle physicists and scientists from other disciplines are finding ways to help one another answer critical questions. Image: Sandbox Studio with Corinne Much

When particle physics and other fields of science meet, interesting things happen. Cosmic rays are put to use studying cloud formation. A particle detector tackles questions about aircraft engineering. Invisible particles offer clues about the interior of the Earth.

All researchers are trying to understand how the world works; they just go about it in different ways. Through interdisciplinary projects, scientists from different backgrounds can offer one another new technology, techniques and perspectives.

Researchers Jasper Kirkby of CERN, Anton Tremsin of the University of California, Berkeley, and Bill McDonough of the University of Maryland have all reached out to forge unique connections with other researchers, pursuing diverse goals with tools from particle physics.

Understanding climate with cosmic rays
Jasper Kirkby is an experimental particle physicist who's worked on several big accelerator experiments at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and CERN since 1972.

Nearly 20 years ago, he heard a talk about cosmic rays and cloud formation. Cloud formation is a key component of climate models because clouds scatter sunlight, providing a cooling effect in the atmosphere. As Kirkby learned at the talk, cloud formation seemed to correlate with the appearance of cosmic rays, high-energy particles — mostly protons — that rain on the Earth from space.

Clouds form when water condenses around aerosol particles, tiny liquid or solid particles suspended in the air. It was speculated that cosmic rays ionizing atmospheric vapors could help these cloud seeds to form. However, both aerosol particle formation and atmospheric vapors are poorly understood.

After the talk, Kirkby wrote a paper about how this process could be investigated under controlled conditions in the laboratory using an ultra-clean atmospheric chamber and a proton beam to simulate the cosmic rays. He called the proposed chamber CLOUD, for Cosmics Leaving Outdoor Droplets. Kirkby then went on a roadshow around Europe to discuss his ideas with the atmospheric community, starting at University of Berne in May 1998.

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Amanda Solliday

Photo of the Day

Ripple effects

Ripples extend beyond the pond in front of Wilson Hall. Photo: Jesus Orduna, Brown University
In the News

The N-Beat with Theresa Gutierrez: Aria Soha

From ABC7, Oct. 4, 2014

Editor's note: The second video segment on the N-Beat Web page features Fermilab's Aria Soha.

Biology may've been the most advanced science course Aria Soha was exposed to at her NYC high school ... but this granddaughter of Mexican immigrants is now helping to unlock some of the mysteries of the universe at Fermilab, the nation's premier particle physics laboratory in Batavia.

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Tip of the Week: Safety

It's Fire Prevention Week: Check your smoke alarms

For your safety and that of your family, test all the smoke alarms in your home to be sure they work properly. Image courtesy of the NM Energy$mart Academy

National Fire Prevention Week is this week. Every year we at the Fermilab Fire Department take advantage of this week to remind the Fermilab community about the need to be diligent and to develop good habits concerning fire safety at home and at work.

Nearly 3,000 people a year die in fires in the United States. The vast majority of these tragedies are preventable with a just small amount of effort.

One of the best things people can do to reduce these unfortunate statistics is to purchase, install and maintain smoke detectors in their homes. Having a working smoke detector can cut the risk of a fatal fire in the home in half. On average, three out of five home fire deaths occur either where no smoke detectors are present or when the installed units do not work or sound properly. In 23 percent of home fire deaths, smoke alarms were present but failed to sound.

The National Fire Protection Agency and the Fermilab Fire Department recommend that you:

  • Install smoke detectors inside every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.
  • Test all smoke alarms every month by using the test button.
  • Replace batteries in every unit once a year.
  • Replace all smoke alarms every 10 years or earlier if they fail to respond properly when tested.

Remember that working smoke alarms save lives. Do your part to keep you and your families safe.

Lieutenant John Babinec, Fermilab Fire Department

Special Announcement

Labwide celebration - Oct. 8

A labwide celebration on 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.

Plan to attend and celebrate with your colleagues.


Today's New Announcements

Asphalt repairs - Oct. 6-7

eBook on writing winning proposals available sitewide

Labwide celebration - Oct. 8

Town hall: Kerberos upgrade/ CryptoCard end of life - Oct. 9

NALWO annual potluck luncheon - Oct. 9

Nominations for Director's Award close Oct. 10

CryptoCard end of life - Oct. 11

Paul Taylor's Taylor 2 Dance in Ramsey Auditorium - Oct. 11

Mat Pilates class now offered at Fermilab - register by Oct. 13

Lecture Series: Success and Failure in Engineering - Oct. 24

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

Managing Conflict course (morning only) - Nov. 5

NALWO Playgroup meets Wednesdays at Users Center

International folk dancing Thursday evenings at Kuhn Barn

Scottish country dancing Tuesday evenings at Kuhn Barn

English country dancing at Kuhn Barn

Indoor soccer