Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014

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Wednesday, Oct. 22

9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
NuSTEC Training in Neutrino-Nucleus Scattering Physics - One West

3:30 p.m.
Director's Coffee Break - WH2XO

4 p.m.
Fermilab Colloquium - One West
Speaker: Jean Paul Allain, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Title: Advanced Adaptive Nanomaterials Under Extreme Conditions: Current Progress and Challenges

Thursday, Oct. 23

9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
NuSTEC Training in Neutrino-Nucleus Scattering Physics - One West

2:30 p.m.
Theoretical Physics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: Joshua Berger, SLAC
Title: Detecting Boosted Dark Matter with Large-Volume Neutrino Detectors

3:30 p.m.
Director's Coffee Break - WH2XO

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Wilson Hall Cafe

Wednesday, Oct. 22

- Breakfast: crustless quiche casserole
- Breakfast: ham, egg and cheese English muffin
- Western barbecue burger
- Spinach and jack cheese enchiladas
- Chicken parmesan
- Zesty turkey pastrami sandwich
- Peruvian beef and potato stir fry
- Split pea soup
- Texas-style chili
- Assorted calzones

Wilson Hall Cafe menu

Chez Leon

Wednesday, Oct. 22
Vegetarian special
- Sweet potato and chickpea cakes with avocado salsa
- Sauteed lemony broccolini
- Rustic fruit tart

Friday, Oct. 24
- Potato, bacon and gruyere souffle
- Medallions of beef with wild mushroom sauce
- Parsnip puree
- Sauteed Brussels sprouts
- Pear tart

Chez Leon menu
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Fermilab Lecture Series presents a paradox in engineering, Friday at 8 p.m.

The Brooklyn Bridge is one of the great successes of engineering. Professor Henry Petroski will discuss similar engineering successes — and failures — in the next Fermilab Lecture Series talk on Friday at 8 p.m. in Ramsey Auditorium. Photo: Brooklyn Museum

Engineering is about making and doing things that have not been done before. Case studies of past failures provide invaluable information for the design of future successes. Conversely, designs based on the extrapolation of successful experience alone can lead to failure.

Henry Petroski of Duke University will explore this paradox in a talk titled "Success and Failure in Engineering: A Paradoxical Relationship." The talk, which is part of the Fermilab Lecture Series, takes place on Friday, Oct. 24, at 8 p.m. in Ramsey Auditorium. Tickets are $7.

In his lecture, Petroski will look at historical case studies, including the design of ocean liners and suspension bridges, which from the 1850s through the 1930s evolved from John Roebling's enormous successes, culminating in the Brooklyn Bridge, to structures that swayed in the wind and, in the case of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, twisted apart and collapsed in 1940. Lessons learned from these cases and others can be generalized to apply across a broad spectrum of engineering structures and systems. They also help explain why failures continue to occur, even as technology advances.

Petroski has written more than 15 books on engineering, including his latest, The House with Sixteen Handmade Doors: A Tale of Architectural Choice and Craftsmanship. His books have been translated into more than a dozen languages. In addition, he has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and The Wall Street Journal. Petroski writes regular columns for American Scientist and ASEE Prism.

For more information or to purchase tickets to the talk, visit the Lecture Series Web page or call 630-840-2787.

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A bullfrog lies in wait for a bug near the MI-50 Main Injector pond. Photo: Kenneth Olesen, AD
In Brief

Rolling out new Scan to Drive Share service

Fermilab Computing is rolling out a new component of its Managed Print Service called Scan to Drive Share.

This new service enables you to scan documents to a network drive (in addition to the email and USB memory stick scanning capabilities currently supported), where you can later access them. This is particularly useful in cases where you need to scan files that are too large to email. By default, your scanned documents are saved inside a general folder and can be viewed and copied by anyone who has a Services account. Restricted-access folders can be created in cases where there is a business need.

Several multifunction printers have been configured to provide this service. Printers with this capability are labeled. You can also view a list online.

Be sure not to scan any document that contains personally identifiable information, as doing so is a violation of Fermilab and DOE policy.

For more information about Scan to Drive Share, see the Managed Print Service FAQ.

In the News

Fermilab's NOvA neutrino experiment kicks off

From Physics World, Oct. 20, 2014

Construction of a giant neutrino experiment operated by the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) in the US was completed on schedule last month and under budget. The NOvA experiment is made up of two colossal detectors — one at Fermilab near Chicago and the other 800 km away deep in the North Woods, Minnesota. NOvA is the most powerful accelerator-based neutrino experiment to be built in the US and the one with the furthest distance between detectors in the world.

"Neutrino research is one of the cornerstones of Fermilab's future and an important part of the worldwide particle-physics programme," says Fermilab director Nigel Lockyer. "We're proud of the NOvA team for completing the construction of this world-class experiment, and we're looking forward to seeing the first results in 2015." Although the first plans for NOvA were approved by the US Department of Energy in 2007, budget cutbacks meant that its construction only began in 2009.

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In the News

Scientists are creating the coldest cubic meter in the universe

From Gizmodo, Oct. 13, 2014

It's hard to describe exactly how cold the coldest cubic meter in the universe will be. Frozen to just a blip above absolute zero — the temperature at which atoms cannot even vibrate — the CUORE experiment will try to nail down a tiny number that has long eluded physicists: the mass of a neutrino.

The CUORE detector, or the Cryogenic Underground Observatory for Rare Events, is housed deep inside a mountain in Italy. As one of the world's largest cryostats — think a super-cold fridge cooled by liquid helium — it is built to crazy specifications, including shielding made of millenia-old lead from a Roman shipwreck. (Ancient lead has less natural radioactivity.) CUORE will be fully underway in 2015.

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From the Office of Campus Strategy and Readiness

Building the future of Fermilab

Randy Ortgiesen

Randy Ortgiesen, head of OCSR, wrote this column.

As Fermilab and the Department of Energy continue to aggressively "make ready the laboratory" for implementing P5's recommendations, I can't help reflecting on all that has recently been accomplished to support the lab's future — both less visible projects and the big stuff. As we continue to build on these accomplishments, it's worth noting their breadth and how much headway we've made.

The development of the Muon Campus is proceeding at a healthy clip. Notable in its progress is the completion of the MC-1 Building and the cryogenic systems that support the Muon g-2 experiment. The soon-to-launch beamline enclosure construction project and soon-to-follow Mu2e building is also significant. And none of this could operate without the ongoing, complex accelerator work that will provide beam to these experiments.

Repurposing of the former CDF building for future heavy-assembly production space and offices is well under way, with more visible exterior improvements to begin soon.

The new remote operations center, ROC West, is open for business. Several experiments already operate from its new location adjacent to the Wilson Hall atrium.

The Wilson Street entrance security improvements, including a new guardhouse, are also welcome additions to improved site aesthetics and security operations. Plans for a more modern and improved Pine Street entrance are beginning as well.

The fully funded Science Laboratory Infrastructure project to replace the Master Substation and critical portions of the industrial cooling water system will mitigate the lab's largest infrastructure vulnerability for current and future lab operations. Construction is scheduled to start in summer 2015.

The short-baseline neutrino program is expected to start utility and site preparation very soon, with the start of the detector building construction following shortly thereafter. This is an important and significant part of the near-term future of the lab.

The start of a demolition program for excess older and inefficient facilities is very close. The program will begin with a portion of the trailers at both the CDF and DZero trailer complexes.

Space reconfiguration in Wilson Hall to house the new Neutrino Division and LBNF project offices is in the final planning stage and will also be starting soon.

The atrium improvements, with the reception desk, new lighting and more modern furniture create a more welcoming atmosphere.

And I started the article by mentioning planning for the "big stuff." The big stuff, as you may know, includes the lab's highest-priority project in developing a new central campus. This project is called the Center for Integrated Engineering Research, to be located just west of Wilson Hall. It will consolidate engineering resources from across the site to most efficiently plan for, construct and operate the P5 science projects. The highest-priority Technical Campus project, called the Industrial Center Building Addition, is urgently needed to expand production capacity for the equipment required for future science projects. And lastly the Scientific Hostel, or guest house, for which plans are also under way, will complete the Central Campus theme to "eat-sleep-work to drive discovery."

In Brief

All Experimenters' Meetings resume weekly schedule

Now that the accelerator shutdown is ending, All Experimenters' Meetings will resume their weekly cycle. The next meeting will be in Curia II at 4 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 27.

Safety Update

ESH&Q weekly report, Oct. 21

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

A subcontractor was flushing resin from a tank when a drop of water splashed into his eye, causing a burning sensation. He was wearing safety glasses. His eye was rinsed at the Medical Office.

See the full report.


Today's New Announcements

"Nature of the Laws of Nature" - Oct. 23

University of Chicago Tuition Remission Program deadline - Nov. 24

Laboratory Directed R&D information sessions - today and Oct. 28

Ask Me About FermiWorks booth in atrium - today and Oct. 27-30

Halloween party for Fermilab families in Kuhn Barn - Oct. 29

Main site ICW flush through Oct. 24

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

Muscle Toning by Bod Squad - register by Oct. 28

Excel 2010: Intermediate - Oct. 29

Managing Conflict - Nov. 5 (morning only)

Access 2010: Advanced - Nov. 12

Wilson Fellowship accepting applications through Nov. 14

Excel 2010: Advanced - Dec. 3

NALWO Playgroup meets Wednesdays at Users Center

New ebook on beam dynamics available

OSX 10.10 Yosemite not yet certified

Pace Batavia Call-n-Ride service to Fermilab

International folk dancing Thursday evenings at Kuhn Barn

Scottish country dancing Tuesday evenings at Kuhn Barn

English country dancing at Kuhn Barn

Indoor soccer

Hollywood Palms Employee Appreciation Day