Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014

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Wednesday, Nov. 5

9 a.m.-5 p.m.
BSM Higgs Workshop at LPC 2014 - One West

10 a.m.
All-Hands Meeting - Ramsey Auditorium

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

4 p.m.
Fermilab Colloquium - One West
Speaker: Christophe Grojean, ICREA/IFAE, Barcelona
Title: Quo Vadis Higgs?

Thursday, Nov. 6

1 p.m.
Computing Techniques Seminar - One West
Speaker: Steve Timm, Fermilab
Title: Enabling On-Demand Scientific Workflows on a Federated Cloud

1:30 p.m.
Theoretical Physics Seminar (NOTE TIME, LOCATION) - WH3NE
Speaker: James Barnard, University of Melbourne
Title: Composite Higgs Models with "The Works"

3 p.m.
All-Hands Meeting - Ramsey Auditorium

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

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Wilson Hall Cafe

Wednesday, Nov. 5

- Breakfast: breakfast pizza
- Breakfast: ham, egg and cheese English muffin
- Gyros
- Baked pork chops
- Halai chicken cacciatore
- California turkey wrap
- Chicken BLT salad
- Three bean overland soup
- Texas-style chili
- Assorted calzones

Wilson Hall Cafe menu

Chez Leon

Wednesday, Nov. 5
- Marinated flank steak
- Parmesan orzo
- Sauteed Brussels sprouts
- Lemon blueberry cake

Friday, Nov. 7
- French onion soup
- Filet mignon with horseradish cream sauce
- Roasted new potatoes
- Broccoli puree
- Chocolate souffle

Chez Leon menu
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Special Announcement

All-hands meeting - today at 10 a.m. in auditorium

Please join Fermilab Director Nigel Lockyer for an all-hands meeting today at 10 a.m. in Ramsey Auditorium.

Lockyer will provide updates and information on the state of the laboratory. A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation.

The meeting will be streamed live.


Performance recognition awards go to employees

Exceptional Performance Recognition Award recipients accepted their awards Oct. 16. Photo: Reidar Hahn

Fermilab recognized a group of dedicated employees for their outstanding contributions with Exceptional Performance Recognition Awards. The employees were nominated by their divisions and sections. Fermilab Director Nigel Lockyer handed out the awards at a reception on the 15th floor of Wilson Hall on Oct. 16.

View all award recipients.

From symmetry

Fabiola Gianotti chosen as next head of CERN

The former head of the ATLAS experiment at the LHC will be the first female leader of Europe's largest particle physics laboratory.

[On Tuesday] the CERN Council announced the selection of Italian physicist Fabiola Gianotti as the organization's next director-general.

Gianotti was leader of the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider from March 2009 to February 2013, covering the period in which the ATLAS and CMS experiments announced the long-awaited discovery of the Higgs boson, recognized by the award of the Nobel Prize to François Englert and Peter Higgs in 2013. She will be the first woman to hold the position of CERN director-general.

"We were extremely impressed with all three candidates put forward by the search committee," says CERN Council President Agnieszka Zalewska. "It was Dr. Gianotti's vision for CERN's future as a world-leading accelerator laboratory, coupled with her in-depth knowledge of both CERN and the field of experimental particle physics that led us to this outcome."

The appointment will be formalized at the December session of Council. Gianotti's mandate will begin on January 1, 2016, and will run for a period of five years.

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Kathryn Jepsen

Photo of the Day

Geese run like a proton

The Run Like a Proton playground by the Lederman Science Center isn't just for kids — geese enjoy it too. Photo: Kate Sienkiewicz, FESS
In the News

New experiment aims to crack neutrino mass mystery

From Scientific American, Nov. 4, 2014

Neutrinos are everywhere in the universe, but we cannot see them or feel them and can almost never stop them. They stream through our bodies by the trillions every second, flitting through the spaces between our atoms with nary a collision. These ghostly particles were created in abundance during the big bang, and stars like the sun pump out more all the time. Yet for all their plentitude, neutrinos may be the most mysterious particles in the cosmos.

For decades physicists thought neutrinos weighed nothing, and they were shocked in 1998 to discover that the particles do have very small, but nonzero, masses. Exactly how much mass they have is still unknown. The larger question, however, is why they have mass at all.

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In the News

Higgs hunter will be CERN's first female director

From Nature, Nov. 4, 2014

Fabiola Gianotti, the Italian physicist who first revealed to the world that the Higgs boson exists, will be the next director general of CERN, the laboratory where the elementary particle was discovered.

Gianotti will be the sixteenth person — and the first woman — to lead the European physics powerhouse, which is based at the Swiss-French border outside Geneva and recently celebrated its 60th anniversary. She was the spokesperson for ATLAS, one of two experiments at CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) that discovered the Higgs boson, thus completing the standard model of particle physics.

"Fabiola is a superb scientist, led ATLAS to a great discovery and is respected and well-known around the world," says Nigel Lockyer, the director of the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Illinois. "She fully understands that high-energy physics is a global enterprise, and CERN is at the centre."

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From the Office of Partnerships and Technology Transfer

Technology transfer isn't rocket science ... or is it?

Cherri Schmidt

Cherri Schmidt, head of OPTT, wrote this column.

As a technology transfer professional, I have to admit that I suffer from NASA-envy. For more than 50 years, NASA has been committed to technology transfer as an integral part of its primary space mission.

The results NASA has achieved are impressive. It has recorded more than 1,800 examples of tech transfer over the years. Also, some studies indicate that the economy is boosted by up to $7 or more for every $1 the U.S. government spends on the space agency. Not only that, NASA does it with panache. From the glossy, four-color Spinoff publication, first published in 1976, to the more recent YouTube videos that are narrated by celebrities, NASA has been able to capture — and hold — the imagination of the American public.

Like NASA's mission to Mars, Fermilab's discovery missions require the development of many new technologies to achieve objectives that are five, 10 or even 20 years in the future. From new materials and fabrication techniques to new data management and computing capabilities, Fermilab scientists, engineers and technicians are constantly pushing the boundaries of existing technology to meet the needs of our future science programs. And, like NASA's technologies, many of the technologies we create have commercial value in industry, including energy, environment, health and national security applications.

The trick is to identify these potentially valuable inventions and creations early. And the solution lies with each member of our technical team — in particular, the people who design, build, operate, maintain and improve the tools that we use to perform our science. As you go about your daily work, ask yourselves these questions:

Question 1: Am I currently working on solving an interesting technical problem?

I suspect that most of you will say yes. Otherwise, you wouldn't be at Fermilab.

Question 2: Have I been able to find an existing solution in industry?

I suspect most of you will say not exactly. In most cases, existing technologies do not quite meet Fermilab's design requirements for form, fit, finish or function.

Question 3: Did I help invent, create or develop something today that I am willing to write about, share with others or put on my CV or resume as an accomplishment?

Quite frankly, if you are willing to write about it, speak about it, share it with others or take credit for it in any way, shape or form, you might have an idea worth protecting.

Protecting potentially valuable intellectual property supports the spin-off of Fermilab technologies into new uses that save lives, improve quality of life, create jobs and boost the economy. This, in turn, helps us broaden the base of support for Fermilab beyond our own scientific community and help secure the future of the laboratory. In short, by reporting your new inventions or creations, you can help Fermilab make the most of the taxpayer's investment in basic science. Let's put our talent out there!

If you answered "yes" to question 3, then we want to hear from you. Email the Office of Partnerships and Technology Transfer to schedule a consultation.

Safety Update

ESH&Q weekly report, Nov. 4

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

A contractor developed red, raised bumps after wearing powder-free gloves for three days off and on. He was given a prescription.

See the full report.


Today's New Announcements

UChicago lecture: Neutron Stars, A Cosmic Gift - today

NALWO visit to the art legacy of Nancy Carrigan - Nov. 8

Barn Dance - Nov. 9

NALWO Playgroup meets Wednesdays at 5:15 at Users Center

Nature of the Laws of Nature discussion - Nov. 6

English country dancing - Nov. 9

Yoga Mondays - register by Nov. 10

Computer Security Awareness Day 2014 - Nov. 11

Access 2010: Advanced - Nov. 12

Wilson Fellowship accepting applications through Nov. 14

UChicago Tuition Remission Program deadline - Nov. 24

Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing - Dec. 1-5 (afternoon only)

Excel 2010: Advanced - Dec. 3

Ramsey Auditorium horseshoe road closure

Retrospective ebook on superconductivity available

Scottish country dance Tuesdays at Kuhn Barn

English country dancing at Kuhn Barn

Silk and Thistle Scottish dancing celebrates 20 years

Indoor soccer

Broomball open league

Hollywood Palms Employee Appreciation Day