Monday, Nov. 10, 2014

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Monday, Nov. 10

2 p.m.
Particle Astrophysics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: Benedikt Diemer, University of Chicago
Title: The Non-Universality of Halo Density Profiles

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

4 p.m.
All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II

Tuesday, Nov. 11

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

4 p.m.
Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar - One West
Speaker: Bill Pellico, Fermilab
Title: Preparing for PIP II - What Are the Issues and Plans for the Booster?

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Fermilab launches artist-in-residence program

Artist Lindsay Olson presents examples of her work to the Fermilab Art Gallery Committee earlier this year. Photo: Georgia Schwender, OC

As curator of the Fermilab Art Gallery, Georgia Schwender is always looking for new ways to connect the worlds of art and science. With the launch of the laboratory's first artist-in-residence program, she's hoping to bring those worlds as close together as she can.

For the next 12 months, Fermilab will welcome Oak Park artist Lindsay Olson behind the scenes, giving her the opportunity to observe the inner workings of the laboratory. Olson, who works in a variety of artistic media, will then create a series of pieces that tells the story of Fermilab in a way that it has never been told. In the process, she will serve as an ambassador to the arts community, inviting them to look at the science of particle physics from a new, more resonant perspective.

"I think people can be afraid of physics, but they're also intrigued by it," Schwender said. "They need a way to understand it, not necessarily through the eyes and words of physicists, but through another person interpreting them."

Schwender has been thinking about an artist-in-residence program for years, but finding the right person helped make the idea become reality. Olson, a part-time teacher of textiles in art and fashion studies at Columbia College in Chicago, has carved out a niche working with government agencies to tell stories through art. From 2008 to 2012 she served a residency at the Oak Park Police Department, learning about police work and creating a series of pieces she called "Tools of the Trade: A Resident's View of Law Enforcement."

She also just finished an 18-month stint as a visiting artist at the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, learning about the science of wastewater treatment. She created a series of textile pieces called "Manufactured River." That work will be on exhibit through Nov. 29 at the Oak Park Public Library.

The project, Olson said, made her realize that she could use her art to learn more about science and to communicate it to people who might not otherwise see beneath the surface.

"The payoff for me is the thrill of learning new things from experts in the field," she said. "I like to use my art to invite in other people who, like me, may not have that technical training."

Schwender met Olson in March, after seeing her give a talk at North Central College about her residency with the Oak Park police. She knew right away that Olson was the right person to pilot this new program at Fermilab.

Olson will spend time at Fermilab speaking to physicists, taking tours and learning about particle physics. She's already begun, she said, talking to a couple of scientists at Fermilab, reading a book on the Large Hadron Collider, learning more about neutrinos, and creating artwork based on these interactions. Some of her work will be shown as part of the Art@CMS exhibit next year.

The laboratory will pay a small stipend to help her cover expenses for travel and art supplies, and in return, Olson will use her work to help communicate the story of Fermilab to people who may not have heard it otherwise.

"I'm really excited for the opportunity," she said. "I want my art to be useful, to help people think about reality in new ways. I want to use it as a way to invite people in."

Andre Salles

In the News

Artist partners with physics lab, water district, cop shop

From Chicago Tribune, Nov. 8, 2014

A book titled "Understanding the Universe: From Quarks to the Cosmos" was on the work table in artist Lindsay Olson's home studio. A chart headed "names and characteristics of various subatomic particles" was pinned to the wall.

They may be unusual art supplies.

But Olson is an unusual artist.

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In the News

How gravity explains why time never runs backward

From Wired, Nov. 5, 2014

We can't avoid the passing of time, even at the DMV, where time seems to come to a standstill. And daylight savings notwithstanding, time always ticks forward. But why not backward? Why do we remember the past and not the future? For a group of physicists, the answers to these deep and complex questions may arise from a familiar source: gravity.

Read more

In the News

This was the very first website in the U.S.

From Gizmodo, Nov. 1, 2014

Stanford's Linear Accelerator Laboratory operates the longest particle accelerator of its kind — it's produced groundbreaking work in particle physics over the decades, as well as several Nobel prizes. But surprisingly, it also played a major role in the early web: By hosting the first web site in the US. It wasn't much to look at, but that's not important.

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Tip of the Week: Cybersecurity

Computer Security Awareness Day is tomorrow

Irwin Gaines gives a talk at a past Computer Security Awareness Day. Photo: Reidar Hahn

It is incumbent upon Fermilab's computer security team to ensure that our user community is well-trained and aware of cybersecurity issues. We are constantly reminded by cybersecurity incidents and near misses that uninformed or careless actions by a single individual can put the laboratory's entire computing infrastructure at risk. No matter how strong our walls of defense are, we must ensure that those authorized to use our systems are sufficiently trained to avoid inadvertent breaching of these defenses.

One way to train and inform our user community is through our annual Computer Security Awareness (CSA) Day, which takes place tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 11, in Wilson Hall.

CSA Day will feature two types of presentations. In the morning, all of the ITNA-required cybersecurity and privacy classes will be offered as lecture classes, allowing employees, visitors and contractors to meet their training requirements without having to take an online test. Users can register for these classes in advance or show up on Tuesday morning and sign in. Advanced and Basic PII (Personally Identifiable Information) training will be given at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m., respectively, in Wilson Hall One East. Basic Computer Security, Security Essentials for Desktop System Admins and Security Essentials for Fermilab System Admins will be given at 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., respectively, in Wilson Hall One West.

Note that the PII classes only need be taken once, but the cybersecurity classes must be retaken every two years, either in person or online. Your supervisors will appreciate you keeping your training up to date, so they (and you) can avoid reminders about overdue training!

In the afternoon, there will be a series of topical presentations on security-related issues of current import starting at 1 p.m. in Wilson Hall One West. These sessions will include talks on security for mobile devices, new authentication techniques and federated identity and on the latest Internet threats. The security staff will also be available for informal discussions of recent cyber events. View the full agenda.

Irwin Gaines

In Brief

Veterans Day celebration - tomorrow in Kuhn Barn

The Color Guard from East Aurora High School salute at least year's Veterans Day celebration in Kuhn Barn. Photo: Sarah Witman

The Fermilab Veterans Day Celebration takes place this year on Tuesday, Nov. 11, in Kuhn Barn from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Veterans from all armed services are invited, including veterans of foreign wars. Admission is $5. Reserve your tickets today. Reservation information is on the Veterans Day Celebration poster. Tickets will also be sold at the door.

"If you know anyone that served their country, including foreign veterans, please invite them," said AD's Jeff Meisner. "All guests have always been welcome. This is a celebration."

The catered celebration will include a guest talk by Andrew Gottlieb of the United States Army and a presentation by the East Aurora High School Color Guard.

Photo of the Day

Lambent Lake Law

The sun sets over Lake Law. Photo: Rich Blaustein, OC

Today's New Announcements

Budker Seminar - today

Yoga Mondays - register today

Computer Security Awareness Day 2014 - Nov. 11

Veterans Day celebration in Kuhn Barn - Nov. 11

Wilson Fellowship accepting applications through Nov. 14

UChicago Tuition Remission Program deadline - Nov. 24

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

Performance Goal setting courses - Enroll in TRAIN

Ramsey Auditorium horseshoe road closure

NALWO Playgroup meets Wednesdays at 5:15 at Users Center

Yoga Thursdays

International folk dancing at Kuhn Barn

Silk and Thistle Scottish dancing celebrates 20 years

Broomball open league

Hollywood Palms Employee Appreciation Day