Monday, Nov. 17, 2014

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Monday, Nov. 17

2 p.m.
Particle Astrophysics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: Richard Shaw, CITA
Title: Probing Dark Energy with the Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (CHIME)

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

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

Tuesday, Nov. 18

10:30 a.m.
Research Techniques Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: Jose Repond, Argonne National Laboratory
Title: CALICE: Calorimetry Reinvented

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

4 p.m.
Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar - One West
Speaker: Robert Kephart, Fermilab
Title: Accelerators for Energy and Environment at IARC

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Monday, Nov. 17

- Oatmeal raisin pancakes
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- Cuban black bean soup
- Texas-style chili
- Assorted pizza by the slice

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Wednesday, Nov. 19
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- Lemongrass rice
- Sauteed pea pods
- Coconut flan

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Fermilab benefits from 35 years with the National GEM Consortium

Patrick Karns of the Accelerator Division, left, gives a tour to prospective GEM students, who recently visited Fermilab. Also on the tour are GEM alumni and GEM co-founder and former Executive Director Howard Adams, second from left. Photo: Reidar Hahn

The National GEM Consortium, a nationwide coalition of universities and employers, offers fellowships and internships to African American, Hispanic and Native American individuals to help them obtain advanced degrees and connect to careers in science and engineering. For 35 years Fermilab has been allied with GEM as one of the lab’s chief pipelines to build a diverse workforce.

The longstanding relationship ensures that Fermilab can solve new problems in physics and engineering with a dynamic arsenal of perspectives. In return, the lab is proud to offer participants specialized training, rare experiences and, to some, full-time jobs in high-energy physics.

"This is not just some simple little internship where you get a job and you go home," said Maurice Ball, Accelerator Systems Group leader. "This is the forefront of technology, and you’re working alongside people who are at the top of their field."

Ball organized a tour of Fermilab in October for potential GEM participants as part of a Getting Ready for Advanced Degrees Lab (GRAD Lab). This workshop, co-hosted by Fermilab, Northwestern University, Michigan Technological University and University of Illinois at Chicago, was one of 15 GRAD Lab events scheduled across the country.

Dianne Engram, manager of the Equal Opportunity and Diversity Office, is especially proud of GRAD Lab. She helped create the original concept of the program.

"GEM took it and packaged it," Engram said, "but the idea was to offer students the opportunity to see what graduate school would be like, to see what the advantage of a GEM school would be and to hear voices from the field."

Ball arranged their visit to include a visit to the SRF accelerator test facility, Linac Gallery and the Main Control Room, with engaging technical explanations from scientists and engineers who work there. Fermilab was also honored by the attendance of Howard Adams on the tour. Adams co-founded GEM in 1976, having served as its executive director from 1978 to 1994 and is a recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Mentoring.

Ball was eager to help out at the event, paying forward what he personally owes to GEM. He first came to Fermilab as a GEM intern in 1990 and was hired full time as a fluids engineer in 1994. He helped design and build cooling systems for the newly proposed Main Injector and has since ascended a path of leadership roles to his current position.

"When you listen to GEM alums," Engram said, "they say what keeps them here is the excitement of the science and their ability to be real contributors from day one."

The Equal Opportunity and Diversity Office is now in the process of selecting the next pair of GEM interns. These individuals will start at the lab next spring.

Troy Rummler

In the News

Six big photos of the coolest jobs in Chicago

From Chicago Magazine, Nov. 10, 2014

Editor's note: Fermilab's Kelly Hardin is one of the people featured in this photo story.

"We moved the Muon g-2 ring [a 50-foot-wide electromagnet that physicists at Fermilab, in Batavia, will use to study a subatomic particle called a muon] from the Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York. We disassembled the machines and detectors there and transported the g-2 ring cross-country on a truck."

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In the News

Not particles, but chunks: dark matter gets stranger

From Live Science, Nov. 13, 2014

Dark matter may not be made of tiny particles as most scientists believe, but instead may consist of large chunks of strange matter anywhere from the size of an apple to an asteroid, researchers said.

Currently one of the greatest mysteries in science, the invisible substance called dark matter is thought to make up five-sixths of all matter in the universe. Yet no one knows what pieces of dark matter look like.

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In the News

Could plasma-surfing electrons star in future particle accelerators?

From Los Angeles Times, Nov. 11, 2014

To find the tiny subatomic particle known as the Higgs boson, scientists had to build an accelerator with a 17-mile circumference — but with a little unconventional technology, such giant machines could one day be a thing of the past.

A team led by researchers at Stanford's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory has used a plasma-based device that’s just a few inches longer than a paper-towel tube to punch particles up to energies 500 times higher than they could reach in the same distance in a typical accelerator.

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Tip of the Week:
Ecology and Environment

Climate change and Fermilab's Site Sustainability Plan

Thunderstorms with the potential to affect Fermilab operations may increase in frequency and severity in the future. Photo: Steve Krave, TD

Once again, it is time for Fermilab, along with all other DOE facilities, to prepare a report on our sustainability efforts over the past fiscal year. We are also asked to look ahead to a plan for this fiscal year to help DOE and the federal government at large to fulfill national sustainability goals. The goals include efforts to improve energy and water efficiency, increase the use of renewable forms of energy, minimize the generation of waste, and design, build and operate safer, smarter, and more efficient buildings.

Each of the last three years, we have prepared a Site Sustainability Plan for DOE that ultimately is used to report to the Office of Management and Budget on the performance of the entire federal complex. This exercise, motivated by a series of executive orders signed by Presidents Bush and Obama, is intended to give the federal government the lead in demonstrating sustainable strategies for the entire country and to use its economic power to make markets for cleaner and more efficient products and materials.

This year, we will report on a total of 23 performance measures, including several categories of greenhouse gas emissions, energy efficiency for the complex and for our individual buildings, fleet efficiency, and "green" purchasing. These are measures that we have reported on an annual basis in the past, and the overall objective is to improve upon performance year after year. This year the goal of climate change resilience was added to the request from DOE. The goal is to imagine the impacts to Fermilab operations as the global climate changes. What that means depends to some extent on our geographic location. Located far from coastlines and in a continental climate, the key changes for us would be increasingly severe fluctuations in weather, including stronger and more frequent storms, longer drought periods, and more extreme temperatures.

The impact of these potential changes in climate on Fermilab's mission would likely be centered on the effects of flooding on the accelerator complex and/or an increased demand for cooling of critical accelerator components. These problems have occurred to some extent in the past, and our task is to extrapolate from these uncommon occurrences to more frequent and more severe ones in the future.

Avoiding or at least mitigating these impacts gets back to the overall goal of the efforts to act more sustainably and, in particular, to minimize the release of greenhouse gases as much as possible. Everyone can play a part by taking small individual steps, such as using public transportation where available and ensuring our energy use is efficient.

Rod Walton

Photo of the Day

Red-tailed hawk

Gordon Garcia captured this stunning portrait of a red-tailed hawk east of the Kirk Road entrance to Fermilab. Photo: Gordon Garcia, Bartlett, Illinois
On a sunny fall day, a red-tailed hawk perches on a tree branch near the bison farm. Photo: David Pavel Juarez Lopez, University of Guanajuato

Today's New Announcements

Lunch and Learn: Alzheimer's Disease, Memory Loss and Dementia ... The Basics - Nov. 18

Lunch and Learn seminar - Social Security and Retirement - Nov. 19

UChicago Tuition Remission Program deadline - Nov. 24

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

NALWO Playgroup meets Wednesdays at 5:15 at Users Center

Scottish country dancing Tuesday evenings at Kuhn Barn

International folk dancing Thursdays at Kuhn Barn (except Thanksgiving)

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Broomball open league