Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014

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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

Wednesday, Nov. 19

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

4 p.m.
Fermilab Colloquium - One West
Speaker: David Newell, NIST
Title: Defining Fundamental Constants of Nature: The New SI

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Tuesday, Nov. 18

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Stanley Wojcicki awarded 2015 Panofsky Prize

Stanley Wojcicki

In late October, the American Physical Society Division of Particles and Fields announced that Stanford University professor emeritus of physics and Fermilab collaborator Stanley Wojcicki has been selected as the 2015 recipient of the W.K.H. Panofsky Prize in experimental particle physics. Panofsky, who died in 2007, was SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory's first director, holding that position from 1961 to 1984.

"I knew Pief Panovsky for about 40 years, and I think he was a great man not only as a scientist, but also as a statesman and as a human being," said Wojcicki, referring to Panofsky by his nickname. "So it doubles my pleasure and satisfaction in receiving an award that bears his name."

Wojcicki was given the prestigious award "for his leadership and innovative contributions to experiments probing the flavor structure of quarks and leptons, in particular for his seminal role in the success of the MINOS long-baseline neutrino experiment."

Wojcicki is a founding member of MINOS. He served as spokesperson from 1999 to 2004 and as co-spokesperson from 2004 to 2010.

"I feel a little embarrassed being singled out because, in high-energy physics, there is always a large number of individuals who have contributed and are absolutely essential to the success of the experiment," he said. "This is certainly true of MINOS, where we had and have a number of excellent people."

Wojcicki recalls the leadership of Caltech physicist Doug Michael, former MINOS co-spokesperson, who died in 2005.

"I always regret that Doug did not have a chance to see the results of an experiment that he very much contributed to," Wojcicki said.

In 2006, MINOS measured an important parameter related to the mass difference between two neutrino types.

Fermilab physicist Doug Glenzinski chaired the Panofsky Prize review committee and says that the committee was impressed by Wojcicki's work on flavor physics, which focuses on how particles change from one type to another, and his numerous contributions over decades of research.

"He is largely credited with making MINOS happen, with thinking about ways to advance neutrino measurements and with playing an active role in all aspects of the experiment from start to finish," Glenzinski said.

More than 30 years ago, Wojcicki collaborated on charm quark research at Fermilab, later joining Fermilab's neutrino explorations. Early on Wojcicki served on the Fermilab Users Executive Committee from 1969-71 and on the Program Advisory Committee from 1972-74. He has since been on many important committees, including serving as chair of the High-Energy Physics Advisory Panel for six years and as member of the P5 committee from 2005-08. He now continues his involvement in neutrino physics, participating in the NOvA and MINOS+ experiments.

"I feel really fortunate to have been connected with Fermilab since its inception," Wojcicki said. "I think Fermilab is a great lab, and I hope it will continue as such for many years to come."

Rich Blaustein

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The LHC magnets

Arrayed around the Large Hadron Collider are 1,232 large dipole magnets. In this video, U.S. CMS Education and Outreach Coordinator Don Lincoln tells us some of the superlatives associated with these technological wonders. View the video. Video: U.S. CMS
In the News

Is quantum entanglement real?

From The New York Times, Nov. 14, 2014

Fifty years ago this month, the Irish physicist John Stewart Bell submitted a short, quirky article to a fly-by-night journal titled Physics, Physique, Fizika. He had been too shy to ask his American hosts, whom he was visiting during a sabbatical, to cover the steep page charges at a mainstream journal, the Physical Review. Though the journal he selected folded a few years later, his paper became a blockbuster. Today it is among the most frequently cited physics articles of all time.

Bell's paper made important claims about quantum entanglement, one of those captivating features of quantum theory that depart strongly from our common sense. Entanglement concerns the behavior of tiny particles, such as electrons, that have interacted in the past and then moved apart. Tickle one particle here, by measuring one of its properties — its position, momentum or "spin" — and its partner should dance, instantaneously, no matter how far away the second particle has traveled.

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From the Chief Operating Officer

Geese, traffic and forging partnerships

Tim Meyer

This column comes near my six-month anniversary since I joined Fermilab. It has been a whirlwind, an adventure and a pleasure. Not only is my daughter happily fascinated by the hundreds of geese each morning on site, but I have relearned how to scrape ice off car windows and how long that light at Kirk Road takes before allowing left turns. Perhaps most importantly, I have had a chance to learn about the lab and share its story with others.

For instance, as we chart the course to a future where Fermilab has a steady relationship with commercial partners exploring new technologies, we choose to spend time in the community. In this vein, Bob Kephart, Pushpa Bhat and I piled into my car and drove downtown two weeks ago to attend the American Academy of Arts and Sciences roundtable on "The Vital Role of Research Preserving the American Dream."

Not only did we have a chance to meet several U.S. congressional representatives and former Presidential Science Advisor Neal Lane, but we also had the chance to talk about particle physics, accelerators and creating jobs for the future with business leaders in the community and entrepreneurs from Chicagoland. I was thrilled to see how much name recognition Fermilab had but was also interested in helping to educate some people who were unaware of Fermilab's current programs. One key observation from the roundtable was about the value of co-locating discovery science with the ability to design, build and test novel equipment and facilities. We talked about how Fermilab is well positioned to this type of work, especially as a national laboratory working with universities, students and commercial vendors.

In another example, I spent an evening participating in the National Engineering Forum Regional Dialogue event with colleague Arkadiy Klebaner in Chicago. At this event, we were greeted warmly, and it was clear that Fermilab enjoys a good reputation among professional engineers. We had a chance to meet the deputy mayor of Chicago and invite him to visit Fermilab. Arkadiy and I also talked with the deans of engineering schools at Northwestern University and the University of Illinois about co-op student opportunities at Fermilab.

I don't want to leave you with the impression that I spend all of my time stuck commuting downtown in Chicago traffic. To me, the most important connections I've been making have been within the laboratory and across the site. From discovering which lights still work inside the Tevatron tunnel to learning how many liters of liquid argon will be circulated per minute within the MicroBooNE detector to visiting the Kautz Road Substation and the Fermilab gym in the Village, it's all been educational, inspiring and worthwhile.

So as I continue to work my way around the laboratory to see where I can provide support or guidance, I look forward to meeting you!

Fermilab Chief Operating Officer Tim Meyer recently attended a roundtable meeting of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Among those in attendance were, from left: Rep. Randy Hultgren, former Presidential Science Advisor Neal Lane, American Academy of Arts and Science President Jonathan Fanton, Rep. Bill Foster, Tim Meyer, Fermilab scientist Pushpa Bhat and Argonne National Laboratory Director for Strategy and Innovation Gregory Morin. Photo: Eric Craig, Eric Craig Studios
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