Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015

Have a safe day!

Wednesday, Jan. 7

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

4 p.m.
Fermilab Colloquium - One West
Speaker: Maria Michela Del Viva, University of Florence
Title: Brain Mechanisms in Human Visual Processing and Data Acquisition in HEP

Thursday, Jan. 8

1 p.m.
Computing Techniques Seminar - WH2SE
Speaker: Ioan Raicu, Illinois Institute of Technology
Title: Toward Data-Intensive Extreme-Scale Computing



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

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Wilson Hall Cafe

Wednesday, Jan. 7

- Breakfast: smoked sausage breakfast sandwich
- Breakfast: ham, egg and cheese English muffin
- Carolina pulled pork sandwich
- Pork piccata with lemon sauce
- Shepherd's pie
- Ham and pear panino
- Grilled or crispy chicken Caesar salad
- Sausage, potato and kale soup
- Texas-style chili
- Assorted calzones

Wilson Hall Cafe menu

Chez Leon

Wednesday, Jan. 7
- Northern Italian lasagna
- Caesar salad
- Ice cream cake

Friday, Jan. 9

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In Brief

New PIP-II website launched


A new website on Fermilab's Proton Improvement Plan II, or PIP-II, is now live. Learn all about future plans for providing powerful, high-intensity proton beams to the laboratory's experiments.

In Brief

Training requirement for technical publications

As a government contractor, Fermilab has special requirements for collecting scientific and technical publications. This applies to all scientific and technical documents created by Fermilab scientists, engineers, users or visitors while working at Fermilab or using Fermilab facilities.

Fermilab has created an online training module for technical publications to inform scientists, engineers, users and visitors working on site of the publication requirements and their responsibilities.

On Monday, Jan. 12, this group will receive an email about the new module. Please check your email and complete this 20-minute course online, which is part of your ITNA requirement.

The number of scientific and technical publications that Fermilab produces is part of the annual DOE scorecard reports.

If you have questions or comments, please contact Heath O'Connell, head of Fermilab Information Resources.

In Brief

Retirement savings plans move to Fidelity Feb. 2, 2015

Effective Feb. 2, 2015, Fidelity will be the sole provider of retirement savings plan administration and record-keeping services. This includes the 401a, 403b and 457b plans. A new menu of well-diversified investment options in our retirement plans will be available. The new investment menu is not limited to the Fidelity family of mutual funds.

You are invited to attend on-site town hall meetings, which take place today and tomorrow at 1 p.m. in One West and on Friday at 9 a.m. in Curia II. You may also schedule a one-on-one appointment with a Fidelity planning and guidance consultant by calling 800-642-7131. Please review the transition guide and schedule of events mailed to you in November, or visit the Fidelity transition website for more information.

Photo of the Day

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Sunlight reflecting off the glass of Wilson Hall and through the window next to the Cross Gallery west door casts a shadow in the hallway next to the Main Control Room. Photo: Max Monningh, AD
In the News

Come out, come out, wherever you are!

From The Economist, Jan. 3, 2015

In March, after a two-year shutdown for an upgrade, the world's biggest particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), will reopen for business. The rest of the year will see physicists biting their nails — for one way or another 2015 will go down as a famous date in their field. Either theoreticians will be proved spectacularly right, and experimenters can move confidently on into the verdant pastures of so-called new physics, engaging in a positive safari of hunting for novel particles, or they will find out, to exaggerate only slightly, that they do not understand how the universe really works.

The LHC's main job, now it has found the much-heralded Higgs boson, is to track down an almost equally heralded — and more than equally elusive — phenomenon called Susy. This is the nickname physicists have given to the concept of supersymmetry, which lies at the heart of most models of new physics.

Read more

From the Legal Office

Nondisclosure agreements with vendors

Gary Leonard

Gary Leonard, head of the Legal Office, wrote this column.

Happy new year from the Legal Office!

We handle many items in the Legal Office, including procurement matters, tech transfer issues and ethics questions. The nondisclosure agreement, or NDA, affects all of these areas.

Employees often bring to the Legal Office NDAs they receive from various businesses. An NDA is an agreement that a vendor or a potential research partner typically wants the laboratory to sign before showing us its new product or technology, which may or may not have appropriate intellectual property protections.

Through NDAs, projects and experiments can gain access to technologies and products that may be only emerging from the research and development phase. This allows the lab to evaluate a vendor's product or service. Using an NDA helps the lab accomplish its mission.

A vendor understandably may not want us to discuss proprietary information on a new product or technology with other vendors it may be competing with. The NDA provides a measure of protection. In signing the contract, the laboratory promises not to share the information we learn about the vendor's product and how it performs with anyone else outside of individuals the NDA authorizes. Sometimes the NDA requires us to destroy or return copies of confidential information within a certain time frame.

All NDAs must be reviewed by the Legal Office prior to execution of the agreement. The Legal Office determines whether the information or product to be shared is properly identified. This protects the lab by limiting the scope of what is considered confidential and makes it clear to both parties. If it is determined the NDA is part of an ongoing competition for a supply or service or for a proposed future purchase of a supply or service, a copy will be placed in the procurement file as part of the documentation of the competition or purchase.

The Legal Office also ensures that the NDA terms and conditions are in compliance with our obligations to DOE and our prime contract. For example, we identify whether there are any indemnification or hold-harmless clauses that would require FRA to pay for unspecified and various costs that the vendor may encounter as a result of our use of any supply or service.

Finally, the Legal Office prepares the NDA for signature by Finance Section Deputy Head Jeff Irvin, the individual at Fermilab authorized to sign NDAs related to procurements.

We want to ensure that we have the supplies and services to fulfill our mission and that we gain access to these in an appropriate and legal manner. So if you get an NDA, please give us folks in legal a call and we will help you get it done properly.

Safety Update

ESH&Q weekly report, Jan. 6

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

An employee was pulling cables from a tray when the end of the cable snapped from the tray and struck his right eye. He was not wearing eye protection.

See the full report.


Today's New Announcements

Lecture Series: Revealing the Nature of Dark Matter - Jan. 16

Writing for Results: Email and More - Feb. 27

2015 FRA scholarship applications accepted until April 1

GSA updates mileage rate to 57.5 cents for 2015

Lifestyle Patterns Approach to managing weight - register by Jan. 8

International folk dancing - Jan. 8

Fermilab Arts Series presents Chicago Harp Quartet - Jan. 11

Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) end of life Jan. 12

Goal setting in FermiWorks on Jan. 13

Free health screenings for active employees - sign up for Jan. 13-14

Register for ELBNF collaboration meeting - Jan. 22-23

OS X 10.10 Yosemite certified for use

2015 float holiday

Charitable donations through payroll deduction

The Take Five challenge and poster winter 2014/2015

Taiji and Qigong for health

Scottish country dancing Tuesdays through December and into January

Indoor soccer

Fox Valley Fitness offers employee discount