Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015

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Wednesday, Jan. 21

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


Thursday, Jan. 22

9 a.m.-9 p.m.
ELBNF Protocollaboration Meeting

2 p.m.
Neutrino Seminar - WH8XO
Speaker: Janet Conrad, MIT

2:30 p.m.
Theoretical Physics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: Luis Alvarez-Ruso, University of Valencia
Title: Progress and Open Questions in the Physics of Neutrino Interactions with Nucleons and Nuclei

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

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Wednesday, Jan. 21

- Breakfast: breakfast casserole
- Breakfast: ham, egg and cheese English muffin
- Chicken cordon bleu
- Herbed pot roast
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- Peruvian beef and potato stir fry
- Chunky broccoli cheese soup
- Texas-style chili
- Assorted calzones

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Wednesday, Jan. 21
- Rouladen
- Buttered egg noodles
- Dill baby carrots
- German chocolate cake

Friday, Jan. 23

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Press Release

Arts extravaganza at Fermilab to celebrate one of the world's largest science experiments

The Art@CMS event runs from Feb. 4 to April 22 and includes workshops and exhibits in the Fermilab Art Gallery and Water Street Studios in Batavia

The CMS detector at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Switzerland is not only a remarkable scientific instrument; it is also a work of art. It stands 50 feet tall, weighs 14,000 tons, and its thousands of wires and components work in concert to enable it to detect the smallest particles of matter in the tiniest fractions of a second. It is one of the two particle detectors that enabled the discovery of the Higgs boson in 2012.

This magnificent machine is the core of an art and science project that has inspired dozens of other works of art. You will have the chance to see many of those starting next month when the Fermilab Art Gallery hosts the Art@CMS exhibit. First established last year by Michael Hoch, a physicist and photographer at CERN, the Art@CMS collection was created by professional artists working with CMS scientists.

More than 40,000 people have seen this exhibition in nine countries, including two prior installations in the United States. (Roughly 1,000 U.S. scientists contribute to the CMS experiment.)

The collection will be on display in the Fermilab gallery from Feb. 4 through April 22. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The eight artists featured in the exhibit work in a variety of mediums, from painting to sculpting to collage to digital art. All of them have been inspired by the wonders of science, and are excited to communicate those wonders in new ways, to new audiences, Hoch said.

"Why am I inspired by the CMS detector? You just have to look at the high-resolution life-size picture of it that will be on display," Hoch said. "There's an intrinsic geometry that just grabs you. There is beauty in science that we want to communicate to a wider group of people, at the same time inspiring them and making them curious to understand more about the science."

The Art@CMS exhibit at Fermilab will begin with a talk by Hoch and other artists on Wednesday, Feb. 4, at 4 p.m., followed by a reception in the art gallery from 5-7 p.m.

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Photo of the Day

Refigerated magnet

Like a beer mug that's been in the freezer, the steel surrounding this cyclotron magnet, located in the Fermilab Village, condenses and then freezes the warm, moist air. Photo: Jamie Santucci, AD
In Brief

Site emergency warning system test - this evening

Today between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m., a special voice-only test of the sitewide emergency warning system, excluding the outdoor sirens, will be conducted to test newly installed equipment. The backup test time is Thursday, Jan. 22, between 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

In the News

The Dark Energy Survey begins to reveal previously unknown trans-Neptunian objects

From Universe Today, Jan. 7, 2015

Sometimes when you stare at something long enough, you begin to see things. This is not the case with optical sensors and telescopes. Sure, there is noise from electronics, but it’s random and traceable. Stargazing with a telescope and camera is ideal for staring at the same patches of real estate for very long and repeated periods. This is the method used by the Dark Energy Survey (DES), and with less than one percent of the target area surveyed, astronomers are already discovering previously unknown objects in the outer Solar System.

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We welcome Sandra Charles as head of the Diversity Office

Kay Van Vreede

Kay Van Vreede, head of the Workforce Development and Resources Section, wrote this column.

With the recent retirement of Dianne Engram, the Fermilab Equal Opportunity and Diversity Office is now headed by Sandra Charles, formerly our equal opportunity diversity specialist, with support from Linda Diepholz. We at WDRS look forward to working with Sandra as she settles into her new position.

Sandra's focus will be in four main areas. The first is the development of sources, both locally and nationally, of diverse candidates for openings at the laboratory. Our lab is working together with 16 other national laboratories to participate at national career fairs to attract underrepresented minority candidates. In February Sandra will be on the lookout for great talent at the Emerging Researchers Conference in STEM and the National Society of Black Physicists.

Sandra Charles

The second focus area is inclusion activities at the lab. Sandra is working with the Fermilab Women's Initiative Group to sponsor a series of events beginning in March, which is Women's History Month.

Pipeline programs to develop STEM talent are the third area, and Fermilab offers four major programs here. Even before she took over the Diversity Office, Sandra did a great job running the summer TARGET program for local high school students interested in STEM careers. The SIST program is a summer internship program for undergraduates. And GEM is a network of national laboratories, research institutions, universities and companies that enables qualified students from underrepresented communities to pursue graduate education in science or engineering. Through GEM we select two students each year to work at the lab in the summers. We have hired many of our GEM graduates, who have gone on to very successful careers at the lab. Sandra is also responsible for the lab's cooperative education program.

Finally, Sandra will be responsible for writing our annual affirmative action plan and ensuring that the lab is in compliance with federal and state equal-opportunity laws.

Welcome, Sandra, to your new role!

Please note that some of the responsibilities that were part of this office have moved. Discrimination and sexual harassment complaints as well as accommodation requests made under the Americans with Disabilities Act now go to the appropriate HR partner. The management of the Employee Assistance Program has moved to the Benefits Office.

Safety Update

ESH&Q weekly report, Jan. 20

This week's safety report, compiled by the Fermilab ESH&Q Section, contains no incidents.

See the full report.


International folk dance workshop with Lee Otterholt - Jan. 22

Register for ELBNF collaboration meeting - Jan. 22-23

Managed print upgrade revised date - Jan. 25

Zumba Toning registration due Jan. 27

Zumba Fitness registration due Jan. 29

Vaughan Athletic Center membership rates effective Feb. 3

Writing for Results: Email and More - Feb. 27

Fermilab Functions - March 3, 5, 11

Interpersonal Communication Skills course - March 10

Managing Conflict course - March 24

2015 FRA scholarship applications accepted until April 1

Windows 8.1 approved for use

Maternity closet

New ebook available: CRC Handbook of Mechanical Engineering

GSA updates mileage rate to 57.5 cents for 2015

Abri Credit Union appreciates our members

The Take Five challenge and poster winter 2014/2015

Scottish country dancing Tuesday evenings at Kuhn Barn

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