Monday, Feb. 9, 2015

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Monday, Feb. 9

10 a.m.
Neutrino Seminar (NOTE DATE) - WH8XO
Speaker: Boris Kayser, Fermilab
Title: Neutrino Masses and Majorana Neutrinos

2 p.m.
Particle Astrophysics Seminar - One West
Speaker: Alexander Szalay, Johns Hopkins University
Title: Baryon Acoustic Oscillations and Redshift Space Distortions

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

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

Tuesday, Feb. 10

3 p.m.
LHC Physics Center Topic of the Week Seminar - WH11NE
Speaker: LianTao Wang, University of Chicago
Title: New Physics Targets for LHC Run 2

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


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Monday, Feb. 9

- Breakfast: oatmeal raisin pancakes
- Breakfast: sausage, egg and cheese croissant
- Cajun chicken sandwich
- Spinach and jack cheese enchilada
- Liver and onions
- Classic club sandwich
- Pork carnitas soft taco
- Sweet and sour chicken
- Chicken and sausage gumbo
- Texas-style chili
- Assorted pizza by the slice

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Chez Leon

Wednesday, Feb. 11
- Grilled Asian flank steak
- Soba noodle salad
- Pineapple flan

Friday, Feb. 13
- Mussels with white wine and thyme
- Spinach- and blue cheese-stuffed filet mignon
- Warm roasted vegetable salad
- White chocolate and raspberry creme brulee

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In Brief

Science and energy town hall meeting to be streamed live from DOE - today at 1 p.m. CT

Today from 1-2:30 p.m. Central time, Undersecretary for Energy Lynn Orr will hold the second annual DOE Science and Energy Town Hall Meeting.

He will be joined by Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and MIT Professor John Deutch in a fireside chat on the future of the energy landscape. In addition, DOE assistant secretaries will participate in a panel discussion on the topic.

Lab employees are invited to watch the program, which will be streamed live. Questions may be sent to the speakers ahead of or during the event via email.

From symmetry

Scientists take to YouTube for #mylinearcollider

A video campaign shows international support for construction of the International Linear Collider. Image: ILC

Scientists are banding together in an online video campaign aimed at encouraging Japan to host the world's next big particle accelerator, the proposed International Linear Collider.

The ILC is a potential multibillion-dollar project that plans to further investigate the Higgs boson and other aspects of particle physics. Construction will likely take the better part of a decade, requiring a high level of commitment and planning by the host nation. The Asian, European and U.S. plans for the future of particle physics all include participation in a future linear collider.

In the search for a home for the ILC, Japan has emerged as the lead candidate. The Japanese high-energy physics community has recommended a Japanese site for the collider in the Kitakami mountains of the Iwate and Miyagi prefectures. Japan's Ministry of Education, Sports, Science and Technology, or MEXT, formed a panel that is now reviewing the idea of hosting the ILC in Japan.

To show their support for the ILC, scientists from around the world are taking to YouTube to participate in the #mylinearcollider video campaign.

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Lauren Biron

In Brief

Fermilab posts latest Physics Advisory Committee report

Fermilab has released the latest report from the committee that advises laboratory leaders on the direction of the laboratory's future experiments and programs. The charge to the Fermilab Physics Advisory Committee and its recommendations are now available on the PAC Web page.

The Fermilab Physics Advisory Committee met from Jan. 15-17 to look at the planned evolution of the laboratory program and consider new initiatives. The results of that meeting are captured in the PAC report.

The PAC is a major source of advice to the director about the future direction of Fermilab's experiments and programs. Ever since Fermilab's early days, the PAC's recommendations and comments have offered insight into opportunities and issues important to members of the laboratory community.

The PAC is composed of senior scientists from universities and high-energy physics laboratories in the United States and abroad.

In the News

Nobel laureate and Princeton physicist Val Fitch dies at age 91

From News at Princeton, Feb. 6, 2015

A towering figure in physics who helped shape our understanding of the universe, Princeton University emeritus professor and Nobel laureate Val Logsdon Fitch died peacefully Feb. 5 in Princeton, New Jersey. He was 91.

Known for foundational contributions to the standard model of particle physics, Fitch is remembered for his modesty and his kindness as well as for his experiments and insight into the fundamental nature of matter.

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In the News

Science to look forward to in 2015

From ars technica, Feb. 3, 2015

It's a new year, but it's not just any new year. 2015 is shaping up to be a huge year for scientific exploration and discovery plus science policy. There are some important decisions that will be made this year on climate change, three-parent in vitro fertilization, and more. Those momentous decisions will hopefully be matched by discoveries that are no less historic. Both the LHC and LIGO will be re-opening, possibly opening up new horizons for physics and astronomy, while NASA will be visiting dwarf planets and preparing another trip to Mars.

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Tip of the Week: Sustainability

American idle

Idling your vehicle is unhealthy for both your car and the environment. Photo: Naomi Viland

Thomas Jefferson once said, "Determine never to be idle." It was sound advice then, and it's sound advice now. Of course, he offered this wisdom 100 years before the invention of the internal combustion engine. If he were alive now, he may be pleased to know that his recommendation can be applied to more than just people.

Idling your vehicle is unhealthy for both your car and the environment. We spend a lot of time sitting at idle in our vehicles: at the drive-thru, at traffic lights, waiting to pick someone up, even sometimes at work (but not at a Department of Energy research laboratory such as Fermilab, of course, because it is against lab policy!).

According to Sustainable America, 3.8 million gallons of fuel are wasted by idling in the United States every day. On average, Americans idle 16 minutes a day, and eight of those minutes are spent waiting or warming up a car. The claim is that for every 10 minutes of idling you cut, you save one pound of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere.

The website has a calculator that will show how much you can save by reducing the amount of time you idle your car each day. Not only will you save money, but you will also lower your carbon footprint.

You may be thinking, "But my car needs time to warm up before I can drive it." You aren't alone in that belief. A study in 2009 found that Americans thought they should idle for more than five minutes before driving when temperatures fell below freezing. While this may have been true for older cars with carburetors, modern cars have electronic fuel injection, which means idling to warm up is no longer necessary. In fact, according to a study from Argonne National Laboratory, the catalytic converter warms up much faster when the car is being driven than when it is idling.

Another myth is that idling is better for your vehicle's engine than turning it off and on again. When a car is at idle, it is getting zero miles per gallon. It is in its most inefficient state. According to the Environmental Defense Fund, excessive idling could lead to engine damage.

With respect to DOE fleet vehicles, Executive Orders 13423 and 13514 call for federal agencies to reduce petroleum consumption. Your participation in turning the engine off in a government vehicle when appropriate can be helpful in attaining the DOE mandate. Fermilab policy is that vehicle operators shut off the engine while the motor vehicle is stationary.

So what can we do to reduce or eliminate wasteful idling? It's easy: Just turn the key if you know your vehicle will be stopped for more than 10 seconds — if it is safe to do so, of course!

For more information on how to get better fuel economy, visit the official government source for fuel economy information.

Eric T. Korzeniowski

Photo of the Day

Nom, nom, nom

Before the snowfall: Bison munch merrily by the barn. Photo: Bridget Scerini, TD

Today's New Announcements

Managing Conflict on March 24

New ebook: The CRC Handbook of Thermal Engineering

Budker Seminar - today

Barnstormers Delta Dart Night - Feb. 11

Fermilab Chamber Series presents Callipygian Players - Feb. 15

School's Day Out - Feb. 16 and 27

Core Computing Division briefs on MS Office 2013/365 - Feb. 17

English country dancing at Kuhn Barn - March 1

URA Thesis Award competition deadline - March 20

Getting paid the greener way - get paperless pay stubs

Microsoft Office 2013 ebooks

Windows 8.1 approved for use

Fermi Singers seek new members in New Year

Indoor soccer

Vaughan Athletic Center membership rates