Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015

Have a safe day!

Tuesday, Feb. 17

10 a.m.
All-hands meeting - Auditorium

3 p.m.
LHC Physics Center Topic of the Week Seminar - WH11NE
Speaker: Itay Yavin, McMaster University and Perimeter Institute
Title: New Experiments and Tools for Old and New Physics

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


Wednesday, Feb. 18

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

4 p.m.
Fermilab Colloquium - One West
Speaker: Matthew Tirrell, University of Chicago
Title: Engineering from the Molecular Level Up: Building a New Approach to Engineering Research and Education

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Wilson Hall Cafe

Tuesday, Feb. 17

- Breakfast: Cajun omelet
- Breakfast: bacon, egg and cheese bagel
- Grown-up grilled cheese
- Herbed pot roast
- Cajun fried chicken
- Muffaletta
- Creole jambalaya
- Chicken and sausage gumbo
- Chef's choice soup
- Assorted pizza by the slice

Wilson Hall Cafe menu

Chez Leon

Wednesday, Feb. 18
- Ham and gruyere crepes
- Cabbage salad
- Raspberry cheesecake

Friday, Feb. 20

Chez Leon menu
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Special Announcement

All-hands meeting - today at 10 a.m. in auditorium

Please join Fermilab Director Nigel Lockyer for an all-hands meeting today at 10 a.m. in Ramsey Auditorium.

Lockyer will provide updates and information on the state of the laboratory. A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation.

The meeting will be streamed live.

In Brief

Question-and-answer booth on new flexible work policy - Feb. 17 and 19 in atrium

The new flexible work policy at Fermilab goes into effect March 1.

HR partners will be available to answer employee questions about the new policies on Feb. 17 and 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the atrium.

Employees are encouraged to stop by if they have questions or comments.

In Brief

Employee Advisory Group to seek new members in March

The Employee Advisory Group handed out candy canes on Dec. 18 to encourage employees' questions and comments. Photo: Reidar Hahn

As laboratory management considers and develops new workplace-related improvements, the Employee Advisory Group provides input from a variety of employee perspectives.

One recent program worked on by the EAG is the flexible work policy. Other examples of topics discussed at monthly EAG meetings include:

  • Providing a way for employees to voice comments and concerns
  • Identifying ways to create and maintain a positive culture throughout the laboratory
  • Employee recognition
  • Diversity at the lab

A request for new EAG members will be announced in March in Fermilab Today. Employees are encouraged to nominate their colleagues or self-nominate.

In the News

After the Higgs, LHC rounds up the unusual suspects in particle physics

From NBC News, Feb. 14, 2015

San Jose, Calif. — Supersymmetry and dark matter, neutralinos, gravitinos and gluinos ... you can expect exotic topics like these to be spinning around as the Large Hadron Collider ramps up to smash subatomic particles again over the next couple of months.

Physicists say the first hints of unconventional physics, such as evidence for the existence of those weird-sounding gluinos, could emerge within the next few months. Or not.

It's been almost three years since scientists at Europe's CERN particle physics lab announced that the world's most powerful collider had found the Higgs boson, a mysterious particle whose existence was predicted almost a half-century earlier. It's been two years since the LHC was shut down for repairs and upgrades. Now thousands of physicists are getting ready to send beams of protons through the machine for the first time since 2013.

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In the News

A cosmic quest for dark matter

From The Wall Street Journal, Feb. 13, 2015

A mile under Italy's Gran Sasso mountain, scientists are seeking one of the smallest objects in the universe — and one of the biggest prizes in physics: a wimp.

A wimp — a weakly interacting massive particle — is thought to be the stuff of dark matter, an invisible substance that makes up about a quarter of the universe but has never been seen by humans.

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Director's Corner

Director leads all-hands meeting today

The Director's Corner will not appear in today's issue.

Please attend the all-hands meeting at 10 a.m. in the auditorium.

In Brief

University of Chicago Innovation Fund information session - Feb. 19

Fermilab will host an information session on the University of Chicago Innovation Fund on Thursday, Feb. 19, at 1 p.m. in Curia II.

The Innovation Fund is a philanthropic proof-of-concept fund created to support the evolution of your ideas into products and services. It is intended to provide funding for technologies or concepts submitted by a University of Chicago principal investigator, student, affiliate or their representatives; that possess the potential to have a substantial commercial impact but are too early to attract commercial investment; and that cannot be funded through existing granting mechanisms.

For more information, contact Cherri Schmidt.

Photos of the Day

Coyotes on the hunt

A coyote chases its next meal through the field near Eola and Batavia roads. Photo: Denton Morris, AD
Coyotes near the Main Injector look for their lunch, too. Photo: Marty Murphy, AD

Today's New Announcements

Yoga signup due soon

Core Computing Division briefs on MS Office 2013/365 - today

Glacier tax prep presentation - Feb. 18

No on-site prescription safety eyewear Feb. 18 and 25

Fermilab Natural Areas presents Hawk Talk - Feb. 21

School's Day Out - Feb. 27

English country dancing at Kuhn Barn - March 1

NALWO Puerto Rican cooking demo - March 9

Deadline for on-site housing requests for summer 2015 - March 9

URA Thesis Award competition deadline - March 20

Managing Conflict on March 24

MPS file scanning retention policy

Getting paid the greener way - get paperless pay stubs

New ebook: Heat Exchanger Design Handbook, second edition

Microsoft Office 2013 ebooks

Fermi Singers seek new members in New Year

Need cash for college? Abri is awarding two $1,000 scholarships

Pilates registration

Scottish country dancing Tuesday evenings at Kuhn Barn

Open gym basketball for gym members