Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015

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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

Thursday, Feb. 19

2:30 p.m.
Theoretical Physics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: Christoph Lehner, Brookhaven National Laboratory
Title: Hadronic Contributions from Muon g-2 from Lattice QCD

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

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Wednesday, Feb. 18

- Breakfast: breakfast casserole
- Breakfast: ham, egg and cheese English muffin
- Fish and chips
- Lemon dill pollock with onions and peppers
- Italian lasagna
- Turkey bacon panino
- Peruvian beef and potato stir fry
- Chunky broccoli cheese soup
- Texas-style chili
- Assorted calzones

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Chez Leon

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

Friday, Feb. 20

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In Brief

Fermilab presents at annual AAAS meeting in San Jose

Fermilab and University of Chicago scientist Marcela Carena hosted a symposium on cosmic neutrinos at the AAAS annual meeting in San Jose, California.
Fermilab scientist Scott Dodelson was one of the presenters at the cosmic neutrino session.
Fermilab and University of Chicago scientist Bradford Benson discussed the cosmic microwave background.
Fermilab scientist Anna Grassellino presented on accelerator research at Fermilab.

Members of the Fermilab scientific community presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. AAAS is the world's largest general scientific society. The meeting took place from Feb. 12-16 in San Jose, California.

Bradford Benson, Marcela Carena, Scott Dodelson, Albert Stebbins, all from PPD, Anna Grassellino, TD, and Katie Yurkewicz, OC, presented in symposia. Jerry Zimmerman, also known as Mr. Freeze, gave demonstrations at Family Science Days.

In Brief

Upcoming COO and CRO meetings

An all-Office-of-the-COO meeting will be held Wed., Feb. 25, from 10-11 a.m. in Ramsey Auditorium. If you work in one of the following departments, please plan to attend: FESS, Illinois Accelerator Research Center, Office of Campus Strategy and Readiness, Office of Communication, Office of Integrated Planning and Performance Management, Legal Office, Office of Partnerships and Technology Transfer, WDRS.

An all-Office-of-the-CRO meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Mar. 10, from 11 a.m. to noon in Ramsey Auditorium. If you work in one of the following departments, please plan to attend: Center for Particle Astrophysics, CMS Center, Neutrino Division, Particle Physics Division.

Photos of the Day

The perfect foil

Members of the Magnet Systems Department are preparing copper cooling foils to be attached to the coil for a torus magnet in Jefferson Lab's CLAS12 experiment. Photo: Steve Krave, TD
The torus magnet requires superconducting cable, which is shown here on a spool. Photo: Steve Krave, TD
In the News

Five things scientists could learn with their new, improved particle accelerator

From Science, Feb. 15, 2015

San Jose, California — The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is back, and it's better than ever. The particle accelerator, located at CERN, the European particle physics lab near Geneva, Switzerland, shut down in February 2013, and since then scientists have been upgrading and repairing it and its particle detectors. The LHC will be back up to full speed this May. Yesterday, scientists discussed the new prospects for the LHC at the annual meeting of AAAS (which publishes Science).

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In the News

New director appointed to lead the Cockcroft Institute

From the University of Liverpool, Feb. 9, 2015

The Cockcroft Institute at Daresbury Laboratory has appointed Professor Peter Ratoff as its new Director.

He is currently the Acting Director of the Institute and will take up the full time role on 1st March 2015.

The Cockcroft Institute is a joint venture in Accelerator Science and Technology (AST) involving the Universities of Liverpool and Manchester, Lancaster University and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).

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From the Engineering and Scientific Advisory Councils

Engineers and scientists gather to improve policies and processes at the laboratory

Paul Czarapata
Lidija Kokoska

Paul Czarapata and Lidija Kokoska, co-chairs of the Engineering Advisory Council, and Mike Lindgren, chief project officer, wrote this column.

All-engineers retreat
More than 200 Fermilab engineers gathered in Ramsey Auditorium on Feb. 5 for the first all-engineers retreat at Fermilab. Attendees discussed topics critical to the engineering community, including the Engineering Manual, Teamcenter, and recruitment and retention. A moderator and a group of panel members engaged in discussion and addressed questions from the audience.

The Engineering Advisory Council will take the concerns and feedback from the retreat to the lab's senior management and create action items for potential changes. The ultimate goal of the retreat was to establish a sense of community with Fermilab engineers. The EAC hopes that action on the topics discussed and future retreats will help solidify this goal.

All-scientists retreat
Mike Lindgren
On Feb. 6, more than 150 scientists participated in the all-scientists retreat, which opened with a welcome from Nigel Lockyer. Four presentations on a new scientific appointment policy covered its highlights and changes from the old policy. The policy, which was more than a year in the making and involved many staff from around the lab, will next go to the FRA board for approval. Compared to the previous policy, the new one is simpler: Scientists are no longer appointed by the FRA board, but the board approves the policy and procedures that are followed in making appointments.

I presented an overview of the policy's background and history. Roger Dixon of the Accelerator Division followed, describing the termination process, which covers the both the Performance Improvement Plan process and the process used in a reduction-in-force situation. Rob Kutschke of the Scientific Computing Division then described the new procedures for appointments and promotions, including major improvements such as detailed descriptions of the role of the Fermilab Committee on Scientific Appointments and the process for promotion to scientist III. Steve Brice in the Neutrino Division reviewed the new process for conducting searches, one that emphasizes transparency, fairness and a commitment to improving the scientific workforce by increasing diversity.

Each of those three talks was followed by a question-and-answer session with the presenter and two panel members.

Many in attendance asked questions and actively participated in the discussion. The general consensus was that the new policy was an improvement over the old one and much more aligned with modern practices, particularly in how we conduct searches for scientific appointment candidates.

Jay Theilacker of the Accelerator Division fields a question at the all-engineer retreat. Photo: Cindy Arnold
Steve Brice of the Neutrino Division presents at the all-scientist retreat. Photo: Reidar Hahn
Safety Update

ESH&Q weekly report, Feb. 17

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

An employee was lifting a heavy object when he felt pain in his lower back. He was prescribed medicine and is attending physical therapy.

See the full report.


Today's New Announcements

Indoor soccer

No on-site prescription safety eyewear - today and Feb. 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

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

Yoga signup due soon

Pilates registration

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

Scottish country dancing Tuesday evenings at Kuhn Barn

Open gym basketball for gym members