Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015

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Wednesday, Feb. 25

10 a.m.
All-Office-of-the-COO meeting - Auditorium

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


Thursday, Feb. 26

1 p.m.
Computing Techniques Seminar - One West
Speaker: Ilya Volvovski, Cleversafe
Title: Big Data Challenges in the Era of Data Deluge

2 p.m.
Neutrino Seminar - WH8XO
Speaker: Andrew Hime, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Title: A CENNS program at the BNB

2:30 p.m.
Theoretical Physics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: Jordi Salvado Serra, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Title: Cosmological Constraints on Newton's Gravitational Constant for Matter and Dark Matter

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

4 p.m.
Fermilab Colloquium - One West
Speaker: Leonard Feldman, Rutgers University
Title: The Ongoing Electronic Materials Revolution

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Wilson Hall Cafe

Wednesday, Feb. 25

- Breakfast: breakfast pizza
- Breakfast: ham, egg and cheese English muffin
- Gyro
- Baked pork chop
- Chicken cacciatore
- California club wrap
- Chicken carbonara
- Three bean overland soup
- Texas-style chili
- Assorted calzones

Wilson Hall Cafe menu

Chez Leon

Wednesday, Feb. 25
- Vegetable stir fry
- Pineapple coconut banana upside-down cake

Friday, Feb. 27
- Roasted butternut squash salad with sherry vinaigrette
- Lobster tail with lemon butter sauce
- Sauteed spinach
- Cauliflower puree
- Chocolate pot de creme with fresh berries

Chez Leon menu
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From Dark Energy Detectives

Memories from the edge of the universe

One of the highlights of this Dark Energy Survey season was the unexpected observation of Comet Lovejoy. Photo: Marty Murphy, AD; Nikolay Kuropatkin, SCD; Huan Lin, SCD; Brian Yanny, SCD

A week ago this morning [Feb. 23], the last of the Dark Energy Survey observing teams bid farewell to the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIO). Our third, six-month-long season of observations is over, and we won't return until the fall.

In the past, an astronomer would leave the summit with a suitcase full of data tapes and hand-written logbooks. However, in this digital age, our 57 DES shifters (members of the observing teams) leave only with their memories and photographs. Some of the shifters have generously shared these with us for this special Dark Energy Detectives case log.

Their memories include the expected (sunsets, weather, cute animals, food and the beauty of the night sky) and the unexpected (meteors, friendships, setting observing records and girl power).

Our favorite of all was the accidental observation of Comet Lovejoy. We have featured this observation in this case file (image above). It reminds us that before we can look out beyond our galaxy to the far reaches of the universe, we need to watch out for celestial objects that are much closer to home!

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Kathy Romer, University of Sussex

Photo of the Day

Focusing horn

Pictured above is the future NuMI Horn-1 magnet. The horn will carry 200,000 amperes of electric current, which will create a very strong magnetic field within the horn magnet. The horn's purpose is to focus beams of secondary pions and kaons, which are produced just upstream from the horn in the NuMI target. The pions and kaons will decay into neutrinos that will be measured by the MINOS, MINERVA and NOvA near and far neutrino detectors. Photo: Reidar Hahn
In Brief

2014 health care reimbursement account reminder

Have you used all of your 2014 health care reimbursement account funds?

Employees with a 2014 health care or dependent care reimbursement account must spend the remaining balance by the end of the plan year. Health care expenses to be reimbursed with the 2014 health care reimbursement accounts must be incurred by March 15. Dependent care expenses for 2014 must have been incurred by Dec. 31, 2014. Claims for both types of accounts must be submitted to the plan administrator, Payflex, by April 30. Any flexible spending contributions remaining after the deadline are forfeited.

Employees submit flexible spending claims to PayFlex online or via fax at 402-231-4310. If it is your first time using the online system, the employee ID number is your Fermilab ID number with no leading zero and no 'N'. The Fermilab group number is 121378. Employees can review a list of eligible expenses, view current balances and see paid claims online.

If you have further questions regarding your flexible spending account debit card, visit the employee benefits website or view a presentation on flexible spending accounts.

In the News

Six BHS art students experience a collision of particle physics and art at Fermilab

From Batavia Public School District 101, Feb. 24, 2015

Imagine learning about particle physics and its relationship to art from a few of the world's top scientists — who also happen to be gifted artists.

That's exactly what happened when six Batavia High School art students toured Fermilab and heard six presentations from resident and visiting scientists, an engineer, a computer science professional, and an artist-in-residence at Fermilab. Students learned about big ideas in science as well as the important partnership between art and science. Two of the scientists also shared their own artistic side. (Interesting fact: the founding director of Fermilab, Robert R. Wilson, was a physicist and sculptor who had a direct role in the design of the iconic Fermilab building.)

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From the Particle Physics Division

The new faces of the Particle Physics Division

Patricia McBride

Patricia McBride, head of the Particle Physics Division, wrote this column.

The Particle Physics Division has undergone a number of changes over the past few months. Last fall, scientists working on neutrino experiments and technical staff working on the neutrino program and projects moved to start the new Neutrino Division, which started up in October.

Around the same time, I joined PPD as division head, and Eric James became associate division head for engineering and support. During the transition period, Eric led a team of scientists and engineers to evaluate and deploy the new PPD organization. Bob Tschirhart joined the team as the deputy division head in November. The excellent team in the PPD office welcomed the new members, and together the whole team worked to manage the transition to the new PPD with enthusiasm — and lots of patience.

The CMS Center and the Fermilab Center for Particle Astrophysics have joined the division. To better highlight their activities, we revamped some of the departments in the division. Kevin Burkett is the head of the new combined CMS Department, and Brenna Flaugher is working with Craig Hogan and Dan Bauer to direct the Astrophysics Department and the Fermilab Center for Particle Astrophysics.

These changes only strengthen PPD's already rich and diverse scientific program, and the division will work with the rest of Fermilab and the high-energy physics community to ensure the success our programs. Among them are the Muon g-2 project, Mu2e project, the U.S. CMS upgrade projects and the U.S. CMS operations program. In addition, we are supporting experiments and operations at the cosmic frontier. The new Particle Physics Initiatives Department coordinates a vibrant R&D program that serves both near-term projects and the long-term future. Our Theory Department continues its program of excellence.

We expect many great science results from the PPD research program in coming years.

In Brief

Science Next Door March newsletter now online

The March edition of "Science Next Door," Fermilab's monthly community newsletter, is now available online. View it or subscribe to get the latest about the laboratory's public events, including tours, lectures, arts events and volunteer opportunities.

Safety Update

ESH&Q weekly report, Feb. 24

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

An employee confirmed hearing loss in both ears. This is a pending claim.

See the full report.

In the News

Taking the Large Hadron Collider to the Max

From IEEE Spectrum, Feb. 20, 2015

Later this spring, scientists at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, will restart the world's biggest particle physics experiment, after a hiatus of two years. Beams of protons are scheduled to start circulating through the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in mid-March. Physicists hope to start smashing the protons together and recording data before midyear.

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Today's New Announcements

Lab-Corps program open to Fermilab employees

No on-site prescription safety eyewear - today

Megascience revisited: Is epistemic unity an imperative? - Feb. 26

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

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

Yoga signup due soon

Fermilab Golf League 2015 season is just around the corner

Scottish country dancing Tuesday evenings at Kuhn Barn

International folk dancing Thursday evenings at Kuhn Barn

Indoor soccer

Open gym basketball for gym members