Friday, March 6, 2015

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Friday, March 6

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

2 p.m.
Future Colliders Seminar - WH10NW
Speaker: David Curtin, University of Maryland
Title: Excluding Electroweak Baryogenesis at Future Colliders


Monday, March 9

2 p.m.
Particle Astrophysics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: Dan Holz, University of Chicago
Title: GRBs, LIGO and Multimessenger Astronomy

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

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

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Wilson Hall Cafe

Friday, March 6

- Breakfast: French bistro breakfast
- Breakfast: chorizo and egg burrito
- Tuna melt
- White fish florentine
- Spinach and chicken lasagna
- Cuban panino
- Breakfast-for-lunch omelet bar
- New England clam chowder
- Texas-style chili
- Assorted pizza by the slice

Wilson Hall Cafe menu

Chez Leon

Friday, March 6
- Avgolemono soup
- Herb-crusted lamb chops
- Horseradish mashed potatoes
- Steamed broccoli
- Baklava

Wednesday, March 11
- Chicken enchilada
- Refried beans
- Spanish rice
- Tres leches cake

Chez Leon menu
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From symmetry

A second chance at a Ph.D. in physics

At each step on the path to a physics Ph.D., the percentage of students from underrepresented groups drops. The APS Bridge Program aims to fix that. Photo courtesy of APS Bridge Program

Carlos Perez, a physics graduate student at the University of South Florida, can tell you all about his research studying exotic materials that could be key to developing next-generation solar panels. He can also tell you how it almost didn't happen.

Perez (above, second from right) says he was first inspired to go into physics by a teacher at his high school in New York. The teacher ran an after-school program that trained students to comprehend and discuss research papers.

"He really went above and beyond," Perez says. "He really tried to show us the fundamentals of what you need to know in physics and how it's a really beautiful science."

After high school, Perez was accepted to Brandeis University near Boston and pursued an undergraduate degree in biophysics. He was the first member of his family to attend college.

Near the end of his senior year, he knew it was time to apply to graduate school.

"I was so busy with my coursework that I didn't start or apply early enough," he says. "And money was very tight for me. The idea of shelling out $200 to $400 on college applications was very daunting."

He managed to apply to only a handful of schools. He was rejected by every one.

So he filled out one more application — to the American Physical Society Bridge Program. The APS Bridge Program gives a second chance to potential physics doctoral candidates from underrepresented groups.

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Glenn Roberts Jr.

Video of the Day

The Large Hadron Collider

After almost a three-year shutdown for upgrades, the Large Hadron Collider will return to operations with three times as many collisions per second and more than one-and-a-half times the energy it had before. U.S. CMS Education and Outreach Coordinator Don Lincoln explains some of the amazing scientific and engineering properties of this modern scientific wonder. View the six-minute video. Video: Fermilab
Photo of the Day

Sparrow feasts on birdseed

This sparrow was one of a number of birds who devoured the birdseed put out by Elliott McCrory outside his office window. Photo: Elliott McCrory, AD
Special Announcement

Daylight saving time begins Sunday - set your clocks, change your batteries

On Sunday, March 8, at 2 a.m., we will set our clocks ahead one hour to adjust for daylight saving time. They will remain that way until Sunday, Nov. 1, at 2 a.m., when we return to standard time.

The Fermilab Fire Department takes this opportunity to remind you to change the batteries in your smoke detectors.

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, as of November 2013 approximately 93 percent of all U.S. homes have at least one installed smoke detector. The agency estimates that 30 percent of these detectors do not work because of their age, battery removal or failure of the homeowner to replace dead or weak batteries.

According to the National Fire Protection Agency, nearly two-thirds of deaths from home fires are in homes that do not have a working smoke detector or alarm installed.

As we "spring ahead," you are urged to spring into action with the simple task of changing your smoke detector batteries.

In the News

African synchrotron bid gathers pace

From BBC News, March 5, 2015

The effort to build a synchrotron in Africa is gaining momentum, its leading proponent has told a US conference.

Prof Herman Winick said a key meeting of scientists and officials has been scheduled for November.

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Frontier Science Result: Theory

Higgs boson a la carte?

Finding additional Higgs bosons predicted by theories beyond the Standard Model at the Large Hadron Collider would be a very sweet treat for particle physicists around the world. Photo courtesy of Marcela Carena, PPD

The discovery of the Higgs boson on July 4, 2012, at the Large Hadron Collider made a huge splash in the public media. I was fortunate to be at the solemn, glamorous Nobel Prize ceremony and to listen to Peter Higgs and Francois Englert's behind-the-scenes look at the origins of the Higgs idea half a century ago.

In physics there is a long history of powerful ideas enabling profound discoveries; the Higgs story is a perfect example of such a synergy. It took thousands of people from dozens of nations and the largest, most complex, most expensive machine ever built to manufacture the Higgs boson — an amazing, successful story of theory guiding experiments. What lies beyond the Higgs boson? Particle physicists around the world are eagerly awaiting the second run of the LHC, which will begin in a few months and produce lots of new data.

The Fermilab Theory Group is working hard on generating novel ways of unlocking the mysteries of nature through the upcoming LHC data. We are expecting new particles to be discovered; they may point toward an additional symmetry of nature, such as supersymmetry, or reveal that the Higgs particle is a composite of other constituents — we need experiments to guide theory. Some of these new particles may be related to dark matter, and some may point to an explanation of the matter-antimatter asymmetry — an enigma that has absorbed me professionally for the last 20 years. Many of these ideas have in common the existence of a generous menu of additional Higgs particles.

In supersymmetry, at least four new Higgs bosons are required. These new Higgs particles could be directly produced and observed in the next run of the LHC. Moreover, the LHC will produce millions of the already discovered Higgs boson and measure its properties with precision. Even small departures from the expected values could be an indication of the existence of other types of Higgs particles.

In a recent paper, my collaborators and I showed the importance of both measuring the properties of the Higgs boson we know and searching for supersymmetric Higgs bosons to understand the physics that is responsible for the masses of the elementary particles in nature.

Discovering additional Higgs bosons may be our next window to a new world. Nobody can anticipate how many sweet treats may be available in the new run of the LHC, but we will soon find out.

Marcela Carena

These scientists are responsible for this analysis. Top row, from left: Marcela Carena (Fermilab, University of Chicago), Howard Haber (University of California, Santa Cruz), Ian Low (Northwestern University, Argonne National Laboratory). Bottom row, from left: Nausheen Shah (University of Michigan), Carlos Wagner (University of Chicago, Argonne National Laboratory).

Today's New Announcements

Barn Dance - March 8

Zumba Fitness registration due March 12

Deadline for University of Chicago tuition remission program - today

Power outage affects Fermilab Village - March 7

Budker Seminar - March 9

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

NALWO Puerto Rican cooking demo - March 9

Lab-Corps program accepting applications until March 13

10-minute employee appreciation chair massages - March 17

URA Thesis Award competition deadline - March 20

URA Visiting Scholars Program deadline delayed to March 30

2015 Alvin Tollestrup Award application deadline - April 1

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

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

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