Monday, March 9, 2015

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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

Tuesday, March 10

2 p.m.
Particle Astrophysics Seminar (NOTE DATE) - Curia II
Speaker: Mei-Yu Wang, Texas A&M University
Title: Impacts of Galaxy Formation and Alternative Dark Matter Models on Milky Way Satellite Kinematics

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

4 p.m.
Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: Nikolay Solyak, Fermilab
Title: LCLS-II Design Status and Challenges

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Wilson Hall Cafe

Monday, March 9

- Breakfast: oatmeal raisin pancakes
- Breakfast: sausage, egg and cheese croissant
- Cajun chicken sandwich
- Spinach and jack cheese enchiladas
- Liver and onions
- Classic club sandwich
- Sweet and sour chicken
- Vegetarian sweet potato, red lentil and apple soup
- Texas-style chili
- Assorted pizza by the slice

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- Refried beans
- Spanish rice
- Tres leches cake

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Mandy Rominsky takes over as manager at Fermilab Test Beam Facility

Mandy Rominsky

Below the iconic corrugated steel roof of the Fermilab Test Beam Facility (FTBF), hundreds of researchers come and go, testing their detectors on one of the two test beams. Many hands are needed to keep this facility running smoothly, and Mandy Rominsky will play an essential role as its new manager.

The FTBF is unique, being the only one in the United States that allows scientists from all over the world to come test their detectors with high-energy hadron beams. It is a facility that never sleeps, and some experiments run for 24 hours, seven days a week. One such experiment is LArIAT, a liquid-argon time projection chamber experiment that is currently taking beam for 24 hours a day.

Rominsky was first introduced to the test beam facility while she was a postdoc working on the Muon g-2 experiment at Fermilab. Now, as manager of the facility, she hopes to improve infrastructure to give users more handles and flexibility with the necessary instrumentation.

"The idea is that when users come in to test their equipment, the facility is running like a well-oiled machine," Rominsky explained. "So if they come in with a tracker, we have a calorimeter they can integrate with or vice versa."

Rominsky is replacing Aria Soha, who will be continuing her role as the leader of the Intensity frontier and Test Beams Detector Operations Group, where she will focus on Muon g-2 as the installation and integration manager.

"Mandy is a long-awaited, highly anticipated addition to the group," Soha said. "She's taken on the management of the facility with expertise and is already steering us toward a brighter future."

Diana Kwon

In Brief

New date for Office-of-the-CRO meeting - March 19

An all-Office-of-the-CRO meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 19, from 1 to 2 p.m. 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.

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Sitting proud

A red-tailed hawk looks out from the intersection of Pine Street and Road A1. Photo: Bridget Scerini, TD
In the News

Imaging a supernova with neutrinos

From ars technica, March 4, 2015

There are lots of ways to describe how rarely neutrinos interact with normal matter. Duke's Kate Scholberg, who works on them, provided yet another. A 10-megaelectronvolt gamma ray will, on average, go through 20 centimeters of carbon before it's absorbed; a 10-MeV neutrino will go a light year. "It's called the weak interaction for a reason," she quipped, referring to the weak-force-generated processes that produce and absorb these particles.

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In the News

Particle physics and accelerator work gain CSU entry into national association

From Colorado State University's Source, March 4, 2015

Colorado State University is the latest research institution to be admitted to the Universities Research Association, one of the entities that helps manage the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.

CSU was elected in February by the association's Council of Presidents. The URA, in conjunction with the University of Chicago, forms the Fermi Research Alliance, which manages the federal laboratory for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science. CSU is the 89th university to join the URA.

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Tip of the Week:
Quality Assurance

Congratulations to Fermilab on receiving environment, health and safety certifications

Fermilab has maintained ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certifications, which provide assurance to DOE that the laboratory is meeting its contract requirements for environmental, occupational health and safety.

On Feb. 24 Fermilab completed its semiannual surveillance audit, conducted by NSF International (formerly the National Sanitation Foundation).

The audit is an essential step in maintaining ISO 14001:2004 and OHSAS 18001:2007 certifications, which are related to environment, occupational health and safety. The audit covered all aspects of the scope of our certificate, which includes Fermilab's research and development, manufacturing, waste management and site infrastructure management at all facilities on the Fermilab property in accordance with the current Department of Energy contract.

The final report of the audit noted that there were no non-conformances in the reviewed programs and included a recommendation to maintain certification with ISO 14001:2004 and OHSAS 18001:2007.

During the audit, the following positive practices were noted:

1. The upgrades made to iTrack, including efforts to increase incident reporting, and our good causal analysis are favorable.
2. Site 40 and 55, our Hazardous Waste Handling Facility, was exceptionally clean and organized. Kudos to Dave Hockin and his team for a job well done!
3. Environmental plans are proactively being updated.
4. Emergency program updates are impressive, and a strong program is now in place.
5. We make good progress on human performance improvement. This culture can empower people to make decisions, communicate and listen.
6. The level of senior management commitment to safety is higher than it has ever been. The “one lab” approach is a very positive direction for the laboratory.

The auditing group reviewed programs focusing on the ESH&Q Section, including environmental protection, emergency management, hazard control technology, security and the Fire Department.

The auditors noted that the environment, safety and health management system is mature, according to the leading and lagging indicators currently in place to measure the management system’s performance. They also noted that our internal assessment programs, including tripartites, quality assurance self-assessments, ES&H self-assessments, project reviews, inspections and walkthroughs are tools that we should continue to use in order to improve our management systems.

The ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certification is a great recognition for the laboratory, highlighting our quality and ES&H management systems as important components of our organization. They can help deliver better processes that optimize performance, drive costs down and improve customer satisfaction.

Kathy Zappia


Today's New Announcements

Deadline is today for summer on-site housing requests

Philosophy Society, A. Burov: Value of Fundamental Science - March 12

NALWO Puerto Rican cooking demo - today

Budker Seminar - today

Zumba Fitness registration due March 12

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 URA 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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