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American Physical Society recognizes Valery Lebedev

Valery Lebedev

The American Physical Society has recognized Fermilab physicist Valery Lebedev for his outstanding contributions as a referee for APS journals. The list of recognized scientists also includes Bill Bardeen and Tanaji Sen of Fermilab.

The APS Outstanding Referee program was instituted in 2008 to recognize scientists who have been exceptionally helpful in assessing manuscripts for publication in the APS journals. The highly selective program annually recognizes about 150 of the roughly 60,000 currently active referees. Like fellowship in the APS, this is a lifetime award. In 2015, 142 outstanding referees were selected.

To see a list of all APS outstanding referees, visit the program website.

In Brief

Updated ServiceNow - new look and feel

Computing has updated the ServiceNow service desk website to a new release.

After this update, the first time you log in, you will be presented with a screen that provides a general overview of the new functionality in this ServiceNow release (there are three screens in total). There are also many changes to the site's look and feel. You can read more about these changes in this article.

Members of Computing will be on hand to answer questions at the "Ask Me About ServiceNow" booth in the Wilson Hall atrium today and Wednesday, May 13, from noon to 1:30 p.m.

In Brief

Employee Health and Fitness Day - Tuesday at Main Ring

Walk, run, bike or rollerblade around the ring tomorrow. Photo: Reidar Hahn

Walk, run, bike or rollerblade around the Main Ring with your co-workers on Tuesday, May 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for Employee Health and Fitness Day. Start at A1 on Main Ring Road, east of Wilson Hall.

The first 300 participants will receive T-shirts, water bottles, pedometers, earbuds and sunglasses.

This event is also the kick-off for the WalkingWorks program. Start logging your steps and earn prizes.

Photo of the Day

It's a wide world

On a clear day you can see … a westward panoramic view of the Fermilab property and beyond. Photo: Dawn McWha, FESS
In the News

U.S. and European scientists sign cooperation pact

From The New York Times, May 7, 2015

Laying the groundwork for what they said would be a new era of scientific cooperation, leaders of European and American particle physics initiatives signed an agreement at a White House ceremony on Thursday to share the spoils of their research in the coming decades.

Scientists and diplomats said the deal — signed by the Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation and CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research — allows the United States to continue to collaborate on the world's flagship experiment, CERN's Large Hadron Collider, where the long-sought Higgs boson was discovered three years ago. For the first time, CERN will now be able to collaborate on projects in the United States, a necessity in an age when big scientific experiments are too expensive for any one country or even one continent to foot on its own.

"That's a big deal, a big change," James Siegrist, associate director of the Office of Science in the Department of Energy, said in an interview. "Our research programs in the U.S. and Europe are now deeply intertwined by the signing of this agreement."

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Tip of the Week: Safety

May is Electrical Safety Month

A recent electrical accident at a partner national laboratory reminds us to follow safe electrical work practices at our own facilities. Photo: J.B. Dawson, ESH&Q

It is an unfortunate irony that Los Alamos National Laboratory experienced the most severe electrical accident in the recent history of the DOE laboratory complex just as Electrical Safety Month begins. One worker remains hospitalized in critical condition at the time of this writing. Our hearts go out to the workers and families whose lives have been affected by this event. Fermilab has offered to provide assistance to our associates at Los Alamos as they recover from the event and seek to prevent a recurrence.

Fermilab has no higher priority than for our employees, subcontractors and visitors to work safely so we can all return to our homes as healthy as we were when we arrived at work. The incident at Los Alamos is a stark reminder of the danger that electricity can pose and of the reason we carefully follow safe electrical work practices.

The Department of Energy has chosen to focus on electrical hazard recognition for this year's Electrical Safety Month. With the possible exception of ionizing radiation, electricity is the most difficult of our common workplace hazards to readily identify.

Employees and subcontractors receive basic training in recognizing and avoiding electrical hazards through the orientation training they attend when first arriving at the laboratory. Further training on electrical hazard recognition and safe work practices are available through the Basic Electrical Safety and Electrical Safety in the Workplace (NFPA 70E) training.

The primary methods Fermilab uses to identify hazardous electrical conditions and actions for specific projects and tasks are the Hazard Analysis and the Electrical Hazard Analysis and Work Permit. If you will enter a Fermilab construction site, you are required to review, understand and sign the Hazard Analysis.

Fermilab's policy on electrical work requires that all electrical work be performed de-energized unless it is not feasible to do so or if de-energizing would create greater hazards. The Electrical Hazard Analysis and Work Permit will identify how to minimize the hazards present when doing electrical work and what personal protective equipment is needed to protect the workers.

The Electrical Safety Subgroup of the Energy Facility Contractors Group, of which Fermilab is a member, has prepared a short presentation for each week of Electrical Safety Month. Each week's materials may be found through the following links:

Week 1: Introduction to electrical hazard recognition

Week 2: Electrical hazard recognition techniques

Week 3: General electrical safety

Week 4: Hazard identification at home

The Electrical Safety Foundation International has also prepared an electrical safety magazine that focuses on residential electrical safety, called "Electrical Safety Illustrated: That Old House, This New Update," which you can view online.

If you have any questions about electrical safety, please contact your area electrical coordinator.

Dave Mertz

In the News

Obituary: Acclaimed physicist Lincoln Wolfenstein had passions for science, peace and family

From Carnegie Mellon University News, April 8, 2015

Lincoln Wolfenstein's accomplishments in theoretical physics are immense. He was a giant in the field. He was the first person to realize that neutrinos propagate differently in matter than in vacuum. Understanding this effect led to a solution of a long-standing discrepancy between the number of solar electron neutrinos arriving at the Earth and models of the sun's interior. Also, this difference in propagation is being exploited in the Fermilab NOvA experiment to determine the neutrino mass ordering. The widely used λρη parametrization of the quark mixing matrix is known as the Wolfenstein parametrization. Lincoln was a truly outstanding scientist and wonderful educator. —Stephen Parke, Theory Department

Lincoln Wolfenstein, an internationally acclaimed theoretical particle physicist, particularly in the area of weak interactions and elementary particles, died Friday, March 27 in Oakland, Calif., of cancer. He was 92.

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