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Vladimir Shiltsev receives Robert H. Siemann Award

Vladimir Shiltsev

The Editorial Board of the Physical Review Special Topics – Accelerators and Beams has bestowed the 2015 Robert H. Siemann Award for outstanding contributions to Fermilab scientist Vladimir Shiltsev, director of Fermilab's Accelerator Physics Center.

Shiltsev was an outstanding member of the PRST-AB Editorial Board for six years. The award citation emphasizes his numerous initiatives as an Editorial Board member to make PRST-AB optimally serve the accelerator community, to render it ever more attractive and to increase its impact factor.

Read more about this recognition.

In Brief

Fermilab scientists emeritus

Fermilab scientists emeritus. Front row, from left; Ryuji Yamada, Moyses Kuchnir, Joe Lach, Chuck Ankenbrandt, Peter Mazur, Wyatt Merritt, Gene Fisk, Qizhong Li, Bill Cooper. Back row, from left: Chuck Schmidt, Jeff Appel, Roy Rubinstein (Directorate), Joe Lykken (Directorate), Bruce Chrisman, Ken Stanfield, Alvin Tollestrup, John Peoples, Dick Carrigan, Hans Jostlein, Greg Bock (Directorate). Photo: Reidar Hahn

Fermilab's Directorate hosted a lunch for the laboratory's scientists emeritus on May 8.

Video of the Day

Quark-gluon plasma

U.S. CMS Education and Outreach Coordinator Don Lincoln explains the hottest known state of matter — a state that hot, protons and neutrons from the center of atoms can literally melt. This form of matter is called a quark-gluon plasma, and it is an important research topic being pursued at the LHC. View the video. Video: Fermilab
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Feathered friends

A house finch eats from a thistle sock feeder outside BEG. Photo: Barb Kristen, PPD
A tree swallow perches near the bison pasture. Photo: Bridget Scerini, TD
In the News

There is growing evidence that our universe is a giant hologram

From Motherboard, May 5, 2015

If a friend told you that we were all living in a giant hologram, you'd probably tell him to lay off the kush. But incredibly, physicists across the world are thinking the same thing: That what we perceive to be a three-dimensional universe might just be the image of a two-dimensional one, projected across a massive cosmic horizon.

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From the Finance Section

One Lab approach to planning

Denise Keiner

Denise Keiner, head of the Budget Office, wrote this column.

As Fermilab embarks on its mission to drive discovery and execute the P5 goals, we must be an excellent steward of federal resources, using the right systems and processes to maximize the science we do with the dollars provided.

To meet this challenge, the lab has been working for more than two years to design a better financial and resource planning process, enabled by a new tool, to replace the complex, manually driven process used today. There is a labwide effort sponsored by the CFO, partnering with the CIO, to design and implement a labwide Budget and Planning System.

As the functional lead for BPS project, I'm involved with a number of working groups made up of division heads, project managers, department heads, finance professionals and IT professionals. These groups are selecting a tool to enable new and improved processes; evaluating how best to budget and track expenditures; and designing a new way to charge labor costs that will make budgeting and analyzing variances easier.

The BPS project is expected to deliver an integrated budget and planning capability that will link strategic planning, resource planning and budget formulation through standardized labwide processes. BPS will serve as the single version of the truth for reporting our financial plans and status and furthering the One Lab vision. It will provide more visibility into labor resource assignments to make the budgeting process more effective and efficient.

BPS will also make it easier to conduct scenario planning, both at the lab level and the organization level, to help us respond quickly to DOE when funding projections change. With a new tool and redesigned business processes, we will increase our ability to analyze and forecast financial results, which can enhance our ability to make better resource allocation decisions as we execute our scientific program.

Currently the project team is evaluating vendor responses to our request for proposal for a new tool. On-site demonstrations of these system solutions are taking place now, and the evaluation team should have a recommendation by the end of May. Once a tool is selected, the team will seek a vendor to help implement the tool, beginning in early fall.

The project team and I are excited to be able to offer new capabilities to all areas of the laboratory and to provide our funding agency with better insights into our financial plans and status of the program of work we are executing. I want to take this opportunity to thank all the individuals who are dedicating their time and talents to the BPS effort. We still have a great deal of work ahead of us, but without engagement throughout the lab we would not be ready to select a tool and start the next phase of the project.

Safety Update

ESH&Q weekly report, May 12

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

An employee was injured while calibrating a high-pressure relief valve. The valve was propelled with great force, struck the ceiling and fell, contacting the employee on the back of the head. The employee suffered a contusion and a laceration requiring four sutures. This is a recordable injury and an ORPS.

An employee has a confirmed standard threshold shift. An investigation is under way. This is a pending claim.

See the full report.

In the News

Mysterious galactic signal points LHC to dark matter

From Nature, May 5, 2015

It is one of the most disputed observations in physics. But an explanation may be in sight for a mysterious excess of high-energy photons at the centre of the Milky Way. The latest analysis suggests that the signal could come from a dark-matter particle that has just the right mass to show up at the world's largest particle accelerator.

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC), housed at the CERN particle-physics laboratory near Geneva, Switzerland, is due to restart colliding protons this summer after a two-year hiatus. Physicists there have told Nature that they now plan to make the search for such a particle a top target for the collider's second run.

A positive detection would resolve the source of the galactic γ-rays. But it would also reveal the nature of dark matter, the invisible stuff thought to make up around 85 percent of the Universe's matter, and would be long-sought evidence for supersymmetry, a grand way to extend the current standard model of particle physics.

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