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CERN inspired famous Dutch fashion artist Iris van Herpen to create her Magnetic Motion collection.

New workplace inclusion series starts on Jan. 31

Biases, conscious or unconscious, are learned social stereotypes that have real effects in the workplace. In an effort to provide Fermilab employees and users with practical tools and resources that interrupt bias and promote workplace inclusion, we are holding a new unconscious-bias training series throughout 2019.

Nominate an outstanding Fermilab volunteer for award by Jan. 21

Do you know anyone at Fermilab who generously and enthusiastically offers their time and skills to enhance the science education of local K-12 students? If so, please nominate them! Fermilab Friends for Science Education is soliciting nominations through Jan. 21 for the 2018 award.

Will the orange t-shirts be making a reappearance? Photo: Reidar HahnNEW
Announcing the 2018-19 Users Executive Committee: Come meet us on Jan. 18!

With 2019 comes new faces on the Fermilab Users Executive Committee. In September, after the Fermilab user community cast their ballots, we welcomed six new members to the 12-person committee to serve the 2018-19 term. You are invited to come meet the committee, and our friends from the Fermilab Student and Postdoc Association, on Friday, Jan. 18, at 3 p.m. at a UEC meet-and-greet social event.

CMS breaks particle physics publication record

The success of a scientific experiment can be measured in a few ways, but perhaps the best one is number of scientific publications. Even there, there are different ways of counting them, but a good method is the number of publications submitted per year. And in 2018, CMS had a banner year in terms of scientific output. The CMS collaboration broke a record, with 141 scientific papers submitted to peer reviewed journals. That’s nearly three each week. The previous record in high-energy physics was also held by CMS. In 2017, the CMS experiment submitted 132 papers.

What is the DUNE experiment?

Big discoveries need big detectors, and Fermilab’s DUNE experiment is one of the biggest. In this 10-minute video, Fermilab scientist Don Lincoln gives the lowdown on this fascinating project. Fermilab plans to shoot beams of neutrinos and antineutrinos through Earth’s crust from Chicago to western South Dakota. DUNE will study neutrino interactions in great detail, with special attention on (a) comparing the behaviors of neutrinos versus antineutrinos, (b) looking for proton decay, and (c) searching for the neutrinos emitted by supernovae. The experiment is being built and should start operations in the mid to late 2020s.

This is a visual display of an ArgoNeuT event showing a long trail left behind by a high energy particle traveling through the liquid argon accompanied by small blips caused by low energy particles.
Identifying lower-energy neutrinos with a liquid-argon particle detector

For the first time, scientists have demonstrated that low-energy neutrinos can be thoroughly identified with a liquid-argon particle detector. The results, obtained with the ArgoNeuT experiment, are promising for experiments that use liquid argon to catch neutrinos, including the upcoming Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment.

The Dark Energy Camera mounted on the 4-meter Blanco telescope at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile. The final day of data-taking for the Dark Energy Survey is Jan. 9.
Dark Energy Survey completes six-year mission

After scanning in depth about a quarter of the southern skies for six years and cataloguing hundreds of millions of distant galaxies, the Dark Energy Survey will finish taking data on Jan. 9. DES scientists recorded data from more than 300 million distant galaxies. More than 400 scientists from over 25 institutions around the world have been involved in the project, hosted by Fermilab. The collaboration has already produced about 200 academic papers, with more to come.

Executive appointments at URA

Ted Wackler, deputy executive director, most recently served at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy in several senior roles, including chief of staff and acting director. He provided direction on the full spectrum of national-level science and technology policy activities. Ian Anderson, director of the new URA Sandia Site Office in Albuquerque, New Mexico, was most recently director of the University Partnerships and Graduate Education Programs at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and previously associate laboratory director for neutron sciences.

Pre-excavation work on LBNF/DUNE begins in South Dakota

Fermilab has finalized an agreement with construction firm Kiewit-Alberici Joint Venture to start pre-excavation work for the Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility, which will house the enormous particle detectors for the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment. The South Dakota portion of the facility will be built a mile beneath the surface at the Sanford Underground Research Facility in Lead, South Dakota.

Fermilab welcomes Chris Beard as head of the Office of Communication

Beard most recently served as senior director of corporate communications at Burson-Marsteller in Chicago, a leading global public relations firm, where he led the development and execution of communication and external affairs programs for Fortune 500 clients.

Visit the display case in the Fermilab Art Gallery to view scientific journals from the 17th and 18th centuries. Photo: Valerie Higgins
Influential works in history of physics on display at Fermilab

In a new series of exhibits in the Fermilab Art Gallery, the Fermilab Archives will feature influential works loaned by the private collection of a Fermilab scientist. It kicks off with the current exhibit, which features works from the 17th and 18th centuries. Each display, which will rotate approximately once a month, will consist of several volumes illustrating a common theme in the evolution of physics.

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The last night of the Dark Energy SurveyNEW

From 365 Days of Astronomy, Jan. 12, 2019: The Dark Energy Survey is the subject of this 30-minute podcast. DES started in 2013 to map dark energy over 5000 square degrees of sky. It used a massive 500-megapixel camera attached to the Blanco Telescope at Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile. The survey concluded on Jan. 9, 2019, with its last night of observing. At the American Astronomical Society meeting in Seattle, they conferenced with observers on the last night. Listen to the conversation at the end of this journey.

Why physicists are hunting the strangest of the ghost particlesNEW

From Live Science, Jan. 12, 2019: In the 1920s, careful and detailed observations of those decays found tiny, niggling discrepancies. The total energy at the start of certain decay processes was a tiny bit greater than the energy coming out. The math didn’t add up. Odd. So, a few physicists concocted a brand-new particle out of whole cloth: A little, neutral one. A neutrino.

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