Fermilab news for employees and users

Office of the Chief Operating Officer all-hands meeting on Tues., Jan. 22

The COO all-hands meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019 from 3:00-3:30pm, Ramsey Auditorium.

The 21 CMS physicists selected as LPC Distinguished Researchers, 18 juniors and three seniors, are accomplished individuals at different stages of their careers.
LPC announces 2019 CMS-LPC Distinguished Researchers

The Distinguished Researchers program has been a defining feature of the LPC at Fermilab for the last eight years. The 21 CMS physicists selected as LPC Distinguished Researchers, 18 juniors and three seniors, are accomplished individuals at different stages of their careers. This program provides resources to help strengthen and expand their research programs. This year’s Distinguished Researchers were selected by the LPC Management Board in a competitive process.

Estia Eichten wins 2018 Humboldt Award

The Humboldt Foundation invites awardees to undertake prolonged periods of research in collaboration with scientists in Germany and to promote scientific cooperation between research institutions in both Germany and their home country. During his upcoming visit, Eichten intends to continue to study the systematics of systems involving heavy quarks.

The coldest place in the Milky Way?

Chicago in January may feel like the coldest place in the universe, but it’s colder at the South Pole. Scientists there are looking out into space and observing microwaves that have been traveling at the speed of light for 13.6 billion years. Once they were ultraviolet rays, but as the universe expanded, their wavelengths stretched, and they became blue, then red, then infrared (heat) and now they are microwaves, which you may have in an oven in your kitchen. Radio waves have even longer wavelengths.

Looking to the literature

Fermilab’s Inclusivity Journal Club seeks answers to difficult social questions in science. A typical meeting includes physicists and postdoctoral researchers as well as non-science staff; students are also welcome to attend. Members read and discuss reports and peer-reviewed papers that address issues such as sexual harassment, implicit bias and best practices for expanding inclusivity.

Pushpa Bhat elected to AAAS Council

Fermilab scientist Pushpa Bhat was recently elected to the Council of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest scientific society, as a representative for the Section on Physics. Her three-year term begins on Feb. 18. The AAAS Council establishes general policies for the association and reviews all of its programs.

‘A beautiful gathering of two worlds’

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.

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.

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We’ll send postcards—pinball museums, CERN, and more favorite Ars trips of all time

From ars technica, Jan. 16, 2019: A 2011 trip to see Fermilab’s Main Control Room is highlighted in this picture story.

El Dark Energy Survey cartografía un octavo del cielo en busca de energía oscura

From Sinc, Jan. 15, 2019: Tras seis años captando millones de galaxias con una cámara del telescopio Blanco, la colaboración científica Dark Energy Survey ha completado el cartografiado de un octavo del cielo con un detalle sin precedentes. Los resultados ya han servido para publicar más de 200 artículos científicos, pero se esperan muchos más, con el objetivo puesto en descubrir la naturaleza de la misteriosa energía oscura.

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