Announcements and notices

After 21 years of service at the lab, Wayne Ostrom is retiring on Sept. 29. Ostrom started as a tech I in IB2 of the magnet systems department. Over the years he progressed to his current role of senior tech. Ostrom is known as the “Master Blaster” due to the extensive amount of grit blasting services he provides to FRA, which are essential to accomplishing lab wide goals. His most treasured recollection is the camaraderie and the collaborations he has…

The Robert F. Betz Autumn Internship is sponsored by Fermilab Natural Areas, a nonprofit corporation operating exclusively within the boundaries of Fermilab. The intern will be assisting in habitat management at the 6,800-acre Batavia site and can expect to gain a broad understanding of ecological restoration practices and applications as well as theory. Duties will include: native seed collection and processing, invasive species control using brush saws and herbicides, botanical surveys of restored prairie, forest and wetland communities, tree and…

After 40 years of service at Fermilab, Jim Patrick will retire on Sept. 7. Patrick started his career as a graduate student at UC Berkeley in the Mark II detector group at the SPEAR and PEP e+e- colliders at SLAC. He began as a postdoc at Fermilab in 1982 in Alvin Tollestrup’s group in CDF. He worked on the CDF data acquisition system, becoming the head of that group for Collider Run I. He then headed the accelerator division controls…

WHAT ARE WE DOING? To prepare for a network hardware migration, Computing will be migrating existing Layer 2 VLANS (Virtual Local Area Networks) in Grid Computing Center (GCC) and Feynman Computing Center (FCC) data centers to a new VLAN type. The current network hardware/firmware is approaching its end-of-support. WHEN WILL THIS OCCUR? Thursday, Aug. 18; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Central Time WHAT IS THE IMPACT TO YOU? During this time, server computers in GCC and FCC data centers will…

Please be advised that as part of excavation work for the Sanitary System Improvements Project, Shabbona Road will be closed to traffic from Wednesday August 17 at 7AM through Friday August 19 5PM. Please reference the traffic plan accompanying this notification. The sidewalk will remain open for pedestrian traffic. Please be mindful of construction equipment and drive slowly when near the area. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

WHAT ARE WE DOING? On Wednesday, August 17, the Scientific Computing Division will be performing kernel updates and reboots of the scientific computing systems listed at the bottom of this message.  In most cases, each system will be down for only a few minutes, unless there are unexpected issues. If you notice any problems after the maintenance period has ended, please open a Service Desk ticket. WHEN WILL THIS OCCUR? Wednesday, August 17; 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Central Time…

If you have a garden, backyard or balcony where you used your creativity to be more eco-friendly, we would love to hear your stories! AD/TSD’s Go Green Initiative invites the Fermilab community to submit your gardens to the Eco-friendly Garden Contest! It can be recycling and reusing materials, making good use of land, planting local native plants, conserving water, increasing wildlife and biodiversity, performing permaculture, making your own compost or using “divided” flowers and plants instead of buying them. On…

This class meets for a fun and effective workout and is designed for all fitness levels. It can build endurance, strong muscles, speed up metabolism and improve balance and flexibility. This enables better performance in most sports, and most importantly, everyday activities. The next session of Muscle Toning will be held via Zoom on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Aug. 23 – Oct. 27, from 5 to 6 p.m. You have the option of signing up for a full session of 20…

Led by the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, the Strategic Program for Innovation at the National Labs (SPIN) earlier this year launched with 17 scientists and staff from Argonne National Laboratory and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. Participants met at Argonne for the first-ever SPIN Demo Day on July 27, presenting their team projects. The goal of the program, which will continue into next year, is to promote entrepreneurial thinking at the national labs. Read the full article here.