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Ben Lee fellow Graham Kribs on Mount Blanc, the highest mountain in Western Europe. Graham Kribs lives for adventure. Whether he is conquering mountains, or researching physics beyond the Standard Model, Fermilab’s newest Ben Lee fellow loves a challenge. Kribs joined the Theoretical Physics Department on the hunt for new physics in October. Today he will present a Wine and Cheese talk about new techniques to identify the Higgs boson using collider data. The talk starts at 4 p.m. in…

Fermilab’s Grid Computing Center was recently named an Energy Star award recipient. Each year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy honor organizations that have made outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through energy efficiency. Fermilab’s Grid Computing Center received the agency’s Energy Star award for 2010 for ranking in the top 25th percentile of data centers registered with the EPA. See here. Fermilab’s GCC was built in 2004 in the old wide band hall. It…

High school student Ike Swetlitz examines the DZero detector. Photo: Marc Swetlitz While perhaps fatal to felines, curiosity is a motivating force for one local high school student. Seventeen-year-old Ike Swetlitz spent his summer at Fermilab on the hunt for the Higgs boson with DZero physicists. On his quest for answers about the fundamental nature of matter and the universe, Swetlitz contacted Fermilab and arranged to spend his summer holiday working side by side with DZero experiment collaborators. Swetlitz worked…

Mohamed Hassan, the 2010 John Bardeen Engineering Fellow Photo: Mohamed Hassan Mohamed Hassan loves electronic devices, a passion that makes the 2010 John Bardeen fellow an asset to the laboratory. Hassan was selected for the John Bardeen Engineering Fellowship last year and joined the Technical Division in December to research and develop superconducting radio frequency technology. Hassan and his colleagues are using SRF technology to lay the groundwork for Project X, the proposed high-intensity proton accelerator project. Engineering has always…

5 p.m. today in Chicago The Chicago Council on Science and Technology will host a talk about near-term strategies for exploring the moon. Learn more about Earth’s closest neighbor, the moon, during an event this evening, sponsored by The Chicago Council on Science and Technology. Representatives from The Adler Planetarium and NASA’s Luna Institute will give a presentation followed by a question and answer session. They’ll discuss NASA’s near-term strategies for exploring the moon, as well as why those strategies…

Damage to a vehicle caused when backing up. Remember to walk 360 degrees around your vehicle before backing. A backing safety seminar will take place on Thursday. Winter weather and slippery roads may cause traffic havoc, but accidents due to improper backing are still the most common type of vehicle incident. To minimize backing accidents, the ES&H Traffic Safety Subcommittee plans to place a sticker above the door handle on the driver’s side of all Fermilab Fleet vehicles. The stickers…

Be careful on ice. Monday’s mixed precipitation left slushy, wet conditions. The slush, combined with this week’s below freezing and near-zero temperatures are a recipe for very icy surfaces. Please use extra caution when entering and exiting your vehicle or walking on site. Pay close attention to and test surfaces, take small steps, shuffle your feet and wear footgear appropriate for the conditions. Learn tips and techniques to traverse slick surfaces in the most recent ES&H Tip. Fermilab’s Roads and…

Life is full of decisions. Whether we are deciding what to have for lunch or where to take the family on vacation, our brains make thousands of choices every day. In a lecture on Friday, Jan. 14, James Surmier will give an overview of how the brain makes decisions, highlighting a small group of brain cells that release the chemical dopamine. The lecture titled “How the Brain Controls our Choices, and What Can Go Wrong” will cover how the loss…

Paul Mackenzie Photo: Reidar Hahn The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has awarded the distinction of fellow to Fermilab’s Paul B. Mackenzie. Election as a fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers. Individuals are selected for this rank because of their efforts toward advancing science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished. Mackenzie was selected for his pathbreaking contributions to the quantitative interplay between quantum chromodynamics and experiment at low and high…

Fermilab theorist Patrick Fox will give this month’s Physics for Everyone lecture on the hunt for the Higgs. Image: Sandbox Studio. Scientists at Fermilab and at the LHC spend their days sifting through data in search of an elusive particle, the Higgs boson. You’ve likely heard about the race to find the Higgs. Now, join Fermilab at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday to learn what all of the fuss is about. In his lecture, titled “The hunt for the Higgs,” Fermilab…