FEB '17

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RHIC start up for Run 17 is now underway. This will be the first long 510 GeV polarized proton run with transverse polarization at the interaction point. It will also be the first RHIC run with only a single detector (STAR) and only one collision point. The PHENIX detector is being removed and will be replaced by a new detector, sPHENIX, in a few years. With only one collision generating beam-beam tune spread the luminosity at STAR could be significantly higher than in past years. However, to limit pile-up and background the luminosity will be kept at a lower and constant value throughout the stores by adjusting the overlap or the size of the two beams at collision.






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Check out who received an employee Service Award this year!  Collider-Accelerator Dept. employees who received a Service Award.

Check out who received an employee Spotlight Award this year!

An important note from the ES&H Weekly Bulletin on 2/6/17:


Incidents involving damage to government vehicles continue to be a concern onsite. As described in this Monday Memo, we’ve had an increase in the number of events resulting in damage to a vehicle or struck object (e.g., a bollard or barrier). Rear damage tends to occur while backing up but front-end damage has also occurred. Fortunately, no one has been injured.


Since the Monday Memo article, we’ve had three additional events occur involving government vehicles, with one involving contact with a personal vehicle. Again, we are thankful no one was hurt, but this series of events is unfortunate.


Staff must be aware of the overall impact these events have on Lab performance in the eyes of our stakeholders. This issue has been identified as an area of continuous improvement by the Brookhaven Site Office.  As stewards, we have certain responsibilities to uphold and expectations to meet, such as maintaining the integrity of our fleet.


If any of your staff drives a government vehicle, please personally reinforce with them the importance of driving safely. Remind drivers to slow down (don’t rush), use a spotter, and conduct a walk around before driving. In other words, drive a government vehicle as if it were your personal vehicle.


To further raise awareness on driving safety, please post or distribute the attached pages in the Weekly Bulletin.  Thanks for helping us to address this issue. - Gail


Gail G. Mattson, PE, CHMM, PMP

Associate Lab Director, ES&H

Brookhaven National Laboratory

Bldg 460, PO Box 5000

Upton, NY 11973-5000

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m: 631-644-1065






Congratulations to Michiko Minty on being elected a 2016 American Physical Society Fellow "for her achievements in beam instrumentation and operations leading to greatly enhanced performance of the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider"! Read more about Michiko's contributions here.






C-AD staff members, Omer Rahman and Tianmu Xin, have recently been hooded as new PhD's at a graduation ceremony at Stony Brook University.  Mentor, Ilan Ben-Zvi, performed the hooding ceremony.







Congratulations, Omer and Tianmu!




Steve Gill welcomes a beautiful new addition to the family - Aiden Stephen Gill was born on February 3, 2017 and weighed 8 lbs. 4 oz.





Congratulations to the Gill family!


  February 20 - Lab Holiday: President's Day

February 21 - (PJ Cinemas | 6:45pm) Brookhaven Women In Science Event: "Movie Night! Movie: Hidden Figures"

February 23 - (Large Seminar Room, Bldg. 510) AAAG Black History Month Lecture: "Women's Health"

February 24 - (Berkner Hall, Room D | 12 pm) Stony Brook On-site MBA Program Info Session

February 28 - AAAG Black History Month Lecture: "Beyond Inclusion: Diversifying Biomedical Science"

March 1 - (Brickhouse Brewery & Restaurant, Patchogue | 6 pm) American Nuclear Society - LI Section Dinner Meeting "Medical Isotope Research & Production Program"

March 2 - (Chemistry Lunch Room, Bldg. 555) AAAG Black History Month Celebration

March 4 - (Berkner Hall Auditorium | 8 am) Office of Educational Programs Event: "DOE Middle School Science Bowl"

March 10 - (RSB #1, Bldg. 400 | 12 pm) Tax Overview Workshop for Visiting Foreign Nationals

SNMMI's 63rd Annual Meeting Highlights History of FDG and Showcases New Research
More than 5,700 physicians, technologists, scientists and exhibitors gathered at the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging's 2016 Annual Meeting, held June 11-15 in San Diego, CA. This year's meeting included a celebration of the 40th anniversary of FDG. Read more.

Local Scientists Take Home First Place Honors in BNL Science Fair
Budding young scientists filled the auditorium of the Suffolk County Legislature on Wednesday to educate Legislators on their outstanding projects that won first place accolades at the year's Brookhaven National Laboratory's Science Fair. Read more.

New Graphene-Glass Combo Powers "Spontaneous" Solar Cell
Brookhaven Does (Graphene) Windows. Apparently the Brookhaven solution to the graphene problem has been staring everybody in the face, ever since graphene was first discovered in 2004: ordinary glass window. Read more.

Research Teams Use DNA to Make 3-D Nanoparticle Structures with High Precision
DNA strands anchored to the surface of nanoparticles allow researchers to assemble the particles into three-dimensional crystalline lattices. Such control allows researchers to make new materials with desirable properties. Read more.

Farmingdale takes first in BNL High School Science Bowl
Farmingdale High School students have one contest down to a science. Read more.

New cathode material stops batteries turning crusty with age
Scientists at three US Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratories have discovered how to keep a promising new type of lithium ion battery cathode from developing a crusty coating that degrades its performance. Read more.

RHIC Particle Smashups Find that Shape Matters
Scientists colliding football and sphere-shaped ions discover evidence supporting a paradigm shift in the birth of the quark-gluon plasma. Read more.

Two American Physics Labs Are Vying for a Billion Dollar Particle Accelerator
Two labs are vying for government funding to host a billion-dollar atom smasher, and the battle is getting political. Read more.

Neutrinos Change Their Flavor and Snag Another Nobel Prize
Early this morning the world learned that the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to Takaaki Kajita and Arthur B. McDonald for discovering that neutrinos can change from one type to another. Read more.

World's largest atom smashers create world's smallest droplets
How long can a droplet shrink and remain a liquid? Read more.

'Inflatable Dark Matter' Could Explain Why We See Less Than Many Theories Predict
Many wonderful theories that explain the evolution of the universe fail because they predict more dark matter than is actually out there. Now a new paper proposes one event in the early universe that would reduce the amount of dark matter in all the theories. Read more.

Ion collider produces droplets of primordial goo
The Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider just spit out tiny droplets of a liquid researchers say resembles the seeds of the cosmos, primordial goo created by the Big Bang, which existed on briefly before cooling the matter that helped birth stars, galaxies and planets. Read more.

Brookhaven National Laboratory projects are up for awards
Four projects developed at BNL have been nominated as finalists for awards to be presented this year by a national magazine. Read more.

Scientists Create Primordial 'Perfect Liquid' in Lab
The BNL's Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider smashed together large nuclei at nearly the speed of light to recreate the fundamental particles in the primordial soup present during the earliest days of the universe. Read more.

World's most powerful digital camera being built by US Department of Energy
The US Department of Energy is building a digital camera that puts your camera to shame. Read more.

What's going on in our neighborhood?  day at the vineyards...


Interested in Cycling?  





Interested in Running or Walking?


Runner's Edge Winter Fun Run - February 26 in Farmingdale


Strive to Survive Run for Kidney Cancer - March 5 in Brooklyn


Climb to the Top NYC - 66 flight stair climb - March 5 in NYC


...Check out the LI Running Calendar for more!



Stony Brook Events:


Stony Brook Village Loves Our Veterans! - February 1-28 - During the month of February participating shops and restaurants will offer discounts to U.S. Veterans.


Hot Cocoa and Marshmallows: Children's Author Series - January 26-March 22 (10:30am) at the Educational and Cultural Center.


Running Scared, Running Free: Escape to the Promised Land - February 1-28 (10 am or 12 pm) at the Educational and Cultural Center. An interactive theatrical performance based on oral history.


The Creation of Stony Brook Village - June 1, 2016-May 31, 2017 (10 am - 5 pm) at the Educational and Cultural Center. Experience the story of the reconstruction of Stony Brook Village through historical documents, photos, original blueprints, sketches, memorabilia and more.


Connecting Kids to Nature: Morning of Nature, Music and Storytelling - February 20-21 (10-11:30 am) at the Educational and Cultural Center.



Port Jefferson Events:


Farmers Market - Every Sunday through February (10a - 2p) at the Village Center. Purchase local produce, honey, bread and baked goods, seafood, international specialties, plants and flower bouquets.









Check out Erik Forsyth's Travels:






Duckwalk North - SOUTHOLD - Music on Saturdays (4-6pm)


Castello di Borghese Vineyard & Winery - CUTCHOGUE - Vineyard Tours & Wine Tastings Every Thursday & Sunday at 1pm & FREE Jazz Every Saturday (2-4p) with Marguerite Volonts


Jamesport Vineyards JAMESPORT -Live Music from 1-4pm every Fri, Sat & Sun


Martha Clara Vineyards - RIVERHEAD - Live Music every weekend


Palmer Vineyards - RIVERHEAD - Live Music every Sat (12-4).


Pindar Vineyards  - PECONIC  - Live Music Every Saturday (1-5pm)


Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard - BAITING HOLLOW - Music every Sat & Sun from (2-6)


Paumanok Vineyards - RIVERHEAD - Fresh, Local Oysters (2-5pm) every Sat & Sun starting Memorial Day through September