Aug  '17

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Before going on summer recess the appropriation subcommittees of the Senate and the House have approved budgets for the Department of Energy. This is the first step of the congressional budget process for the 2018 fiscal year that starts on October 1, 2017. Both of these budgets include funding for RHIC of at least this year's level. This is good news. It is still likely that no federal budget will have been passed by October 1, as in previous years, but a short term Continuing Resolution, enacted instead of a full budget, would then be at this year's funding level.


At the end of this year's RHIC run a number of accelerator physics experiments were performed. One of them was the test of the RHIC spin flipper. Flipping the particle spin of a circulating proton beam has been demonstrated at the IUCF Cooler ring in Bloomington, Indiana, and the COSY ring in Jülich, Germany, but never in a ring with full Siberian snakes. Close to 100% flipping efficiency at 255 GeV was demonstrated during the experiments in RHIC. During the tests it was also shown that coherent spin motion can be excited with the spin flipper, which will allow, for the first time, the measurement of the spin tune during operation, a critical parameter for preserving proton beam polarization. 


After the end of the RHIC run commissioning of the DC electron source for the Low Energy RHIC electron Cooling project has continued in IR 2. This effort has been very successful. All the commissioning goals were achieved and a CW beam current of more than 6 mA was demonstrated. Congratulations to all for the fantastic achievement. 


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Did You Know??   Events/seminars
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!

Congratulations to all C-AD employees who were recognized at the 2017 Employee Awards Ceremony!






Leonard Mausner and Wolfram Fischer were recognized for their distinguished contributions to the Lab's science and technology objectives.




Ioannis Marneris and Aljosa Marusic were recognized for their distinguished contributions to the Lab's engineering and computing objectives.




Daniel Lehn was recognized as a key contributor in support functions whose performance and achievements represent outstanding service to the Lab.



Congratulations to Leonard Mausner on a healthy and happy retirement after 36 years at BNL!












Over 1,500 visitors came to BNL to experience 2017 Summer Sundays, which was a resounding success thanks in large part to those who volunteered! Find more pictures here.






Congratulations to C-AD families of high school graduates on a terrific achievement. Wishing you the best of luck in your future endeavors!



Rebecca Blydenburgh graduated from Longwood High School



Noah Bugros graduated from Longwood High School






Marc DiFilippo was also recognized this year as an Eagle Scout and will attend Stony Brook University in the Fall!


















































Kerry Jappe graduated from Ward Melville High School and was awarded with the BSA 2017 College Scholarship Award. She will study science at Carnegie Mellon University for a career in scientific research.




  August 17 - (Bldg. 815E, Conference Rm. | 11 am) Environmental & Climate Sciences Department Seminar: "Emission and Aging of Organic Aerosols from Wildfires in the Western U.S.: Insights from the BBOP campaign"

August 24 - (Berkner Hall Cafeteria | 9 am) Coffee & Conversation

August 24 - (Long Island Shooting Range in Brookhaven | 5:30 pm) BERA Club Event: "BERA Rifle and Pistol Club Trap and Skeet Experience"

August 28 - (Bldg. 555, Hamilton Seminar Room | 11:00 am) Chemistry Department Colloquium: "Chemical Kinetics and Tunneling on Interstellar Dust Grains"

September 4 - Lab Holiday: Labor Day

September 7 - (Brookhaven Center | 9 am) Blood Drive

September 11 - (9/11 Memorial, in front of Berkner Hall | 12 pm) 9/11 Memorial Ceremony


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?


LI2Day Hope Runs Here 5K - Aug 19 in Massapequa


Run the Farm 4 Mile Challenge - Aug 19 in Centereach


Runner's Edge Whisper Run - Aug 20 in East Islip


Runner's Edge TOBAY Triathlon Weekend - Aug 26 & 27 in Oyster Bay


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



Stony Brook Events:


Young at Heart Programs - Summer/Fall 2017 - July 12 - October 18 (1 - 2p) All are welcome to enjoy various music and lecture programs hosted by The Jazz Loft and The Educational & Cultural Center of Stony Brook Village.


Salt Marsh Detectives Summer Program (Ages 10-17) - August 14 - 25 (10 a - 2 p) Ernst Marine Conservation Center located in the heart of an 88-acre wetland preserve at West Meadow Creek, Stony Brook. Guided by local marine scientists, participants will conduct scientific research monitoring birds, crabs and plants and explore the biodiversity of the marsh.


Sunday Summer Concerts on the Green - July 9 - August 20 (7-9p) Bring the whole family to this FREE ongoing concert series (every Sunday)!


Nikola Tesla: Past, Present, Future - July 8 - September 4 (10 am - 5 pm) at the Educational and Cultural Center. A special exhibit presented by the Tesla Science Center - come view the fascinating story of his life and see models and descriptions of his inventions including the historic operating Tesla Coil and a model of the original Tesla Laboratory at Shoreham. Included in the exhibit is information on his invention of the world's electric grids distribution system for alternating current and many more of his inventions of the 20th Century!




Port Jefferson Events:


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



Mustang Show - Aug 20 (9a - 3p) at the Village Center


Movies on the Harbor Features: Secret Life of Pets - Aug 22 (8:30 pm) at Mayor Jeanne Garant Harborfront Park


Sunset Concerts Presents: Damaged Goods - Aug 23 (6:30 - 8p) at Mayor Jeanne Garant Harborfront Park


Summer Concerts Presents: Como Brothers - Aug 30 (6:30 - 8p) at Mayor Jeanne Garant Harborfront Park








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