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The funding of the 2017 Omnibus bill allows us to run RHIC until the end of June. Presently a low energy gold-gold run in RHIC can run in parallel with the Coherent electron Cooling experiment in IR2.


The next run of RHIC will focus on measuring the difference of ruthenium on ruthenium collisions and zirconium on zirconium collisions. Ruthenium and zirconium have the same number of nucleons and therefore the same atomic weight but have a different number of protons and therefore a different electric charge. The different charge means that the magnetic field during the collisions is also different. The comparison of the two systems will determine whether and how a magnetic field affects the quark-gluon plasma created during the collision. There are strong indications from previous runs at RHIC that it will and a clear confirmation at the next RHIC run would be another major discovery at RHIC. 




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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!













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Delicious food, raffle prizes and fun had by one and all!




Congratulations to Bryan and Jenelle Callaghan who welcomed their daughter, Natalie Rose, into the world on June 3rd at 10:05 pm. She weighed in at 8 lbs. 3 oz. and was 21.5 inches long.








Alissa Lamberti & Frank Donato were married on Sunday, May 21, 2017






  June 21 - (Berkner Hall, Rm. B | 11 am) Safety and Wellness Month Event: "Quest Biometric Health Screenings"

June 24 - BERA Trip: Chihuly Nights at the NY Botanic Gardens & Arthur Ave Italian District

June 27 - (Bldg. 438 on Brookhaven Avenue | 12 pm) Safety and Wellness Month Event: "All Employee 2-Mile Walk"

June 28 - (Berkner Hall Auditorium | 12 pm) BSA Noon Recital "Pianofest"

June 29 - (Bldg. 510, Large Seminar Room | 12 pm) Brookhaven Women in Science Lecture "Goldhaber Prize 2017 Announcement & Talk"

June 29 - (9 am - 12 pm) Safety and Wellness Month Event: "Slip Simulator Open House"

July 4 - Lab Holiday: Independence Day

July 15 - BERA Trip: Resorts Casino

July 16 - BERA Trip: A Bronx Tale: The Musical

July 16 - Summer Sunday: Family Fun Day

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?



Run Around the Lake - June 24 in Lake Ronkonkoma


Community Ambulance 5K - June 25 in Sayville


State Parks Summer Run Series - Belmont Lake - June 26 at Robert Moses State Park


Long Island Brewery 5K - July 8 in Riverhead


2017 Marcum Workplace Challenge - July 25 at Jones Beach State Park


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



Stony Brook Events:


Young at Heart Programs - Spring 2017 - March 8 - June 21 (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.


Musical Theater Tribute Performances: The Debbie Reynolds Story - (May 6 - June 15)


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.


9th Annual Jewels Jeans Dinner - June 28 (6:30 - 10:30 pm) at Flowerfield in St. James. Live and Silent Auction with items from Pindar Vineyards, Blue Salon and Spa, and Mirabelle/Three Village Inn!


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.


Eastern Long Island Mini Market Faire - Jun 17 (all day) at the Village Center


Green Fest of Port Jefferson Village - June 17 (1 - 5 pm) at the Village Center







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