--- SCD's Burt Holzman and Michael Basilyan from Google presented at Google Cloud Next 2017 in San Francisco. Watch their presentation: Large Scale and batch computing on Google Compute Engine.

--- There is an updated Exhibit A attachment for services performed onsite by subcontractors. You can retrieve it here. Please use this updated version if you write requisitions for services.

--- LArSoft Notes March newsletter is now available.

--- The Employee Assistance Program offers a wide range of services for Fermilab employees and their families. Find out more about what resrouces are offered and how the EAP works in this presentation.

--- SCD's Marco Mambelli and Tanya Levshina are looking for Computing employees to help with the My Brother's Keeper Initiative High Energy High Ambitions day coming to Fermilab on May 2. They are expecting about 300 students from underserved schools to come and experience the different aspects of working at Fermilab. If you are interested in reading more about the event and signing up to help, see this letter from Marco and Tanya.

New employees

Farhan Ahmed (SCD/Experiment Computing Facilities/Scientific Linux and Architecture Management)


March anniversaries
(5, 10, 15 & 20+ years)

Irwin Gaines- 42 years
Bill Boroski- 36 years
Matt Arena- 25 years
Scott Nolan- 20 years
Hyunwoo Kim- 5 years

Take steps to avoid injury while walking

We rarely are more vulnerable than when walking in urban areas, crossing busy streets and negotiating traffic. We are all pedestrians from time to time, so it’s important to pay attention to what is going on around us.

Cellphone distracted walking

It has become such a big problem in recent years that Injury Facts® 2015, the statistical report on unintentional deaths and injuries published by the National Safety Council, for the first time has included statistics on cell phone distracted walking.

  • According to Injury Facts, distracted walking incidents involving cell phones accounted for more than 11,100 injuries between 2000 and 2011.
  • 52 percent of cell phone distracted walking injuries happen at home
  • 68 percent of those injured are women
  • 54 percent are age 40 or younger
  • Nearly 80 percent of the injuries were due to a fall

The vehicle factor

While many communities are implementing measures to become more “walkable,” like adding more paths and traffic-calming measures, there still is a long way to go to keep pedestrians safe. Malls surrounded by parking lots, few sidewalks, blind intersections and high-traffic areas all contribute to pedestrian fatalities and injuries.

According Injury Facts 2015:

  • In 2013, 6,100 pedestrians were killed by motor vehicles
  • That same year, about 160,000 pedestrian injuries required medical attention
  • 23 percent of deaths and injuries result from pedestrians darting into the street, with the majority of those younger than age 15
  • The number of pedestrian deaths has decreased significantly since the 1970s; during that decade, deaths were between 8,400 and 10,300
  • During the decade from 2002 to 2013, death rates didn’t change much; they hovered around 6,000, with a low of 5,300 in 2009

Head up, phone down

While pedestrian-vehicle injuries are the fifth leading cause of death for children ages 5 to 19, according to SafeKids.org, no age group is immune. Here are a few tips from NHTSA and NSC for children and adults of all ages:

  • Look left, right and left again before crossing the street; looking left a second time is necessary because a car can cover a lot of distance in a short amount of time
  • Make eye contact with drivers of oncoming vehicles to make sure they see you
  • Be aware of drivers even when you’re in a crosswalk; vehicles have blind spots
  • Don’t wear headphones while walking
  • Never use a cell phone or other electronic device while walking
  • If your view is blocked, move to a place where you can see oncoming traffic
  • Never rely on a car to stop
  • Children younger than 10 should cross the street with an adult
  • Only cross at designated crosswalks
  • Wear bright and/or reflective clothing
  • Walk in groups


Walking is one of the best things we can do to stay healthy, but only if we put safety first. At the National Safety Council, we don’t believe in accidents. Please join us in doing everything you can to prevent senseless injuries and deaths.

Source: National Safety Council


From the CIO: Budgets - My perspective
Rob Roser
Chief Information Officer Rob Roser

Hi Folks.

It’s hard to open a credible news source these days and not find a discourse on “skinny budgets” and their potential implications. I thought I would provide my personal perspective on Nigel’s talk.

As everyone is well-aware, the Trump administration’s 2018 skinny budget proposal cut the Department of Energy’s Office of Science funding by 17 percent; some $900 million. How high-energy physics (HEP) and Fermilab fit into that potential reduction is still anyone’s guess. One can be optimistic— The administration has made it clear that this budget formulation was based on inspiration from one of the nation’s most conservative think tanks, the Heritage Foundation. In its report, the foundation clearly states, “Understanding these [HEP] issues is an area of research that the private sector would likely not undertake, so it is an appropriate endeavor for America’s research labs and universities.” Simplistically, this think tank supports the federal government’s investments in HEP at about the current level. 

However, given that the skinny budget did not provide any details on how the $900 million was determined—and thus how it should be divided up—the Office of Science, led by Steve Binkley, is running scenarios to fit the diverse science portfolio into this constrained budget and ensure that the highest priority projects are funded.  We expect to get some clarity on where HEP stands in mid-to-late May, when the Office of Science plans to release a more detailed budget.

The one thing we do know is that since the president put forth this budget, the Department of Energy must take it seriously and articulate its plan within these new parameters. So, in the coming months there will be a lot of “noise” in the system as that plan is developed and vetted. Computing will do some scenario planning as well. We will be asking ourselves what services are mission-critical and what could we reduce or eliminate if budgets require it.

It is going to be a stressful few months, and perhaps even longer as we navigate all of this. We believe HEP has made a very strong case that we are worthy of full support, and Fermilab leadership continues to present that case to the decision makers. As events unfold, we will keep you in the loop. We don’t have to just watch this process unfold; we can influence it with our success. We must continue to execute on a high level and continue to make that strong case that we are worthy of full support. Please reach out to me, Jon or Panagiotis if you have any questions or concerns. We will make time to talk to you.

~ Rob

Valerie Higgins
(Information Resources/ Archives and History)

I started at Fermilab in 2012, but the Fermilab Archives has existed since January 1978. As Lab Archivist, I collect paper and electronic records (including websites) and artifacts that document the history of the lab and particle physics. I also assist Fermilab staff, Fermilab users, members of the media and members of the public who are looking for images or information from Fermilab’s past. I might provide information to a student working on a school project, a scientist preparing a talk, a journalist working on an article and a university professor writing a book all in the same week.

Fermilab’s mission is unique, and the lab frequently produces valuable records that must be preserved. I work with Fermilab staff to identify which of their records have long-term historical value. When I receive new materials, I organize and describe them in a way that makes them accessible and useful. I also ensure they will be preserved through proper storage or, in the case of electronic records, migration to archival file formats. I also raise awareness of the lab’s history and the Archives’ collections through the history.fnal.gov website, social media, online finding aids, articles, exhibits and talks, and I make select portions of our collections available online.

In addition to collecting records and artifacts, I also regularly conduct oral history interviews with longtime Fermilab employees.

The Fermilab Archives contains a treasure trove of information about the lab’s fascinating history. A few highlights of our collections include Robert Wilson’s drafts for his memoirs, Leon Lederman’s drafts for his books and original artwork by lab artist Angela Gonzales. If you would like to know more about the collections or have something you’d like to give to the Archives, please contact me!

In addition to my work in the Archives, I am a member of the Site History Committee and the Art Gallery Committee. Outside of Fermilab, I enjoy drawing and participate in some local art shows.

Jeny Teheran
(Scientific Computing Services/Scientific Computing Information Security)

I came to Fermilab in July 2014 as a visiting scientist in SCD’s Offline Production group for the Intensity Frontier. I worked with the neutrino experiments by helping them run their scientific workflows so the data was ready for the scientists to analyze.  Almost a year later, I started as a computer security analyst in the Scientific Computing Information Security department, which assists Fermilab experiments and projects in carrying out their science securely. I manage the operational security for the Open Science Grid.  I’m involved in solving security incidents and keeping up with the current vulnerabilities and increasing threats to scientific infrastructures. I also do cybersecurity research, and I am continuously learning about new authentication and authorization mechanisms.

I recently joined the CMS security team at Fermilab and the security consulting team for the HEPCloud project. The goal of the HEPCloud security project is to enable a common interface to access diverse computing resources, such as grids, supercomputers and clouds. I’m also involved with multiple outreach initiatives at the lab, especially ones focused on bringing more women into computing careers.

In my spare time, I enjoy cooking traditional recipes from my country, playing volleyball and making handmade cards. Sometimes, just for the balance of the universe, I play videogames with my husband.

SCD's Jeny Teheran participated in a panel about professionals in IT at AAUW's annual TechSavvy career conference at Triton College on Saturday, March 25.

Jeny Teheran (far right) participates in a panel on professionals in IT at Triton College.