--- Fermilab and Argonne will be co-hosting the 2017 National Laboratory IT (NLIT) conference from April 30 to May 3, 2017 at Loews O’Hare in Rosemont, IL. Volunteers are needed for the conference. View volunteer roles here. If you are interested in volunteering, please send an email to nlit2017@fnal.gov.

--- The Education Office is hosting its 10th STEM Career Expo at Fermilab on April 19, 2017 from  5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., and they need your help. We expect to have 600-800 high school students attend with their parents to talk informally with career representatives and hear panel presentations clustered around specific career areas.

To sign up to volunteer at this event, email Hannah Ward at hward@fnal.gov, then register at: https://fermi-fmp2.fnal.gov/fmi/webd/#STEM_EVENTS
Organization Login ID: st3morg0047

2015 STEM expo








--- LARSoft Notes November newsletter is now available. This edition covers the recent LArSoft tutorial held at CERN and includes videos of the tutorial presentationsl.

--- FIFE Notes December newsletter is now available. Articles include: "How to make the most of your holiday break," "HEPCloud doubles the size of CMS computing," "MINOS running on Stampede," "New developments in Continuous Integration," and "Fifemon monitoring of data transfers."

--- The Fermilab Mac Users Group meeting will be Wednesday, Dec. 21 from 2:15 to 3:15 p.m. in the Wilson Hall Hornet's Nest conference room.

New employees

Andrea Self (CCD/Information Systems/Content Management)


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

Tom Bozonelos- 40 years
Ted Zmuda- 32 years
Stan Naymola- 20 years

The first ever Computing newsletter was published December 2006. Back then, it was called the CD Bulletin, and it looked a little bit different than it does now.

Now, we are on our 117th edition! Thank you for readng the newsletter, providing feedback and participating!

1. Combustible materials must be kept at least three feet away from the front, back and sides of the space heater.

2. The space heater must be kept turned off when the area is not occupied.

3. Don't place anything on top of or touching the space heater.

4. The space heater must be plugged directly into a wall outlet. Do not use extension cords or power strips.

5. The space heater must be located in plain sight.

6. The space heater must be listed and labeled by a recognized body, such as UL, FM or another nationally recognized testing laboratory (NRTL).

7. The space heater must have a tip‐over automatic shut down feature.

8. The space heater must have an operating thermostat or a built in over temperature switch.

9. The space heater must not draw more than 1500 watts.

10. All space heaters should be purchased through the Fermilab Stock Catalog.

Recent presentations:

--OCIO's Irwin Gaines taught his course titled, "Protecting Personal Information at Fermilab" at Computer Security Awareness and Tech Day.

-- OCIO's Jason Ormes gave a presentation titled "Security Essentials for Fermilab Administrators" at Computer Security Awareness and Tech Day.

-- SCD's Jeny Teheran gave a presentation titled, "Security basics for scientists and anyone who uses the scientific tools" at Computer Security Awareness and Tech Day.

From the CIO: What the heck is a PEMP?    
Rob Roser
Chief Information Officer Rob Roser

Hi Folks,

It’s hard to believe there are only a few more sleeps before the Christmas holiday break. I considered writing a year in review, but honestly, I could not do it justice. We did have a spectacular year, by any and all accounts, and our success was noted at all levels of the lab and government.

Following up on Nigel’s all-hands talk, in which he mentioned the PEMP process, I’d like to put a finer point on things and give more context. 

First, what is PEMP? Each year as part of the Performance Evaluation and Measurement Plan, the Office of Science conducts an evaluation of the scientific, technological, managerial and operational performance of the contractors who manage and operate its 10 national laboratories. These evaluations provide the basis for determining annual performance fees and, ultimately, how well a given lab is being managed. Basically, the lab is given eight grades, three on different aspects of science and technology and four on managing the materials and operations contract. The eighth grade is for the management team directly and is weighted more than the others.

Fermilab did quite well this year, earning four A’s and four B+’s. Our grades put us solidly in the middle of the pack amongst all the other labs. But how do we interpret them? First, there is something to be said for NOT getting all A’s in the materials and operations portion of the report card. Those labs that do may be spending too much on contract requirements, making less funding available for science. However, one should ace the science and technology and leadership components; in those areas, we did get three A’s and one B+, which, as Nigel said, was the result of comments in the comprehensive Operations Review last summer that critiqued the lab’s lack of a “plan B” if LBNF stumbles, no long term workforce strategy (succession planning) and lack of a coherent strategic plan for the lab. None of this is particularly surprising to us, and we, as a laboratory, are working to rectify each of the above criticisms in the coming year.

While our grades are not as good as last years’ (six A’s and two B+’s), they are still well above threshold in terms of our contract. We did not lose any management fee, nor was our contract shortened! We can learn from the constructive comments that we were given, raise our game in those areas and get back to being one of the leading labs. 

I appreciate that Nigel is willing to discuss these sorts of topics, something I don’t recall any former administration doing. I think it shows that he wants to engage at a different level and be as transparent as possible.

I wish a happy holiday season and New Year to you and your family and friends! Thank you for all for your hard work—it takes a team to do what we have done this year!

~ Rob

--- Oli Gutsche, Panagiotis Spentzouris, Maria Girone of CMS and OpenLab, Rob Roser and Jim Kowalkowski visited the CMS detector and LHC Control Room in February.







--- SCD's holiday lunch










--- Computing hosted its first joint Computer Security Awareness Day/Technology Day in Dec.











--- Annual Computing picnic













--- And, of course, we enjoyed many great Cookie Caucuses!

FCC gingerbread house

October Cookie Caucus decorations









December Cookie Caucus







February Cookie Caucus in the library