Tuesday, January 6
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar - 1 West
Speaker: P. Snopok (Michigan State University, Fermilab)
Title: High Order Tevatron Tracking Studies: Observations and Recommendations
Wednesday, January 7
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. Fermilab Colloquium - 1 West
Speaker: C. Morris, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Title: Charged Particle Radiography
Tuesday, January 6|
Split Pea soup w/ham
Beef fajita w/flavored tortillas and refried beans $3.50
Turkey w/applewood smoked bacon and Swiss cheese on
a bed of wild greens $4.75
Grilled chicken sandwich w/green chiles and peppejack served
w/homemade salsa $4.75
Traditional chicken mole w/sesame rice $4.75
Chicken Ceasar salad $3.75
Eurest Dining Center Weekly Menu
|Ray Fonseca of Roads & Grounds plowing snow early Monday morning|
Roads & Grounds Ready for Fermilab's First Snow of the Season|
On Sunday, Fermilab and the rest of the Chicago area
received its first significant snowfall
of the season.
Just as quickly as the snow appeared, it disappeared from the roads, thanks to
Fermilab's Roads & Grounds.
As early as 8:30 Sunday morning, members of the Roads and Grounds
crew were busy plowing the way for safe travel by Fermilab users.
Later the full crew came in and worked late into the night.
"We can't leave until we feel the conditions are safe enough for car
traffic," Dave Schemanske, of R&G, said.
The 17-member R&G team commands three salt trucks, 12 pickups with plows,
five 16-foot-wide Sno-Pushers mounted on construction vehicles,
several little plowing buggies, and, yes, a mess of shovels.
Schemanske and fellow R&G member Bob Lootens consult radar and
four or five weather services before planning their attack.
On Sunday, for example, the ground was warm enough to melt
the first flakes, creating a layer of ice under five inches of powder.
"Our strategy changes with each storm depending on what's going to happen,"
"It takes a lot of teamwork. That's what it is."
SDSS Press Release|
Could giant clump of stars be Andromeda's food?
This composite illustration shows the location of Andromeda NE (arrow) and
the complicated stellar structures in the halo of the Andromeda Galaxy
(inset image to scale).|
An international team of astronomers from the Sloan Digital
Sky Survey collaboration has discovered a giant clump of stars
near the Andromeda Galaxy that could be a previously unknown
satellite galaxy of Andromeda or could be the last remnants
of a galaxy torn apart by Andromeda's tidal forces.
The clump of stars, named Andromeda NE by the researchers for
its location to the northeast of the Andromeda Galaxy, is enormous.
It covers a larger area on the sky than the full Moon. If added
together the total light from the stars in Andromeda NE would rival
many nearby galaxies in brightness. Yet because these stars are so
spread out, Andromeda NE appears 10 times dimmer than the faintest
From Nature Magazine, January 1, 2004|
Fusion reactor to stay homeless until New Year
The decision on where to host ITER - a US$5-billion experimental fusion
reactor - has been postponed until February. Some physicists expected a
final site to be selected at a conference on December 20 near Washington DC.
But it became apparent at the meeting that the two candidate sites, in
France and Japan, were in for a close fight.The United States supported the
Japanese site in the northern province of Rokkasho, whereas Russia and China
supported the European Union's proposed venue in Cadarache, France. South
Korea eventually gave its support to the Japanese site, leaving the six
project members equally split. Negotiators said that they will continue to
work towards an agreement that will satisfy all partners. One proposed
solution is to construct the reactor at one site, while building a
computer-modeling center, an advanced materials laboratory and a remote
control-room for the project at the other.
I am happy to report that the accelerators started out the New Year right.
Due to a heroic effort by many people to make repairs in the Tevatron,
the first collisions were achieved early in the morning on Wednesday,
December 31. The integrated luminosity was a very good 6.9 pb-1
last week, even though it was a short week. The last four stores have
all had luminosity over 4.3E31, something that has never been achieved
The neutrino beam for MiniBooNE also operated very well during the
last week. On January 1, for example, a record
1E18 protons were delivered to the MiniBooNE target.
Thanks to the people who worked through the holiday period to get
the New Year off to a terrific start.
December 29 - January 5|
- During this period of time Operations established six stores, which
delivered luminosity for approximately 95 hours and 40 minutes.
- The integrated luminosity was 6.9 pb-1, and the highest peak luminosity
- Booster accessed twice, first to repair a small LCW leak, and second
to repair a RF cavity.
- Pbar accessed to repair a Septa.
View the current accelerator update
View the Tevatron Luminosity Charts
On December 22, Fermilab Today reported that 22 FESS employees received
Employee Performance Recognition Awards. One of the recipients, Robert
Huite, actually works in the Business Service Section. Fermilab Today
regrets the error.
New books in the Fermilab Library|
New acquisitions of the Fermilab Library for the week of January 5
are now on display in the Library near the front desk. An online list
of the of new books is now available online.
New books may be reserved by using the online Library catalog,
or by calling the library at x3401, or by filling out
the reserve card in the book.
The Fermilab Library has about 80 black three-ring binders that
we no longer need. If you would like one, please stop by the Fermilab
Correction to Upcoming Training and Development Classes
Yesterday's announcement listed the course on February 24 as Access Intermediate.
This class is actually Access Advanced.
Women's Personal Protection and Self Defense Class
The registration deadline for this class has been extended to January 7 by noon.
Class is open to Fermilab women, mothers and daughters. This is
a 6-week class on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 7:30 in the Village Kuhn Barn
January 7 and running until February 11. Registration and payment must be
made in the Recreation Office or by mail to MS 126.
Mileage Reimbursement Rate
The Accounting Department would like to remind travelers that as of January
01, 2004 the Internal Revenue Service has increased the mileage
reimbursement rate for a privately owned vehicle to 37.5 cents per mile. We
have also updated the mileage reimbursement request form.
Please visit our webpage and
click on the link for the "IRS Mileage Reimbursement Rates" or check out
our other useful travel and accounting related information and forms.
January Issue of Ferminews Online
The January issue of Ferminews has been posted online.
Hard copies have been distributed.
Bible Exploration for Lunch
Join us this Wednesday as we begin a new study on the book
of Mark. Meetings last 35 minutes and are
held every Wednesday at Noon in the Small Dining Room (WH-1SW).
Additional information at 630-840-3607 or firstname.lastname@example.org.