Fermilab TodayFriday, January 23, 2004  
Friday, January 23
3:30 p.m. Wine & Cheese - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. Joint Experimental Theoretical Physics Seminar - 1 West
Speaker: M. Mangano, CERN
Title: The 15-Year Saga of the b Cross-Section

Monday, January 26
2:30 p.m. Theoretical Astrophysics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: E. Hayashi, University of Victoria
Title: Dark Matter Halo Structure and LSB Rotation Curves
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II

Friday, January 23
Clam chowder
Spicy pork and cashew stir fry over rice w/an eggroll $4.75
Shrimp fried rice $3.50
Turkey, bacon and aged cheddar w/wild greens $4.75
Arturo's authentic grilled reuben on dark rye $4.75

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Chez Leon
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Current Events: New Electric Wheels For FESS
FESS's Global Electric Motorcar can carry four people at 25 mph for 30 miles on an 8-hour charge. (Click on image for larger version.)
Have you ever wondered about that space-age golf cart that often parks in Wilson Hall's western lot, plugged into a lamp post? Wonder no further. It's a GEM, or Global Electric Motorcar, made by DaimlerChrysler, and it belongs to the engineering group in the Facilities Engineering Services Section.

Most divisions get around the Fermilab site with pickups, but the FESS engineering group hoped to save some money and reduce pollution. Project coordinator Steve Dixon said, "Rod Walton, our environmental scientist, is always nudging us to be environmentally conscious." The $13,000 NEV--neighborhood electric vehicle-- plugs into any 110-volt outlet and can silently whisk four passengers around at 25 mph for 30 miles on an 8-hour charge.

The GEM definitely turns heads when it passes, and it has become popular within FESS. Since its arrival in November, it has clocked 130 miles. "We have a lot of vehicles," said Dixon, "but this car is usually one of the first ones out." Just wait until summer; the doors are removable.

How Many Visitors Can an Employee Host on Site?
Fermilab's Security Chief Bill Flaherty Has the Answers
The national terrorism alert level is at yellow (elevated), and Fermilab's corresponding security status is Secon Level 3. So what does that mean for Fermilab employees who wish to bring visitors to the laboratory?

If an employee wishes to act as an escort for visitors, the rule is "one escort per vehicle, with a maximum of 25 guests per escort," explains Bill Flaherty, Fermilab's Security Chief. No visitors' passes are necessary and escorts must stay with visitors at all times.

If visitors will be traveling within the laboratory unescorted, they will need passes. Employees can request visitors' passes by calling 840-3414. One pass may be valid for up to five consecutive business days. Guests must enter at the Pine St. entrance and pick up their passes at the new drive-up location in the Lederman Science Center's parking lot. Rules for visitors with passes and employee-escorted visitors do not change if the national alert level is raised to orange.

Meson Power Update
Meson Building
Work continues to restore full power back to the Meson area.
Work continues on the repair of electrical feeders to bring full power back to the Meson area. Operations Chief Bob Mau estimates that power should return to most of the Meson area by Saturday evening. Meanwhile, generators will continue to supply critical power to keep temperatures above freezing. Watch for more information in Fermilab Today about a three-hour outage in the Meson area early next week, required in order to make further repairs.

In the News
From the Daily Herald, January 22, 2004
Fermilab Physicist Discovers Phony Degrees
By Gala M. Pierce
George Gollin
George Gollin
When particle physicist George Gollin received some e-mail spam that promised a degree from a university in 10 days, he became curious.

With an Internet search, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign professor discovered a bogus Parkwood University and dozens of nonaccredited schools that offer fake diplomas for the right price.
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From FYI: The Bulletin of Science Policy News, January 22, 2004
Strengthening NSF's Prioritization Process for Large Facilities
In order to strengthen the National Science Foundation's procedures for prioritizing, approving, funding, and constructing major research facilities and equipment, a committee of the National Research Council recommends that NSF should seek greater involvement of the science community to develop a clearer, more transparent set of criteria for large facility projects, prepare a 10-20 year roadmap to guide the funding and construction of such facilities, and implement external as well as internal oversight of projects. "Large-research-facility projects have become too complex, expensive, and numerous to handle with procedures that may have sufficed in the past," the Committee on Setting Priorities for NSF-Sponsored Large Research Facility Projects says in its report.
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Discounted Tickets for Fermilab Employees
The Crossroads Theater in Naperville presents the comedy, "Straight Up with a Twist," and offers special discounts (two for one) for Fermilab employees on Friday, January 23 and Saturday, January 24 at 8:00 p.m. and on Sunday, January 25 at 4:30 p.m.
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