Fermilab TodayTuesday, February 10, 2004  
Tuesday, February 10
1:30 p.m. Computing Techniques Seminar - 1 West
Speaker: P. Spentzouris and J. Admundson, Fermilab
Title: Synergia: A Modern Tool for Accelerator Physics Simulation
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar - 1 West
Speaker: M. Sossong, University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign
Title: A Search for an Electric Dipole Moment of the Positive Muon

Wednesday, February 11
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. Fermilab Colloquium - 1 West
Speaker: S. Van Sciver, Florida State University
Title: Superfluid Helium from the Macroscopic to the Microscopic

Tuesday, February 10
Tuscan Vegetable soup
Baked salmon w/a dill caper sauce and a choice of two market sides $4.75
Beef paprikash over egg noodles $3.50
Smoked turkey and munster on a croissant served w/a side salad $4.75
BBQ pulled pork sandwich w/creamy coleslaw on a cornduster bun w/soup or fries $4.75
Homemade tuna salad on wild greens $3.75

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Women Scientists' Luncheon Celebrates 20 Years
Women Scientists Luncheon
Women scientists attending the February luncheon (left to right): Wendy Taylor, Jodi Wittlin, Liz Sexton-Kennedy, Eva Halkiadakis, Lynn Garren, Jean Slaughter and Kristen Buchanan. (Click on image for larger version.)
Every month for the last 20 years, a rotating group of women scientists have met for lunch to discuss science, careers, family life and everything else.

"When we started, there were far fewer women in physics than there are now," said Jean Slaughter of the Accelerator Division. Slaughter, Linda Stutte, Gina Rameika, Wyatt Merritt and Prisca Cushman were the five founding members. The luncheon's email list now contains 136 women scientists and engineers associated with Fermilab.

Attendees gather to socialize with women from around the laboratory and enjoy the great food at Chez Leon. Senior Fermilab scientists, postdocs and graduate students attend from all experiments and divisions.

"We don't often see people from outside of our own experiment," said DZero postdoc Jodi Wittlin. She attended her first luncheon soon after arriving at Fermilab two years ago. "The lunches are a great way of meeting people."

The Women Scientists' Luncheon meets once a month at Chez Leon. All women scientists and engineers affiliated with Fermilab, including students, are invited. For more information, contact Jodi Wittlin at jwittlin@fnal.gov.

Accelerator Update
February 6 - February 9
- Operations established two stores during this time period. Those two stores along with an already existing store provided approximately 40 hours and 24 minutes of luminosity to the experiments.
- TEL failure caused A0 kicker room breaker to trip off
- Both Linac and Booster suffered from many RF problems over the weekend
View the current accelerator update
View the Tevatron Luminosity Charts

In the News
From PhysicsWeb, February 6, 2004
Physicists Attack Cosmological Model
Many astronomers believe that the universe is dominated by cold 'dark matter' and 'dark energy' - a view that has been confirmed by recent measurements on the cosmic background radiation. Now, however, a group of astrophysicists in the UK has found that this radiation - the microwave 'echo' of the big bang - may in fact have been modified or 'corrupted' as it passed through galaxy clusters on its way to Earth. The result could undermine previous evidence for both dark matter and energy.
Read more

Director's Corner
Good Morning!
Mike Witherell
Mike Witherell
The Fiscal Year 2005 Budget Request, the budget plan that the Administration sends to Congress, was published last week. The total budgeted in that document for High Energy Physics at the DOE Office of Science is $737 million, up about 0.5% from the appropriation this year. The base budget for Fermilab is $292 million, up $7 million or about 2% from this year's appropriation. This is close to the funding level assumed by the laboratory in planning for next year.

The DOE Budget Request and associated documents are posted online. The detailed budget justifications posted there include language supporting BTeV, the experimental project given strong support by the High Energy Physics P5 panel last fall: "In FY 2005 we will begin engineering design of a Major Item of Equipment, the BTeV experiment at Fermilab, subject to successful independent cost and technical reviews of the project to take place in 2004. This is a dedicated experiment that is proposed to run at the Fermilab Tevatron after the conclusion of Collider Run II at the end of the decade. This experiment will study CP violation and search for new phenomena in the B meson system with much higher statistics than is possible at the B-factories, including studies of B meson species which are inaccessible to the B-factories."

We welcome the recognition of the important BTeV physics program, and look forward to completing the review process and getting started on building the experiment.

Fermilab Papers Published in 2003
Here is a list of the top ten journals that published Fermilab papers in 2003:
51 Phys.Rev.D
25 Nucl.Instrum.Meth.A
21 Phys.Lett.B
19 Phys.Rev.Lett.
13 Astrophys.J.
11 Astron.J.
9 IEEE Trans.Appl.Supercond.
6 J.Phys.G
5 Nucl.Phys.B
4 Phys.Rev.ST Accel.Beams
Contact the Fermilab Library for more information.

New Book in the Fermilab Library
New books in the Fermilab Library for the week of February 9 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.

Scottish Country Dancing
Scottish Country Dancing will be held, on Wednesday, Feb. 11, instead of the usual Tuesday, at 7:30 p.m., at the Geneva American Legion Post. Newcomers are always welcome. Info at 630-584-0825 or 630-840-8194 or folkdance@fnal.gov.

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