Fermilab TodayTuesday, February 17, 2004  
Tuesday, February 17
1:30 p.m. Computing Techniques Seminar - 1 West
Speaker: W. Brown and M. Paterno, Fermilab
Title: C++ Standards Committee: Progress and Plans
2:30 p.m. Special Theoretical Physics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: K. Matchev, University of Florida/Cornell University
Title: Potpourri
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK 2nd Flr X-Over

Wednesday, February 18
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. Fermilab Colloquium - 1 West
Speaker: J. Bjorken, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center
Title: The Classification of Universes

Tuesday, February 17
Beef Barley soup
Tuscan chicken Francesca w/roasted potatoes $4.75
Country ham steak w/pineapple, brown sugar glaze and two market sides $3.50
Chicken salad w/smoked bacon and cheddar on a croissant served w/a side salad $4.75
Traditional patty melt on Bavarian rye served w/soup or fries $4.75

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DOE Press Release
Office of Science Unveils 20-Year Vision for the Future of Basic Research
WASINGTON, DC -- The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science today unveiled its Strategic Plan, which charts a course for science over the next two decades that promises dramatic increases in knowledge and scientific achievements. The DOE’s Office of Science is the nation’s largest supporter of the physical sciences and a major contributor to other vital areas of basic research that underpin national security
Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham
Secretary of Energy
Spencer Abraham
and economic prosperity.

"Major advances in science including new materials, advanced computational simulations and new ways to produce energy, underpin all of the Department of Energy's missions,” Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham said. “DOE’s Office of Science has developed a bold Strategic Plan that holds the promise of leapfrogging our current capabilities and keeping the United States in a leadership position in the international competition for new ideas and technologies.”
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In the News
From the New York Times, February 14, 2004
South Dakota Is Dealt a Setback After Hanging Hopes on a Science Project
By James Glanz and Kenneth Chang
The hard-luck towns in the desolate reaches of western South Dakota have been banking on plans to build a physics laboratory in an abandoned, flooded gold mine called Homestake as their path to economic rebirth.

But a letter from Washington under the letterhead of the National Science Foundation has rained pessimism on all those efforts, which were spelled out at great length by Gov. Mike Rounds in his recent State of the State address.

In the letter, Michael Turner, the foundation's assistant director for mathematical and physical sciences, told scientists proposing the laboratory that they needed to start over. All proposals to create an underground laboratory were being "returned without prejudice," Dr. Turner wrote, so the foundation could clearly define the scientific need for creating one. The letter was sent on Feb. 6 and has begun appearing on physicists' Web sites.
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Director's Corner
Good Morning!
Mike Witherell
Mike Witherell
Today I would like to recognize the Computing Division for working one million hours without a lost-time injury. The smart people in the CD have worked safely for 770 days in a row, somewhat over two years.

Computing Division is leading the way, but the entire Laboratory is working more safely. Fermilab was given special recognition for its safety record by the Director of the DOE Office of Science (SC) Ray Orbach at a recent safety summit meeting. The DART (Days Away, Restricted, or Transferred) case rate in fiscal year 2003 was 0.4 per 100 FTEs for Fermilab and 0.8 for all of the SC laboratories. This corresponds to the best year ever for Fermilab and for SC.

Let's see if we can do even better this year. To do so, everybody must plan work carefully and take personal responsibility for safety.

Accelerator Update
February 13 - February 16
-Fault on Feeder #37 caused some problems, overall a pretty good weekend.
- Operations established 2 stores during the last seventy-two hours. They delivered approximately fifty two hours and thirty minutes of luminosity to the experiments.

View the current accelerator update
View the Tevatron Luminosity Charts

Fermilab Association of Rocketry
The Fermilab Association of Rocketry's next monthly meeting will take place February 18, 2004 at 5:00 p.m. in the lower level of the village barn. We will also have one of our winter building sessions after the meeting. If you have something you want to build, bring it with you. Or just come, hang out and talk about rockets!
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Brown Bag Seminar
Wellness Works presents a Brown Bag Seminar on Thursday February 19th from noon to 1:00 p.m. in 1-West entitled Nutrition for a Healthy Heart. The presenter is Michele Kinzler, Registered Nutritionist with Central Dupage Hospital.

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