Fermilab TodayWednesday, February 18, 2004  
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

Thursday, February 19
Noon Wellness Works Brown Bag Seminar - 1 West
Speaker: M. Kinzler (Registered Nutritionist)
Title: Healthy Heart Eating
2:30 p.m. Theoretical Physics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: G. Zanderighi, Fermilab
Title: Automated Resummation of Final State Observables in QCD
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over

Wednesday, February 18
Split pea soup
Jerk seasoned grouper fillet w/grilled pineapple and banana salsa w/rice pilaf and choice of vegetable $4.75
Mediteranean chicken salad over wild greens $3.75
Hot ham and cheese sub sandwich w/beer braised onions served w/soup or fries $4.75
Beef lo-mein w/broccoli, shitakes and chili garlic sauce $3.50

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Grid Computing Enters New Era with Grid2003
CERN artist's diagram demonstrating Grid concept
Fermilab scientists have put the datagrid to work on real science from multiple experiments in different fields of research. The pilot project, Grid2003, uses the Internet to pool computing resources from 27 laboratories and universities in the U.S and one in Korea to deliver computing power and stored data to researchers in particle physics, astrophysics and biology.

"Grid2003 is not a fancy grid," said Fermilab Computing Division Head Vicky White. "It is only a first step, but it does what a computer grid is supposed to do for scientific research. It successfully combines computing power from multiple sources and transports data to and from offsite locations to allow individual scientists to solve scientific problems at their desktop computers."

Grid2003 is a pilot for the U.S. Open Science Grid, proposed to operate at a much larger scale with more resources from more organizations and with more sophisticated services. The Open Science Grid will federate with other grids now under development around the world to create a global data grid for science. For example, the worldwide particle physics collaborations, ATLAS and CMS, will rely on grid computing for experiments at the Large Hadron Collider, under construction at CERN, the European Particle Physics Laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland. The Open Science Grid will "interoperate" with the LHC Computing Grid in Europe, and others, to provide a global grid that LHC experimenters around the world will use to transport and analyze the huge volumes of data from the experiments.
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In the News
From CNN, February 16, 2004
M&M's obsession leads to physics discovery
M&M physics discovery
Professors Paul Chaikin,
left, and Salvatore
Torquato used M&M
candies to reveal
fundamental principles
governing the random
packing of particles.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- Princeton physicist Paul Chaikin's passion for M&M's candies was so well known that his students played a sweet practical joke on him by leaving a 55-gallon drum of the candies in his office.

Little did they know that their prank would lead to a physics breakthrough.

The barrel full of the oblate little candies made Chaikin think about how well they packed in. A series of studies have shown they pack more tightly than perfect spheres -- something that surprises many physicists and Chaikin himself.
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Engineering Week Starts Today
Engineering Week logo All Fermilab engineers are invited to attend the official Engineering Week kickoff today at 3:00 p.m. in Ramsey Auditorium. Director Mike Witherell will present his annual Overview of the Laboratory. Following his talk, all engineers are invited to attend a gathering at the Kuhn Barn.

More details about Engineering Week activities will be available later in the week in Fermilab Today, including information about a contest to develop a multi-step "Engineer's Way" to putt a golf ball. All employees are welcome to enter the contest. FESS would also like to remind employees to reserve a spot for the Engineering Week finale luncheon, which will be on February 27. A lunch will be available consisting of a club sandwich, chips, pop and dessert for $5.00. Sign up by February 25 on WH5E with Connie x5429, Maria x6598 or Martha x4637.

Fermilab Colloquium Today
James Bjorken
Jame D. Bjorken
Former Fermilab Associate Director for Physics, James D. Bjorken, will present today's colloquium entitled, "The Classification of Universes," at 4:00 p.m. in One West. Bjorken, who was at Fermilab during the 1980's, spent most of his career at SLAC, where he is now Professor Emeritus. He had a major impact on our current understanding of particle physics. Ten years before the November Revolution of 1974, the first experimental evidence for the charm quark, Bjorken and Glashow had suggested its existence and named it "charm". In the 1990's Bjorken was a cospokesman for the Tevatron experiment T864. Since (virtual) retirement, he has become involved in cosmology, and will present some of his ideas about the Universe at today's talk.

Join the Fermilab Singers Today
Our rehearsal will be in Ramsey Auditorium today at noon. We will begin to prepare for our summer concert. If you enjoy singing and having fun, plan to come and join us!
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International Folk Dancing
International Folk Dancing will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, at the Geneva American Legion Post. Newcomers are always welcome. Info at 630-584-0825 or 630-840-8194 or folkdance@fnal.gov.

Bible Exploration for Lunch
Join us today for an inductive look at the book of Mark. Meetings held every Wednesday in the Small Dining Room (WH-1SW) at noon. Additional information at 630-840-3607 or dykhuis@fnal.gov.

Brown Bag Seminar Tomorrow
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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