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National Engineers Week 2004
Tuesday, February 24
11:00 a.m. Engineering Updates - 8th Flr - Hornets Nest
Dave Pushka, PPD - NuMI Magnet Support Stand Installation
Rod Walton, FESS - A Holistic Approach to Building Design
1:30 p.m. Special Joint Experimental Theoretical Physics Seminar (NOTE DATE, TIME, LOCATION) - Curia II
Speaker: T. Browder, University of Hawaii
Title: Belle Results
3:00 p.m. Special Theoretical Physics Seminar (NOTE DATE, TIME, LOCATION) Theory Conf Rm
Speaker: E. Ponton, Fermilab WH-3NE
Title: Implications of Higher Dimensional Spacetime Symmetries
3:30 p.m. Director's Coffee Break - 2nd Flr X-Over

Wednesday, February 25
9:00 a.m. Engineers Week - WH10NW - West Wing
Long Range Planning Committee
Hugh Montgomery, Directorate
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. Fermilab Colloquium - 1 West
Speaker: S. Wells, National Geographic Society
Title: The Journey of Man: A Genetic Odyssey

Tuesday, February 24
Tomato Florentine
Chicken and shrimp Jambalaya $3.50
Blackened catfish w/red beans and rice and choice of one side $4.75
Cajun chicken wrap served w/side salad $4.75
Andouille sausage po boy sandwich w/caramelized onions and a Creole honey mustard sauce served w/soup or fries $4.75
Cobb salad on romaine lettuce $3.75

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Accelerator Division Celebrates a Record Week for the Tevatron
Last week the Accelerator Division achieved several new Tevatron records. On February 18, operators reached a new initial luminosity record of 6.3x1031. They also broke the record for single-store integrated luminosity with 3.4 pb-1. The integrated luminosity for one calendar week also reached a new level of 12.5 pb-1.

Graduate Students: Last Chance to Apply for the 2004 URA Thesis Award
2003 URA thesis award
Universities Research Association, Inc. president Fred Bernthal (right) presents the 2003 URA Thesis Award to Valmiki Prasad, Ph.D., of the University of Chicago.
Each year, research at Fermilab produces 50-60 PhD theses. Beyond earning the writer a nice framable piece of paper (with calligraphy!), a thesis could also net a check for $3,000. For the seventh year, The Universities Research Association offers the URA Thesis Award to the thesis with the best "clarity of presentation, originality, and physics content." A thesis must have been completed during 2003, and must be submitted to the Thesis Awards Committee along with a supporting letter by March 1.

The Computer Division's Stephen Wolbers, Chair of the Awards Committee, encourages people to continue submitting. URA President Fred Bernthal will present the award at the Fermilab User's Meeting in June. Last year's winner, University of Chicago's Val Prasad, now at LBL, didn't know his advisor had submitted his thesis on KTeV until Wolbers made the congratulatory phone call.

"My advisor, Ed Blucher, and the postdocs on the experiment kept insisting that the thesis be both comprehensive and comprehensible," said Prasad. "The end result was, of course, something that not only served as a good doorstop but also helped pay for several rounds of drinks."
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In the News
From the Daily Herald, February 22, 2004
Opening eyes to math, science
by Jennifer Patterson
Education has always been an important part of Dr. Leon Lederman's life. And not just his own.

The former director of Fermilab in Batavia and Nobel Prize-winning physicist was born to Russian immigrant parents who valued a strong mind as much as a strong back.
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From the New York Times, February 21, 2004
New Data on 2 Doomsday Ideas, Big Rip vs. Big Crunch
by James Glanz
MARINA DEL REY, Calif., Feb. 20 A dark unseen energy is steadily pushing the universe apart, just as Einstein predicted, suggesting the universe may have a more peaceful end than recent theories envision, according to striking new measurements of distant exploding stars by the orbiting Hubble Space Telescope.

The energy, whose source remains unknown, was named the cosmological constant by Einstein. In a prediction in 1917 that he later called "my greatest blunder," Einstein posited a kind of antigravity force that was pushing galaxies apart with a strength that did not change over billions of years of cosmic history.
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Director's Corner
Good Morning!
Mike Witherell
The Tevatron has an unparalleled opportunity to address the major questions in elementary particle physics, and the remarkable performance of the collider complex so far this year is exceeding expectations. January, 2004 was our record month for integrated luminosity by far, and that record was broken on February 22. The integrated luminosity for fiscal year 2004 is running about two weeks ahead of the Design Plan. Finally, the luminosity record was broken Wednesday with an average luminosity of 6.3 x 1031 cm-2 s-1, just two months after 5 x 1031 was achieved for the first time.

Last July, the Department of Energy held a review of the Run II accelerator campaign. In my presentation at that review, I said we would focus on:

  • understanding and fixing limits to present luminosity, including several connected with the Tevatron,
  • reliability and maintenance issues
  • Recycler commissioning, and
  • the upgrade program.
In the final slide at the closeout of that review, the committee summarized its conclusions: "We (and the lab) recognize that there are many challenges and uncertainties ahead. The next 6 months are critical." We are in a better position today than we could have hoped for six months ago. This represents a major accomplishment for the entire laboratory.

The next DOE review of the Run II accelerator campaign starts today. We will present our plans for the next year and will state that the laboratory will maintain its focus on Run II. The end result of this will be more than new luminosity records; it will be the exciting new physics results coming from D0 and CDF throughout Run II.

Accelerator Update
February 20 - February 23
- Operations established three stores during this period. Those stores along with one already established provided approximately 59 hours and 32 minutes of luminosity to the experiments.
- Operations established store 3245 with antiprotons from the Recycler.
- A failed Antiproton Source Septa connector halted stacking for four hours.

View the current accelerator update
View the Tevatron Luminosity Charts

Fermilab Engineers Week Activities
Don't forget to sign up for the Engineers Week Finale Luncheon by Wednesday, February 25. The deadline to sign up for the golf ball challenge is also February 25. Send an email to e-week@fnal.gov to reserve your place for the luncheon. More information and a full schedule for Engineers Week can be found online.

Budker Seminar Tonight
There will be a Budker Seminar on Tuesday, February 24 at 6:00 pm in the Users' Center Music Room. Xiaobiao Huang will present "Lattice Modeling and Beam Diagnosis for the Booster."

Scottish Country Dancing
Scottish Country Dancing will be held, exceptionally, on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 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. The normal schedule of Tuesdays will resume next week, for the foreseeable future.

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