Fermilab TodayTuesday, March 2, 2004  
Tuesday, March 2
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar - 1 West
Speaker: A. Diaz, Johns Hopkins University
Title: Novel Uses of Neutrons in Medicine and Radiobiology

Wednesday, March 3
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. Fermilab Colloquium - 1 West
Speaker: A. Richter, Darmstadt University of Technology
Title: Playing Billiards with Microwaves: Quantum Manifestations of Classical Chaos

Tuesday, March 2
Tuscan Vegetable soup
Penne w/grilled vegetables in a parmesean cream sauce $3.50
Golden fried chicken tenders w/a market side $3.50
Smoked turkey, bacon and Swiss cheese served w/a homemade side salad $4.75
BBQ beef quesadilla served w/soup or fries $4.75
Turkey club salad $3.75

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Chez Leon
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OSHA Inspection Begins Today
Safety training course
A safety training class at Fermilab.
An OSHA Inspection Team begins its work at Fermilab today. Approximately 25 OSHA inspectors will be combing through our buildings and ES&H programs to identify areas that are not in compliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards. Based on the list of noncompliances, Fermilab will report a cost estimate for bringing our lab into full compliance. The inspection will also help Congress to determine whether to transfer regulatory authority for ES&H at Fermilab and nine other DOE Labs from DOE to OSHA.

There will be 10 inspection teams on site for the next two weeks. They will be coming through your work areas along with their Fermilab escorts, whose job it will be to assure the inspectors see everything safely. If an inspector asks you a question, answer honestly. Tell them if you don't know an answer, and ask them for ES&H advice if needed. The inspectors are here to help. They are also here to learn about Fermilab. Show them your work and what you are particularly proud of.
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Science Institute Day a Success
Science Institute Day
Science Resource Fair attendees learned about the latest teaching tools and techniques at the Lederman Science Center. (Click on image for larger version.)
Last Friday, more than 200 science teachers from Kane and DuPage counties traveled to Fermilab to learn about the nature of science and innovative ways to teach it. The 2004 Science Institute Day at Fermilab marked the first time that the Symposium on the Nature of Science, for teachers of grades 6-12, and the Science Resource Fair, for grade K-8 teachers, were held on the same day.

Keynote speaker Craig Venter took a detour from his current project, a round-the-world sailing trip to collect microbial gene data
Craig Venter
Craig Venter
from the world's oceans, to kick off the day. He took listeners through a quick tour of genomics, ending with a summary of current issues and speculations for the future. "I hope you'll be able to stimulate your students to help solve some of these problems," he told the teachers in closing.

While Symposium attendees remained in Ramsey auditorium to learn about the interdisciplinary nature of science, Science Resource Fair attendees went to the Lederman Science Center for a more hands-on experience. Teachers chose from nine different sessions that presented the latest teaching tools and techniques, including science-themed comic strips and micro-chemistry experiments.

In the News
From the Daily Herald, February 29, 2004
Engineers wow crowd at expo
by Beth Sneller
Jerry Zimmerman has the full attention of every person in the room.

Part scientist, part comedian, the Fermilab engineer carefully pours water into a bottle, explaining how he will make it explode by bringing it to a temperature below freezing and building up pressure.
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From LinuxElectrons, February 28, 2004
Fermilab Hosts Virtual Ask-a-Scientist on March 31
Are you curious about extra dimensions? Do you have questions about dark energy? Have you ever wondered about black holes? On March 31, 2004, the Department of Energy's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory will host the next Virtual Ask-a-Scientist from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Central Time. Physicists Adam Yurkewicz and Jean-Roch Vlimant both of Fermilab's DZero experiment will respond to questions live online.
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Director's Corner
Good Morning!
Mike Witherell
The DOE review of the Run II accelerator campaign last week was a great success for Fermilab. In the Review Summary at the end of the closeout briefing, the committee included the following comments, along with many others:
  • Great progress has been made since last review in July 2003.
  • Successful shutdown -- accomplished goals
  • The Tevatron complex has never performed better.
  • We're very impressed with the progress in the past seven months.
  • We have increasing confidence that Run II will be successful.
  • We see a significant challenge in the installation and successful commissioning of electron cooling in the next 16 months.
  • Keep up the discipline, focus, dedication and good work. We are very encouraged!!!
Noting that six months ago, a less positive review briefing was given to a large audience in the Auditorium, Jay Marx asked us to relay the strong praise and encouragement by the Committee to the full laboratory. I am taking the first opportunity to do just that.

Meanwhile, back in the Main Control Room, progress did not stop for the review. The store Friday afternoon set a new luminosity record of 6.8E31, a 30% increase over the record of 5.1E31 that existed one month earlier. More importantly, the integrated luminosity for the month of February was 50 fb-1, an astonishing figure compared to the 28 fb-1 that was the best month achieved in 2003.

Congratulations to everybody who contributed to the accomplishments in the Tevatron program. The present performance of the accelerators guarantees exciting new physics results this summer and provides a strong foundation for improvements still to come.

Accelerator Update
February 27 - March 1
- Operations established two stores during this period of time. Those stores provided approximately 54 hours and 45 minutes of luminosity to the experiments.
- Operations set a new luminosity record with 67.8E30 for store 3261.
- The Antiproton Source set a new stacking record for one hour of 13.6mA/hr.
- Store 3261 set a new integrated luminosity record of 3.94 pb-1.
- Booster suffered a beam movement problem at extraction.

View the current accelerator update
View the Tevatron Luminosity Charts

Spam Tagging at Fermilab
On March 3rd, 2004, spam tagging software will be implemented on the Fermilab email gateways. The software will scan all mail coming into the Fermilab network and mark it as spam based on predefined rules in the spam tagging software. The solution is based on the open source application SpamAssassin. If the mail is determined to be spam extra headers will be added to the message. The subject and the body of the message will not be modified in any way.
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New Books in the Fermilab Library
New books in the Fermilab Library for the week of March 1 are now on display in the Library near the front desk. A list 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.

Women's Personal Protection & Self Defense Class
Due to it's tremendous success, the Recreation Office will be offering another Women's Personal Protection & Self Defense Class. The next 6-week class will be from April 7 - May 12. Classes are held on Wednesday evenings from 5:30-7:30 PM. Classes are held at the Kuhn Barn in the village. The cost for this class is $35.00 and is open to all Fermilab women, their mothers and daughters. The deadline to register is April 2.
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