Fermilab TodayTuesday, March 9, 2004  
Tuesday, March 9
2:30 p.m. Theoretical Physics Seminar (NOTE DATE) - Curia II
Speaker: P. Langacker, University of Pennsylvania
Title: Implications of a Heavy Z' Gauge Boson
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK 2nd Flr X-Over

Wednesday, March 10
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. Fermilab Colloquium - 1 West
Speaker: P. Phillips, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Title: The Full Mottness: Asymptotic Slavery

Tuesday, March 9
Beef Barley soup
Chicken Alfredo w/portabella mushrooms over linguini $3.50
Country fried steak w/two market sides $4.75
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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Kane-DuPage Soil & Water Conservation District Recognizes Bob Lootens
Mike Becker and Bob Lootens
Mike Becker (left) nominated Bob Lootens for the award. (Click on image for larger version.)
From lunchtime cleanups in the spring to prairie harvests in the fall, Fermilab's Roads & Grounds department works year-round to preserve and promote the natural beauty of the lab's 6800-acre site. On February 26, the Kane-DuPage Soil & Water Conservation District recognized Bob Lootens, of the Roads & Grounds department, for these accomplishments and presented him with the 2004 award for Excellence in Promotion, Preservation and Restoration of Natural Areas.

While Lootens is honored to receive such recognition, he explained that the true reward is working with the people in the Roads & Grounds department. "The real award is the fact that the people I work with took it upon themselves to nominate me," he said. "We are like a family over there. People think of each other and always go the extra step." Mike Becker and Dave Shemanske, both of Roads & Grounds, nominated Lootens for the award. In the letter of nomination, they said, "Bob's impact on the quality of Fermilab's natural areas has been significant. To date, more than 1200 acres of prairies, woodlands and wetlands have been reconstructed or restored. As a result of this work, Fermilab has some of the area's largest tracts of high-quality wildlife habitat…Bob's long-term vision, and his understanding of the need for, and value of, natural areas has positively affected the lives of the many people in DuPage and Kane Counties."

In the News
From the Chicago Tribune, March 5, 2004
Bustin' atoms and other fun
Fermilab invites science, the arts and nature to play together
by Nancy Maes
Fermilab, the national accelerator laboratory where scientists seek out the tiniest building blocks of the universe, isn't some antiseptic ivory tower beyond human comprehension. The lab's first director, Robert Wilson, a physicist, sculptor and outdoorsman, envisioned it as a place where science, the arts and the site's natural beauty would enrich the lives not only of the researchers but of visitors who were welcome to come by to take a tour, go for a stroll through the natural landscape or take in a cultural event. And that's what it's become.

Visitors who want a serious glimpse at the science of accelerating and colliding particles can go to one of the monthly Ask-a-Scientist talks and tours. Finding Fermilab--named for Nobel Prize winner Enrico Fermi, who did pioneering work in splitting the atom--won't be a problem. The main building, Wilson Hall, is 16 stories tall and can be seen in the distance from surrounding residential neighborhoods. The architecture of its high-rising structures, with a soaring atrium in between, was inspired by a Gothic cathedral in Beauvais, France.
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Director's Corner
Good Morning!
Mike Witherell
Mike Witherell
As the March thaw comes to the Midwest, Cubs fans think about spring training in Arizona. Here at Fermilab we think of it as review season.

This year the four most important annual reviews of the laboratory take place in a period of thirty days, starting with the review of the Run II accelerator campaign, which ran February 24-26. Later this week, on March 12-13, the URA Visiting Committee will review the quality of the entire scientific program of the laboratory. The Office of High Energy Physics at the DOE conducts a similar review, the Annual Program Review, on March 23-25.

Between the two program reviews, on March 16-18, the DOE will hold a new review, the Operations Review,. This review, chaired by Dan Lehman, will look at facility operations at Fermilab.

All of these reviews look at some broad area of Fermilab's operation, and all of them are very important to the laboratory. After this set of reviews are over, we have a full six weeks to prepare for the last of the laboratory-wide reviews for this year, the onsite review by the Office of Science. The report of the Long-Range Planning Committee will serve as the basis for our discussions at that review, which will focus on the plans for the laboratory over the next twenty years.

Accelerator Update
March 5 - March 8
- During the last 72 hours Operations established 2 stores. Those stores along with an already existing store provided approximately 56 hours and 30 minutes of luminosity to the experiments.
- Tevatron suffered a quench at the beginning of study period on Friday.
- DZero detector noise problems have disappeared
- Two Linac RF stations and the TEL tripped off possibly due to a small power glitch
- Recycler lost its stash of antiprotons Sunday evening

View the current accelerator update
View the Tevatron Luminosity Charts

Do you use IEEExplore? If so, please write to Heath O'Connell, hoc@fnal.gov and let him know.

Ferminews - March 2004
The March issue of Ferminews is now available online.

Fermilab Barnstormers Annual Delta Dart Indoor Model Airplane Contest
The annual Fermilab Barnstormers' Delta Dart Indoor Model Airplane contest will be this Wednesday, March 10, at the Village Barn. Entry is free for those 12 years old and younger, and $1.00 for adults. This event is only for the Fermilab community (close family and friends). Please arrive promptly at 5:30 p.m. to enter the contest, and the actual flying will begin at approximately 7:00 p.m. All materials are provided by the club. Look for more information in upcoming issues of Fermilab Today.
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ATLAS Endcap Muon Alignment System
James Bensinger, of Brandeis University, will present "ATLAS Endcap Muon Alignment System," today at 1:00 p.m. in FNAL-CMS, WH6NW.

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