Fermilab TodayWednesday, March 10, 2004  
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

Thursday, March 11
3:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m. Special Seminar - 1 West
Long Range Planning Report Summary Hugh Montgomery
Linear Collider Steve Holmes
Proton Driver Bob Kephart
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over

Wednesday, March 10
Split Pea soup
Penne w/marinara and Italian sausage topped w/melted mozzarella $3.50
Baked grouper fillet w/cilantro chile salsa and Spanish rice and choice of vegetable $4.75
Hot beef and cheddar sub sandwich served w/soup or fries $4.75
Greek roasted chicken & feta wrap $4.75
Two chicken soft tacos w/rice and refried beans $3.50

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Laboratory Services Section Celebrates Safety Milestone
Lab Services Safety Milestone
(Left to Right) Kay Van Vreede, Bruce Chrisman, Cindy Crego and Mike Witherell celebrated at yesterday's safety milestone party. (Click on image for larger version.)
On Tuesday, the Laboratory Services Section celebrated two years without a lost day of work to injury. Director Michael Witherell congratulated the section, which contains 85 people making up 11 departments and services, including Accommodations, Benefits, and Education. "On one hand, statistics are good," Witherell said, "but what's important is that we go home safe to our families. Keep up the good work."

"The [safety] culture has really taken hold in the lab," added Association Director for Administration Bruce Chrisman. Kay Van Vreede, head of LSS, and Jack Hawkins, LSS Senior Safety Officer, have instituted a practice of frequent "walkthroughs" to look for dangerous situations and talk to people about their concerns. Hawkins has found over the years that one of the riskiest jobs at the lab is actually day care. Any parent of a toddler will know that tackling tikes all day beats up a body.

Van Vreede says that the LSS safety committee is "particularly active." The SHOE Committee's name, which officially stands for Safety, Health, or Environment, is generally taken by LSS members to mean something more potent: Safety Happens Or Else.

Lab Services Safety Celebration
It's not a celebration without a cake! (Click on image for larger version.)

Fermilab Barnstormers' Contest Tonight
Fermilab Barnstormers
This was the scene at one of the past Delta Dart Indoor Model Airplane contests. (Click on image for larger version.)
The annual Fermilab Barnstormers' Delta Dart Indoor Model Airplane contest is tonight at 7:00 p.m. in the Village Barn. Entry is $1.00 for adults and free for those 12 years old and younger. This event is only for the Fermilab community (close family and friends). To enter the contest, please arrive promptly at 5:30 p.m. to allow enough time to build your "world-beater" model before flying it to fame and fortune. The actual flying contest will begin at approximately 7:00 p.m., giving the contestant plenty of time to test fly and trim (and possibly repair) the model. Expert building and flying assistance will be available from the knowledgeable members of the Fermilab Barnstormers. All materials are provided by the club. Come and have fun! More information about the contest is available on the Fermilab Barnstormers' website. Due to Fermilab's current security policy, employees will need to make arrangements for their parties to get into the lab.

In the News
From the New York Times, March 9, 2004
Choose Me, Japan and France Say as They Court Big Fusion Project
by Norimitsu Onishi
ROKKASHO, Japan If the Japanese have their way, this village in northern Japan, an area known for its apples and sea cucumbers, will become home to a project that could give birth to the energy of the future.

The project, ITER, for International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor, would try to emulate the sun's nuclear fusion to produce safe, clean and inexhaustible energy. The 30-year, $12 billion research center would be the second largest international scientific project after the International Space Station.

Officials from six countries participating in the project are to meet in March to try to decide between Rokkasho and Cadarache, in southern France, even as talks have become increasingly tinged with politics.
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FYI: AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News, March 8, 2004
Science Committee Praises and Criticizes FY 2005 S&T Request
Washington, DC On March 4, the House Science Committee released a 14-page review of President Bush's FY 2005 request for key science and technology programs. These "Views and Estimates" are intended to guide the House Budget Committee, and Congress more generally, in making funding decisions for the fiscal year that starts on October 1.

About half of the committee members signed this document. As expected, the percentage was higher for Republican members (70%) than Democratic members (30%). The committee's new Ranking Minority Member, Bart Gordon (Tennessee) signed these Views and Estimates, as did six other Democrats.
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Long Range Planning Report Summary
The Long Range Planning committee will present a summary report from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. tomorrow in One West.
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Prairie Burn Today
There will be a prairie burn today around 11:00 a.m. at the Meson Hill.

Bible Exploration for Lunch
Join us today in the Small Dining Room(WH-1SW) at noon as we continue exploring the book of Mark. Additional information at 630-840-3607 or dykhuis@fnal.gov

International Folk Dancing
International Folk Dancing will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 11, at the Geneva American Legion Post. Newcomers are always welcome. Info at 630-584-0825 or 630-840-8194 or folkdance@fnal.gov.

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