Fermilab TodayFriday, March 12, 2004  
Friday, March 12
3:30 p.m. Wine & Cheese - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. Joint Experimental Theoretical Physics Seminar - 1 West
Speaker: M. Schmitt, Northwestern University
Title: Apparent Excess in e+e- ? Hadrons
8:00 p.m. Fermilab Film Series - Auditorium
Y Tu Mama Tambien
Tickets: $4.00

Saturday, March 13
8:00 p.m. Fermilab Arts Series - Auditorium
Choreographer's Showcase
Tickets: $18.00

Monday, March 15
2:30 p.m. Theoretical Astrophysics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: G. Farrar, New York University
Title: Unified Explanation for Dark Matter and the Baryon Asymmetry
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II
Special Topic: Proton Source Plan

Friday, March 12
Clam Chowder
Spaghetti w/tomatoes, smoked sausage, feta cheese and olives $3.50
Beer battered fish and chips $3.50
Gourmet sandwich of the day $4.75
Fried fish sandwich w/jalapeno tartar sauce served w/fries or soup $4.75

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Long Range Planning Committee Sees "New Worlds" Ahead; Board of Overseers Lauds Fermilab Performance
Hugh Montgomery
Long Range Planning
Committee Chair Hugh
Prefaced by a letter from Board of Overseers Chair Don Hartill lauding improved Tevatron performance as "a great achievement," Fermilab's Long Range Planning Committee offered a preview Thursday afternoon of its upcoming report on lab directions based on two essential scenarios: a linear collider built at Fermilab, or a linear collider built "offshore" with Fermilab participation.

Bob Kephart
Bob Kephart discussed
a proton driver
In either scenario, Long Range Planning Committee Chair and Associate Director for Research Hugh Montgomery told the Ramsey Auditorium audience, "The Standard Model is giving way to something new. We will view new worlds in electroweak symmetry breaking, in neutrino masses and mixings, and in cosmology and particle astrophysics."
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Volunteers Needed for Local Girl Scout Event
Girl Scout Troop 312
Girl Scout Troop #312 at a past badge workshop (Click on image for larger version.)
Local Girl Scout troops need Fermilab scientists to volunteer at a science and math badge workshop on Saturday, April 3. The workshop will be from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Joliet Junior College, and lunch will be provided. Volunteers will help first through twelfth graders with various science and math activities, which will be set up ahead of time. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Anne Lucietto by Wednesday, March 17.

In the News
From Nature, March 11, 2004
Letter from Marburger: US science has never been more coherent
Sir Your Editorial "Budget let-downs" (Nature 427, 571; 2004) paints a picture of US science funding that differs astoundingly from reality. The trajectory of R&D growth that you call "lacklustre" has risen more rapidly during the past four years than at any time in the past three decades: an average of 10% per year under the current administration. At US$132 billion, the proposed 2005 R&D budget is at an all-time high and consumes a greater fraction of the domestic discretionary budget than at any time since the height of the Apollo space programme.

John H. Marburger
Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President, Washington, DC 20502, USA
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From the Board of Overseers Chair Don Hartill
Don Hartill
Board of Over-
seers Chair Don Hartill
On behalf of the Board of Overseers, I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you on the outstanding performance of the Tevatron Collider during the past two months. It is a great achievement for the Laboratory and bodes well for the exciting physics results that will come for Run II. There are many challenges facing you in the coming months and years but the systematic approach to solving problems that has been characteristic of the past year will serve the Laboratory well. We are confident that these challenges will be resolved quickly and efficiently. We are particularly pleased with the palpable change in the Accelerator Division under the leadership of Roger Dixon and Dave McGinnis.
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So Long, Dan Jackson
Dan Jackson
Dan Jackson (Click on image for larger version.)
Dan Jackson retires this week after 26 years in the Fermilab Fire Department. Jackson began his firefighting career as a volunteer in Bensenville (while he worked for American Airlines-- where he could fly to Hawaii first-class for $35.) After leaving American he took a test and became a full member of the Bensenville force. From there he jumped to Fermilab.

Fires at Fermilab are rare, but the 19-member Fermilab team (with six people working per shift) gets calls daily from Batavia, Warrenville, North Chicago, and Aurora. They also train daily-- both practical and classroom work--and conduct monthly inspections of all the buildings. They all have EMT and hazmat training, which they use frequently. "There's always something new," Jackson said. "Different equipment, different procedures. We gotta keep on top of it."

Jackson, who still lives in Bensenville, hopes to spend more time traveling in his motorhome in retirement. In the last five years, he's been to every continental state.

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There will be a Fermilab Barn Dance on Sunday, March 14 at 6:30 p.m., with Walter Hojka and the Taters. Paul Watkins will call. Dances are held in the Warrenville Community Building.
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