Fermilab TodayTuesday, March 16, 2004  
Tuesday, March 16
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar - Curia II (NOTE LOCATION)
Speaker: R. Ischebeck, DESY
Title: Measurement of the Transverse Coherence at the TTF Free Electron Laser

Wednesday, March 17
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. Fermilab Colloquium - 1 West
Speaker: A. Varki, University of California, San Diego
Title: Genetic Differences Between Humans and Great Apes: Implications for Human Evolution

Tuesday, March 16
Tuscan Vegetable soup
Portabella ravioli w/sundried tomato cream sauce $3.50
Golden fried chicken tenders w/a market side $3.50
Roast beef w/grilled portabella mushrooms and fresh mozzarella $4.75
Grilled chicken sandwich w/green chiles and pepperjack $4.75
Turkey club salad $3.75

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Fermilab's Visual Media Services Posts 1,000th Video Stream
Jim Schultz and Al Johnson
Jim Schultz (left) and Al Johnson post the 1,000th video stream. (Click on image for larger version.)
On Thursday, March 11, shortly after the Long Range Planning Committee meeting concluded, Visual Media Services posted its 1,000th video stream. This milestone represents four years of production streaming for the department and one of the most inclusive collections of streaming video for the field of particle physics. It also represents a wealth of valuable information for the Fermilab community. Jim Shultz and Al Johnson are the members of the VMS department who provide the planning, setup, recording and processing for this very popular service. The streaming inventory can be found online. Almost every Colloquium since early 2000 can be searched online, including complete plenary sessions of the Snowmass Conference in 2001 and the Lepton Photon Conference from last summer and, most recently, the summary reports of the Long Range Planning Committee. "With this impressive milestone, our department is looking forward to the next 1,000 streams," said Head of Visual Media Services Fred Ullrich.

Student Research at Fermilab Honored
IMSA Students
IMSA Seniors Sasha Rahlin (left) and Mark Czynski
Illinois Math and Science Academy seniors Mark Czynski and Sasha Rahlin spent every Wednesday of their junior year in Wilson Hall, searching for supersymmetry in CDF Monte Carlo data. The results of their research, carried out with Maria Spiropulu under IMSA's mentorship program, are taking them across the U.S. and around the globe.

"We did all this research, and all these opportunities just fell into our laps," said Rahlin. They won Best in Category at the 2003 Illinois Junior Academy of Science State Science Fair, and were subsequently invited to present their work at February's AAAS meeting in Seattle. This summer, Czynski will travel to Russia to present their results at the Sakharov's Readings research conference, while Rahlin will head to China for the third annual Asia Pacific Economic Corporation Youth Science Festival.

"It took us a long time to get our minds around the analysis method," said Czynski. But, he added, once they each read many books and articles on supersymmetry and spent hours learning how to use the analysis software, "Man, was it fun!"

Director's Corner
Good Morning!
Mike Witherell
Following the tragedy in Madrid on March 11, I ask you to observe three minutes of silence today, throughout the laboratory, at 12:00 noon, in sympathy and solidarity with our Spanish colleagues here at Fermilab and around the world.

Users from two Spanish universities, the University of Barcelona and the University of Cantabria, are collaborators on CDF. Through the years, Fermilab scientists have worked side by side with Spanish collaborators on experiments at our own and other laboratories. Events like the one in Spain last week remind us of the special role of particle physics in bringing together men and women of science from many countries in every part of the globe. For us at Fermilab, it is both our privilege and our responsibility to carry forward the tradition of a field long known for its leadership in international collaboration. It has never been more important.

Accelerator Update
March 12 - March 15
- During this 72 hour period Operations established two stores that, along with an existing store, provided approximately 56 hours and 48 minutes of luminosity to the experiments.
- The TeV suffered a quench while aborting a study beam
- Recycler stashed antiprotons
- An MCenter power supply suffered a LCW leak
- TeV began its ten-day shutdown. The rest of the machines began a five-day shutdown.

View the current accelerator update
View the Tevatron Luminosity Charts

In the News
From Northern Star, March 15, 2004
Blagojevich cuts NIUís budget by 2 percent:
Research areas may be eliminated to ease funding problems

by Fernie Grace Tiflis
...Although NIU President John Peters said no academic services, job positions and health and safety needs will be sacrificed, some research areas will be eliminated to ease the universityís budget problems, said Eddie Williams, executive vice president of business and finance and chief of operations.

These research areas include the Advanced Photon Grant, a project with Argonne National Laboratory and the Illinois Consortium for Accelerator Research with Fermilab.
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Fermilab Association of Rocketry
The Fermilab Association of Rocketry is having its monthly club meeting on March 17, 2004 at 5:00 p.m. in the lower level of the village barn. We will also have one of our winter building sessions after the meeting. If you have something you want to build, bring it with you. Or just come, hang out and talk about rockets!
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