Fermilab TodayWednesday, March 24, 2004  
Wednesday, March 24
Noon Wellness Works – Brown Bag Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: L. Skinner (Psy. D.)
Title: A Jungian Approach to Understanding Dreams
3:30 p.m DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. Fermilab Colloquium - 1 West
Speaker: L. Lederman, Fermilab/Illinois Institute of Technology
Title: Progress and the Lack Thereof in the Reform of U.S. Science Education

Thursday, March 25
2:30 p.m. Theoretical Physics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: H. Collins, Carnegie Mellon University
Title: The Fate of the Alpha-Vacuum
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over

Wednesday, March 24
Wild Mushroom soup
Baked ziti w/meatballs and garlic bread $3.50
Sesame chicken over steamed jasmine rice $3.50
Buffalo chicken w/blue cheese wrap $4.75
Grilled brat w/peppers and onions $4.75
Hand rolled Hanabi sushi $4.75

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Prairie Burn
Fermilab Roads and Grounds employee Jorge Hernandez monitors Monday's prairie burn. (Click on image for larger version.)
Spring Prairie Burn Season in Full Swing
Monday morning at about 10:30 a.m., columns of smoke began to rise from the northeast quadrant of the main ring. The third of Fermilab's spring prairie burns was underway; 10 Roads and Grounds employees were setting the back burns that would help keep the fire within its designated area.

"Everyone has radios, fire prevention suits and training," said Mike Becker of Roads and Grounds. "We have people with almost 25 years of experience in controlled prairie burns."

The spring prairie burn season usually begins in March, but this year the first controlled burn took place in February due to the unusually warm and dry weather. Becker hopes that five more controlled burns can be completed before April 15, when the burn season ends to protect ground-nesting birds.

Controlled burns are necessary to keep the prairie healthy. Native plant species have extensive root systems that allow them to survive the fires, unlike invasive non-native plants. The fires also clear away overgrowth, leaving room for the next generation of plants to sprout.

In the News
Fermilab scientists Peter Cooper, Bob Tschirhart and Erik Ramberg contributed to experiment BNL E949, the subject of the following press release. BNL physicist, Steve Kettell, will give a talk on the observation at Fermilab on Thursday, April 1.
Brookhaven Press Release, March 23, 2004
Physicists See Golden Needle in a Micro-Cosmic Haystack
UPTON, NY — An international team of physicists examining an extremely rare form of subatomic particle decay — a veritable golden needle in a micro-cosmic haystack of 7.8 trillion candidates — has discovered evidence for the highly sought process, which could be an indication of new forces beyond those incorporated in the Standard Model of particle physics. That long-standing theory of all particle physics precisely predicts the rate of such decays to be half that observed by the experimenters although it is still too soon to say if a deviation has occurred. The innovative experiment, which uses the most comprehensive particle detector ever built, is located at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory. The result is being presented at a colloquium at Brookhaven Lab today and has been submitted to Physical Review Letters.
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TV Star Joins Fermilab Fire Department
Third Watch
The Fermilab Fire Department standing in front of their most recent purchase, an E-One Sentry II Rescue Pumper from the NBC drama "Third Watch." (Click on image for larger version.)
If you think Regis Philbin, David Letterman and Jennifer Aniston are big television stars, you haven't seen the newest addition to the Fermilab Fire Department. Standing about 10 feet high and weighing 15 tons including equipment, the star of the NBC drama "Third Watch" that arrived at Fermilab earlier this month dwarfs even Letterman. It's a 1999 E-One Sentry II Rescue Pumper, a combination fire engine and rescue vehicle.

The engine was originally a demonstrator vehicle used by E-One, Inc. for sales purposes and was later used in "Third Watch." Steinhoff discovered the engine while looking for a slightly used vehicle to upgrade Fermilab's fire-fighting fleet.

"The new engine was bought to downsize the fire department fleet and provide more efficient emergency services. It replaced both a 1981 fire engine and a 1990 rescue squad vehicle and was available at a significantly lower price than a brand-new rescue engine," said Jack Steinhoff, Fermilab's Fire Chief.

The engine retains several of the graphics from its "Third Watch" days, including "never forget 9-11-01" painted on the windshield and "F.D.N.Y" on the drivers' side.

Brown Bag Seminar Today
Wellness Works presents a Brown Bag Seminar on Wednesday, March 24 from noon to 1:00 p.m. in Curia II. Lyle Skinner, PsyD will present "A Jungian Approach to Understanding Dreams."

New Books in the Fermilab Library
New books in the Fermilab Library for the week of March 22 are now on display in the Library near the front desk. An online list of new books is now available. 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.

Fermilab Recreation Office Discounts 1-2-3 Imagine Sesame Street Live will be at the Rosemont Theater April 22 through 24. Save up to $13.00 per ticket. Tickets must be ordered by noon on April 8. More information is available on the poster and ticket order form, which can be found in the Recreation Office or call us and we will mail one to you.

Bible Exploration for Lunch
Do you know the Hebrew word for "so be it"? Join us today at noon for the answer to this fun fact and a 'no strings attached' exploration of the Bible. 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 25, 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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