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Wednesday, March 31
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. Fermilab Colloquium - 1 West
Speaker: R. Cook, University of Chicago
Title: Operating at the Sharp End: Accidents and Human Error in Complex Systems

Thursday, April 1
11:00 a.m. Special Joint Experimental Theoretical Physics Seminar - Curia II (NOTE LOCATION) Speaker: S. Kettell, Brookhaven National Laboratory
Title: First Results from AGS E949 on K-plus Decays to pi-plus, Neutrino and Anti-Neutrino
2:30 p.m. Theoretical Physics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: H. Murayama, Institute for Advanced Study
Title: World Domination Plan by Anomaly Mediation
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over
THERE WILL BE NO ACCELERATOR PHYSICS AND TECHNOLOGY SEMINAR TODAY

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Wednesday, March 31
Red bean and rice soup
Chicken parmesean over spaghetti $3.50
Smoke salmon w/goat cheese on your choice of bread $5.50
Half pound burger w/cheddar on sourdough w/applewood bacon and tomato w/fries or small soup $4.75
Stuffed baked potato bar $4.25

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Fermilab Hosts Virtual Ask-a-Scientist Tonight
Are you curious about extra dimensions? Do you have questions about dark energy? Have you ever wondered about black holes?
Adam Yurkewicz
Adam Yurkewicz
Log on to Fermilab's Virtual Ask-a-Scientist tonight between 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Central Time to get some answers. Physicists Adam Yurkewicz and Jean-Roch Vlimant, both of Fermilab's DZero experiment, will respond to questions live online.

Virtual Ask-a-Scientist is an online chat session that offers a forum for questions about all areas of particle physics, from: "What is string theory?" to "Why does Fermilab have buffalo?"
Jean-Roch Vlimant
Jean-Roch Vlimant
Join the Virtual Ask-a-Scientist chatroom tonight by clicking on a link on the Fermilab homepage and following the directions to log in and ask questions. Please note that the link to log on to the chat session will not appear on Fermilab's homepage until 7:00 p.m. Central Time.
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In the News
Marburger in CDF Control Room
Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy John Marburger (right) in the CDF control room with physicist Al Goshaw in 2002 (Click on image for larger version.)
From the New York Times, March 30, 2004
At the Center of the Storm Over Bush And Science
By James Glanz
WASHINGTON The average scientific dispute is a joust in obscurity, a clash over technical matters that few but the immediate combatants grasp or are even aware of.

Dr. John H. Marburger III, President Bush's science adviser, might relish a dose of that obscurity right now. Instead, he has become the first line of defense against accusations that the Bush administration has systematically distorted scientific fact and stacked technical advisory committees to advance favored policies on the environment, on biomedical research and on other areas like the search for unconventional weapons in Iraq.
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From the Daily Herald, March 30, 2004
Wanted: Fermilab director who can build consensus
By Gala M. Pierce
With current Fermilab Director Michael Witherell stepping down in July 2005, an appointed committee has vowed to find a new leader who will keep the Batavia lab at the forefront of the high-energy physics field.

The team will search for someone to helm projects that advance the scientific world's understanding of the fundamental nature of matter and energy.
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Fermilab Gardening Club Meets Today
Gardening Club plot
A plot in the Fermilab garden area
Combine relaxation, exercise and good fresh food and what do you get? A garden plot in the Fermilab garden area. These plots are managed by the Fermilab Garden Club and are available to Fermilab employees, retirees, users, and contractors. Each plot is 20' x 40' and has access to a water pipe. The yearly membership fee is $5.00 per plot. Some of the plots are plowed each year and need minimal preparation before planting. Others are not plowed and are ideal for perennials. The club maintains its own rototillers and lawn mowers, which are available to gardeners for a small fee. Organic fertilizer is also available. Anyone gardening for the first time is invited to make use of free advice from the many experienced gardeners who are part of the club.

The Gardening Club will meet today at noon in the SDSS conference room on WH7W. If you would like more information, contact Eileen Berman.

Announcements
Unix Users Meeting Today
There will be a Unix users meeting today from 1:00 p.m to 3:00 p.m. in Curia II. The following items are on the agenda:
- brief summary of Fermi Linux 7.3.2
- brief status of Fermi Linux 9.0.1
- brief summary of High Energy Physics Linux
- contrib area of Fermi Linux LTS 3.0.1
- tips and tricks: upgrading from FL 9.0.1 to FL LTS 3.0.1 via yum
- Goody Bag: no t-shirts or magazine, but small stuff like balls and pens.

New Book Purchase Suggestion Lists
New book purchase suggestion lists for the week of March 30 are now available online. These include Majors book lists in four subject areas. There is also an Amazon suggestion list in the form of a shopping cart, viewable by entering the password "library."

Hatha Yoga for Stress Management
Kris Baxter of Universal Spirit of Yoga presents "Hatha Yoga for Stress Management" on Wednesday, April 7 in One North. Participate in a demonstration from noon to 12:30 p.m. The information session will be from 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. This event is sponsored by Welness Works.

International Folk Dancing
International Folk Dancing will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 1, at the Geneva American Legion Post. Newcomers are always welcome. Info at 630-584-0825 or 630-840-8194 or folkdance@fnal.gov.

Bible Exploration for Lunch
Join us today at noon in the Small Dining Room (WH-1SW) for an inductive approach to Bible Study. All are welcome. Additional information at 630-840-3607 or dykhuis@fnal.gov

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