Fermilab TodayTuesday, April 13, 2004  
Tuesday, April 13
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar - One West
Speaker: W. Wittmer, University of Technology, Graz, Austria
Title: Luminosity Optimization by Adjusting the Beta-Function in the Interaction Point at LHC and RHIC

Wednesday, April 14
11:00 a.m. Special Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar - 1 West (NOTE DATE and TIME)
Speaker: M. Meddahi, CERN
Title: CERN Neutrinos to Gran Sasso Project: Status Report
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. Fermilab Colloquium - 1 West
Speaker: V. Suller, Louisiana State University
Title: Synchrotron Radiation Sources

Tuesday, April 13
Green chili and corn soup
Chef's choice $3.50
Chicken Kiev w/two sides $3.50
Roast beef w/grilled portabella mushrooms and jack cheese $4.75
Breaded chicken tenders w/a small soup or fries $4.75
Turkey club salad $3.75

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Chez Leon
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Two Great Horned Owls Returned Safely to Their Nest in the Fermilab Village
One of the two owls that fell out of their nest in the Fermilab Village. (Photo courtesy of Fermilab Day Care Center) (Click on image for larger version.)
Last Wednesday, FESS employees safely returned two baby great horned owls to their nest after Eric Mieland of ES&H found them on the ground in the Fermilab Village. Bob Lootens of Roads & Grounds explained that it is not clear how the baby owls fell out of their nest. Perhaps a raccoon knocked them to the ground. "When it comes to nature, the best thing to do is to get it back to the nest as soon as possible before the mother returns," he said.

FESS employees used a bucket-truck and some heavy duty rubber gloves to return the two owls to their nest. Mike Becker of Roads & Grounds reported that the mother flew past the bucket while raising the babies to the nest. "The owls appeared to be about 3-5 weeks old," he said. "One looked very healthy, the other was a little smaller but looked fairly healthy."

The smaller of the two owls that was found beneath a tree last week in Fermilab's Village. (Photo courtesy of Fermilab Day Care Center)(Click on image for larger version.)
Accelerator Update
April 9 - April 12
- During this period Operations established two stores. One store was short lived and never provided useful luminosity. An existing store plus one good store provided approximately 24 hours and 13 minutes of luminosity to the experiments.
- The TeV suffered two quenches.
- Recycler took shots of antiprotons from Pbar.

View the current accelerator update
View the Tevatron Luminosity Charts

In the News
From the Chicago Sun-Times, April 9, 2004:
Strong acting is 'Proof' positive that casting choices were right
There are two ways to look at director Chuck Smith's fascinating production of "Proof," the 2001 Pulitzer Prize-winning play by David Auburn now at the Goodman Theatre....

"Proof," set in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood, is the story of Catherine (Karen Aldridge), a young woman who fears her exceptional gift -- possibly genius -- for math may also come with a propensity for mental illness.
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Director's Corner
Good Morning!
Mike Witherell
Mike Witherell
We are counting down the final steps to having the MINOS neutrino detector on the air. Yesterday the team installing the near detector was able to meet the full-production rate for installing planes underground. This means that the installation of the near detector, which consists of 282 planes of steel and 153 planes of scintillator, should be completed this fall, right on schedule.

As you might recall, the far detector, consisting of 486 planes of steel and scintillator with a mass of over 5 kilotons, has been observing atmospheric neutrinos in the Soudan mine for eight months. The experimenters will use the relative number of neutrino interactions in the near and far detectors to measure the neutrino oscillation rate, that is, the rate at which the muon neutrinos produced with the NuMI beam change into some other flavor.

At the rate of present progress, we will start operating MINOS in January, only nine months away.

Reminder: Meet with Members of the Director Search Committee
Spaces Still Available
A limited number of laboratory community members can meet individually with subgroups of the Fermilab Director Search Committee on Thursday, April 15. The 10-minute meetings will be held between 5:45 - 6:45 p.m. in several meeting rooms in Wilson Hall. If you wish to participate, please sign up in advance by sending a message as soon as possible to Jean Boutchyard in the URA Headquarters Office. Committee members will be able to meet with the first 36 people who sign up. The Committee also encourages members of the lab community to provide their views and candidate nominations in confidence via e-mail at search@ura.nw.dc.us, or via the "Comments" section of the Search website.
Fermilab Golf League
The Fermilab Golf Leagues are beginning league play now. They have openings for new golfers. The leagues play: Tuesdays at Fox Valley Golf Course in North Aurora and at Bliss Creek Golf Course in Aurora; Wednesdays at Fox Valley Golf Course and at the St. Andrews Golf Club in St. Charles; Thursdays at Phillips Park in Aurora. The league's participants play 9-hole matches each week and compete for individual and team points. To find out how to join one of these leagues, go to theGolf League Web page or call Elliott McCrory at x4808.

Scottish Country Dancing
Scottish Country Dancing will be held at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 13, 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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