Fermilab TodayFriday, April 23, 2004  
Friday, April 23
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. Joint Experimental Theoretical Physics Seminar - 1 West
Speaker: J. Collar, University of Chicago
Title: Review of Axion Searches
8:00 p.m. Fermilab Lecture Series - Auditorium
Tickets: $5
Speaker: Barry C. Barish, Caltech, LIGO
Title: Einstein's Unfinished Symphony: Sounds from the Distant Universe

Monday, April 26
2:30 p.m. Theoretical Astrophysics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: M. Milosavljevic, California Institute of Technology
Title: The Galactic Center Stars
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II
Special Topic: TevNet

Wilson Hall Cafe Grand Opening
Friday, April 23
New England Clam Chowder
Western BBQ Burger $4.75
Turkey Pan Pie with Puff Pastry Top $3.50
Dijon Meatballs Over Egg Noodles $3.50
Bistro Chicken & Provolone Panini $4.75
Assorted Personal Size Pizzas $3.75
Carved Top Round of Beef $4.75
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DASTOW 2004. (Click on image for larger version.)
About 400 Fermilab family members--the biggest gathering ever--took part in Daughters and Sons To Work Day, with Thursday's events ranging from birds to butterflies to bison, from supercool cryogenics to a simulated helicopter rescue, plus the added attraction of demonstrations on light and electromagnetism at the Lederman Science Education Center.

Earth Day activities, coordinated by the Fermilab Roads and Grounds Department, saw the planting of 95 trees, followed by a picnic lunch to reward the planters.

Peter Kasper got the day started with the Early Bird Walk, followed by the annual group portrait at the front of Wilson Hall (photo above). After a welcome from Fermilab Director Michael Witherell at Ramsey Auditorium, cryogenics engineer Tom Peterson offered a presentation on "The Butterflies of Fermilab," including stunning time-lapse photography of a butterfly emerging and filling its wings to their full span.

The Fermilab Fire Department arranged a helicopter fly-in by the LifeStar air rescue service, simulating the evacuation of an injured person from a car crash. Jerry Zimmerman presented the ever-popular Cryogenics Show, and herdsman Don Hanson and docents from the Lederman Center hosted a visit to the pasture where Fermilab's herd of American bison roam. DASTOW participants headed home with souvenir posters featuring the day's official group portrait.
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DASTOW Helicopter
DASTOW participants get a look at the LifeStar air rescue helicopter. (Click on image for larger version.)

Fermilab Lecture Series Tonight
Einstein's Unfinished Symphony: Sounds from the Distant Universe
Barry Barish
Barry Barish
Tonight at 8:00 p.m. in Ramsey Auditorium, Barry Barish, Director of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory and Professor of Physics at Caltech, will discuss LIGO and the first sounds of the universe.
Tickets to the lecture are $5.
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In the News
From Nature, April 22, 2004:
Japanese Nobels fail to inspire interest in science
By David Cyranoski
Tokyo - Four Nobel prizes and various initiatives to popularize science don't seem to be making much difference: a survey just released by Japan's science ministry says that the public is losing interest in science and technology.

Just 51% of the 2,084 adults polled earlier this year expressed an interest in science — a fall of 9% since the last time the survey was done in 1998.
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Fermilab Chess Club Advances to Chicago Industrial Chess League Playoffs
Fermilab Chess Club
Fermilab Chess Club members (standing, from left): Irwin Gaines, Doug Moehs, Carl Staples, Arkadiy Bolshov, Gervasio Gomez and Gustavo Garzon. Seated: Lenny Spiegel and Ryan Schultz. Not pictured: Tim Ailes, Victor Bezzubov, Herman Cease, Len Christofek and Tommaso Dorigo. (Click on image for larger version.)
The Fermilab Chess Club finished its regular season last week with a perfect 10-0-0 record and advanced to the Chicago Industrial Chess League playoffs. The CICL consists of four geographical divisions. The Fermilab chess club is one of two teams from the far-west division to advance to the playoffs. The Argonne Rooks, who finished second place in the far-west division, will join them in the playoffs. "As far as I can recall, this is our best performance in the 20 years that I have been involved with the chess team," said Fermilab Chess Club President Lenny Spiegel. "Not only did we win every match; Fermilab also got the highest performance rating."

The Fermilab Chess Club, which has approximately 25 members, will face the Motorola Kings in the first round of the playoffs within the next couple of weeks. The top six players from Fermilab will compete against the top six players from Motorola. Spiegel plans to prepare the club for the upcoming playoffs by studying their database of past games and analyzing strategies. "The club has never been as dominant as it has been this year," Spiegel said. "We are looking forward to the playoffs."
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Artist Reception Tonight
An Artist Reception for "Develop, Stop, Fix," an exhibit of photographs by Ellen Lederman, Kathleen Fischer and Dan Zamudio, will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Friday, April 23.
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Habitat Restoration Group Meets Tomorrow
The Habitat Restoration Group will continue their restoration activities on Saturday, April 24. The group meets the fourth Saturday of every month, from March through October. Come and join the group; get some fresh air; feel good about making a difference! The group meets at 8:00 a.m. by the pond west of Wilson Hall for coffee and donuts and works until noon along the path between the Lederman Science Education Center and Wilson Hall. Please dress for the weather; gardening tools and gloves provided. Hope to see you there!
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Free English Classes
NALWO-sponsored free English language classes for beginning and advanced levels are Fridays at the Users Center from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Reminder: 2004 Tollestrup Award Deadline
The nomination material for the 2004 Tollestrup Award for Outstanding Postdoctoral Research is due at the Users' Office on April 30. All material must be on paper: no email submissions will be considered. For complete details please review the award announcement online.

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