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Tuesday, September 28
3:30 p.m. Director's Coffee Break (Free cake will be served in honor of CERN's 50th birthday!) - 2nd Flr X-Over

Wednesday, September 29
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. Fermilab Colloquium - 1 West
Speaker: J. Karp, University of Pennsylvania
Title: Positron Emission Tomography (PET): Towards Time of Flight

Tuesday, September 28
Creamy Turkey Vegetable
Popcorn Shrimp Hoagie $4.75
Salisbury Steaks w/Mushroom au Jus $3.75
Blackened Chicken Rotini in Cajun Cream Sauce $3.75
Smoked Turkey Breast on Homemade Fococcia $4.75
Philly Cheese Stromboli $3.25
Chipotle Chili & Queso Nachos Supreme
Wilson Hall Cafe Menu
Chez Leon
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Strait Back to His Roots
As of September 1, Jim Strait is the new head of the Particle Physics Division, taking over from John Cooper. Strait is only the second person to head the
Jim Strait
Jim Strait
PPD since it was created in 1997 by merging the Physics Section and the Research Division.

Strait has been involved with accelerator R&D ever since he joined Fermilab in 1985. He helped prototyping and testing superconducting magnets for the SSC until the SSC Lab took over the project from Fermilab in 1991. After that, Strait joined the CDF experiment, until in 1994 he went on to establishing the U.S. collaboration with CERN on the LHC, which involved LBNL and BNL as well as Fermilab.

Throughout his career Strait has been active in several particle physics experiments, and his work on accelerator R&D has always been motivated by the desire to advance HEP. He looks forward to focusing more directly on the science side. "It's sort-of returning to my roots," he said.

His new role will be to oversee the whole particle physics science program. "The cool part of this job is talking to people about their research," Strait said.
John Cooper
John Cooper
"Each program is led by very talented people who are doing first-rate physics."

Meanwhile, Cooper will go on to work on the Numi Off-Axis Electron Neutrino Appearance experiment (also known as P-929), a proposed experiment for which he is co-spokesperson. "Best of luck to Jim," he said, "and I hope very much that we get NOvA approved so he can help us build it."

The story on super-ferric, low-field magnets -- originally scheduled for today -- will appear in the Wednesday issue.

Accelerator Update
September 17 - September 24
Tevatron: The D17 separator installation is 50% complete. They discovered a vacuum leak.
Linac: The replacement of drift-tube tank #5 is 15% complete
Antiproton Source: The ARF1-1 installation is about 90% complete. It had a successful leak check and its final assembly is in progress.
Main Injector: The MI-10 cooling tank repairs are about 55% complete.
Read the Current Accelerator Update

View the Tevatron Luminosity Charts

In the News
From MSNBC, September 24, 2004
'Origins' takes on life, the universe and everything
Astrophysicist puts all the pieces together in PBS miniseries
by Alan Boyle
You'd think explaining the beginnings of the universe would be enough for astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. But no: In "Origins," a new book and public-TV miniseries, the director of New York's Hayden Planetarium goes beyond the Big Bang to take on the rise of the solar system, life and intelligence as well.

Any one of those subjects is worthy of being covered in a documentary series at least as ambitious as "Origins," which premieres Tuesday and Wednesday on PBS. And indeed they have been, in productions ranging from "Evolution" to "Life Beyond Earth" to the granddaddy of them all, Carl Sagan's "Cosmos."
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Director's Corner
Good Morning!
Mike Witherell
Mike Witherell
One of the most important contributions that Fermilab makes to our neighbors in northern Illinois is our successful program of science education for K-12 students. The Fermilab Education Office has a national impact on science education through programs such as Quarknet, but it assumes a special responsibility for working with local teachers to bring more science into the lives of their students.

The K-12 educational programs depend on the time and talents of over 200 volunteers from the Fermilab community who help out each year. I was pleased to announce a few weeks ago an annual award of $1000, made possible by an anonymous donor, to recognize some of the volunteers whose contributions go beyond the usual level of support. More information about this program appeared in Fermilab Today on September 14 and is also contained in posters around the laboratory and online.

I would like to thank all of the people who have contributed to our education programs at all levels and to invite those who have not to try it out. You will find it is one of the most rewarding ways you can spend your time.

Celebrate CERN's 50th Birthday!!!! Giant Birthday Cake on the Atrium at 3:30!!!!
In honor of CERN's 50th birthday, stop by the Director's Coffee Break today at 3:30 p.m. on the Second-Floor Crossover for a piece of cake. We may or may not make you sing....

Emergency Warden Training Postponed
The second Wilson Hall Emergency Warden Training, scheduled for today (Tuesday) has been canceled. It will be rescheduled. An announcement will follow in October. If you have questions, please contact Stan Boyson.

Unix Users Meeting
The next Unix Users Meeting will be on September 29 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in Curia II. The meeting will cover: Scientific Linux Update.

Strength Training Class
Free Class and Fall/Winter Schedule
There will be a free strength training class on October 12. You must register with the Recreation Office for this free class. If you like the class, sign up for either the 5 week or 4 week Muscle Toning Class. The five-week course runs from October 19 - November 18 and costs $40.00. The four-week course runs from November 23 - December 21 and costs $32.00. Classes are held on Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. in the Recreation Facility exercise room. The registration deadline is the Friday before the start of the session. You must be a current facility member to participate.
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Recreation Travel Center
Copper Canyon Adventure, May 16
On Thursday, September 30 from noon to 1:00 p.m. in the Comitium, Collette Vacations will give a tour presentation for the Copper Canyon Adventure scheduled for May 16. Four times larger than the Grand Canyon, this spectacular area is filled with beauty and unique cultures and traditions. This 9 day vacation includes 18 meals and air for $1,629 Twin/pp.

Upcoming Power Outages
Transfer Gallery
October 2: Feeder 43 work will begin at 7:00 AM and end around 3:00 PM on Saturday; no power to the Transfer Gallery for up to seven and a half hours, but probably less

Brown Bag Seminar Today
HR Q&A Session
Human Resources presents a Brown Bag Seminar today from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in FCC 3 East. Bring your lunch and ask questions of:
Kay Van Vreede - Section Head
Borys Jurkiw - Compensation/Visa
Dianne Engram - EOO
Wilma Cardona - Benefits
Tom McMahon - Employment
This is not a presentation, but is an opportunity for you to ask general questions. If you have questions of a private or personal nature, you should see the Human Resources group on the 15th floor.

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