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Friday, October 8
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. Joint Experimental Theoretical Physics Seminar - 1 West
Speaker: M. Velasco, Northwestern University
Title: NA48 Results

Monday, October 11
2:30 p.m. Theoretical Astrophysics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: K. Kadota, Fermilab
Title: CMB and Inflation Model Building -- Particle Theorist's View
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II
Special Topic: Electron Cooling Installation

Friday, October 8
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Bistro Chicken & Provolone Panini $4.75
Assorted Personal Style Pizzas $2.75
Carved Top Round of Beef $4.75
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Fermilab Arts Series Celebrates 30th Anniversary
Ramsey Auditorium
For 30 years, all Arts Series performances have been held in Ramsey Auditorium. (Click on image for larger version.)
This Saturday, October 9, at 8:00 p.m., the Fermilab Arts Series will roll out the red carpets and celebrate 30 years of hosting arts performances and lectures for the public with a special return performance by the first group ever to perform at Fermilab -- the Fine Arts String Quartet. A wine and cheese reception will follow the performance with commemorative talks from past and current members of the Auditorium Committee. Tickets are still available for the 30th anniversary event.

Founding Director Robert Wilson originally built Ramsey Auditorium for scientific lectures and conferences, but Fermilab employees Art and Janice Roberts requested that he make it available for performances too. (Wilson actually designed the auditorium with extra leg room in the first section of rows in the auditorium and less in the rear with the hope of encouraging people to sit right up front for lectures.) While the acoustics weren't perfect and the stage was on the small side for a dance troupe, the Roberts, with the support of Wilson's wife Jane, successfully launched the Arts Series thirty years ago.

Although the Arts and Lecture Series benefited employees and users, who at the time didn't have many local alternatives, the events were immediately intended for the public. "We worked very hard to have an audience who would develop a loyalty," said Assistant Director Jeff Appel, who chaired the Auditorium Committee from 1979 to 1987. In recent years, more than 10,000 patrons have come annually to Fermilab to attend a variety of performances, from Christmas specials to modern dance performances.

"We view our series as a bridge to the community," said NuMI's Jorge Morfin, an Auditorium Committee member since 1983 and Chair from 1998 to 2000. "It was designed to entice neighbors to visit."

Over the years, the Fermilab Arts Series has grown and continues to bring entertaining, unique and sometimes even risky performances -- artistically speaking of course -- to Ramsey Auditorium. "It's a beautiful auditorium," Appel said. "It would be a shame to have it dark all the time."
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In the News
From FYI: AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News, October 7, 2004
Scientists and Political Involvement
At last week's AAAS Candidates' Forum on Science & Technology Policy, the representatives of the campaigns for President George Bush and Senator John Kerry (D-MA) gave fairly familiar answers to questions regarding science policy. One subject not previously addressed attracted considerable attention: the role of scientists in the political process.

Representing the Bush-Cheney campaign was former Representative Robert S. Walker (R-PA). Walker was a prominent Republican leader during his 20-year tenure in the House and was the chairman of the House Science Committee. The representative for the Kerry-Edwards campaign was Henry Kelly. Kelly is now the president of the Federation of American Scientists and was assistant director for the Office of Science and Technology Policy. The 90-minute forum was moderated by Mary Woolley, the president of Research!America.
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Fermilab Girl Scout Workshop Needs Volunteers
The Girl Scout Fermi Workshop is calling for volunteers for the Nov. 6 (rain date Nov. 7) Girl Scout Badge event.

The Scouts will come in small groups and engage in a variety of activities,
Try-It Triangle
The "Try-it" triangle for
ages 6-8 (Click on image
for larger version.)
with the goal of earning their Fermilab badges at the end of the day. "Scouts like to earn their badges, and show them off on their uniforms," said workshop organizer Anne Lucietto.

Organizers will need 25 to 30 Fermilab volunteers to be stationed at the entrance and at key points of interest around the Fermilab grounds. Volunteers will provide
Round badge
The round badge for
ages 9-11 (Click on
image for larger version.)
instructions and brief presentations on Fermilab topics.

Activities will include visiting Wilson Hall's 15th floor and viewing the Prairie Video in the Atrium; taking the Prairie Walk near Lederman Science Education Center; and learning about the Prairie School of Architecture.

The rectangular "Interest
Patch" for ages 12 and
over (Click on image
for larger version.)
"The workshop helps get the word out that Fermilab is here," Lucietto said, "and that there are a lot of things to see and learn, and it's not just the physics."

The newly minted Fermilab badges come in three types, each for a different age group: "Try-it" triangles for ages 6-8, round badges for ages 9-11, and rectangular "Interest Patches" for ages 12 and over.

Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Lucietto at lucietto@fnal.gov or x8506. Lucietto said fluent Spanish speakers will be in demand.

Power Outage News
Booster, West Gallery, Tower, and Tunnel
October 8 The power will be off to these Booster west areas for 8 hours starting at 7 AM. This outage is to repair the DHPbw2 volt panel.

Deadline for Nominations for Fermilab Director's Annual Award for Education Volunteers
Today is the last day to nominate a Fermilab staff member, user or contractor for the Fermilab Director's $1000 award for education volunteers. Nominations should be submitted to Jackie Coleman at MS105 or jackie@fnal.gov.
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E-Book "Enrico Fermi - The Master Scientist" Available Online
The e-book "Enrico Fermi - The Master Scientist" has been published by Cornell's Internet-First University Press. The online version of this work is available without fees or restrictions on personal use.

Fermilab Barn Dance
Fermilab Barn Dance Sunday, Oct. 10 at 6:30 p.m., with music by Paul Tyler and Friends and Dot Kent calling. Dances are held in the Warrenville Community Building.
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New Classified Ads Posted on Fermilab Today
New classified ads have been posted on Fermilab Today. A permanent link to the classifieds is located in the bottom left corner of Fermilab Today.

Fermilab Arts Series Saturday
The Fermilab Arts Series will present the Fine Arts Quartet at the 30th Anniversary Celebration this Saturday at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are still available!
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Fermilab Film Series Friday
The Fermilab Film Series will present "Henry V" on Friday at 8:00 p.m. in Ramsey Auditorium.
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Fermilab Participates in St. Charles Scarecrow Festival This Weekend
Fermilab will have a booth with hands-on science activities for kids at the St. Charles Scarecrow Festival this weekend. The booth will be located in Family Fun Square A. Don't forget to check out Fermilab's Einstein scarecrow in the Scarecrow Display area!
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