Tuesday, October 19
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over
THERE WILL BE NO ACCELERATOR PHYSICS AND TECHNOLOGY
Wednesday, October 20
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. Fermilab Colloquium - 1 West
Speaker: H. Georgi, Harvard University
Title: Women and the Future of Physics
Tuesday, October 19|
Golden Broccoli & Cheese
Hickory Smoked BBQ Pork $4.75
Japanese Breaded Pork Cutlet $3.75
Hawaiian Marinated Chicken with Grilled Pineapple $3.75
Toasted Almond Chicken Salad $4.75
Supreme Baked Pizza $2.75
Chicken Fajita Tacos $4.75
Wilson Hall Cafe Menu
Electric Arc Burns Technician at Stanford Linear Accelerator Center|
The electrical accident at SLAC occurred in the above-ground Klystron
Gallery, similar to the basement gallery shown in the photo. (Click on image for larger version.)|
A contractor's electrician working at SLAC suffered serious burns on Monday,
October 11, while installing a breaker switch next to a live 480-Volt
electrical panel in the Klystron Gallery of the linear accelerator. An
electrical arc, described as a "fireball" by the co-workers who rescued him,
ignited the electrician's clothing, causing 2nd and 3rd degree burns over
60% of his body. As of today, a week following the accident, the worker's
condition has been upgraded from critical to serious, and is sufficiently
stable to remove him from a ventilator.
In an all-hands meeting the day after the accident, SLAC Director Jonathan
Dorfan told the lab workforce: "We are at a turning point in the life of our
laboratory and now is the time for change. The safety culture at SLAC must
improve. There is no alternative." Dorfan exhorted each employee to
"deliberate with the utmost seriousness what we can do to identify, root
out, and change any behavior or process that could be unsafe."
A DOE Type A investigation team has been assembled and begins its
investigation of the incident today at SLAC. All work activities have been
suspended since the accident, and will resume only after the completion of
several well-defined steps designed to raise the safety consciousness of the
entire workforce. Some work, such as electrical work, and hoisting and
rigging, will be suspended indefinitely. In a memorandum distributed on
Monday, October 18, Dorfan told the SLAC workforce that he took the
"extraordinary step of turning off the accelerators indefinitely to allow us
to focus all our energies on one imperative: SAFETY. Safety comes first: No
questions! Safety is something that all of us must value above all."
Fermilab Director Michael Witherell joined Dorfan in sending wishes for a
speedy recovery to the wife and family of the injured worker. "We will not
know exactly what happened until the investigation is complete," Witherell
said. But in the interim, he added, "this incident serves as a reminder that
much of the work we do is hazardous. To avoid accidents, we need to continue
and even improve the practices that we know work: careful planning,
appropriate training, protective equipment, and approved procedures. We
simply can't afford to become complacent."
From the Rapid City Journal, October 13, 2004|
NSF asks for deep-lab proposals
By Bill Harlan
The National Science Foundation on Wednesday asked for site proposals for a "deep underground science and engineering laboratory" — or DUSEL.
"This is great news," California physicist Kevin Lesko said. "It's out, and it's out before the election. The NSF is doing what they said they'd do."
As CERN marks its 50th anniversary today, it is a good time to note that
we are fast approaching the time of first physics results from the LHC and the
tremendous boost it will give to particle physics worldwide.
The LHC promises more than the long-awaited discovery of whatever Higgs boson
might exist. Dark matter is abundant in the universe, and the chances are very
good that we will find out what it is made of at the LHC. As attractive as the
prospects are for finding exotic new physics like supersymmetry or extra dimensions
at the Tevatron, we will be able to search for them in expansive new territory
when the LHC results start coming in.
The LHC accelerator and the CMS and ATLAS experiments are large, complex
instruments to build and to operate. Problems will come up over the next
few years, and innovative physicists and engineers will solve them.
The tremendous physics payoff at the LHC will be well worth this heroic effort.
New Chez Leon Prices|
Effective 10/13, Chez Leon changed its price for lunch from $10.00 to $12.00
per person. Effective 11/1, Chez Leon will change its price for dinner from
$23.00 to $25.00 per person.
Fermilab Lecture Series this Friday
Timothy N. Wittman, Adjunct Professor of Architectural History & Historic Preservation,
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago will present
"A Confluence of Art, Science, and Economic Practicality: The Development of the Skyscraper."
this Friday, October 22 at 8:00 p.m. in Ramsey Auditorium.
Fermilab Association of Rocketry
The Fermilab Association of Rocketry is having its monthly
club meeting on October 20 at 5:00 p.m., in the lower level
of the village barn. The winter building
sessions will begin after the meeting. If you have something you want
to build, bring it with you. Or just come, hang out and talk
Power Outage News
October 25 – Power will be off to the MI-65 service building and tunnel for
5 hours starting at 2 PM on Monday.
October 27 – The power will be off to the MI-40 service building and tunnel
for three and a half hours starting at 8:30 AM on Wednesday.