Fermilab TodayWednesday, November 17, 2004  
Wednesday, November 17
11:00 a.m. Fermilab ILC R&D Meeting - 1 West
Speaker: W. Wester, Fermilab
Title: ILC Detector Electronics/ASICs Development – Fermilab & Collaborators
Speaker: H.E. Fisk, Fermilab
Title: ILC Detector Muon System R&D – Fermilab & Collaborators
12:00 p.m. Wellness Works – Brown Bag Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: J. Thomson, The Center for Therapeutic Interaction
Title: Parenting Through the Holidays
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. Fermilab Colloquium - 1 West
Speaker: D. Jin, University of Colorado, Boulder
Title: Using a Fermi Gas to Create Bose-Einstein Condensates

Thursday, November 18
11:00 a.m. Research Techniques Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: M. Ronan, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Title: Micromegas TPC R&D for the ILC
2:30 p.m. Theoretical Physics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: S. Riemann, DESY Zeuthen
Title: Z' Signatures in Precision Measurements
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over

Wednesday, November 17
French Onion soup
Texas Style Meatloaf Sandwich $4.75
Grilled Chicken with Black Bean & Corn Salsa $3.75
Kielbasa & Sauerkraut $3.75
Three Cheese & Tomato Panini $4.75
Sausage & Pepperoni Combo $2.75
Fettucine Carbonara with Ham & Mushrooms $4.75

Wilson Hall Cafe Menu
Chez Leon

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HEP Collaborations Showcase Technology, Smash Bandwidth Record
The Fermilab/SLAC booth at SC2004 (Click on image for larger version.)
Fermilab and SLAC showcased their computing and networking achievements last week in Pittsburgh, at the SC2004 High Performance Computing, Networking and Storage Conference. The laboratories once again joined forces, and to put up the Computing for the Quantum Universe exhibit. In collaboration with other laboratories and universities, they won a competition for data transfer speed which quadrupled the record set the previous year.

The high energy physics groups won the Fifth Annual HPC Bandwidth Challenge by transferring data into and out of the convention site at a rate of 101.3 Gigabit per second, roughly equivalent to transferring the contents of three DVD's in just one second. The result demonstrates that networking capabilities will be up to the task of crunching through the unprecedented amounts of data from the LHC, said CD/CCF head Don Petravick. "It sets a vision and a scale for what can be done," he said. Fermilab was able to join SLAC, CERN, Caltech and other high-energy physics research institutions in the challenge this year, thanks to a recently-deployed high-bandwidth optical fiber connection that links the lab to the StarLight optical network exchange in Chicago.

Another one of the features that attracted visitors to the booth was a graphical animation of simulated beam debunching and rebunching in Fermilab's Booster. The simulation can help accelerator physicists predict what would be the Booster's response with different tunings of the machine, said CD's Jim Amundson, who wrote the software with Panagiotis Spentzouris. The simulation ran on a tightly coupled QCD80 computer cluster.

The Fermilab/SLAC booth will soon be on display in the Wilson Hall atrium, thanks to work done by John Urish and other members of CD to make this year's exhibit easier to move and install. Public Affairs and the Computing Division look forward to introducing the Fermilab community to computing for the Quantum Universe.

From the Interactions News Wire, November 16, 2004
KEK Workshop - Toward an International Design of a Linear Collider
KEK Meeting
Physicists and engineers who attended the KEK Workshop this week. (Click on image for larger version.)
Over 200 physicists and engineers from Asia, Europe and the Americas met in the KEK High Energy Accelerator Research Organization in Tsukuba, Japan from November 13th-15th 2004 to enthusiastically explore the path toward rapid development of a conceptual design of an International Linear Collider.

“KEK has been delighted to host this important workshop,” KEK's Director General Yoji Totsuka said. “For the first time the world’s linear collider community is working together to start discussions on a final design for the ILC. We have provided opportunities for accelerator experts from various regions, who may have previously been working on different projects, to get to know each other and start the important process of creating a unified team.”
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In the News
From the Daily Herald, November 16, 2004
Fermilab employee recalled for community involvement
By Gala M. Pierce
Sue Mendelsohn could make children laugh at any given time.

She brought energy and life wherever she went.

As an employee at Fermilab, she started a recycling program before the lab had an official one of its own and then became instrumental in the city's recycling program by spreading the message to the schools.
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From Berkeley Lab Research News, November 15, 2004
New Results From Anti-Neutrino Studies at KamLAND
BERKELEY, CA – First they were seen to go away, now, for the first time, they’ve been seen coming back. An international team of researchers at KamLAND, an underground neutrino detector in central Japan, has shown that not only do anti-neutrinos emanating from nearby nuclear reactors “disappear,” they also “reappear.” This is further evidence that the three known types or “flavors” of neutrinos — electron, muon and tau — all have mass and can oscillate or change from one type to another.
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Fermilab Employment Office Launches New Applicant Tracking System
Employment Office Staff
The Fermilab Employment Office at your service (left to right): Joy Thomas, Margaret Pitz, Tom McMahon, Shelley Krivich and Jeff Artel (Click on image for larger version.)
On October 30, the Fermilab Employment Office launched a new applicant tracking system that will find job candidates faster and have a tremendous cost-saving impact on the lab. The new system places all of the applications in a database, allowing Fermilab recruiters to share the files with each other and track the candidates as they go through the job hiring process.

"From a technical standpoint, we went from 1989 recruiting to 2004 recruiting overnight," said Employment Manager Tom McMahon. "The system allows us to have a much faster response time and be much more proactive in finding candidates. It should also reduce fees to search agencies, which could save the lab hundreds of thousands of dollars per year."

McMahon explained that one of the many features of the applicant tracking system is its ability to find similar candidates for a job, even those who didn't apply for that specific position, and rank them in comparison. In addition to using an applicant tracking system, the Employment Office has also started to post openings on Monster, Careerbuilder, DICE and Computerjobs.com.

"Normally we have 20 to 30 people apply for jobs at Fermilab per week," McMahon said. "So far we have had 1600 applicants in one week since we posted the job openings on the recruiting Web sites. We don't expect the numbers to always be quite this high, but we do think that we will have 40 to 100 people apply per job opening as opposed to the three to seven applicants we would get before."

The Employment Office is also in the process of updating their Web pages. "We have a new job openings page that looks much more professional now," McMahon said. "More of the pages will be modified over the next couple of months."

Flexible Benefits Open Enrollment
The open enrollment for the Flexible Benefits Plans will continue until this Friday. It will end at 5:00 P.M. on November 19, 2004. Please refer to your materials for additional information.
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Weekly and Monthly Time Sheets Due
Weekly Time Sheets for the week ending 11/21/04 are due in Payroll by 10 AM on 11/18/04. November Leave Sheets are due in Payroll by 10 AM on 11/19/04.

Power Outage Schedule
Meson Tunnels and Buildings
November 17 – MS2 and M02 will be without power on Wednesday from 8 AM to 4:30 PM.
November 18
- MS3, M03 and M04 will be without power on Thursday from 8 AM to 4:30 PM.
- Meson Detector Building West Side, Meson Test Area, and ML6 will be without power from 12 PM to 8 PM.
- MS4 Service Building, including M04, Meson Portakamps, and ML5 and ML10 will be without power from 12 PM to 8 PM.
- Meson Center/East Areas, which include ME7, MS5, MP7, MC7, MC8, MB7, MB8, and ML12A and ML13A will be without power from 4 PM to 5 PM.
- The Detector Building Crane & other cranes may also be affected by these power outages
November 19 – Friday has been reserved as a rain day to cover for any problems that might hinder any of the above work.

Holiday Book Fair
Fermilab's Recreation Office will sponsor its "Holiday" Book Fair, hosted by Books are Fun, in the Atrium on Monday, November 29 from 10:00 AM until 6:00 PM and on Tuesday, November 30 from 7:00 AM until 3:00 PM. The Book Fair will accept cash, personal check, MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Discover card. A portion of the proceeds from the Book Fair subsidizes some of Recreation Office's Programs.

Travel Center Presentation: Wonders of Iceland
Collette Vacations will present a presentation on the Wonders of Iceland Vacation on Thursday, November 18 from noon to 1:00 p.m. in 1 North. The trip will take place on August 17, 2005 for eight days, and it includes ten meals (6 Breakfasts, 4 Dinners), a guided tour and air travel for $2,700 pp/Twin.

Brown Bag Seminar Today
Wellness Works will present a Brown Bag Seminar "Parenting Through the Holidays" on Wednesday, November 17 from noon to 1:00 pm in Curia II. Join us for ideas about making the holidays more enjoyable for parents and children and dealing successfully with the stresses of the season.

Wanted: Einstein Materials
From Beanie Babies to coffee mugs, you can find Einstein's face on just about anything these days, and symmetry magazine wants to know what kinds of Einstein materials you have. Whether it's a t-shirt or even an action figure, send a photo to Elizabeth Clements or drop by Public Affairs to show off your collection by November 19. Items may be borrowed in order to be photographed for an upcoming issue of symmetry.

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