Wednesday, November 24|
THERE WILL BE NO FERMILAB ILC R&D MEETING THIS WEEK
THERE WILL BE NO DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK TODAY
THERE WILL BE NO FERMILAB COLLOQUIUM THIS WEEK
Thursday, November 25
Friday, November 26
Wednesday, November 24|
Italian Wedding with Meatballs
Diner Style Patty Melt $4.75
Mediterranean Style Baked Fish $3.75
Beef & Broc $3.75
Salad Bar $4.75
Sicilian Style Pizza $2.75
Wilson Hall Cafe Menu
Dr. Womersley Goes|
DZero Spokesperson John Womersley will be leaving for Washington, D.C.
to take up a new post at the DOE as scientific advisor to Associate
Director of High Energy Physics Robin Staffin. Womersley, who has been at
Fermilab for the past ten years, and DZero spokesperson since 1999, will be on
a two-year leave of absence, and plans to return to Fermilab after that.
Womersley said he is excited to explore new territory: He will be the first
person to cover a position that didn't exist before at the DOE. Womersley
said an important part of his role will be to bring the particle physics
community and the policymakers closer together. "The DOE needs the best
advice it can get, and the field also wants to feel it is better represented
there," he said.
The next decade is full of great scientific opportunities, he said, but we can't
assume that these opportunities will bring a lot of new resources. The community
needs to set priorities, and in fact it has been making steps in the right
direction. He cited as recent examples the technology decision for the
International Linear Collider and the American Physical Society study group
on the open questions in neutrino physics: "Those are the sort of bottom-up
decisions that will convince Congress that the high-energy physics community
has gotten its act together. It shows a lot of discipline from the community
to get together and figure out our own plan."
A lot of Womersley's job at Fermilab involved balancing the needs of individual
researchers with those of the experiment: "An important part of my role at DZero,"
he said, "was to help people feel a part of the team, without stifling their
ability to work individually." That experience, he said, will be valuable in his
new job. "In the same way, I'd like all of us in the high energy physics community
to feel that we are members of the same team."
Press Release from Congressman Vernon J. Ehlers, November 22, 2004|
Ehlers expresses concern over National Science Foundation funding
Science subcommittee chairman supports omnibus bill ‘under protest’
WASHINGTON - Saying he is “concerned and astonished” that Congress decided to cut funding for the National Science Foundation (NSF), Congressman Vernon J. Ehlers said he voted Saturday in favor of the FY 2005 Omnibus Appropriations bill “under protest.” The legislation was approved by a 344-51 vote.
From Science Magazine, November 22, 2004|
A Bare-Bones Budget for U.S. Science
Congress belatedly finished its work on the 2005 federal budget over the weekend, in time for the Thanksgiving holiday. And the $388 billion bill, which covers most of the government's annual domestic discretionary spending, is a real turkey for many U.S. scientists.
What's Up with the ILC?|
The entire International Linear Collider series is available online.
The ILC Communications Group at KEK (Click on image for larger version.)|
From PowerPoint to Interaction Point,
Strategic Communications Are Critical
Under the unimposing title of "Working Group 6," an international band of communicators met last week during the First International ILC Workshop at Japan's High-Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK) and set itself an imposing agenda: changing the communications outlook of world-wide high-energy physics.
The group consists of representatives from CERN, KEK, Fermilab and SLAC, and is chaired by SLAC Director of Communications Neil Calder. The goal is clear and undisputed-building support to construct the International Linear Collider. The strategy-collaborative communication among institutions spread around the world-represents a first for a project of this magnitude.
"If plans and designs for an ILC are ever to move from PowerPoint to interaction point," said Judith Jackson, head of Fermilab's Office of Public Affairs, "we must first succeed at a colossal job of global communication-the most challenging one our field has ever attempted."
In a presentation at the KEK workshop's closing plenary session, Jackson described an approach of combining resources and coordinating regional communication efforts, among Europe, Asia and the Americas. In addition, strategic communication for the ILC must fit within strategic communication for the overall field of high energy physics-for example, the continuing work at the Tevatron, the coming of the Large Hadron Collider, anticipated discoveries in neutrino research, at the B-factories and in experimental particle astrophysics.
The challenges involve layer upon layer of complexities, starting with myriad target audiences that include funding agencies, policy makers, media, industry and the public, extending around the world. Regions must work in concert, with equal participation and responsibility, yet account for different languages, cultures, practices and funding arrangements. But a precedent was established in August at Beijing: the collaborative announcement of the ITRP decision on cold technology, and the issuing of a collaborative press release.
"It is important to turn this momentum into an established pattern," Jackson said. "It's everybody's job."
- Genevieve Anna Lauren, 20.5 inches and 9 pounds, 4 ounces, was born on on
November 22, 2004, to Computing Division's Philippe Canal and wife Lisanne.
- Delbert Hoffman, who worked at Fermilab from 1969 until he retired in March
of 1985, died on November 12, 2004. He was 82. Hoffman worked for the Beam
Transfer Group, the Proton Department and the RD Mech Support Group.
Holiday Book Fair|
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.
No International Folk Dancing This Week
International Folk Dancing will not be held Thursday, November 25,
because of the Thanksgiving holiday.
Holiday Parties Reminder
Fermilab does not permit the serving of alcoholic beverages on site other
than at approved laboratory functions. Please be sure that all employees,
users, contractors and visitors are aware of this rule.
Exhibit Opening at SciTech Museum
The exhibit "A T. rex Named Sue"
this Saturday, November 27, 2004, at the SciTech museum in Aurora.
The exhibit will run through February 21, 2005.
2005 Charitable Giving Campaign
Fermilab employees have the opportunity to contribute
annually by payroll deduction to one, two or three IRS approved
charities of their choice. To participate, a contribution of at least
$52.00 on an annual basis for one charity or $78.00 for two or more can
be pledged. If you would like to participate in the Charitable
Giving Campaign in 2005, employees must complete and return
an enrollment form
to payroll by December 1, 2004. For more information, contact Fermilab's
Equal Opportunity Office at x3591, x4633 or x3415.