Friday, January 7|
3:30 p.m. Wine & Cheese - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. Joint Experimental Theoretical Physics Seminar - 1 West
Speaker: C. Walter, Duke University
Title: Super-K, K2K and T2K: The Present and Future
Monday, January 10
2:30 p.m. Particle Astrophysics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: K. Sigurdson, California Institute of Technology
Title: How Dark is Dark? Electromagnetic Interactions in the Dark Sector
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II
Special Topics: Site Access; Snow Removal
Friday, January 7|
Old Fashioned Ham & Bean Soup
Black and Blue Cheese Burger $4.75
Chicken Wellington $3.75
Tex-Mex Lasagna $3.75
Roasted Veggie & Provolone Panini $4.75
Pizza Cacciatore $2.75
Vegetarian Stir Fry $4.75
Wilson Hall Cafe Menu
Chez Leon will be closed through January and February
Brown's Experiences with Natural Disasters
Underscore the Enormity of Tsunami Crisis|
Fermilab Associate Director for Operations Support Jed Brown has had first-hand
experience with disaster and flood relief in the U.S., but he describes the
tsunami crisis in Southeast Asia as "so widespread, the magnitude is almost
unimaginable." Brown's service as an officer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
included relief work in the wake of rivers overflowing in South Dakota, and of
flooding in Pennsylvania and West Virginia caused by hurricanes.
Airman 1st Class Sara|
McClaskey at Kadena Air
Base in Japan readies
cargo net on an
aircraft pallet bound
for Southeast Asia.
Airmen from the 18th
Wing are providing
supplies to help with
the humanitarian effort
in the devastated area.
(US Air Force photo)
"Within the U.S., the Federal Emergency Management Agency has lead responsible
for disaster relief," Brown said. "Then they break needs out into many different
areas, and assign tasks to the various agencies with capabilities to respond. For
example, the Army Corps of Engineers has responsibility for flooding fighting and
flood disaster recovery, the American Red Cross is responsible for housing;
the National Institutes of Health for medical issues, the Department of Defense
for any radiological issues. FEMA has standard procedures and trained personnel
on call from many government agencies ready to respond to a Presidential
declaration of a disaster. They will go into a town needing assistance, set
up headquarters usually in governmental building and take over hotels and car
rental agencies as needed, for example, so they can get all the efforts
Airmen from the 374th|
Airlift Wing load
supplies onto a C-17
Globemaster III at
Yokota Air Base in
Japan. The aircraft
headed for a forward
-operating base in
Utapao, Thailand. The
supplies are intended
to help other Airmen
relief efforts in
Sri Lanka and India.
(US Air Force photo)
Among his disaster relief duties, Brown was responsible for surveying damage
to houses. He would "eyeball" estimates for the number of square feet needing
replacement and enter the figures into a hand-held computer, which would translate
his measurements into cost estimates. When he surveyed roads and bridges that had
been washed out in Pennsylvania he had letter contact authority, "we'd bring in a
guy with a bulldozer and basically hand him a contract saying 'fill this hole so
we can open this road through here.'"
Brown said the U.S. system "works quite well," but he saw the situation in Asia
as especially daunting for the evolving United Nations-led efforts: coastline
thousands of miles long, and undeveloped areas without roads or airports. "From
what I've been reading in the press," Brown said, "there are a lot of people
needing medical attention. I was trained for situations with mass casualties
but I was never involved in any. Compared to what's happening in Southeast Asia,
anything I did was relatively easy."
Relief Organizations Working in the Disaster Area
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Fermilab Gallery Chamber Series|
Individual Tickets Now On Sale -- Limited Number Available
A limited number of tickets are now available for purchase for each of the
Gallery Chamber Series concerts taking place on Sunday afternoons at 2:30
p.m. in the 2nd Floor Art Gallery of Wilson Hall. Tickets are $15 each, or
$36 for the series. All concerts include a gallery reception immediately
following the performance.
The Metropolis Quartet kicks off the Gallery Chamber Series on January 23.
Metropolis performs the major oboe quartet repertoire written by composers
such as Mozart, J.C. Bach and Benjamin Britten. It also searches for
lesser-known works by composers of all periods, and takes familiar melodies
and performs its own arrangements.
Fermilabyrinth Recognized As Exemplary Educational Website|
Liz Quigg helped create the Fermilabyrinth Web site.|
Earn Einstein Bucks by speeding up particles through the Linac in Push, Push,
Push the Particle, and you could discover your way out of the Fermilabyrinth.
Games such as Particle Pinball, Particle Pool and Particle Graffiti have won
Fermilabyrinth Website a place on the Eisenhower National
Clearinghouse's Digital Dozen for December.
"It's very nice to be recognized," said Fermilab Computing Division's Liz Quigg.
"And kids like being challenged. The content is based on exhibits at the Lederman
Science Center, developed with the help of teachers and physicists. The four
areas of the Web site correspond to the four rooms in the science center
[accelerators, detectors, methods and ideas]."
The ENC highlights virtual resources for math and science educators by choosing
Web sites based on multimedia features, accessible explanations of ideas and
support for school improvement. In addition to providing virtual games based
on the exhibits in the science center, Fermilabyrinth also has brief summaries
of concepts such as calorimetry, the four forces and particle families.
Quigg said that many people worked together to create the Web site. "Students at
the Illinois Math and Science Academy helped develop the activities, and we even
had people who translated the Linac Activity into Dutch, Slovak and German."
The ENC receives funding from the United States Department of Education and is
administered by Ohio State University.
The activities are also available on CD-ROM at the Lederman Science
From Nature Magazine, January 4, 2004|
2005: Year of Physics: So, what's your theory?
One hundred years ago, when Albert Einstein penned his era-defining papers
on brownian motion, the photoelectric effect and special relativity, he
was just 26 years old. Reaching scientific greatness at such a young age
was exceptional then and may be even harder today.
New Classifieds 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.
"A T. rex Named Sue" runs through February 21, 2005 at
SciTech. Fermilab employees receive 2-for-1 admission on
Saturday, January 8 from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Last Day to Sign Up for Strength Training Classes
Gain strength, lean body mass and increased muscle definition.
The cost of the class is $40, and it runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays
from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. from January 11 to February 10. Recreation
Facility Membership is required, and the deadline to register is
January 7. More information can be found here.
Last Day to Sign Up for Women's Personal Protection and Self-Defense Class
This class is open to Fermilab women, mothers and daughters.
Minimum Age 12, No Maximum Age. The cost is $35, and the class
runs every Wednesday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. from January 12 to
February 16 in the Village Kuhn Barn. Deadline to register has
been extended to January 7 at noon. More information can be found here.
Fermilab Folk Club Barn Dance
The next Fermilab Folk Club Barn Dance will be on Sunday, Jan. 9 at
6:30 p.m. with music by The Georgia Rang-Tangs and calling by Lisa
Tevatron Events Again on Display
Artist Tim Otto Roth again uses collision events from Fermilab's Tevatron as
input for his art project "I see what I see not." Fermilab Today reported on
The Fermilab-related artwork is on display this week from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. CT
and will be broadcast via Web cam.