Tuesday, January 11|
11:00 a.m. Research Techniques Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: T. Matsumoto, Tokyo Metropolitan University
Title: Particle Identification at Belle: Present Status and Upgrade Plan
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over
THERE WILL BE NO ACCELERATOR PHYSICS AND TECHNOLOGY
Wednesday, January 12
11:00 a.m. Fermilab ILC R&D Meeting - 1 West
Speaker: W. Cooper, Fermilab
Title: A Silicon Tracker for ILC
12:00 p.m. Wellness Works – Brown Bag Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: W. Hallow, Midwest Center for Sleep Disorders
Title: Getting a Better Night's Sleep
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. Fermilab Colloquium - 1 West
Speaker: J. Kakalios, University of Minnesota
Title: The Uncanny Physics of Superhero Comic Books
Tuesday, January 11|
Golden Broccoli & Cheese
Hickory Smoked BBQ Pork $4.75
Japanese Breaded Pork Cutlet $3.75
Hawaiian Marinated Chicken w/ Grilled Pineapple $3.75
Toasted Almond Chicken Salad on Low Carb Bread $4.75
Supreme Baked Pizza $2.75
Chicken Fajita Tacos $4.75
Wilson Hall Cafe Menu
Chez Leon will be closed through January and February
DOE Website Helps
Lower Energy Bills|
To help consumers grapple with ever-increasing energy costs, the Department
of Energy has launched a new website
with tips on how to save money by developing smart energy habits. The site
serves as a consumer-friendly portal to detailed energy saving information,
such as where to shop for Energy Star appliances, finding the cheapest gas
stations, and fuel efficiency comparisons of the latest vehicles.
Notes from the December UEC Meeting|
At the December UEC meeting, plans for the upcoming Users' Meeting and
trip to Washington DC were
discussed. Two surveys, one on the quality of life at Fermilab, the
other on issues for non-US users and visas, were finalized and prepared
for distribution. Fermilab Director Mike Witherell reported on the first ILC
collaboration meeting at KEK, in Tsukuba, Japan, as well as Fermilab's
involvement in the effort. Director of Public Affairs Judy Jackson
provided an overview of the public outreach program at Fermilab. Steve
Geer presented the physics program at a future Fermilab-based Proton Driver.
UEC Chair Bill Trischuk|
Yale University News Release, January 6, 2004|
Substructure Maps Show that Dark Matter Clumps in Galaxies
New Haven, Conn. -- Hubble Space Telescope data, analyzed by a Yale astronomer using gravitational lensing techniques, has generated a spatial map demonstrating the clumped substructure of dark matter inside clusters of galaxies.
Clusters of galaxies (about a million, million times the mass of our sun), are typically made up of hundreds of galaxies bound together by gravity. About 90 percent of their mass is dark matter. The rest is ordinary atoms in the form of hot gas and stars.
From the New York Times, January 9, 2004|
'The Fly in the Cathedral': Make Way for Big Science
by Richard Panek
Walton and Cockcroft: the names don't carry quite the same historic resonance
as Watson and Crick. Yet the most enduring work of Ernest Walton and John
Cockcroft -- splitting the nucleus of the atom -- can hold its own with the
discovery of DNA's structure among the turning points of 20th-century science,
and now, with Brian Cathcart's ''Fly in the Cathedral,'' they even get
their own ''Double Helix,'' sort of.
In that unlikely 1968 best seller, James Watson created a new kind of
popular science book, one that unveils the human side of science --
the ambition, pride, ill will and possible thievery that, arguably,
play as great a role in revolutionary breakthroughs as objective
evaluations of empirical evidence do. Ambition, pride, ill will and
possible thievery might well have played a role at Cambridge in 1932 --
21 years before Watson and Francis Crick walked into the Eagle pub there one
lunchtime and famously crowed that they'd just discovered the secret of
life -- but you wouldn't know it from the historical record. Back in the
early 1930's, young university researchers in Britain were still taking
direction from the last vestiges of what Cathcart calls ''the age of the
gentleman scientist,'' from pillars of probity who manned their workbenches
with a seemingly thorough disregard for the outside world -- the scientific
equivalent of a stiff upper lip.
I would like to say a word today about the people who keep Fermilab operating through the most difficult circumstances.
Very early Monday morning, January 3, power coming into the master substation was interrupted, causing an unplanned power outage across most of the site. We were able to limit the operating time lost to experiments only because of careful planning before the event and an extraordinary effort afterward. Systems designed to abort the beam cleanly worked well. Most of the helium inventory was retained. Joe Pathiyil's electrical group within FESS Operations moved into action, arranging with the utility to repair some of their equipment on our site and then switching the power back to the main substation without unnecessary further disruption. People reset computers and restored thousands of parameters across the laboratory, and by Thursday morning the first collider store was successful.
Credit goes to the hundreds of people who worked systematically through all of the problems caused by the outage to get us back on the air quickly.
It is also remarkable that access was preserved on our site during the recent winter storms.This takes an extraordinary effort of the people at Roads and Grounds, who must keep clear over 32 miles of paved roads and many parking lots. They do their work so well that we usually don't notice them, but this time of year we should.
Thanks to all of the people who keep Fermilab up and running while helping us maintain a safe workplace.
Winter Weather Advisory|
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch
for possible freezing rain and sleet. Please use extra caution
when driving or walking outside. If you spot icy patches on the
sidewalk near a building on site, either spread salt on it or contact
the Building Manager.
Weekly Fermilab Proton Driver Meeting
There will be a weekly Fermilab Proton Driver meeting commencing on
Wednesday January 12, 2005 in WH 1-West from 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm.
The agenda for these meetings will include topics related to the
8 GeV Superconducting Linac design and particle physics
which can be done with high power proton beams.
If you would like to receive meeting announcements in the future via e-mail please
reply to firstname.lastname@example.org. Here is an agenda for Wednesday's
Proton Driver Linac Parameters; Status of Design and Plans
- Bill Foster - 30 minutes
Fundamental Physics Topics for High Power Proton Beams
- Steve Geer - 30 minutes
Date Change for Women's Personal Protection and Self Defense Class
The dates on this class have changed and the deadline has been extended.
Held on Wednesday's from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., this 6-week class starts
on January 19 and ends on February 23.
Class is open to Fermilab Women, Mothers and Daughters.
Minimum Age 12, No Maximum Age
Registration and payment must be made in the Recreation Office, WH15W
or by mail to M.S. 126 by January 17.
Fermilab Barnstormers Meeting this Wednesday
The Fermilab Barnstormers, Model Aeronautic Club, will have its
meeting this Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at the Users' Center Music Room.
Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month.
Current members fly R/C gas planes,
electric planes, control line planes, and helicopters.
Travel Center Tour Deadlines
The deadline to sign up for the "Wonders of Iceland - August 17" trip
is February 17.
Registration is accepted after this date if there are seats.
If you would like more information on these tours contact the Recreation
Office and we can send it to you.
Rhythm & Blues Musical with Fermilab Connections
A new rhythm & blues musical with music by Jamie Ellis of
Geneva and book and lyrics by former Fermilab physicist Steve
Delchamps is going to be presented at Steel Beam Theatre in St. Charles during
February. The engagement is limited to two weekends:
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday the 11-13th and
Friday and Saturday the 18th and 19th.
For reservations, people should call Steel Beam Theatre at 630.587.8521.