Thursday, February 3|
THERE WILL BE NO THEORETICAL PHYSICS SEMINAR
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over
THERE WILL BE NO ACCELERATOR PHYSICS AND
TECHNOLOGY SEMINAR TODAY
Friday, February 4
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. Joint Experimental Theoretical Physics Seminar - 1 West
Speaker: B. Kayser, Fermilab
Title: APS Neutrino Study
8:00 p.m. Fermilab Public Lecture Series - Auditorium
P. Grannis of The State University of New York at Stony Brook presents:
Experiments at Fermilab: Understanding Matter at the Smallest Scale
Thursday, February 3|
Santa Fe Black Bean Soup
Marinara Meatball Sub $4.75
Stuffed Manicotti $3.75
Sauteed Liver & Onions $3.75
Baked Ham & Swiss on a Ciabatta Roll $4.75
California Pizza $2.75
Crispy Fried Chicken Ranch Salad $4.75
The Wilson Hall Cafe now accepts Visa, Master Card, Discover and
American Express at Cash Register #1.
Wilson Hall Cafe Menu
Chez Leon will be closed through January and February
Fermilab offers Family Open House, Sunday, Feb. 13, 2005|
Visitors need to register by February 10 to receive free tickets
A liquid-nitrogen show will be one of the featured
events at the Family Open House on February 13. (Click on image for larger version.)|
From historical scientists to hands-on activities, from an accelerator tour
to a liquid-nitrogen show, the Family Open House on Sunday, February 13
at Fermilab offers something for the entire family.
Organized by the Fermilab Education Office, the Family Open House celebrates the World Year of Physics 2005, which marks the anniversary of three revolutionary publications by Albert Einstein one hundred years ago. Visitors can join tours of two small accelerators on the Fermilab site, and they can visit the viewing area on the 15th floor of Wilson Hall, where Fermilab physicists will be available to talk and answer questions. A new exhibit, "The Quantum Universe," is open as well. As a special surprise, visitors can "meet" four famous scientists of the past 100 years and learn more about their accomplishments.
Osteoporosis Starts Early - Prevention Should, Too|
Even though King Tut's recently-examined bones have survived for over 3,300 years,
it took amazing foresight of mummy preservation and protection. We could
all take some tips on caring for our bones from King Tut even if it's
just for while we're alive.
"Many people don't realize that the decrease in bone mass that causes
osteoporosis starts early even as young as 30," says Bernie Dugan
of Fermilab's Lab Services, who is organizing an osteoporosis lecture and
screening at Fermilab. "There are many things in life that you can't control,
but you can control this. We all want to remain active as we age, but we need
to give thought about staying healthy while we're still young."
you information that
will help you
tain a strong, straight
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The presentation, called "Building Better Bones," will take place on Tuesday,
February 15 from noon until 1:00 p.m. in the Curia II Conference Room.
Jody Springsteen, a nurse with the Kane County Health Department, will talk
about the how to determine your risk factors and methods of prevention.
After the lecture, Fermilab employees can receive a free bone density screening,
although space is limited.
"The screening gives a baseline of information which a woman and her doctor
can use to assess future changes," says Dugan. The screening is like an
ultrasound: it's quick, painless and non-invasive. Reservations are required
for the free screening, and the deadline to register is Thursday, February 10.
To make a reservation, contact Dugan at 3591 or by
From The New York Times, February 1, 2005|
For Some Girls, the Problem With Math Is That They're Good at It
By Cornelia Dean
A few years ago, I told Donald Kennedy, editor of the journal Science, that I wanted to write an essay for his publication. It would say, "Anyone who thinks that sexism is no longer a problem in science has never been the first woman science editor of The New York Times."
I never wrote the essay. But the continuing furor over Dr. Lawrence H. Summers's remarks on women and science reminds me why I thought of it.
Following Up on the Mysteries of Run I|
The distribution of missing transverse energy expected from
the Standard Model compared with that observed in the CDF
Run II top dilepton sample. (Click on image for larger version.)|
Searching for new physics often involves looking for
excesses of events over Standard Model expectations, but CDF
recently submitted a paper describing a search using a
different, complementary technique.
The analysis has its history in the sample of top quark pair
decays containing two leptons collected in Run I of the
Tevatron. CDF and DZero observed not only a slight excess of events in this sample,
but also some peculiar kinematic properties in some of the events such
as anomalously large missing energy. These peculiarities led some to
speculate whether there was "something else" lurking in the top dilepton sample.
Awaiting the Run II data, a team of CDF researchers chose
four kinematic variables to study (one of which is shown in
the accompanying figure) and developed a statistical
technique to isolate subsets of events in which these
variables seemed most inconsistent with the Standard Model.
If the effect observed in Run I was something more than just
a stastical fluctuation, this method would be ready to catch
its reappearance in Run II.
Unfortunately, when CDF "opened the box" on the larger Run
II data sample, no particular subset stood out pointing the
way to new physics. The sample was not without its own set
of peculiarities, but a quantitative assessment showed that
it was nothing that couldn't be explained by the Standard
Model and statistics. The Standard Model has passed another
test but that's not always the answer we want to hear!
(Left to Right) Originally from Rochester, Andy Hocker
(FNAL), Paul Tipton (Rochester), and Andrew Ivanov (UC
Davis) performed this measurement. (Click on image for larger version.)|
Result of the Week Archive
- Ronald L. Norton, who worked at Fermilab
from 1970 until he retired in October of
1996, died on January 31 at his home with his family at his bedside.
He was 66. Norton worked for the Cryogenics Systems group in the Accelerator Divison.
While at Fermilab, Norton was the Task Manager for the installation of the Tevatron Transferline,
High and low Pressure Helium headers, and N2 return header.
He supervised the installation of the Cryogenic piping and initial testing
of the DZero detector central calorimeter. He also supervised the modification of
cryogenic transferline and piping headers for the CDF and DZero detector
installation. Norton was also the Task Manager for the installation and
construction of the Tevatron satellite refrigerators and compressor buildings.
World Year of Physics Events at Fermilab|
Curious about how Fermilab is celebrating the World Year of Physics 2005?
Fermilab has a new World Year of Physics Web page that lists all of the events in one place.
Check it frequently for new updates!
Fermilab Public Lecture Series
Paul Grannis, of SUNY at Stony Brook, will present
"Experiments at Fermilab: Understanding Matter at the Smallest Scale"
on Friday, February 4 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $5.00.
When Irish Cows Are Smiling - Discount Tickets
Fermilab's Recreation Office is offering discount tickets for
"When Irish Cows are Smiling." The deadline to sign up is March 3.
Dinner and the show are on March 19, 2005 at 7:00 PM at the
Milk Pail Restaurant.
Free Introductory Tai Chi Class
A free introductory Tai Chi class will be offered in the
Recreation Facility on Friday, February 18 from 6:30 AM to 7:15 AM.
for the free class can be made by calling the Recreation Office
at X5427 or X2548. You must pre-register. You do not need to be
a member of the Recreation Facility for this introductory class,
however, you will need to be one to participate in the scheduled 8-week session.
Deadline to register for this class is February 11.