Monday, March 21|
2:30 p.m. Particle Astrophysics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: T. Wiseman, Harvard University
Title: Black Holes and Extra Dimensions
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II
Special Topics: CDF Silicon Detector Damage Update and
DZero Luminosity Measurement
Tuesday, March 22
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over
THERE WILL BE NO ACCELERATOR PHYSICS AND TECHNOLOGY
Monday, March 21|
Potato Au Gratin
Monte Cristo $4.75
Savory Roasted Chicken Quarters $3.75
Lasagna Bolognaise $3.75
Chicken Ranch Wrapper $4.75
Assorted Pizza Slices $2.75
Szechuan Style Pork Lo Mein $4.75
The Wilson Hall Cafe now accepts Visa, Master Card, Discover and
American Express at Cash Register #1.
Wilson Hall Cafe Menu
is now open. Call x4512 to make your
Tevatron Achieves New Record Luminosity|
On Friday at 1:20 p.m., accelerator operators achieved a record peak
luminosity of 113.4 E30 cm-2sec-1. The last record of
107.4 E30 cm-2sec-1 was set on February 24.
DZero recorded a luminosity over
100.0 E30 cm-2sec-1 for the first time ever, measuring
105.9 E30 cm-2sec-1.
Wanted: Summer Mentors|
for Science Teachers
TRAC teacher Len Bugel (right) works on the MiniBooNE horn with Eric Zimmerman. (Click on image for larger version.)|
Every year a dozen or so teachers, most from local Chicago schools, spend 8
to 12 weeks at Fermilab, to participate in TRAC, a summer research program
for high school science teachers. From silicon detectors for DZero to fans for
CDF, in the past, teachers have worked with a Fermilab scientist on a wide range
on projects, many related to the BTeV experiment. But with the recent cancellation
of BTeV, finding mentors may be harder than usual this year, and the TRAC program
is looking for additional mentors and projects.
"Finding mentors is the hardest thing to do," said PPD's Ron Ray, who has been the TRAC coordinator for the past several years. "The teachers pay their own way to come here, and PPD pays them a weekly stipend. Being a mentor does not cost your experiment anything."
The goal of the TRAC program is to provide outstanding high school science teachers with professional scientific and engineering experiences through summer research opportunities. By working in the scientific field at Fermilab, teachers gain an increased understanding and enthusiasm for particle physics research, which they then take back to their classroom in the fall. "The teachers really love being here," Ray said. "They don't care what they do, and they really go home and tell people what a great place Fermilab is."
Harry Cheung, of PPD, has been a mentor for students and teachers for the
past ten years."Giving back to the community feels very good," Cheung said.
"If we get teachers excited about the science we do here, they will take
it back to their kids in the classroom." One of the teachers that Cheung mentored
actually brought his class of 26 students back to Fermilab for a tour after he
spent a summer here.
Fermilab employees, postdocs and users are all eligible to be mentors.
If you have a summer opportunity in your experiment that would be
appropriate for a TRAC teacher, contact Ron Ray
or Maxine Hronek by April 15.
- Elizabeth Clements
From Interactions News Wire, March 21, 2005|
MICE to go ahead
In the quest to unravel the characteristics of the mysterious neutrino particle,
millions of which pass through us undetected every day, scientists from several
international universities have joined forces with UK research colleagues to build a unique engineering technology demonstrator at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire. Known as MICE [Muon Ionisation Cooling Experiment] the experiment will prove one of the key requirements to produce intense beams of neutrinos at a dedicated Neutrino Factory to be built later this decade.
Announcing funding for the experiment Science and Innovation Minister, Lord Sainsbury said, "It is a testament to the UK's world class science and facilities that leading experimental physicists from across the globe have supported conducting a project of this calibre in the UK. The Government's investment in this experiment will provide a unique showcase of UK scientific and engineering technology.The support for using the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire is a further
demonstration of the UK's position as a leading base for scientific research and innovation."
Break Down Your Work Assignments|
An effective tool toward eliminating mishaps is to routinely think through
your assignments. Break them down into individual components, think
about what could go wrong, and take steps to make sure they go right.
The questions below are provided to help you develop the thought process
needed to accomplish this.
Task understanding - Has the task been "scoped out?" Does
everyone understand their part? Are there formal procedures that should
be reviewed? Have you considered a "dry run" for non-routine and
Hazard evaluation - Have potential hazards been evaluated? Are precautions
established? Have authorizations been secured?
Worker qualification - Are the people involved in the task properly
trained and medically qualified? Does anyone have a medical condition that
might prevent them from safely participating (e.g., bad back, seasonal illness,
Proper tools - Are the tools well-matched to the task? Many injuries
result from trying to "make do" with whatever is convenient (e.g., short ladder).
Tool selection is best done during initial scoping phase.
Safety equipment - It is likely that some safety equipment is specified
in the hazard evaluation. Is it being used properly? Was something missed
or has something changed that would indicate the use of different equipment
or additional safety equipment?
Bystander safety - Is it OK for uninvolved people to approach the
work area unimpeded? Would they be placing themselves and/or you at additional
risk? Could they damage the equipment you are working on? When the task
is complete, will the work area be left in a safe and functional condition?
Have a great day and let's work safely all week!
Safety Tip of the Week Archive
Yesterday's article "Dark Matter Search Marks Return of Bubble Chamber" incorrectly
stated Roger Hildebrand's age. He is a young 83.
Calling All NCAA Basketball Fans|
Last year, Fermilab Today ran an article about the results of the
NCAA basketball tournament among experiment collaborations, and we plan to do the same
thing this year. After the championship game, Fermilab Today
invites collaborators to send their results to
ICW Supply System at Casey's Pond
On Monday, March 21, the ICW Supply System at Casey's Pond
will be reconfigured to operate on the 100hp pump backup system for
approximately three days. This reconfiguration is necessary to allow
for an electrical supply upgrade to the primary 400hp pumping system.
This change will take place at 7:45 a.m. on Monday , March 21
and should be transparent to all ICW users.
March 22 - Access 2000 Intermediate
March 23 - Excel 2000 Intermediate
March 29 & 30 - Behavioral Interviewing (two consecutive half-days)
April 5 - Access 2000 Advanced
International Astronomical Union Circulars
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please send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Building Better Bones
Back by popular demand, Building Better Bones will be offered
on March 23 at noon Curia-II.
A brief lecture on Osteoporosis will be followed by a free
bone scan for any woman attending the lecture. Jody Springsteen, BSN, CRRN
cover osteoporosis risk factors, diagnosis and prevention.