Fermilab TodayTuesday, April 5, 2005  
Tuesday, April 5
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar - 1 West
Speaker: Y. Kuno, Osaka University
Title: The FFAG Accelerator for the PRISM Project: Phase Rotation, Injection/Extraction, RF and Magnet R&D, The Conceptual Design and Schedule
4:00 p.m. Special Joint Experimental Theoretical Physics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: G. Isidori, INFN, Frascati
Title: The Physics Case for Rare Kaon Decays

Wednesday, April 6
11:00 a.m. Fermilab ILC R&D Meeting - 1 West
Speaker: H. Weerts, Michigan State University/Fermilab
Title: Summary of LCWS05
12:00 p.m. Special Lunchtime Video Presentation - 1 West
Title: Einstein's Unfinished Symphony
1:30 p.m. Special Particle Astrophysics Seminar (NOTE DATE and TIME) - Curia II
Speaker: R. Battye, Jodrell Bank Observatory and University of Manchester
Title: Solid Dark Energy
2:00 p.m. Proton Driver General Meeting - 1 West
Speaker: G. Isidori, INFN, Frascati
Title: Kaon Physics at the Proton Driver
Speaker: G. Apollinari, Fermilab
Title: beta < 1 Cryomodules and Cost
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. Fermilab Colloquium - 1 West
Speaker: R. Myers, Stanford University School of Medicine
Title: Using Genomics to Study Human Biology and Disease

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Tuesday, April 5
Creamy Turkey Vegetable Soup
Popcorn Shrimp Hoagie $4.75
Salisbury Steaks w/ Mushroom au Jus $3.75
Chicken Cacciatore $3.75
Smoked Turkey Breast on Homemade Fococcia $4.75
Philly Cheese Stromboli $3.25
Chipotle Chili & Queso Nachos Supreme $4.75

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Indian Physicist Anuj Purwar Joins Quantum Diaries
Anuj Purwar
Quantum Diarist Anuj Purwar proposed to his wife by creating a Web site for her.
From South Africa to Russia, the physicists on Quantum Diaries span the globe. And now Anuj Purwar, a postdoc at Los Alamos National Laboratory, is the 32nd blogger to join the Web site, adding India to the list of participating countries.

Born in New Delhi, Purwar got hooked on physics after reading "Einstein's Universe" by Nigel Calder. He obtained a degree in physics from Delhi University and moved to the United States in 1998 to pursue a doctorate in physics at SUNY-Stony Brook. He is currently a member of the PHENIX experiment at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Long Island, NY.

When Purwar isn't studying heavy flavor production at RHIC, he can be found ballroom dancing, making Web sites to woo his wife and most recently learning how to ski. In his blog, you can read all about his life at Los Alamos and how he and his wife met over the internet. "I had advertised myself as 'Dancing Nuclear Physicist Seeking Smart, Self-Aware Woman'," Purwar wrote in a recent blog. "Our first date was at Pascalou, a quaint eatery in the Upper East Side of Manhattan...Something clicked between us and before I knew, I was asking her to marry me on the web."
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-Elizabeth Clements

World Year of Physics Event: Einstein to Visit Argonne
Bill Landry as "Einstein the Man" (Click in image for larger version.)
In celebration of the World Year of Physics, "Einstein the Man," a play presenting the ideas of the great physicist in his own words, will be performed at Argonne by Emmy Award-winning actor Bill Landry on Thursday, April 7 and at the University of Chicago on Friday, April 8.

Landry uses Einstein's own words to portray the physicist's scientific work, philosophical ideas and personal idiosyncrasies. Following the performance, Landry takes questions as Einstein, then removes his extensive makeup to answer questions about the play. Landry has presented the play, which he also wrote, more than 850 times to audiences that now total more than 500,000 in 38 states. The play has also been adapted for National Public Radio and for PBS television.

Two performances will be held at Argonne on Thursday, April 7, both in the Building 362 Auditorium. The first performance at 3:00 p.m. is only for Argonne employees. The second performance at 7:00 p.m. is open to the general public. The Enrico Fermi Institute and the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics at the University of Chicago will host a performance at the University's Hyde Park campus on Friday, April 8, at 10 a.m.

The play is appropriate for children in middle school and older. Non-employees wishing to attend the performance should pre-register by calling (630) 252-5580. A photo ID is required for all attendees 16 years of age and older.

Director's Corner
Good Morning!
Mike WItherell
Mike Witherell
Fermilab passed an important milestone in the neutrino program Sunday morning. The total number of protons delivered to the MiniBooNE target over its two and a half years of operation reached 5 x 1020. The Booster Neutrino Beam continues to operate well and will deliver many more protons by the time of the fall shutdown.

Important physics results are expected from MiniBooNE late this year, using the data sample collected up to this year's shutdown. They will be able to check the evidence from the LSND experiment of a neutrino oscillation that would require a complete rethinking of neutrino physics.

Another event in the last week was the DOE review of Tevatron. They gave the laboratory high marks for managing operations of the experimental program over the last year, especially for accelerator performance. They also said that the future goals for the rest of Run II and for the neutrino program represented a real challenge, particularly within the tight budgets that are now foreseen.

I agree. We have set design goals for Run II and for the neutrino program that challenge the laboratory, in an attempt to optimize the physics coming from both programs over the next few years.

Accelerator Update
April 1 - April 4
- During this 72 hour period Operations established two stores that combined with an existing store provided the experiments with approximately 63 hours and 42 minutes of luminosity
- MiniBooNE magnet repaired
- Pbar and Recycler suffered from emittance problems
- TeV RF station tripped off causing luminosity loss
- NuMI scanned target

Read the Current Accelerator Update
Read the Early Bird Report
View the Tevatron Luminosity Charts

In the News
From Science, April 1, 2005
High-Energy Physics: Exit America?
by Charles Seife
Budget cuts and cancellations threaten to end U.S. exploration of the particle frontier
Monday, 7 February, was a grim day for the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab). "You wake up, you go to a presentation, and you find out you're dead," says Fermilab physicist Joel Butler. Butler is co-spokesperson of an experiment known as BTeV--a multimillion-dollar project that would allow scientists to study the properties of the bottom quark. But that Monday, when the new Secretary of Energy Samuel Bodman took to the podium to announce the department's budget request for 2006, BTeV scientists were horrified to discover that their project had been canceled.
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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 Eric Bland.

Watch Einstein While You Eat
The video, "Einstein's Unfinished Symphony" will be shown in 1 West on Wednesday, April 6 at noon. All welcome; eating permitted!

Silk and Thistle Scottish Country Dancing
The "Silk and Thistle" Scottish country dance group will be celebrating Tartan Day with a free dance party at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, at Kuhn Barn. Anyone interested is invited to this party to join in the appreciation of things Scottish and to try out the country's traditional social dancing. The celebration will offer some traditional foods, as well as an exhibit of books and materials on Scottish history, heritage and tartans.

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