Tuesday, April 12|
2:30 p.m. Special Joint Experimental Theoretical Physics Seminar - 1 West
Speaker: U.-K. Yang, University of Chicago
Title: Top Quark Mass Measurement at CDF
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over
THERE WILL BE NO ACCELERATOR PHYSICS AND
TECHNOLOGY SEMINAR TODAY
Wednesday, April 13
10:00 a.m. Research Techniques Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: J. Link, Columbia University
Title: Searching for Reactor Neutrino Oscillations
11:00 a.m. Fermilab ILC R&D Meeting - (NOTE LOCATION) Curia II
Speaker: T. Lackowski, Fermilab
Title: Conventional Facilities Status Update
Speaker: E. Vaandering, Vanderbilt University
Title: Collaboration Tool
2:00 p.m. Proton Driver General Meeting - (NOTE LOCATION) Curia II
Speaker: R. Ray, Fermilab
Title: Muon Physics at the Proton Driver
Speaker: D. Wildman, Fermilab
Title: Coaxial RF Phase Shifter R&D
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. Fermilab Colloquium - 1 West
Speaker: S. Koonin, BP p.l.c.
Title: A Physicist's View of the World's Energy Situation
Tuesday, April 12|
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
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
Barletta of Berkeley Lab|
Named Director of USPAS
William Barletta, the head of Berkeley Lab's Accelerators and Fusion Division,
was announced as the new director of the U.S. Particle Accelerator School on
March 1, 2005 . The USPAS is a consortium of nine national laboratories and
two universities, administered and headquartered at Fermilab that holds
classes at universities around the country. Barletta has served as the
chair of the USPAS' board since 1994. The first USPAS classes were in
1983 and were attended by physicists and engineers from the national
laboratories. But at the most recent course at San Francisco University,
up to half of the classes' 175 participants were graduate students.
"This shows that students really think there is a future and jobs in
accelerator science," said Barletta.
Bill Barletta (Photo|
courtesy of Pier
Barletta hopes to establish 20 new summer internships at various DOE laboratories.
Barletta views these new positions as a good thing for both students and labs.
"Students will get a chance to spend a lot of time and gain valuable
experience on actual accelerators," he said, "while this would be a reward
for the laboratories that help pay for the school." Barletta also hopes
to add classes in laser technology. "I feel the USPAS is a successful
model of instruction, as well as an important link to the academic community,"
Barletta received his Ph. D. in high energy physics from the University of
Chicago in 1972. He has taught at Yale and UCLA, and conducted research at
Berkeley and Livermore laboratories.
- Eric Bland
CDF Tips DZero For Title|
In Fermilab NCAA Bracket
The University of Illinois Fighting Illini carried the dreams of their fans
and CDF to the NCAA Men's National Championship game in St. Louis last Monday,
April 4, where they were defeated by the University of North Carolina, 75-70.
CDF, with tournament representation from Illinois, Wisconsin, Pittsburgh,
Penn. State, UCLA, Duke, Michigan State, and Florida, came in with a combined
record of 16-8 (.667). DZero had a final record of 11-6 (.647) with Arizona,
Washington, Michigan State, Kansas, Iowa State and Oklahoma. When Texas,
Pittsburgh, Minnesota, and Stanford all lost in the first round, MINOS
collaborators pinned their championship hopes on Wisconsin, which fell in
the Elite Eight. MINOS ended with a 3-5 record.
Sean May led UNC|
to the national
Courtesy of the
University of North
Fermilab's Education Office has tabulated the results on the success of
QuarkNet and non-QuarkNet schools from the past seven tournaments.
For the men's division, the stats show that QuarkNet schools are less
likely than other schools to lose in the first round, and are more likely
than other schools to win three or more games (chi2 = 7.05, df = 3,
p = 0.0704). QuarkNet schools in the women's national tournament are
less likely than other schools to lose in the first round and are more
likely than other schools to win exactly two games, reaching the Sweet Sixteen
and then losing (chi2 = 15.2, df = 3, p = 0.00169).
Spencer Pasero and fellow Education Office statisticians are now working
hard to improve the correlation between QuarkNet schools and tournament success.
- Eric Bland
From the Washington Post, April 10, 2005|
Our Incredible Shrinking Curiosity
By Rick Weiss
"Bones, there's a -- thing -- out there," Captain James T. Kirk says to starship physician Leonard McCoy in the 1979 film, "Star Trek: The Motion Picture." That "thing," it turns out, is a huge cloud of intelligence with some kind of object at its core -- an object that calls itself "Veeger."
"Veeger" -- actually "V . . . ger" -- proves to be the spacecraft Voyager, launched from Earth some 300 years earlier. The letters "oya" have been obscured by space grime so that the computerized device has long ago forgotten its full name. But like the ultimate Timex watch, it is still ticking.
It is spring at Fermilab. It seemed that the grass turned green all in one day.
As you can see on our bird sightings
the Yellow-rumped Warbler and the Brown Thrasher
have just shown up. The Rusty Blackbird has been around for a while, but is
about to move on.
A new feature this spring compared to the last three is the larger number of
weekend visitors on our site. About three and a half years ago, we tightened
the security for the entire Fermilab site. One of the most dramatic changes
was the reduction in the number people taking advantage of Fermilab's natural
attractions, especially in good weather. Over time we made some changes to
accommodate certain classes of visitors.
This changed for the better on January 24, when we started to operate under a
new security plan. People can now drive to the most popular recreational
locations without the need for visitors' passes. Certain specific workplaces
are identified as property protection areas, where ID badges are required.
Establishing separate rules for these different parts of the site makes
it possible for many more visitors to enjoy Fermilab. This reestablishes
a connection that is important for the surrounding community and
Spring Book Fair - April 27-28|
Fermilab Recreation will sponsor the Spring Book Fair, hosted by Books are Fun,
in the Atrium on Wednesday, April 27 from 10:00 AM until 6:00 PM and on Thursday,
April 28 from 7:00 AM until 3:00 PM. Books are Fun will be offering a new
selection of hard cover books with savings of up to 70%. The Book Fair
features in excess of 200 titles Cookbooks, General Information Books,
Inspirational Books, Children's Books, Bestsellers and more. They also offer
a special section of photo albums, cards and gift items. The Book Fair will
accept cash, personal check, MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Discover
card. A portion of the proceeds from the Book Fair subsidizes
some of our Recreation Programs.
Children's Swim Lessons; Registration Begins in May
The YMCA will again be conducting Children's Swim Lessons at Fermilab.
Lessons are open to children of employees, users, and approved contractors
ages 4 yrs. to 12 yrs. Lessons will be taught in two-week sessions,
Monday through Thursday, with Fridays reserved for make-up classes.
Preschool classes (age 4 & 5) will be 30 minutes in length and cost $40.00
per child/per session. The cost for all other classes is $45.00 per child/per
Registration must be
made through the Recreation Office by completing a registration form and
returning the completed form with the appropriate payment to the Recreation
Office, WH15W, M.S. 126. Payment may be made by cash, check, or credit card
(Visa or Mastercard). There is a STRICT registration deadline for each session
at noon the Thursday prior to the start of the session. More information and
dates of the sessions can be found on the
Recreation web page.