Monday, May 2|
2:30 p.m. Particle Astrophysics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: G. Gratta, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center
Title: Fishing Neutrinos at the Bahamas
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II
Special Topic: Beam Loss Monitor Upgrades
Tuesday, May 3
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over
THERE WILL BE NO ACCELERATOR PHYSICS AND TECHNOLOGY
Monday, May 2|
Chicken & Mushroom Cheese Steak $4.75
Baked Chicken Enchiladas $3.75
Pot Roasted $3.75
Smoked Turkey Panini Pesto Mayo $4.75
Assorted Sliced Pizza $2.75
Pacific Rim Rice Bowl $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|
The accelerator operators broke the Tevatron
luminosity record twice this week. On Wednesday, they achieved a peak luminosity
of 119 E30 cm-2sec-1. And on Friday at 9:53 a.m.,
they set a record of 122 E30 cm-2sec-1.
The last record of 113 E30 cm-2sec-1
was set on March 18.
Fermilab Receives Two Awards from the National Safety Council|
Fermi Site Manager Joanna Livengood (right) presented
Mike Witherell (center) and Bill Griffing (left) with the two safety awards on Friday. (Click on image for larger version.)|
On Friday, April 29, Fermi Site Manager Joanna Livengood presented two National
Safety Council awards to Fermilab Director Mike Witherell and ES&H Head Bill
Griffing. "These are outstanding accomplishments for which everyone at the
laboratory can be proud," Livengood said.
The first plaque is an Excellence Achievement Award that recognizes Fermilab
for outstanding safety performance during 2004. The second award is a Certificate
of Merit for outstanding safety practices during the installation of the NuMI
project, which took place over five years without a lost time injury and only
one recordable injury. This tremendous accomplishment included the installation
of 700 shield blocks (7600 tons), 14 magnets (4-6 tons each) and 282 steel plates
(3 tons each) in a 1000 foot tunnel that is 300 feet underground.
"The Certificate of Merit recognizes the outstanding efforts of all the
people in the NuMI project," Livengood said. "Excellence in performance
and safety go hand in hand."
- Elizabeth Clements
K.C. Kirksey Retires, Plans
To Chill Out and Travel|
K.C. Kirksey of PPD retired Monday, April 4, after working at Fermilab since 1971. He started doing temp work in 1970, and was hired full time the next year. He spent most of his time at the Industrial Area, but also worked at CDF and the Muon Factory. "It was a good place to work," he said. "I've been getting up and going there every morning for 33 years now. I'm going to miss that." Kirksey plans to spend his retirement "chilling out and traveling," and is considering a move back to his native Alabama.
- Eric Bland
- Andrew Oleck, TD, May 2, 2005
Sunrise at Fermilab|
(Click on image for larger version.)
(Photo Courtesy of Doug Kelley)|
From the Washington Post, April 29, 2005|
Curiosity Abounds, and Science Is Thriving
The gloomy thesis advanced in the April 10 Outlook article "Our Incredible Shrinking Curiosity" does not hold up under an objective survey of America's science enterprise. Research and development budgets have increased 45 percent since 2001, to a historic high of $132.3 billion in President Bush's fiscal 2006 budget proposal. Within that total the category that Rick Weiss called "curiosity-driven" has increased 26 percent, to $26.6 billion.
These numbers represent a huge commitment to science and technology, including basic research. Choices always have to be made about what research promises the greatest science payoff, given the technology available, and what offers the greatest promise for new technologies.
Oh, My Aching Back|
Most back injuries can be avoided by being careful
when doing heavy lifting. (Click on image for larger version.)|
In recent years, Fermilab has experienced great success in reducing its rate of
occupational injuries. By maintaining our focus on the major contributors
to workplace incidents, we hope to further chip away at this statistic.
Low back pain is a good place to look. Since 1984, 14% of our OSHA-recordable
cases have been back injuries. In addition, these injuries accounted for 38%
of the days away from work and 28% of the restricted duty days.
Dr. John Foxen of Fermilab's Medical Department notes that most people he
sees with back injuries realize that they were doing something that was
likely to hurt their backs. Heavy lifting in an awkward position is a
common scenario. In many cases the injury could have been prevented if
the worker had simply thought about what they were about to do.
People who are in good shape are less likely to injure their backs.
Even activities as simple as regular walking strengthen muscles in the
abdomen and back. Many people tend to get professional help whenever
their backs hurt. Though we certainly want to see any lab employee who
believes they were injured on the job, most people with uncomplicated back
injuries recover completely within a week or two, whether or not they
receive any treatment. Usually, application of cold packs,
OTC pain medications and a rapid resumption of normal activities will lead
to the quickest recovery. However, professional help should be sought
ASAP if your back pain is rapidly worsening, prohibits normal functioning,
is accompanied by sensation loss, leg weakness, or disturbed bladder or bowel
Have a great day and let's work safely all week!
Safety Tip of the Week Archive
Elder Care, a facility in Madison, Wisconsin for developmentally
disabled adults and senior citizens, is seeking the help of a
Fermilab scientist. Every Thursday, Elder Care puts on a TV variety
show on a local cable channel station. Once a month,
the show is about science. Elder Care would like to find a scientist
who would be willing to send a short science update to them once a month.
Emailing a paragraph about the latest, exciting things happening at Fermilab
once a month is all that they need. If you are interested in this
service opportunity, contact Elizabeth Clements.
Retirement Party for Bill Medley and Mike Kerwin
There will be a retirement party for Bill Medley of the Village Machine Shop
and Mike Kerwin of MW9 on Friday, May 13 at noon at the
Venice Tavern (formerly Charlie Foxes) in Batavia on 32 North River Street.
The cost per person is $17.00, which includes an all you can eat buffet, tax, tip
and gifts. If you would like to attend, contact Carl Penson x3712 or
Wes Tollefson x3233 by May 9.
Register Now for EPP2010 Meeting at Fermilab May 16
The committee for the National Research Council's decadal study of particle
physics, EPP2010 will
hold its third meeting at Fermilab on May 16. The Committee asks all those
who plan to attend to register now online
to allow organizers to plan for the meeting. There is no fee for
registration. The agenda can be found at
Accelerated C++ Short Course
On June 7, Fermilab will offer the first session of Accelerated C++:
A Short Course in Practical Programming by Example.
The Short Course is an extended professional development experience that
emphasizes computer programming in modern standard C++. No tuition is charged;
the only cost is for the required textbooks. A subsidy is available for most
graduate students. All course participants receive TRAIN credit upon successful
Walter Brown, who participates on Fermilab's behalf in the international C++
standardization effort, is the course instructor. He is a member of the
Computing Division's CEPA department.
Course registration is now open.
Brown Bag Seminar This Wednesday
There will be a Brown Bag Seminar on Wednesday, May 4 from noon
to 1:00 p.m. in One West.
Wellness Works will present,
"Predicting the past; Remembering the future."
The presenter, Sam Weller, is the author of "The Bradbury Chronicles"
the recently published, authorized biography of Ray