Tuesday, May 10|
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over
THERE WILL BE NO ACCELERATOR PHYSICS AND
TECHNOLOGY SEMINAR TODAY
4:00 p.m. Special Joint Experimental Theoretical Physics Seminar - 1 West
Speaker: S. Olsen, University of Hawaii
Title: Non-Standard Mesons
Wednesday, May 11
THERE WILL BE NO FERMILAB ILC R&D MEETING
THERE WILL BE NO PROTON DRIVER GENERAL
MEETING THIS WEEK
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. Fermilab Colloquium - 1 West
Speaker: W. Marciano, Brookhaven National Laboratory/
University of Chicago
Title: Muon Physics in the 21st Century
Tuesday, May 8|
Creamy Turkey Vegetable Soup
Chicken Gyros $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
Nevin Leaves 'em Laughing
As He Heads Off to Florida|
Dave Nevin and his wife, Gilda (left), at yesterday's retirement party. (Click on image for larger verson.)|
David Nevin and his wife, Gilda, leave for their home in Florida today with a firm retirement strategy. "I told Gilda from now on it will be twice the husband and half the income," said Nevin, who joined Fermilab in May, 1993 as Deputy Head of Facilities Engineering Services Section.
Nevin soon became Head of FESS, with the retirement of Wayne Nestander. Nevin's tenure encompassed two of the lab's trademark large-scale projects: the $260 million Main Injector accelerator, and the NuMI (Neutrinos at the Main Injector) project, now sending beam to the MINOS (Main Injector Neutrino Oscillation Search) detector in Soudan, Minnesota. At Nevin's retirement celebration Monday afternoon, Deputy Director Ken Stanfield offered "great respect and appreciation for David's approach to leadership." He noted that immediately after being hired, Nevin met with all division and section heads, and all building managers, to improve communications.
Stanfield commended Nevin's "great safety program," and Office of Science Fermi Site Manager Joanna Livengood added DOE's gratitude: "David helped turn around the safety culture at this lab." Nevin also won the DOE Management Award in 1999, along with Emil Huedem, Steve Krstulovich, Bob Huite and Randy Ortgiesen of Fermilab, and John Chapman of DOE Fermi Group, for "dedication to energy management and reducing energy costs" with their efforts in the Central Utility Building cooling retrofit.
Before joining the lab, Nevin had spent 23 years at Baxter Healthcare, with oversight responsibility for 27 facilities throughout the world. In making the change, Nevin was struck by "the way I was accepted immediately and made to feel part of Fermilab." He said it was difficult to leave, "but if I had to script a place to retire from after 50 years of working, I could not have imagined a better place."
Nevin displayed his well-noted humor in describing how he knew it was time to retire. "They say you know it's time when you start thinking about the hereafter," he said. "I found I had been going into a lot of rooms lately, thinking, 'What am I here after?' So I knew it was time. I wish you all great science, bigger budgets, and lots of laughs."
- Mike Perricone
Fritz Lange Develops|
Into the Photographic Arts
Fritz poses with three of his photographs,
(left to right) "Anticipation," "Blue Collar Man," and "Tranquility."
on image for larger version.)|
After 23 years of dedicated service to Fermilab as Accelerator Division's
head of Mechanical Support, Fritz Lange will retire tomorrow, May 11.
After being hired to work on the Anti-Proton Source project in 1982,
Lange worked his way up through the Department to become its head in 1994.
Being the department head was Lange's favorite job, and with a M.B.A.
from the University of Chicago, Lange brought a unique attitude to the
position. "I tried to run the department like a small company," said
Lange. "You recognize someone with potential, give them responsibility,
and let them develop." Lange is a native of Berlin, Germany who immigrated
to the United States in 1953 with his family for a better education.
Lange will concentrate on photography during his retirement. Over the
last four years Lange has accumulated the elements of an advanced Hasselblad
photographic system, the "Rolls-Royce of cameras," as Lange says. He has
already won two awards for this photography, including a first place prize
for portraits in the Palette & Brush, Light & Lens Art Show. Lange's
favorite subjects are the people of Fermilab, and he hopes to create a
portfolio of these images. "I want to have a collection of many department
members in a work-related situation that reflects the unique Fermilab environment,"
Lange's wife, Maureen, is an instructor at Elgin Community College. Their
daughters, Heather and Johanna, both attended college through URA
- Eric Bland
Don Tousignant Retires
To Life Without Detectors|
Donald Tousignant stands next to the SVX detector, of which he made a prototype. (Click
on image for larger version.)|
After designing detectors at Fermilab for the past 26 years,
Particle Physics Division's Donald Tousignant is retiring May 11.
Tousignant worked on many experiments, including E400, E537, E605,
VTP, VTX, COT, BTEV, CMS, and several prototypes for the CDF detector.
He was there well before the cryostat was installed. "Getting in on
the ground floor of a project and seeing it to fruition was the best,"
said Tousignant. The Rhode Island native also worked at Argonne National
Laboratory for three years before coming to Fermilab. He said he will
especially miss the people and camaraderie of Fermilab.
Tousignant will spend his retirement working on projects around the house,
traveling, and spending time with his grandchildren. He has three kids and
four grandchildren who all live in the communities surrounding Fermilab.
- Eric Bland
From the Chicago Tribune, May 7, 2005|
Argonne chief backs accelerator institute
by Jon Van
For all of its history, Argonne National Laboratory has been a general-purpose operation that fosters research into a wide variety of subjects.
Robert Rosner, the lab's new director, thinks that's healthy and useful, especially as economic trends work to narrow the focus of the country's top privately run laboratories.
The National Academy of Sciences has formed a committee with membership drawn
both from inside and outside the field of elementary-particle physics to assess
the future of the field. This study is called EPP 2010: Elementary Particle
Physics in the 21st Century.
The EPP2010 committee will be at Fermilab on Monday and Tuesday next week for
the third of their five meetings. The agenda for the open presentations for
this meeting are
Pier Oddone will give a talk on the future of Fermilab and I will discuss
planning for the U.S. national program. Several other members of the Fermilab
community will be speaking: Steve Holmes on the ILC accelerator R&D program,
Gary Feldman on the accelerator-based neutrino program, and Rocky Kolb on
cosmology and astrophysics. Marcela Carena, Young-Kee Kim, and Joe Lykken
are organizing a brief public-comment session as well.
This committee operates in a different way from a HEPAP subpanel. They are not here to review the Fermilab program, but rather to hear from the particle physics community about the entire field of particle physics in the U.S. The only presentation explicitly focused on the laboratory's program is Pier's talk. All of the other speakers were invited to give talks on some area of the national program of particle physics. We are also arranging a brief tour of Fermilab for the committee.
We look forward to discussing the future of particle physics and Fermilab with the EPP2010 committee.
Southern Completes First Year at Fermilab:
Survey Results and Changes|
(Left to Right) Chef Jaun Flores, Site Manager Bob Renner
and Supervisor Leticia Guzman
in the Wilson Hall Cafe. (Click on image for larger version.)|
Southern Food Management recently celebrated its first year of operations
at Fermilab. After serving the lab for a year, Southern is happy to report
that the Wilson Hall Cafe received favorable responses to the recent
survey that was sent to all employees. Over 80% of the respondents
ranked "Speed of Service," "Food Quality," "Food Value,"
"Hospitality & Friendliness," and "Cleanliness" with a rating of
"Good" or "Excellent." The complete survey results are
and specific comments will be addressed in a future article in Fermilab Today.
"The favorable results on the survey were contributed by the great team
effort of the staff," said Bob Renner of Southern Food Management.
Unfortunately, rising food costs have made it necessary to raise prices slightly.
There hasn't been a price increase for two years, and the increases
are fairly modest. Most items are increasing only 5 or 10 cents,
with one exception - the Starbucks Coffee. Due to a dramatic
increase in the cost of coffee beans, Starbucks Coffee will increase
by 25 cents. Price changes go into effect May 16 "Due to rising fuel and energy costs that have driven up the Consumer Price Index, we need to have a minimal increase in the prices," Renner said.
In addition to price changes, the Wilson Hall Café now has new lunchtime operating hours. The individual food stations (Grill, Deli, Entrée Line, and Showplace) now close at 1:30 p.m., instead of 2:00 p.m. The salad bar and a large selection of deli sandwiches will still be available until 2:00 p.m. though. "With the lack of customer participation between 1:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m., it has been difficult to offer fresh menu items without waste," Renner said. Closing the stations early will result in a more efficient and flexible operation, without much impact to the customer base.
Southern looks forward to its second year at Fermilab and welcomes any feedback. "Southern Food Management has enjoyed the opportunity this first year of serving Fermilab customers," Renner said.
- Elizabeth Clements with Jack Hawkins
Stuart Lakanen, PPD, 5/10/05
Howard Brooks, TD, 5/10/05
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
Course registration is now open.
Fermilab Barnstormers Meeting Wednesday
The Fermilab Barnstormers, Model Aeronautic Club,
will have its next meeting on Wednesday, May 11 at 5:30 p.m., at the Frelo
Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month.
The club will meet in the Users' Center if it rains.
New members welcome! Current members fly control line,
R/C gas and electric planes.
The club also has members who fly helicopters!
Try out the trainer club plane, bring something to fly, or come and watch.
Scottish Country Dancing
Scottish Country Dancing will meet
Tuesday, May 10, at Kuhn Barn on the Fermilab site.
Instruction begins at 7:30 p.m. and newcomers are always
welcome. Most dances are fully taught and walked through,
and you do not need to come with a partner. Info at
630-840-8194 or 630-584-0825 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fermilab Go Club
A new club is forming at Fermilab, the Go Club. The game of Go, also known
as baduk, weich'i, weiqi and igo, is a fascinating board game that
originated in China more than 4,000 years ago. The game of Go uses the most
elemental materials and concepts-line and circle, wood and stone, black and
white-combining them with simple rules to generate subtle strategies and
complex tactics that stagger the imagination. If you are interested in
meeting to play weekly or interested in learning the game of Go, contact
Alberto Annovi, X6412, email@example.com.