Monday, May 16|
8:30 a.m. EPP 2010: Elementary Particle Physics in the 21st Century, 1 West
THERE WILL BE NO PARTICLE ASTROPHYSICS SEMINAR THIS WEEK
THERE WILL BE NO DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK TODAY
THERE WILL BE NO ALL EXPERIMENTERS' MEETING THIS WEEK
Tuesday, May 17
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK 2nd Flr X-Over
THERE WILL BE NO ACCELERATOR PHYSICS AND TECHNOLOGY SEMINAR TODAY
Monday, May 16|
Potato Au Gratin $1.90
Monte Cristo $4.75
Savory Roasted Chicken Quarters $3.75
Lasagna Bolognaise $3.75
Chicken Ranch Wrapper $4.75
Assorted Pizza Slices $2.75
Szuchuan Style Pork Lo Mein $4.75
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Wilson Hall Cafe Menu
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EPP 2010 Meeting on Monday|
The committee for the National Research Council's decadal study of particle
physics, EPP 2010,
will hold its third meeting at Fermilab on Monday, May 16. All Fermilab
employees and users are invited to attend the open sessions of the meeting.
An agenda is available online.
Live streaming video will also be available online.
Open House at Soudan|
|Fritz DeJongh, Fermilab, describes the CDMS experiment to visitors. (Click on image for larger version.)|
On May 7, the Soudan Underground Laboratory hosted its 15th annual Open House.
More than 500 people came to learn more about the research at the lab half a mile
underground. Scientists and technicians had set up six stations at which visitors
could learn about the MINOS and the CDMS experiments, the proposed NOvA experiment,
and U.S. plans for a Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory (DUSEL).
Every 10 minutes, guides took a group of 10 to 12 people underground. One of the
highlights of the tour this year was a demonstration with liquid nitrogen and
balloons, offered by the CDMS group.
"Bringing down a new tour every 10 minutes and staying on schedule for almost
9 straight hours was a long, hard day, but it was very rewarding," said lab
manager Bill Miller.
Texas in Sights as Nelson
Winds Up Dual Lab Career
|Charles Nelson stands next to his workbench. (Click on image for larger version.)|
Particle Physics Division's Charles Nelson retired last Friday, May 13,
after 29 years at Fermilab. He arrived in 1976 to work on E272 as a senior
research fellow from the University of Rochester, then was hired by the lab
two years later. Just 15 minutes into his first day he created a firestorm.
"I had the very sad duty to inform the experiment spokespeople that their
electronics would not work," said Nelson, who had found significant flaws
in a detector component. "I was under intense pressure from very important
physicists," he said. "But everyone worked through the problems."
A physicist by training, Nelson reinvented himself in later years as an
electronics engineer. He explained why: "Physicists wanted detectors to
do everything, and not being engineers, they would always insist that new
electronics be able to do much more than was really necessary.
The engineers, not being physicists, would then have a hard time
understanding what the performance priorities were. I wanted to see both sides."
Nelson's most gratifying project is CDF's Run II calorimeter readout. "It's
still working very well," he said, adding that he always had a sense
of autonomy at the lab. "I had a lot of responsibility, and I took it
very seriously," said Nelson. "I will miss the people at the lab, and
wish it the best. Something tells me the future of the lab will be bright."
Nelson will move to Texas to finish building his new home, where he
and his wife, Karen, will spend time before he seeks another job. He
would like to be an instructor at a community college, or maybe a
consultant. "What ever my next job is, my wife insists that I have
plenty of time to travel with her," said Nelson.
From CERN Courier, May 2005|
On 21 March, the UK's science and innovation minister announced the
approval and funding of the Muon Ionisation Cooling Experiment, MICE,
at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL). MICE will use a new,
dedicated muon beam line at the laboratory's pulsed neutron and
muon source, ISIS.
From Kavli Foundation Press Release, May 11, 2005
Kavli Foundation establishes $1-million science prizes
The Kavli Foundation will award three $1-million science prizes in
astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience
every two years beginning in 2008. The prizes will be presented in
cooperation with the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, the
Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research, and the Norwegian Ministry
of Foreign Affairs. The prizes will be awarded at a ceremony in Oslo,
Norway, Fred Kavli's native country, with the President of the Norwegian
Academy presiding. The King of Norway will be invited to make the
presentation of the awards.
When giving someone feedback about safety performance, it's pretty easy to
establish a confrontational style.
For example, one person tells another
that they are working unsafely and need to do something about it.
With such an approach, the recipient quickly learns that they can expect safety advice
to be an opportunity for criticism. Here are five ways to improve your
effectiveness in providing safety feedback.
Advice is like snow; |
the softer it falls,
longer it dwells
upon, and deeper it
sinks into the mind.
- Stress that feedback is necessary. Bad habits come from doing things
incorrectly over and over again. Specific behavior-based feedback is an
essential ingredient to improve performance.
- Be positive. Based on a lifetime of experience, most people have come
to expect that feedback usually means reprimand. Interactions need to be
positive and constructive to set the tone and change those expectations.
- Use trial-and-success learning. Behavioral scientists have shown that
we learn more from focusing on our successes than our failures. It helps
us to feel good about ourselves and the task at hand.
- Give public praise. Public feedback should always be more positive
than negative. It should be presented in terms of achievement rather
- Give feedback first. If people are already motivated to do their best,
when is the best time to provide feedback in order to improve? It often makes
sense to give individual feedback immediately before the next opportunity to
perform the target behavior.
Have a great day and let's work safely all week!
Safety Tip of the Week Archive
Fitness Theme: Laughter
Really Is Best Medicine
|Participants register for last years Employee Health and Fitness Day. (Click on image for larger version.)|
All Fermilab employees are encouraged to enjoy Employee Health and
Fitness Day, Wednesday, May 18 from 11:30am to 1:00pm on the Tevatron
Road. "Be a kid, have fun!" says EHFD coordinator Jean Guyer of the
Recreation Office. This year's EHFD theme is "Laughter is the best medicine."
At the registration table, participants will receive yogurt and game
tickets for the three hilarious game stations set up on the Tevatron
Road. At each game, participants will compete for prizes like kazoos
and whoopee cushions. They will also turn in their game tickets to
qualify them for over 240 prizes and incentives, ranging from a barbecue
tool set to a heat massager. Participants are not required to complete
the entire walk, only as much as they feel comfortable doing. The department
with the largest percentage of employees attending will receive a trophy.
Business Services won last year, and Lab Services the previous year.
The program is part of a national effort to enhance the overall health
and productivity of any organization by getting employees out of the
office for exercise. "Fermilab really does care about the health of
its employees," said Guyer.
New Issue of CERN Courier|
The May issue of the CERN Courier is now available online.
Fermilab Arts Series Announces 2005 Summer Season
This summer, the Fermilab Arts Series takes a world tour as they present
and dance from Mexico, Cuba, India, Ireland, Ukraine and back home again to
the U.S. The season begins with the folkloric sounds of Mexico and Cuba as
performed by Cascada de Flores, a folkloric quartet that brings beautiful
vocals, guitar, and a plethora of musical instruments, some familiar and
some new. Singer/songwriter Tom Paxton has been a fixture of the folk music
scene since the 60's in Greenwich Village. He will be joined by the witty
singer/songwriter, Cheryl Wheeler. Tickets are on sale
for these and all the other 2005/2006 Arts Series events by calling
630/840.ARTS weekdays from 9 - 4, closed for lunch.