Friday, June 10|
9:00 a.m. GSA – Annual Fermilab Student Conference – New Perspectives 2005 - Curia II
12:00 p.m. Summer Lecture Series - 1 West
Speaker: L. Lederman, Illinois Math and Science Academy/Fermilab
Title: Neutrinos: Past, Present and Future
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. Joint Experimental Theoretical Physics Seminar - 1 West
Speaker: R. Erbacher, University of California, Davis
Title: Top Quark Properties from CDF
Saturday, June 11
9:00 a.m. GSA – Annual Fermilab Student Conference – New Perspectives 2005 - 1 West
Monday, June 13
2:30 p.m. Particle Astrophysics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: M. Crisler, Fermilab
Title: A Continuously Sensitive Bubble Chamber for
Dark Matter Searches
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II
Special Topic: Beam-Beam Effects: Now and After Upgrades
Friday, June 10|
Cream of Wild Mushroom Soup
Blackened Fish Filet Sandwich $4.85
Southern Fried Chicken $3.75
Casserole Florentine with Italian Sausage $3.75
Eggplant Parmesan Panini $4.85
Pizza Supreme $3.00
Baked Potato Bar w/ Chili $4.85
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
Hopes and Stakes Are High
As Users Ponder the Future|
The Office of Science hopes a new advisory panel can open doors that are
"not easily opened." The advisory panel, EPP2010, hopes to reverse a five-year
budget trend of "systematically dis-investing in physics." Fermilab hopes
that both succeed in clearing a path to the proposed International Linear
Collider that would ensure its long-term future and its return to the
high-energy frontier. And the recently-appointed director of the Global
Design Effort believes Fermilab "can position itself well if we go
forward to bid to host the ILC, without mortgaging the rest of its program."
Fred Bernthal presented|
the URA Thesis Award
to Konstantin Anikeev
yesterday. (Click on
image for larger version.)
Thursday's presentations demonstrated the high stakes for the field, as the
Annual Users' Meeting drew to a conclusion with talks by Robin Staffin, Associate
Director for High-Energy Physics in the DOE Office of Science; Charles Shank,
former director of Berkeley Lab and a member of the National Academies' EPP2010
panel on the future of high-energy physics; Pier Oddone, Fermilab
Director-Designate, and Barry Barish, head of the Global Design Effort for the
proposed International Linear Collider.
Alvin Tollestrup presented|
the Postdoctoral Research
Award to Reinhard Schwien-
horst yesterday. (Click on
image for larger version.)
Personifying the future of the field, Konstantin Anikeev, of MIT and CDF,
received the URA Thesis Award for his measurements of the lifetimes of B-meson
states, including a world-best measurement of the B(s) average lifetime; while
Reinhard Schwienhorst, of Michigan State University and DZero, received the Alvin
Tollestrup Award for postdoctoral research, for his work in searching for single
Top production. Both awards are funded by Universities Research Association, Inc.
While reading the citation for the postdoc award, Tollestrup added a comment that
could serve as a memorable if unintentional metaphor for current issues: "The
physics of today is limited by the background of the physics of yesterday."
Barry Barish reported the latest ILC news at yesterday's meeting.(Click on image for larger version.)|
On the Job with CSI Group:
Backups to Data to Donuts|
Members of the CSI group, from left to right: Troy Dawson, John Bellendir,
Tim Rupp Jack Schmidt, Cele Bruce, Mark Mengel, Kevin Hill, Ray Rarey, John
Inkmann, Connie Sieh, Ken Fidler, Al Lilianstrom, Ray Pasetes, Andy Romero,
Laura Mengel, and Jim Fromm. (Click on image for larger version.)|
The Core Servers and Infrastructure group, part of the Core Support Services section of the Computing Department, handles everything from instant messaging and web servers, to new software design and protection against hackers and viruses. Processing 1 million email messages and 1500 printing jobs a week, the CSI group is vital to everyone at the lab who relies on a computer.
Although they do not work directly on those computers that run experiments, CSI members are responsible for massive data backups and are on call to assist users whenever a Help Desk ticket is opened. They are also responsible for NGOP, which monitors systems to make sure they are running without processor or memory problems. In addition, members of the group work directly with divisions around the lab, so that each one becomes familiar with a specific area of computing. "Right now budgets have just come in," said group leader Jack Schmidt. "We are helping different groups decide how to get the most effective computer or software."
Laura Mengel, head of the Web Server Office, also works with K-12 teachers to help them learn to use computing in the classroom. "We are trying to get them to use the internet like scientists," she said. "Instead of reading about an experiment, students can perform it." Each member brings something different to the group. "We all have our strengths," said Schmidt.
A lot of fun is scattered in the Scientific Linux development, SMS management and AFS work that this department takes care of: "We're a pretty fun group." Schmidt admitted. The team keeps its energy up with practical jokes, and with coffee and donuts in constant supply. And it's always good to see them happy: All of our computers depend on it.
- Amelia Greene
From Nature Magazine, June 2005|
by Geoff Brumfiel
In the world of billion-dollar
particle physics, one lab is
taking an enormous gamble on
its future. Geoff Brumfiel takes
a look at Fermilab’s hopes to
host the next big machine.
Sitting in a temporary office, Pier Oddone
seems relaxed, even confident.
Next month, the 60-year-old physicist
takes the helm of the leading highenergy
physics laboratory in the United States,
at a time when the lab’s particle accelerator —
its raison d’ętre — is scheduled to close within
five years. But Oddone is optimistic about the
lab’s future. “It is a tremendous opportunity to
move vigorously in new directions,” he says.
DOE Safety Review at Fermilab Next Week|
From June 13-17 the Office of Science will perform the eighth of nine electrical
safety reviews scheduled for Fermilab. Director Dr. Raymond Orbach requested
these reviews to obtain an overview of the status of energized electrical work
and to assist the lab in ensuring electrical safety. Keith Schuh of Fermilab's
Partical Physics Division ES&H department said that the review should make
available "an independent assessment of the planning
and performance of energized
The review team will evaluate how Fermilab plans and executes electrical work, specifically with reference to the requirements in NFPA 70-E "Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace" and the lab's own FESHM electrical safety chapters. "My hope," said Schuh, "is that the review team finds many noteworthy practices at Fermilab, and that our program can be used as a model for other labs."
Schuh planned the review team's schedule while on site, and foresees no
interruptions as a result of their visit. "It shouldn't affect more than
25 people in total," he said. Far from disrupting current work, the team
will focus on planning and management, emphasizing the importance of
implementing safety procedures by training contractors and subcontractors
in the Department of Energy and Fermilab's safety requirements. The review
team will conclude their visit with a Flash Hazard Training session at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, June 17. This presentation is aimed at the entire Fermilab community to spread awareness of possible electric hazards during work here at the lab.
- Amelia Greene
Florian Organizes Website for FNAL's Bike Commuters|
Fermilab bike commuters registered on Florian's website have ridden a total of 19,949.33 miles since last July, with the most dedicated of commuters continuing to ride during the winter. (Click on image for larger version.)|
As the full bike racks outside Wilson Hall attest to, many employees take
advantage of Fermilab's many bike paths and beautiful natural surroundings
and regularly commute to the lab on their bicycles. Bob Florian of
the Accelerator Controls Department has been making his 7 mile trip
to work on his bike for years, and after noticing how many others commute
using bicycles, Florian set up a
Web site for his fellow riders last July.
"I have been riding to work for many years, especially during the summer." Florian
said. "I was aware of other riders and thought it might be interesting to get
information about things like how much gas we're saving or how many miles we
Since Florian created the site 11 months ago, 51 riders have registered and
45 have entered information about subjects including their mileage and the
weather conditions during their ride. Florian collects the individual
riders' data and compiles it into statistics about the lab's biking community.
As of June 9, 2005, Fermilab's bicycle commuters had saved 725.430 gallons
of gas and had burned a total of 727,868 calories.
Florian has also registered Fermilab for the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation's
Commuter Challenge, a part of the organization's Bike to Work Week (June 11-17).
He will submit the number of Fermilab employees who bike to work at least once
during that period to the Federation, and organizations with the highest
percentage of bike-riding employees during the week will receive awards.
To sign up for both Bike to Work Week and Florian's regular website,
- Elizabeth Wade
Robin Staffin To Speak at SLAC on Monday - Streaming Video Will Be Available|
On Monday, June 13, Robin Staffin, Associate Director
in DOE's Office of Science, will speak on the state of
the national high energy physics program and its future
at 4:15 p.m. PST. Streaming video wil be available.
Karaoke at Users Center
This Friday, from 7 p.m. to close, DJ Dreamwave will present NY Style
Karaoke at the Users Center: bring your own Karaoke CD or choose from the
DJ's selection; perform as singer, backup singer or backup dancer; take home
a CD with the recordings of your song(s). Bring your friends for an evening
New SciTech Exhibit!
The SciTech Museum in downtown Aurora presents a new traveling exhibit,
"Masters of the Night: The True Story of the Bats." Learn more about these
flying mammals and the hundreds of species that exist. The exhibit runs
through September 11. Admission is $7 and includes the
Outdoor Science Park.
To obtain a $1-off coupon, visit SciTech online.
New Classifieds on Fermilab Today
New classified ads have been posted on Fermilab Today.
Fermilab Folk Club Barn Dance
The next Fermilab Folk Club Barn Dance will be on
Sunday, June 12 at 6:30 p.m. with music
by the Friends of Walter and calling by Dan Saathoff.