Fermilab TodayFriday, August 19, 2005  
Friday, August 19
3:30 p.m. Director's Coffee Break -
2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. Joint Experimental Theoretical Physics Seminar - 1 West
Speaker: C. Howcroft, California Institute of Technology
Title: Charge Separated Atmospheric Neutrinos at the MINOS Far Detector

Monday, August 22
3:30 p.m. Director's Coffee Break -
2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. All Experimenters' Meeting -
Curia II
Note: Particle Astrophysics Seminars will resume in the Fall

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Friday, August 19
Old Fashioned Ham & Bean Soup
Black & Blue Cheeseburger $4.85
Chicken Wellington $3.75
Stuffed Manicotti $3.75
Roasted Veggie & Provolone Panini $4.75
Assorted Pizza Slices $3.50
Vegetarian Stir Fry $4.85

The Wilson Hall Cafe now accepts Visa, Master Card, Discover and American Express at Cash Register #1.

Wilson Hall Cafe Menu

Wednesday, August 24
Curried Chicken & Pineapple Salad
Raspberry Sherbet w/Raspberry Sauce

Thursday, August 25
Melon and Prosciutto
Scallops in Maple Cream
Sautéed Pea Pods
Black Forest Parfait

Chez Leon Menu
Call x4512 to make your reservation.

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Annual GSA Triathlon
Set For This Saturday

2004 GSA Triathlon
Two participants of the 2004 GSA Triathlon wind their way through Fermilab's prairie. (Click on image for larger version.)
Any and all interested Fermilab Users, employees, graduate students, family and friends are invited to take part in this summer's annual GSA Triathlon. The race will consist of an 800 yard swim followed by a 20 kilometer bike ride around the Fermilab site and a five kilometer run, and begins at 8 a.m. on Saturday, August 20 at the village pool.

"For a triathlon, this one is very easy going," said GSA officer Jen Pursley. "It's meant for everyone to participate in at their own levels."

Registration for the triathlon is free. While the GSA officers encourage participants to register before August 20, anyone ready to race at 8 a.m. on Saturday is welcome. Racers can compete individually or as a member of a two to three person team, and the top male and female finishers will receive a prize.

"I hope the participants enjoy the race," said Pursley. "This is a chance to have a good time and to meet other people who share your same interests. Who knows, you could find a new running buddy at the triathlon."
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—Kelen Tuttle

New Life Insurance Plan Offered to Employees
The Fermilab Benefits Office has selected an enhanced life insurance plan for all eligible employees with Life Insurance Company of North America, CIGNA. Employees may apply for life insurance coverage for themselves and their dependent(s) during the open enrollment period that starts on August 22 at 8:00 a.m. and ends on September 12 at 5:00 p.m. The guaranteed portion of this coverage will be effective on November 1, 2005.

A representative from the insurance carrier will give several presentations to explain the plan in detail and answer questions. These presentations will occur in Wilson Hall, 1 West, on
August 22 at 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.; August 24 at 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.; and August 26 at 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Since this is a new life insurance plan with very different features, the Benefits Office strongly recommends that employees attend one of the presentations.

If employees do not wish to make any changes to their life coverage, they do not need to complete any forms. For those employees wishing to increase their level of coverage, open enrollment forms and insurance applications are available at the Benefits Office.

"It's important for employees to plan what will happen to their families in the event of their death," said Wilma Cardona from the Benefits Office. "I recommend that employees review the brochure they received in the mail and work through the calculation worksheet to ensure that they have adequate amounts of life insurance."
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—Kelen Tuttle

In the News
From Physics Web,
August 16, 2005

Number Theory
By Belle Dumé
A physicist in the US has proposed a new way of quantifying the scientific output of individual scientists. Jorge Hirsch of the University of California at San Diego says that the "h-index"—which is derived from the number of times that papers by the scientist are cited—gives an estimate of the "importance, significance and broad impact of a scientist's cumulative contributions." According to Hirsch the h-index "should provide a useful yardstick to compare different individuals" when recruiting new staff, deciding promotions and awarding grants.
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ILC This Week
ILC NewsLine Feature:
And Yet They Will Collide
Phil Burrows
Phil Burrows of Queen Mary University describes the challenge of making electron and positron beams as small as possible at the interaction point.
The following appears in the inaugural edition of ILC NewsLine, the weekly e-mail newsletter of the International Linear Collider Global Design Effort.

Despite the nanometer size of the bunches of electrons and positrons produced at the future International Linear Collider, they will collide! The ILC will produce the tiniest particle beams ever created, some 10 billion electrons and positrons packed into five-nanometer beams. Controlling the alignment of the beam will be crucial. Further, after interaction, the 10 Megawatt beam must be extracted safely, to protect both the detector and the accelerator.

"The great challenge is to make the beams as small as possible at the interaction point," said physicist Phil Burrows, of Queen Mary, University or London, "keeping in mind that we have to make these tiny spots collide."

The scientists of Snowmass Working Group 4, "Beam Delivery," are studying this problem, looking at everything that happens after the Main Linac, including Beam Delivery, interaction point, crossing angles and feedback system. Will there be two interaction points? What will be the collision angle? There are myriad questions to address.
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Linear Collider News Archive

Photo of the Day
Praying Mantis
Fermilab User Gavin Hesketh of Northeastern University took this photo of a Praying Mantis crawling up his DZero trailer window on Wednesday afternoon. (Click on image for larger version.)
ILC Newsletter Launches
ILC NewsLine, the International Linear Collider Global Design Effort's e-mail newsletter, released its inaugural issue yesterday. Subscribe

4th Annual GSA Triathlon
This 800 yard swim, 20 km bike ride and 5km run will take place at 8 a.m. on Saturday, August 20. Racers can participate individually or as a member of a 2-3 person team. To register, contact the GSA officers. Registration is free. More Information

Bristol Renaissance Faire: Kenosha, Wisconsin
This year's Faire offers entertainment on 16 open-air stages, 50 food booths and over 180 high quality arts and crafts shops. The Faire runs through September 5 on Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day Monday, 10:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. (rain or shine). Discounted tickets ($15.75 adults, $7.50 children) are available in the Recreation office Tuesday through Thursday.

Entertainment Books
Entertainment Ultimate Books offer 50% off and 2-for-1 savings on local dining, movies, attractions, sports and more. The books cost $25.00 and expire on November 1, 2006. Pick up your book today in the Recreation Office, WH15W. More Information

Vending Machines Out of Service
Vending machine services will not be available for 2 to 3 days during the week of August 22. The vending machine operation for the entire Lab is being transferred to another organization during this time. Full service should be restored by the end of the week.
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