Fermilab TodayTuesday, January 31, 2006  

Tuesday, January 31
2:30 p.m. Theoretical Physics Seminar (NOTE DATE) - Curia II
Speaker: G. Perez, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Title: Next-to-Minimal Flavor Violation
3:30 p.m. Director's Coffee Break - 2nd Flr X-Ovr
Note: There will be no Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar Today

Wednesday, February 1
11:00 a.m. Fermilab ILC R&D Meeting - 1 West
Speaker: M. Demarteau, Fermilab
Title: Status of ILC Detector R&D
3:30 p.m. Director's Coffee Break - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. Fermilab Colloquium - 1 West
Speaker: L. Randall, Harvard University
Title: Warped Geometry: Its Implications and Experimental Implications

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Tuesday, January 31
-Tomato Bisque
-Lemon Pepper Club
-Burgundy Beef Tips
- Baked Fish Creole over Rice
-Parmesan Baked Fish
-Grilled Chicken Caesar Wrap
-Rio Grande Taco Salads

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Wednesday, February 1
-Pork Tenderloin with Apple Salsa
-Chipotle Sweet Potatoes
-Almond Cake with Citrus Syrup

Thursday, February 2
-Clam Chowder
-Beef and Vegetable Kabobs
-Chocolate Souffle with Frangelico Creme Anglais

Chez Leon Menu
Call x4512 to make your reservation.

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Fermilab Contract Worker
Presented with Safety Award

SIP Award
The SIP award was presented on the 2nd Floor Crossover of Wilson Hall on Friday. From left to right: Dave Zwat, of D&H General Contracting; Carl Johnson, award recipient; Jed Brown, Associate Director for Operations Support; and Jon Cooper, DOE Fermi Site Office, ES&H Team Leader.
Fermilab contract worker Carl Johnson, who worked 1,700 hours without a single accident in 2005, was presented with a certificate of achievement and a $250 Sears gift card Friday morning in Wilson Hall. The award was given by the Laborers-Employers Cooperation and Education Trust, which represents Laborers' unions and Fermilab Contractors, and was presented by Jed Brown, Associate Director for Operations Support, as a part of LECET's Safety Incentive Program.

"It's important to celebrate safety when we can. Often we focus more on the negative, such as incidents which result in injuries, and overlook the excellent safety records of many individuals like Carl," said Jon Cooper, Fermi Site Office, who was also present at the ceremony. Johnson was randomly chosen from a pool of Fermilab contract workers who worked 1,700 hours without any injuries in 2005. "We ask 200 of our contractors to nominate laborers for the SIP prize every quarter," explained Paul Gehrmann, the LECET representative who helped Brown present the award. "Of the names that are submitted, we randomly choose one winner from each company. It's just a way to provide a little extra incentive for guys like Carl, who work hard to stay safe when they are on site." The final selection may have been random, but LECET couldn't have chosen a better person for the SIP prize: during his 12 years of contract work at Fermilab, Johnson, of D&H General Contracting, has not had a single accident. "Carl has worked for 12 years without a lost day, and that is quite a record," said Dave Zwat, Carl's employer. "He is a dependable and valuable employee who takes an active role in the day-to-day operations."

Johnson said he was "just following Fermilab guidelines to stay safe all of these years. Fermilab is a great place to work," he said. "I'm really grateful to both Fermilab and the Department of Energy for my 12 years here." When asked what he would do with the $250 prize, Johnson replied, "I can't wait to get some new tools."
Siri Steiner

Gypsy? Jazz? Klezmer?
See Les Yeux Noir, Feb. 4

Les Yeux Noir
Violinist brothers Eric and Olivier Slabiak lead the Parisian octet, which the Maui News described as "...exuberant joy that had the crowd on its feet sharing one big smile."

Bringing the musical melting pot of Eastern European jazz, gypsy and klezmer music to Fermilab, the Parisian octet Les Yeux Noir will perform in the Ramsey Auditorium on Saturday, February 4, 2006 at 8 p.m. The violinist brothers Eric and Olivier Slabiak lead the band, which they also founded almost 15 years ago. Reminiscences of many Eastern European sounds--from the gypsy camps of Turkey and Romania to wedding guests dancing the Hora at a Russian Jewish wedding--have a new voice with the music of Les Yeux Noir. The band includes violins, violoncello, accordion, electric guitar, cimbalom (related to the hammered dulcimer), and electronic instruments. Says the Maui News, "Playing a mixture of klezmer and Eastern European melodies, with touches of Django Reinhardt jazz thrown in to the driving, building beat, the result was a form of exuberant joy that had the crowd on its feet sharing one big smile."

The Slabiak brothers are classically-trained musicians of Polish-Jewish descent who found they shared an interest in their musical heritage. The songs of Les Yeux Noir include lyrics in both French and Yiddish. Their recent tours of North American have included The Hollywood Bowl, and Mondo Pop in Seattle. Sound clips of songs can be heard on the Les Yeux Noirs Website. Tickets for the Saturday, February 4 Les Yeux Noirs performance are $22 ($11 for ages 18 and under). For further information or telephone reservations, call 630-840-ARTS (2787) weekdays between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

In the News
From Aurora Beacon News,
January 29, 2006:

Fermilab hopes to win global project

BATAVIA For just about everyone, the particle physics experiments conducted at Fermilab are over their heads. But for some Batavians, those experiments may one day be under their feet.

A major new accelerator project in Europe is threatening to make Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory obsolete, leaving the lab on Batavia's east side with some hard choices.

Fermilab Director Pier Oddone is pinning his hopes on a new project, one that will result in the construction of a 20-mile-long particle accelerator, 300 feet underground, stretching out into the Fox Valley. If everything goes Oddone's way, this new device will be located on or near the Fermilab campus in Batavia.
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Director's Corner
Our Hometown
Pier Oddone
Last Saturday night the Batavia Chamber of Commerce held its annual Awards Dinner in the great atrium of Wilson Hall. The Chamber presents the Citizen of the Year Award at its annual Awards Dinner. This year Ms. Carla Hill was honored with the award for her many civic contributions to the city of Batavia. But she was not the only honoree at the dinner. We, the citizens of the laboratory, were honored with a proclamation presented to me by the Mayor of the city of Batavia, Jeffrey Schielke, a great friend and supporter of Fermilab.

The proclamation celebrates forty years of the life of the laboratory in the community. It was on December 16th, 1966, that the Atomic Energy Commission announced that the accelerator laboratory would be located in Weston, the site of the present Fermilab village. Soon our founding director Bob Wilson settled on a Batavia address among several other possibilities, many say because he was able to get P.O. Box 500 assigned to the laboratory by the Batavia Post Office. Wilson's dream was to build a 500 GeV proton accelerator.

Throughout the last four decades the laboratory has received outstanding support from the citizens of Batavia. The proclamation recognizes the laboratory for its historic scientific accomplishments and being a major employer and solid contributor of civic support, for its expansive activities as preserver of prairie-oriented open space and for bringing Batavia worldwide recognition. There has been much cooperation between Fermilab and the Batavia Fire and Police Departments. We have also cooperated with the City in natural landscaping, planning and design for over 40 years.

Wilson Hall is not only iconic for us at the laboratory, but for Batavia as well. The city logo has both a windmill and Wilson Hall, along with the words "Batavia, City of Energy." The windmill recognizes the early industry of Batavia, the town that was the center of windmill fabrication at the turn of the century, while Wilson Hall recognizes the key role that Fermilab plays as a laboratory at the energy frontier. The support of the citizens of Batavia and other surrounding communities will be crucial as we try to bring future facilities to Fermilab. Our address, P.O. 500, Batavia, IL, is just the right number to match our ambition to bring to Fermilab a 500 GeV electron-positron collider!

Accelerator Update
January 27 - 30
- During the 72 hour period operations established two stores that provided 50 hours and 30 minutes of luminosity.
Read the Current Accelerator Update
Read the Early Bird Report
View the Tevatron Luminosity Charts

Accelerator Update
20 years of service
Fermilab employees who completed 20 years of service in 2005 were honored at a Chez Leon luncheon Friday after having their picture taken in the Wilson Hall atrium with Associate Director Steve Holmes. They are: (front row) E. Berman, D. Heikkinen, S. Morrison, W. Johnson, L. Johnson, G. Brown, T. Shaw, J. Urban, A. Arnold, W. Newby; (middle row) S. Holmes (Directorate), R. Pierce, R. Schmitt, V. Majdanski, H. Gusler, J. Hanlon, J. Cooper, G. Wojcik, A. Para, A. Sondgeroth; (back row) G. Yeh, D. Bulmahn, E. Crumpley, A. Schmitt, S. Wolbers, M. Crayton, P. Demar, D. Wohlt, R. Klein, K. Kuk, T. Martin, O. Lira. (Click on image for larger version.)
In Memoriam
Quentin Kerns
Quentin Kerns, a retired Fermilab employee, died on January 26 at his home in Monrovia, California. A memorial service will be held on Friday, February 3, at 10:00 a.m. at the Zook Mortuary, 600 E Foothill Blvd, Monrovia CA.
Budker Seminar Series
Dan McCarron of the Illinois Institute of Technology will present "A Path to a Realistic Booster Model" on Tuesday, January 31 at 6:00 p.m. in the Users Center Music Room. Beverage & Pizza will be served.

Scottish Country Dancing
Scottish Country Dancing will meet Today, January 31, 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 folkdance@fnal.gov.

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March 6: Interpersonal Communication Skills
March 7 (am): Excel Pivot Tables
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