Fermilab Today Monday, May 15, 2006  
Monday, May 15
2:30 p.m. Particle Astrophysics Seminar - Curia II Speaker: A. Crotts, Columbia University
Title: Liquid Mirror Telescopes
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over

Tuesday, May 16
11:00 a.m. Academic Lecture Series - Curia II
Speaker: D. Green, Fermilab
Title: High-pt Hadron Collider Physics - Course 8 (3rd Lecture)
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr Crossover

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Monday, May 15
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Shank, Dawson: Report has best strategy for US HEP
Shank and Dawson
EPP2010 members Chuck Shank and Sally Dawson told the All-Hands meeting on Friday: "If we don't take risks, we won't get over the hill where we need to be." (Click on image for larger version.)
Throughout the field and across the country, Chuck Shank and Sally Dawson are delivering the message they presented at Friday's All-Hands meeting in Ramsey Auditorium: the report of the National Academies' EPP2010 panel, on which they served, outlines "a strategy that has the best chance to put the US at the forefront of the field with a program of distinction and importance."

That strategy involves these steps, or "ordered priorities:" 1-exploiting the LHC; 2-actively participating in the Global Design Effort for R&D of the proposed International Linear Collider; 3-mounting an "internationally compelling bid" to host the ILC in the US; 4-exploiting opportunities at the intersections of particle physics, astrophysics and cosmology; 5-coordinating an international program in neutrinos and proton decays; 6-conducting precision probes of physics beyond the Standard Model.

They reported good news from the front lines, crediting the diverse composition of the panel for the positive receptions they've encountered. Shank, former director of Berkeley Lab, expressed his surprise that the Office of Management and Budget told him: "When you have specific numbers on the ILC, come back and see us again." Dawson, head of the physics department at Brookhaven Lab and Vice Chair of the panel, described as "an eye-opener" her interactions with policy makers: "Because this panel was NOT just particle physicists talking about particle physics, they saw the science as very exciting, and they were very positive."
--Mike Perricone
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Check out Quarked!
Agonizing over how to explain your job to the kids? Check out Quarked!, a new webpage created by Alice Bean and a team of collaborators at the University of Kansas. Geared to children aged 7-12, Quarked! includes animated characters Ushi (up-quark), Danny (down-quark), and Harold (up-quark) as they take on the invisible world of particle physics in their proton subatomic universe vehicle (SUV).

In the News
Beacon News,
May 11, 2006:

Batavians throw fundraiser for LaFleurs
BATAVIA - Just before Tammi and John LaFleur's 25th wedding anniversary celebration in early February, John sneaked into his wife's office at the Batavia Park District and filled it with glittery silver streamers, confetti and a banner. He placed a beautiful framed photo of the couple on her desk, along with a bag of her favorite candy - peanut M&Ms.

Most of the decorations are still there, but John has passed on. Two weeks after their anniversary, John was diagnosed with an extremely rare brain tumor. About a month later, in March, he died from complications following surgery.

"It was a one in 10 million tumor. Kind of like John. He was a one in 10 million kind of guy," said Allison Pellegrino, director of marketing and public relations at the Batavia Park District.
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Safety Tip
Chemical exposures
A lot of companies with the word laboratory in their names are major users of chemicals. Though this does not apply to Fermilab, we are not immune from injuries due to chemical exposures. Of the 4476 cases in our 25 years of work injury data, 177 can be attributed to chemical exposures. The most commonly affected organs are the eye (25%) and the respiratory tract (21%). Most often irritation resulted, though systemic effects such as headache or dizziness also occurred upon inhalation. Skin contact accounted for the remaining exposures resulting irritation, burns, dermatitis, allergic response or systematic affects. The most common sources of exposure were handling of liquids and the inhalation of welding fumes or solvent vapors. Small leaks or connector failures in pressurized systems were other common sources of chemical exposure.

Before handling a new material, inform yourself about the hazardous properties and appropriate precautions. Check the label and material safety data sheet (MSDS). Eye protection should be considered a basic requirement, though ventilation or respiratory protection may be needed as well. People sometimes develop allergies to materials encountered in the workplace. Site Occupational Medical Director, John Foxen, notes that strict avoidance is the best solution, though it can be difficult to identify the offending agent. We have had the most success where there is a repeatable time relationship between exposure and appearance of symptoms. In planning an operation, it’s always a good practice to think about what could go wrong and be prepared to deal with the consequences.

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Health and Fitness Day, May 17
This year's event is from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Ring Road. Participants may sign in, pick up a game ticket and grab a bottle of water at A1, then walk, run, rollerblade, or bike around the ring.

Batavia Road entrance closed to cars and bicycles
The Batavia Road entrance is closed for renovation now through Monday, May 22 at 4:00 p.m. During this time, the City of Warrenville will also be repaving roadways and carrying out other construction work along Batavia Road. Delays are expected to continue until early June, even after the entrance re-opens. Drivers and bicyclists should use Pine and Wilson Street entrances until the work is completed. Pine Street entrance hours are 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. for the general public and 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for employees. The Wilson Road entrance hours are 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, contact Tom Prosapio at prosapio@fnal.gov

Children's Swim Lessons
The Aurora YMCA will soon offer children's swim lessons at the Village Pool. Lessons are open to children of employees, users, and approved contractors ages 4 yrs. to 12 yrs. Cost for pre-school lessons is $40.00 and $45.00 for all other classes. Lessons are taught in two-week sessions, Monday through Thursday with Friday as a makeup day. The session dates are: Session 1-Weeks of June 19 & June 26, Session 2-Weeks of June 3 & July 10, Session 3-Weeks of July 17 & July 24 and Session 4-Weeks of July 31 & August 7. More information can be found on the web or in the Recreation Office.

Extra copies of conference proceedings?
Patric Muggli (USC and SLAC) is searching for copies of conference proceedings for the International Conference on High Energy Accelerators. He is asking for donations of spare copies so that they may be scanned, digitized and added to the Joint Accelerator Conferences Website. Because the process requires that the copies be unbound for scanning, he is only interested in spare copes that the donor will not want returned. Anyone with available copies may send a list of them (i.e. years your proceedings cover) to atkinson@fnal.gov.

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