Fermilab Today Monday, October 30, 2006  

Monday, October 30
2:30 p.m. Particle Astrophysics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: A. Razoumov, St. Mary's University
Title: From Small to Large Scales at High Redshifts: Escape of Ionizing Photons and Absorption Properties of Young Galaxies
3:00 p.m. Special Wine and Cheese Seminar - 1 West
Title: First Observation of WZ Production
Speaker: E. Lipeles UCSD
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II
Special Topic: Accelerator Controls Migration

Tuesday, October 31
11:00 a.m. Academic Lecture Series - 1 West
Speaker: W. Giele, Fermilab
Title: Course 2 - Modern Approach to Monte Carlo Programs: Part 1
2:00 p.m. Research Techniques Seminar - 1 West
Speaker: P. Gorodetzky, College de France, Paris
Title: Precise Absolute Calibration of a PMT in a Single Photoelectron Mode
3:30 p.m. Director's Coffee Break - 2nd floor crossover

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Last day to take the pledge: Save money, save resources
Did you know that switching to energy-efficient bulbs in your house can save $30 for each bulb you replace?

DOE's Office of Science is encouraging people to take the "Change a Light, Change the World Pledge." The goal is to get 2744 employees to pledge to install an Energy Star qualified bulb at home. So far the Office of Science has accumulated 2140 pledges. This is the last day of the drive, but if 50 people per lab pledge today, the Office of Science can meet its goal. "I've done the pledge through the web site, and it's simple," said Tony Bindokas of DOE's Chicago Office.

Beyond helping Fermilab and the Office of Science reach its goal, there are plenty of selfish reasons to take the pledge. "I especially like these bulbs for my exterior lighting, which sometimes is on for several hours," said Fermi Site Office Physical Scientist Sally Arnold. "They use a third of the energy of a standard incandescent light and last up to 10 times longer."

You can take the pledge on the DOE website. Click on the link for "Science" and then select "Fermilab" in the dropdown list.
--Siri Steiner

U Can Run Too!
On October 20, we published a story about a group of employees who planned to run in the Chicago marathon. Eugene "JJ" Schmidt wrote with results.
Image credit: Chicago Producers
Dear FT:
The "U Can Run Too!" team finished 5th overall in the Shield Coed Division of the marathon.

In case you are interested, here are some other accomplishments:

  • All 21 runners finished.
  • 12 people set personal records.
  • 2 people started and finished their first marathon.
  • 8 people ran a time that qualified them for Boston Marathon.
  • 6 people completed his or her second marathon of 2006.
  • 1 person completed his 3rd marathon of 2006.
  • 1 person completed her 4th marathon of 2006.

    I was very impressed by this crew!

  • In the News
    KEK Press Release,
    October 26, 2006:

    World's First Single Crystal Positron Source is Successfully Operated at the KEK B-Factory
    Positrons are anti-particles of electrons. At KEK "B-Factory" (KEKB), they are produced copiously, and smashed into electrons at the world record luminosity, the rate of electron and positron collisions. By studying the hundreds of different decay patterns of B mesons and anti B mesons in these collisions, physicists look into the secrets of matter and antimatter imbalance and traces of other exotic particles. To improve the collision rate, developing a powerful positron source is one of the key element in this experiment.
    Read More
    Safety Tip
    Strain and pain
    "I'll probably pay for this in the morning."
    The safety tip a couple weeks ago noted that one-third of Fermilab's occupational injuries resulted in strain or pain to some part of the body. Over the past 20 years, we have had 666 recordable injuries of this type. Most resulted from overexertion (63 percent) or slips (26 percent). Four parts of the body accounted for nearly three-fourths of the cases: the spine (48 percent), shoulder (11percent), ankle (9 percent) and knee (6 percent). Overexertion was the primary cause for injuries occurring from the waist up, and slips were the primary cause for injuries in the lower part of the body.

    Manual material handling and simply moving from place to place are the major causes of strain injuries. Material handling includes moving or handling things by lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling, carrying or holding. This is the most common cause of occupational fatigue and back injuries. Slips are primarily caused by wearing the wrong footwear on a slippery surface. To avoid these kinds of injuries, think and have a plan that avoids slippery surfaces and includes a destination.

  • Know your limits and stay within them.
  • Learn and practice exercises that improve strength and flexibility.
  • Avoid awkward positions.
  • Use appropriate handling and safety equipment.
  • Get a good grip and good footing.
  • Use smooth motions rather than sudden efforts.

    Safety Tip of the Week Archive

  • Accelerator Update
    October 25 - 27
    - ComEd glitch trips off Booster
    - Preaccelerator switches to I-Source
    - Store 5028 aborted due to safety system trip
    - A PLC problem halts stashing

    Read the Current Accelerator Update
    Read the Early Bird Report
    View the Tevatron Luminosity Charts

    Remembering summer: PPD's Leticia Shaddix sent this picture of her vegetables from a summer garden at Fermilab. "My husband Wayne Shaddix, along with Jose De Lao and John Chyllo had a garden plot at Fermilab this past summer," she writes. "These are some tomatoes and peppers we were able to enjoy from that garden."

    Give an old coat to
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