Fermilab TodayTuesday, November 7, 2006

Tuesday, November 7
11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
All-hands meetings - Auditorium
3:30 p.m. Director's Coffee Break - 2nd floor crossover


Wednesday, November 8
3:30 p.m. Director's Coffee Break - 2nd floor crossover
4:00 Fermilab Colloquium - 1 West Speaker: R. Fox, Georgia Institute of Technology
Title: Rectified Brownian Motion in Sub-Cellular Biology


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Tuesday, November 7
-Tomato Bisque
-Lemon Pepper Club
-Burgundy Beef Tips
-Smart Cuisine Baked Fish Creole
-Grilled Chicken Caesar Wrap
-Assorted Slice Pizza
-Rio Grande Taco Salads

Wilson Hall Cafe Menu


Wednesday, November 8
Stuffed Cabbage w/Sauerkraut
Julienne of Peppers
Baked Apples w/Crème Chantilly

Thursday, November 9
Caribbean Root Vegetable Soup
Red Snapper Vesuvio
Steamed Rice
Green Beans & Red Onions
Banana Walnut Spring Rolls w/Caramel Rum Sauce

Chez Leon Menu
Call x4598 to make your reservation.

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All-hands meetings today
There will be two all-hands meetings in the auditorium today, November 7, at 11:00 a.m. and at 1:00 p.m. Employees are encouraged to attend one of the meetings and bring questions about the new FRA contract. To find answers to frequently asked questions before the meeting, visit the FRA transition website.

32 years, 8 months, 18 days
Joe Morgan has worked at Fermilab since 1974.

At 32 years, 8 months and 18 days, Senior Procurement Administrator Joe Morgan set a record for working the longest amount of time in the Procurement Department. On Sunday, he exceeded the record held by former Procurement employee Larry Von Asch by one day. Von Asch--who retired in 2003--occasionally sees Morgan at Christmas parties and Veteran's Association events. "Larry realized I'd surpass him first," said Morgan. "He told me at his retirement luncheon."

Procurement at Fermilab is an unusual job. Sometimes buyers have to find items and services that are one-of-a-kind. For example, the buffalo herd got sick about 10 years ago; Morgan had to help find a doctor. "But you can't just look up 'buffalo doctor' in the yellow pages," he said. He eventually found a specialist in Colorado and arranged to fly him to Fermilab.

Morgan started working at Fermilab in 1974, back when everyone in his department dressed in suits and ties and secretaries typed memos on type-writers. At that time, vendors were more like door-to-door salesmen. "They visited the lab and we were dealing with the outside world face-to-face," he said. "Things have changed a lot."

Now Morgan deals with vendors through fax and email. Price quotes can be sent in minutes, not days. "That's a good thing because everything that we purchase is needed yesterday," he said. The water-cooled vacuum pipes and electronics that Morgan buys for the lab are made by only one company in the world, so it takes extra work to make sure the price is fair. "Without competition, how do you know if you are getting a good deal?" Morgan asked. "They have to give us a breakdown on parts and labor and we have to spend a lot of time reviewing it. We work hard to make sure we don't buy 900 hammers."
--Siri Steiner

In the News
November 6, 2006:

BaBar Steadies Omega-minus Spin
If you snatch a copy of the Particle Data Book from your colleague's back pocket and flip to the entry for the Omega-minus particle, you'll see that the very first line says the spin is "not yet measured." That entry may soon be changed. The BaBar collaboration has established that the spin of the Omega-minus, a particle that was discovered more than 40 years ago, is 3/2.

"The Omega-minus has been around for a long time and it's got a very interesting history," says BaBar collaborator Bill Dunwoodie. "It was a confirmation of Murray Gell-Mann's ideas about broken symmetry that led eventually to the quark model."

The analysis of BaBar data was primarily conducted by Veronique Ziegler, a graduate student from the University of Iowa, with Dunwoodie. The findings are published in the Sept. 15 issue of Physical Review Letters.

Bubble chamber experiments, like the one that found the first Omega-minus particle in 1964, can produce only a small number of the particles, and the collisions that produced them were not well understood. By studying the angular distribution of the particles produced by the Omega-minus when it decayed, physicists obtained information on the Omega-minus's spin, but they were unable to say anything more than that it did not have spin 1/2.
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Director's Corner
The past few days I attended VI-SILAFAE,
Pier Oddone
Pier Oddone
the Sixth Latin American Symposium on High Energy Physics, in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Held every two years in different Latin American countries, this symposium was organized by the Division of Particles and Fields of the Mexican Physical Society (DPF-MPS). More than 170 physicists mostly from Latin America attended the meeting. The meeting had more than 70 talks covering all aspects of HEP. I gave a talk on the program at Fermilab, present and future.

Leon Lederman, who is revered in the Latin American particle physics community for his years of support, opened the conference with a review of fifty years of neutrino physics. Later in the week, Jim Cronin presented results from the Pierre Auger observatory. Pierre Auger has become a major experiment for Latin American countries, and there are great expectations for the results coming in the next few years as the experiment accumulates statistics.

There is strong participation of Latin American physicists in the US program, especially at Fermilab, and in Europe, primarily at CERN. Leon Lederman 25 years ago was a prime mover in developing Latin American particle physics, making it possible to develop and train theorists and experimentalists at Fermilab. Since then the Latin American groups have grown and now contribute to many of the world's primary particle physics experiments. CERN starting with Carlo Rubbia also played a very active role in helping to develop Latin American participation in particle physics.

At this point there is not much involvement of Latin American physicists in the planning for ILC, although this machine is of great interest to them. In my discussions with Latin American colleagues it became clear that Fermilab can play an enabling role by providing the opportunity to participate in ILC planning and R&D while satisfying the needs of Latin American colleagues and their students for physics results by their simultaneous participation in the ongoing neutrino, particle astrophysics and energy frontier programs at Fermilab.

Accelerator Update
November 3 - 6
- TeV E4 vacuum certified
- MI RF cavity LCW leak
- I- Source trips
- Pbar resumes stacking
- NuMI and MiniBooNE resumes taking beam
- Recycler resumes stashing
- NuMI kicker failure
- Linac Klystron Debuncher problems

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


Another computing scam:
Watch out for phony greeting cards

Fermilab employees are receiving bogus e-greeting cards that appear to be sent from a legitimate company called All-Yours.net. When you click on the link provided in the greeting card email, your computer will download a virus. You can find a more detailed description of the scam here. Note the description is old, but the scam is still the same and may pick up during the holiday season.

SciTech museum pizza party
SciTech Hands On Museum is holding a Paleo Pizza Party for families from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, November 17. You can find more information in the SciTech press release.

Free training on Digital Certificates
Digital Certificates are commonly used at Fermilab and the broader open science community. When shopping online, the underlying technology that allows the transaction to remain secure is based on the use of digital certificates. Fermilab is now offering a free beginning level course that will provide a background on certificates, then give specific instructions on how to install certificates in your browser, including the two most popular certificates at Fermilab: KCAs and DOEGrids. Internet Explorer, the Netscape family, and Safari will be addressed. Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop, but are not required to. To enroll in the Dec. 4th training session please visit the course enrollment Website.

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