Fermilab Today Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Wed., November 29
11:00 a.m. Fermilab ILC R&D Meeting
Speaker: S. Mishra, Fermilab
Title: Events and Highlights from the Valencia GDE Meeting - Part 2
11:00 a.m. Computational Physics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: J. Alwall, SLAC
Title: New version of MadGraph/MadEvent
3:30 Director's Coffee Break - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. Fermilab Colloquium - 1 West
Speaker: U. Bergmann, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center
Title: Secrets in the Ancient Goatskin: Archimedes Manuscript Under X-Ray Vision

Thurs., November 30
2:30 p.m. Theoretical Physics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: Z. Ligeti, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Title: Squeezing Blood from a Stone: Shapes of b--> sl+l-
4:00 p.m. Town Hall Meeting - HEPAP High Energy Physics University Grants Program Subpanel - 1 West




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Wilson Hall Cafe
Wednesday, November 29
-Portabello Harvest Grain
-Santa Fe Chicken Quesadilla
-Teriyaki Chicken with vegetables
-Beef Stroganoff
-Triple Decker Club
-Assorted Slice Pizza
-Pesto Shrimp Linguine with leeks and Tomatoes

Wilson Hall Cafe Menu

Chez Leon

Wednesday, November 29
Southwestern Cornish Hens
Sautéed Corn, Beans & Peppers
Butternut Squash
Cornmeal Cake

Thursday, November 30
French Onion Soup
Filet Mignon with Espagnole Sauce
Potato Gratin
Vegetable of the Season
Brandy Flan

Chez Leon Menu
Call x4598 to make your reservation.


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Feature Story

Symposium for Ken Stanfield

Marilyn Smith has worked with Ken Stanfield for 14 years as a Directorate assistant.

A retirement symposium for former Deputy Director Ken Stanfield was held yesterday afternoon in Wilson Hall. During the symposium, Stanfield's 30-year Fermilab career was chronicled by theorist Chris Quigg, Business Services Head Dave Carlson, former Lab Director John Peoples, and Accelerator Division Head Roger Dixon. Each had memories of Stanfield as smart, unruffled and able to get through crisis. "We are here today because Ken did things in a very calm and methodical way," said Peoples. "He gave me something to emulate," added Dixon.

Stanfield served as deputy director of the lab from 1989 to June 30 of this year, when he was replaced by former CDF spokesperson Young-Kee Kim. Fermilab Director Pier Oddone remarked on his time working with Stanfield: "I was able to lean on him to actually learn the lab," said Oddone, who came to Fermilab in June of 2005. "That was something that was very precious."

Over the last few months, Stanfield has served as a special assistant to Oddone, helping to prepare the FRA bid in the contract competition to manage Fermilab. "In this whole process, including the training of the management team, Ken was great," said Oddone.

Read more about Stanfield's 30-year career at Fermilab and view photos of Stanfield over the years.
--Siri Steiner

Special Announcement

Town hall meeting tomorrow will discuss university grants

Do you have concerns or suggestions regarding the relationship between universities and funding agencies in High Energy Physics? If so, come to the HEPAP University Grants Program Subpanel town hall meeting tomorrow, November 30, at 4:00 pm in One West.

The subpanel is considering ways that the DOE and the NSF can more effectively administer their grants programs to universities. They are looking for as much input as possible. "This is a singular opportunity to endorse what works, to constructively criticize what does not, and to make specific recommendations about how we best evolve our field into a new era," stated a recent UGSP report. You can find more information about the panel here.

Photo of the Day

Watch out for young bucks: James Clemons from mechanical support found this young buck in the main ring--apparently emboldened by the frenzy of rutting season. "The rut lasts from November through the winter," explained lab ecologist Rod Walton. "This is the time when we typically see the most deer--and have the highest potential for accidents." Check out a recent Chicago Sun-Times article about a rutting buck that attacked a lawn ornament in his likeness.

Readers Write

Thanks for the coats

Dear FT:

Thanks for announcing my coat drive. I had a great response--bags and bags of coats were dropped off. There were about 35 coats in all--kid's coats, heavy knit, light fall jackets--some employees even offered additional items like sweaters.

Thanks, also, to everyone who donated. Someone is a bit warmer because of your generosity.

Jeannette Olah,
Roads and Grounds

Editor's Note: Olah is still accepting gently used coats. If you have an old coat that you are willing to part with, drop it by her office at Site 37, Roads and Grounds. You can reach her at 404-0699 if you have any questions.

In the News

From PhysOrg.com, November 28, 2006:

Dark matter hides, physicists seek

Scientists don't know what dark matter is, but they know it's all over the universe. Everything humans observe in the heavens-galaxies, stars, planets and the rest-makes up only 4 percent of the universe, scientists say. The remaining 96 percent is composed of dark matter and its even more mysterious sibling, dark energy.

Scientists recently found direct evidence that dark matter exists by studying a distant galaxy cluster and observing different types of motion in luminous versus dark matter. Still, no one knows what dark matter is made of.

Now, a pioneering international project co-led by Stanford physicist Blas Cabrera may finally crack the case and pin down the elusive particles that form dark matter.
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'Tis the season

This week's column is written by Randy Ortgiesen, head of the Facilities Engineering Services Section.

Randy Ortgiesen

We will soon get a reminder that winter is here, making it time to be aware of the increased hazards associated with this time of year. Our keywords should be prepare, adjust, anticipate and communicate.

Each year, before the snow begins to arrive, building managers and Roads and Grounds personnel discuss snow removal capabilities, review snow plowing routes and set snow removal priorities. In general, Roads and Grounds assumes the lead responsibilities for roads and parking areas while local building crews will keep an eye on areas such as building entrances and sidewalks.

Yet despite everyone's best efforts, the first snowfall is always a rude awakening. When the snow arrives, we need to adjust how we travel by car and on foot. Most importantly, slow down and take small steps!

In the front of Wilson Hall, a small portion of the sidewalks are heated with a snow melt system, but the rest are not. In this area, prevailing winds blow snow across these sidewalks, making it difficult to maintain safe conditions at all times. For this reason chains and ropes direct pedestrians to the heated walks and to pavement areas cleared by snow removal personnel. Please exercise extra caution when walking outside of Wilson Hall.

Areas treated with salt often refreeze overnight when temperatures drop sharply. This can cause black ice, creating conditions that are extremely dangerous to both pedestrians and motorists. Always anticipate the unexpected and choose a slower walking pace and slower driving speed with expanded vehicle spacing.

In some confined areas, the need to pile snow somewhere requires the closing of sidewalks. For your safety, please respect barriers put in place and stay out of these areas.

Communicating snow and ice hazards is important. If you see a hazardous road condition, please call Roads and Grounds at x3303; in the case of sidewalks and entrance areas, please inform the building management.

Travel in a safe way and enjoy the season--at home and at work!


Unix Users Meeting
There will be a Unix Users Meeting today, November 29, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Curia II. The wireless SSID change, Linux updates and security will be discussed.

Wilson Hall Stocking Stuffer Sale
Prepare for the holidays and winter season with Fermilab winter apparel, stocking stuffers, coffee mugs, science toys, and more. The sale will be held outside One West on December 6 and 7 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Visa and MasterCard will be accepted.

NALWO Holiday Tea
Please come to NALWO's Winter Holiday Tea on Friday, December 1, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The tea will be hosted by Barbara Oddone at her home on Site #29, just inside the Wilson Street gate. (You may come in at Wilson Street entrance from Kirk Road and turn right at the driveway just beyond the gate.) Please bring a favorite dessert or appetizer from your country, but if you cannot bring a treat, please come anyway! For additional information contact Susan Kayser at sukayser@fnal.gov, Rose Moore, at 630/208-9309 or rosecraigmoore@comcast.net, or the Housing Office at 630/840-3777 or housing@fnal.gov.

Holiday Book Sale
Let us help you to get your holiday shopping done at the Fermilab Recreation Holiday Book Fair. Best-selling books, cookbooks, sport books, coffee table books, children's books and games, toys and gifts will be available. The book fair will be held in the Atrium today, November 29, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Thursday, November 30, from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Benefits enrollment ends soon
Have you completed your 2007 flexible spending account enrollment? Enrollment ends on Thursday, November 30. This is your opportunity to put aside pre-tax dollars for eligible healthcare and dependent care expenses. Enrollment materials are available on the Benefits Department web page at http://lss.fnal.gov/benedept/benefits.htm or in the Benefits Office.

Exciting Explorations program
The Children's Center will be adding days to the Exciting Explorations daycare program as needed during the holiday break. Parents who are interested in using this program should contact Susan at x3762 or email daycare@fnal.gov with their requests for specific dates. We will offer sessions if there is enough interest. The cost is $35.00 per day/per child and children should bring their own lunches.

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