Fermilab Today Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Wed., February 14
11:00 a.m. Fermilab ILC R&D Meeting - 1 West
Speaker: P. Garbincius, Fermilab
Title: Discussion of the ILC Value Estimate
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. Fermilab Colloquium - 1 West
Speaker: D. Eisenstein, University of Arizona
Title: Dark Energy and Cosmic Sound

Thurs., February 15
11:00 a.m. Academic Lecture Series - 1 West
Speaker: T. Becher, Fermilab
Title: Course 4, Part 2: QCD Effects in B Decays
1:00 p.m. ALCPG ILC Physics and Detector Seminar - West Wing (WH10NW)
2:30 p.m. Theoretical Physics Seminar - (NOTE LOCATION) Theory Conf Rm (WH3NE)
Speaker: R. Kitano, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center
Title: A New Model of the Higgs Boson
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar - 1 West
Speaker: R. Johnson, Muons, Inc.
Title: The Low Emittance Muon Collider Workshop Summary

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Wilson Hall Cafe
Wednesday, February 14
-Italian Wedding w/Meatballs
-Diner Style Patty Melt
-Chicken a la Mer
-Mongolian Beef
-Greek Chicken Panini w/Feta Cheese
-Assorted Slice Pizza
-Chicken w/Pesto Cream

Wilson Hall Cafe Menu

Chez Leon

Wednesday, February 14
-Spinach Fettuccine with Shrimp and Roasted Red Pepper
-Red Cabbage and Radish Salad
-Passionate Parfaits

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Family fun at Open House

More than 1,800 people attended the Family Open House at Fermilab Sunday, and one family came all the way from California. "It was the best yet . . . it gets easier each year, I think," said Education Head Marge Bardeen. Young visitors had an especially good time, as evidenced in the images below.

Visitors got a chance to investigate the properties of light.

The ever-popular "Mr. Freeze" (PPD's Jerry Zimmerman) performed in the Ramsey Auditorium. Using liquid nitrogen, he demonstrated cryogenic principles for a rapt audience. The boom of the Cryo Cannon had some audience members covering their ears.

Kids who raced the ball down the "gravity accelerator" found it impossible to beat.

Tours of Wilson Hall's 15th floor (above), the experiments and the Main Control Room were popular attractions. "There have been lots of people, and lots of good questions," said cryogenic physicist Tom Peterson, who showed off an ILC test cavity in the Wilson Hall Atrium.

Budding scientists guessed the shape and position of hidden dividers after bombarding them with small metal balls.

In the News

NPR's This American Life
Air Date, January 26:

My Brilliant Plan

Ron Mallett

In act II of this episode, one of the first African American Ph.D.s in theoretical physics tells a story about his father's death--and his subsequent childhood obsession with building a time machine. This obsession drove him to become a noted physicist and popular author.

Listen (click "archives" and scroll down to "My Brilliant Plan")

From Business Services Section

Procurement 101

This column is written by Business Services Head Dave Carlson and Procurement Manager Joe Collins.

Acquisition of goods and services to feed Fermilab's projects and operations is a fundamental responsibility of the Business Services Section.

One of the most enjoyable and informative elements of working in Procurement is the opportunity to interact with Fermilab staff and users. Whether assisting new projects with their acquisitions, helping operational groups to secure a hard-to-find piece of equipment, or working with support service groups to locate responsible providers of institutional services, planning is the key to successful procurement. Solid planning produces substantial dividends in quality, time and money.

The Procurement staff has "cradle to grave" responsibility for Fermilab acquisitions. Most procurement procedures involve goods and services that can be readily acquired from commercial sources. A short description, part number or commercial designation and weights and measures usually will be enough information to establish price and delivery. In these cases, there is usually little or no advanced planning required between the requisitioner and the Procurement Administrator. However, there are certain acquisitions such as construction, architect and engineering, equipment, major computing, consulting agreements and specialized services, that are most effectively handled by contacting Procurement before the requisitioning process begins.

Some planning should be coordinated with Procurement months in advance. For instance, a procurement with a non-U.S. firm anticipated at more than $100,000, requires special handling, as does the selection of architecture and engineering firms. Both of these situations require actions several months in advance of the date that the goods or services are required. Construction and certain service contracts also require additional time, as the DOE must make wage determination actions before awarding the contract.

From SLAC Today

In Award Season,
Symmetry Cleans Up

Symmetry Editor-in-Chief David Harris with the Davey Award.

Last year proved a smashing success for symmetry, the joint publication of Fermilab and SLAC. The magazine recently added a "Davey Award" to its host of design accolades. Named for the story of David and Goliath, the award honors "Creative Davids" whose work presents ideas with great design and a small budget.

"One of the goals of symmetry is to reach out to non-scientists and share the excitement of the science that we all do," said Editor-in-Chief David Harris, who launched the magazine in October 2004. "That's why it's great to be recognized for our efforts by communication professionals outside of science."

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You can help stop local shortage by giving blood, Feb. 19-20

The Heartland Blood Center is facing shortages, and soon you'll have a chance to help. You can donate blood at Fermilab February 19 and 20, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Wilson Hall Ground Floor Training Room. Appointments are suggested, but not required. To make an appointment, visit the ES&H website.

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