Fermilab Today Friday, March 2, 2007

Fri., March 2
Today's Wine and Cheese Seminar has been cancelled due to weather

12:00 p.m. Wellness Works Brown Bag Seminar - 1 West
Speaker: S. Brown, Wellness Consulting and Integrative Medicine
Title: Eat...Sleep...Breathe... and Move - The Small Changes You Can Make for a Healthier You
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. Joint Experimental-Theoretical Physics Seminar - Cancelled
8:00 p.m. Fermilab International Film Society - Auditorium
Tickets: Adults $5
Title: Goodbye Lenin!

Sat., March 3
8:00 p.m. Nego Gato Music and Dance Company - Auditorium
Tickets: $23/$10

Mon., March 5
2:30 p.m. Particle Astrophysics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: M. Bradac, Stanford University
Title: Shedding Light on Dark Matter: Seeing the Invisible with Gravitational Lensing
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II
Special Topic: Auger Observatory Update

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Wilson Hall Cafe
Friday, March 2
-Old Fashioned Ham & Bean
-Philly Style Chicken
-Braised Pork Chops
-Baked Fish over Rice
-Roasted Veggie & Provolone Panini
-Assorted Slice Pizza
-Baked Potato

Wilson Hall Cafe Menu

Chez Leon

Wednesday, March 7
-Chicken Satay w/Peanut Dipping Sauce
-Oriental Salad
-Jasmine Rice
-Banana Spring Rolls

Thursday, March 8
-Risotto Cakes w/Shrimp w/Mustard Sauce
-Medallions of Beef w/Cabernet Sauce
-New Potatoes w/Dill
-Green Beans w/Lemon Zest
-Gran Marnier Soufflé

Chez Leon Menu
Call x4598 to make your reservation.


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Science fair volunteers lauded for contributions as judges

From left: Fermilab mechanical engineer Maurice Ball, Brooks College Prep junior Kirby Gibson, and Nancy Lanning from the Education Office.

On January 17, Nancy Lanning of the Education Office and volunteer science fair judges from Fermilab were honored for their participation in the Chicago Public School Area 24 Science Fair. Along with Lanning, Fermilab volunteers included physicist Leo Bellantoni, engineer Maurice Ball, and DZero's Mohammed Naimuddin. During the Judges' Luncheon, Lanning was also honored for her efforts over the years in recruiting volunteers from Fermilab to act as judges at the science fair. The lab typically sends 3-5 volunteers each year, and the schools greatly appreciate their presence.

"A few of the students at this year's science fair had heard about Fermilab," said Ball, a mechanical engineer and fluids group leader in AD-Mechanical Support. "When I told them what I do here, a lot of them got really excited."

Students submitted projects in catagories including aerospace science, health science, physics, and zoology. Brooks College Prep junior Kirby Gibson, pictured above with Lanning and Ball, participated in the fair with a physics project: "Viscosity and Temperature vs. Pressure." Gibson plans to study chemical engineering after high school.

Another student project measured how phases of the moon affect the earth's temperature. "The student's experiments showed that there wasn't really much of an impact," said Ball. "But she ran a very complex experiment with several trials, produced graphs, and explained her experiment to me in her own words. Before presenting her work, she gave me some information and definitions of terms. I could tell she learned a lot."

If you would like to volunteer to help with this program, call Susan Dahl of the Education Office at x3094. You can also learn about other opportunities, such as visiting schools to perform physics demonstrations or volunteering for the Science Adventures program on Saturday mornings, by visiting the Education Office web site.

Special Announcement

ILC symposium at Fermilab

Next Wednesday, March 7, a Fermilab symposium on the ILC will take place in the Wilson Hall Auditorium from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. Speakers include Fermilab theorist Chris Quigg, GDE director Barry Barish, and Fermilab director Pier Oddone. There will be ample time for questions and discussion following the talks. Streaming video will be available. A reception with refreshments will follow in the Atrium from 3:30-5:00 p.m.

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In the News

March 1, 2007

Teams toil underground to re-create big bang

GENEVA - Deep beneath the Swiss-French border near Geneva, thousands of physicists rushed to build the world's largest and most expensive science experiment that they hope will bring them one step closer toward unlocking some of the universe's oldest secrets.

Meet the Large Hadron Collider.

It is a $4 billion instrument that scientists at the European Center of Nuclear Research, or CERN, hope to use to re-create the big bang - believed to be the event that caused the beginning of the universe - by crashing protons together at high speed.

Housed in a 17-mile (27-kilometer) circular tunnel several hundred feet beneath Switzerland and France, the LHC will operate at 456 degrees below zero Fahrenheit (-271 degrees Celsius), and collisions will occur 800 million times a second, the center says.

This week, scientists and workers lowered a magnet weighing 2,110 English tons - a weight equivalent to five jumbo jets - 328 feet (100 meters) below ground.

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Superconducting RF Test Facility: Getting ready

Crew welding the pipes at the far upstream end of the cryostat (TESLA-type cavity part).

An important prerequisite for building the ILC is to estalish the design and manufacturing of major and vital components, such as cryomodules for the main linacs, through realistic operating conditions. The Tesla Test Facility (FLASH) at DESY and Fermilab's ILC Test Area have been pursued to play critical roles in the European and American regions to this end. KEK also aims to serve as an Asian regional center for the main linac technology, and their STF (Superconducting RF Test Facility) and R&D programs are a manifestation of its endeavour. Many members of STF from KEK are active members in the GDE and in close collaborative relationships with colleagues from DESY, INFN, Orsay, FNAL, JLab, Cornell and SLAC. Major laboratories from China, Korea, and India, have expressed their interests or have already begun interactions with the program at STF in various forms also.

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Special Announcement

Nego Gato: Music and dance of Brazil this Saturday night

Performance troupe Nego Gato combines Afro-Brazilian costumes, drumming and dance.

The Afro-Brazilian drum and dance company Nego Gato will perform this Saturday at 8 p.m. in Ramsey Auditorium. The group infuses elements of samba, reggae and Afro-Jazz into their music, and their dance is inspired by Capoeira, a martial art once practiced by enslaved Africans in Brazil. Before the performance, Carol Chappell, historian for Nego Gato, will offer a lecture at 7 p.m. entitled "From Africa to Brazil: 500 Years of History."

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Batavia bridge repairs extended
Construction on the Wilson Street Bridge in Batavia, which was originally scheduled to end this Sunday, March 4, has been extended. The bridge will now reopen in the evening on Wednesday, March 7.

NALWO Cooking Demonstration
NALWO will host a German cooking demonstration, presented by Selitha Raja and Angela Jostlein on Monday, March 12 from 10:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at Chez Leon in the Users' Center. Come to learn traditional techniques and recipes and stay for lunch to taste the results! Please RSVP to SelithaR@hotmail.com or call Selitha Raja at 630-305-7769.

Children's Summer Day Camp
Registration for the Fermilab Summer Day Camp for children, ages 7 through 12 years of age, will begin March 1. Deadline to register is 5:00 p.m. on March 29. Entrance into the camp is made by lottery drawing on March 30. Session I is June 11 to June 29; Session II is July 2 to July 20; Session III is July 23 to August 10. The fee for each three-week session is $285.00. A $125.00 per child, per session deposit is required at the time of registration. More information regarding the camp and registration forms can be found in the Recreation Office, Housing Office, Users Office and on the Recreation web page or call the Recreation Office at x5427 or x2548.

Open Science Grid Education Workshop
Deadline to register, March 2

The 2007 Midwest Grid Workshop will be held from March 24 to 25 at the National Center for Data Mining and the Laboratory for Advanced Computing at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and co-hosted at the International Center for Advanced Internet Research at Northwestern University. The workshop introduces essential skills to conduct and support large-scale scientific analysis in emerging grid and distributed computing environments for researchers in many disciplines. Participants will learn to use grids of thousands of processors and will be able to continue to use these resources for their research after the workshop. Students, researchers, educators and professionals in any scientific, data or computing-intensive disciplines may apply. The deadline is March 2 (notification by March 9). For more information and application, please visit the web site.

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