Fermilab Today Friday, March 16, 2007

Fri., March 16
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. Joint Experimental-Theoretical Physics Seminar - 1 West
Speaker: A. Meyer, RWTH, Aachen
Title: DZero Results on Searches for New Phenomena

Mon., March 19
2:30 p.m. Particle Astrophysics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: E. Siegel, University of Wisconsin
Title: Probing Dark Matter Substructure with Pulsars
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II

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Wilson Hall Cafe
Friday, March 16
-Cream of Wild Mushroom
-Blackened Fish Filet Sandwich
-Southern Fried Chicken
-Tuna Casserole
-Eggplant Parmesan Panini
-Assorted Pizza Slice
-Assorted Sub Sandwich

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Wednesday, March 21
-Saucisson en croute w/madeira sauce
-Salad of field greens w/mustard vinaigrette
-Amaretto chocolate cheesecake

Thursday, March 22
-Monkfish with Cognac Sauce
-Herbed Rice Pilaf
-Steamed Asparagus
-Apple Galettes

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After 15 Fermilab years, Lutha to manage Argonne Site Office

Ron Lutha is moving on to serve as the new Argonne site office manager.

Yesterday, colleagues and friends celebrated Ron Lutha's 15-year career with the Fermilab DOE Site Office and his new appointment as site office manager at Argonne National Laboratory. Thoughout his years of project management at Fermilab, Lutha has been continually cited for his spirit and positive attitude as major elements in his highly effective leaderhip.

"He was always willing to leave his office and meet the people working on the projects," said Bill Griffing, head of ES&H. "He'd get out there at seven in the morning to meet with the folks working on the NuMI tunnel." Former DOE Fermi site office deputy head Jim Miller emphasized that Lutha's leadership skills were inseparable from his bright personality. "He's always smiling," Miller said.

"The way you've worked with us at the lab has been a treasure," Director Pier Oddone said to Lutha. "We're looking forward to the synergy between Fermilab and Argonne."

Lutha told the crowd that although many aspects of the lab have changed over the years, the one constant has been the quality of the people. "Thanks to everyone here for being good friends and good people, and for running a great lab," he said.
--Christine Buckley


Last day at the lab for Fermilab Today editor

Siri Steiner is the outgoing editor of Fermilab Today.

Today's issue of Fermilab Today is the last under the editorial leadership of Siri Steiner. After a year and a half as editor of Fermilab today, Steiner will pack her bags and move to Cincinnati, Ohio, where she will join her fiancÚ and pursue a career as a freelance science writer.

Steiner brought to the editor's job a determination to continue expanding Fermilab Today as both a useful and interesting resource for all members of the laboratory community. She strengthened the unique mix of physics results, employee profiles, wildlife adventures, photos of the day and events of daily life in a physics laboratory that characterize Fermilab Today. In response to results of a 2006 Fermilab Today survey, she introduced new features, including weekly columns by division and section heads, and gave increased emphasis to stories on "regular people" across the spectrum of laboratory life.

"Every morning at nine o'clock for the past year and a half, Siri has pushed the button that sends Fermilab Today to the laboratory community, and beyond," said Judy Jackson, head of the Public Affairs Office. "Siri's fascination with every aspect of life at Fermilab and her genuine interest in all of the Fermilab family brought a unique voice to Fermilab Today."

Future inquiries and ideas for Fermilab Today articles should be sent to today@fnal.gov.

In the News

PPARC Press Release,
March 15, 2007:

Robotic Telescope Unravels Mystery of Cosmic Blasts

Scientists have used the world's largest robotic telescope to make the earliest-ever measurement of the optical polarisation* of a Gamma Ray Burst (GRB) just 203 seconds after the start of the cosmic explosion. This finding, which provides new insight into GRB physics, is published in Science today (15th March 2007).

The scientists from Liverpool John Moores University and colleagues in the UK, Italy, France and Slovenia used the Liverpool Telescope on the island of La Palma and its novel new polarimeter, RINGO, to perform the measurement following detection of the burst by NASA's Swift satellite.

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New Mothers' Room opens

Two small Fermilabbers enjoy a comfortable seat in the newly opened Mothers' Room in Wilson Hall.

The Employee Relations Office celebrated the grand opening of the Fermilab Mothers' Room yesterday, with Director Pier Oddone participating in the ribbon-cutting ceremony. The room, located in Wilson Hall 9NW, will help ease the transition for new mothers who return to work after giving birth and are continuing to nurse their infants. New moms will find a comfortable, private room and expressing equipment, in addition to a network of resources for working mothers. Project leader Heather Sidman of Employee Relations is "excited that we can be proactive about making women feel comfortable" while they nurse.

Jen Adelman-McCarthy of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey described her use of a cardboard box for privacy when she would express milk for her 7-month-old daughter. "Who wants to make their baby's lunch in the bathroom?" she said. "You wouldn't want to make your own lunch in there." She added that the room provides a relaxing environment during the process.

"We're happy to be able to provide this room where women can nurse in peace and enjoy this very special moment," Oddone said. "It's a great way to provide for families in the workplace."

Find more inforamtion on the Mothers at Work Website
--Christine Buckley

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Cornell University moves forward on vertical electropolishing

The vertical
set up at Cornell

Recent results from Cornell University demonstrated that a new method of electropolishing superconducting cavities may hold promise for the International Linear Collider. For the past two years, Cornell scientists have been developing an electropolishing method that treats cavities vertically as opposed to the traditional horizontal orientation developed by KEK. Cornell recently applied this new vertical method to a nine-cell ILC cavity for the first time and achieved positive results. "This is the first step to show the viability of the new method," says Cornell physicist Hasan Padamsee.

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Photo of the Day

What is this? Christine Ader from AD's Mechanical Support Department sent this photo taken by Denny Gaw, also from TD. "It would be great if people tried to guess what this is," she writes. (Hint: You probably need to be an engineer or technician to get this; we never would have figured it out on our own.) FT will run the answer Monday.


The Next Fermi Kyuki-Do Martial Arts Class begins on April 2
Kyuki-Do combines the strikes of Taekwon-Do, the throwing and grappling techniques of Judo and Jujitsu, the joint locks of Hapki-Do, and the practice of Kobudo (traditional weapons) into one art. Classes are held on Monday and Wednesday from 5 - 6 p.m. at the Recreation Facility in the Village. Teacher Bruce Worthel will focus on a practical self-defense that can be used by women or men. You will learn kicks, blocks, hand techniques, throws, pins, self-defense, and forms that will teach you balance, power, and grace. Register through the Recreation Office; classes cost $45 per 6-week session. You must be a member of the recreation facility to join.

Photomicrography Art Reception
A Reception for Nikon's 2006 Small World Photomicrography Competition will be held from 5-7 p.m. today on the second floor crossover. Everyone is welcome to attend.

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