Fermilab Today Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Tue., Aug. 7
12:00 p.m.
Summer Lecture Series - One West
Speaker: D. Ritchie, Fermilab
Title: Computing in Particle Physics
3:30 p.m.

Wed., Aug. 8
3:30 p.m.

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Wilson Hall Cafe
Tuesday, Aug. 7
- Chicken & Rice Soup
- Cowboy Burger
- Baked Meatloaf w/Gravy
- Smart Cuisine: Parmesan Baked Fish
- Peppered Beef
- Assorted pizza slices
- Chipotle Chili & Queso Nachos Supreme

*Carb Restricted Alternative

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Chez Leon

Wednesday, August 8
- Salmon w/Shallot Sauce
- Pine Nut & Lemon Orzo
- Chocolate Cake w/Strawberries & Ice Cream

Thursday, August 9

Chez Leon Menu
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Temporary power lines
across Pine Street

Power lines being installed along Kirk Road.

In the last few months, a contractor for the city of Batavia has erected brown steel power poles on the Fermilab site, along Kirk Road as well as the northern and southern site boundaries. These poles are part of a city of Batavia project to bring 138,000 volt electricity to the city to satisfy growing power demands and improve reliability. As part of the project, Batavia is also replacing Fermilab's wooden pi-pole power lines as reported in Fermilab Today.

For about 8-10 months, temporary electric lines will run over Pine Street. At present, the old electric lines run underneath in-bound and out-bound Pine Street. When the current project is finished, the new electric lines will also run underground. The duct bank for the new lines is already complete. However, the new underground cable to carry 138,000 volts is a special-order item with a 16-month lead time. While the city waits for the cable to be manufactured, electric lines supported by a wooden pole will run over Pine Street.

"We want people to know that this is just a temporary solution," said Randy Ortgiesen, head of FESS. "It is very important to the laboratory that we preserve the clean vista of the Fermilab entrance area with its Broken Symmetry sculpture. Fermilab and the city of Batavia are working together to keep the view as it is."


Service Awards

Earlier this year service awards were given out for 10, 25, 30 and 35 years of service to the lab.

10 Year Service Award: Row 1 (left to right): B. Chrisman (Directorate), Z. Chen, Y. Orlov, C. LeRette, K. Schumacher. Row 2 (left to right): V. Sidorov, S. Nolan, I. Novitski and P. Olderr. 25 Year Service Award: Row 1 (left to right): Bruce Chrisman (Directorate), Kelly Knickerbocker and Robert Vargo. Row 2 (left to right): Fred Lewis, Wesley Mueller and Mark Knapp. 30 Year Service Award: Row 1 (left to right): Bruce Chrisman (Directorate), David Myers, James Ranson and Raymond Safarik. Row 2 (left to right): Kenneth Stanfield, Louis Ramirez and Victor Kuchler. 35 Year Service Award: Left to right: Bruce Chrisman (Directorate), James Kilmer, John Foglesong and John Larson
In the News

From New York Times,
August 7, 2007

What's in a Name? Parsing the 'God Particle,' the Ultimate Metaphor

We need to talk about the "God particle."

Recently in this newspaper, I reported on the attempts by various small armies of physicists to discover an elementary particle central to the modern conception of nature. Technically it's called the Higgs boson, after Peter Higgs, an English physicist who conceived of it in 1964. It is said to be responsible for endowing the other elementary particles in the universe with mass.

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Director's Corner


Pier Oddone

Yesterday we started the accelerator shutdown, the yearly period we use to carry out repairs and improvements of the accelerator facilities. We are shutting down after 14 months of running. By all measures it has been an extraordinary run. It started in June of last year and continued through July of this year, with great performance by all the accelerators. In this run the Tevatron set many records and increased its total integrated luminosity by 140 percent. Similarly MINOS increased its accumulated data by 150 percent while MiniBooNE, despite the long time necessary to repair the absorbers, integrated 20 percent more data than expected in their antineutrino run. Just for the fiscal year portion of the run, starting in October of 2006 and ending yesterday, we have exceeded by very significant amounts all the targets that DOE uses to measure our performance.

Shutdowns are periods of unusual intensity for us as the accelerator components become available for maintenance and we carry out accelerator improvements throughout the complex with a view towards the future program. It is also a time when a call to arms goes out to the whole laboratory and we slow down other activities in order to provide the technical personnel needed to accomplish the shut-down tasks as quickly as possible. This Summer/Fall's shutdown will be ten weeks long, barely enough time to accomplish all the tasks with the personnel we have available.

The shutdown is also a time when we must pay especially close attention to safety. Shutdown activities involve a lot of mechanical and electrical work that entails well-known hazards. Because personnel must be borrowed from many parts of the laboratory it will not be unusual for our colleagues to find themselves working in new environments, often crowded with equipment, and in jobs that may be unfamiliar. Safety during these times requires extra vigilance and dedication. It places heavy responsibility on everyone, from the supervisors who manage the work and train the personnel to the folks who actually carry out the work. Planning the work is essential, as are the measures required to perform the work safely. Safety is each person's responsibility - to yourself, your family and your colleagues. Your safety and theirs requires your persistent awareness.

Accelerator Update

August 3 - 6
- Two stores provided 29 hours and 13 minutes of luminosity
- Linac had quadrupole problems
- Kautz Road Substation has planned shutdowns
- TeV quenched during pre-shutdown studies
- 10 week shutdown begins

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


University of Chicago Tuition Remission Program for Children of Fermilab Employees
The Fermilab Research Alliance (FRA) announces the tuition remission program at the University of Chicago. Dependent children of regular, full-time employees of the lab are eligible for this benefit. If your child is accepted and enrolls as an undergraduate student at the University of Chicago, this benefit allows you to pay only half of the undergraduate tuition for your child. You must be the legal guardian and claim the child as a dependent for federal income tax purposes. The maximum benefit is twelve quarters. More information is available by calling Nicole Gee at x3697 or online.

FRA Scholarship Update
FRA is pleased to announce its scholarship and tuition remission programs for various Illinois-based Universities. Employee Relations has placed the information on one website for your convenience. Please visit the FRA Scholarship homepage for links and contact information for each program.

CERN Safety Commission presentation Wednesday
Fermilab will be hosting Maurizio Bona, head of the CERN Safety Commission, on Wednesday, August 8, 2007. Mr. Bona will be giving a presentation in One West at 9:00 a.m. in which he is expected to discuss recent changes in the CERN safety system. Anyone who is interested is invited to attend.

Professional Development
New classes are always being added to the professional development schedule. For the most up-to-date course offerings, go to the web page.

Barnstormers meeting Wednesday
The Fermilab Barnstormers monthly meeting is Wednesday, August 8 at the Frelo field next to site 39. In case of inclement weather, it will be held at the users center.

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