Fermilab Today Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Tuesday, Sept. 25
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
CANCELLED Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar - One West
Speaker: S. Strokov, University of Hiroshima
Title: Experiments on Deflection of Charged Particles in Japan for ILC and J-PARC

Wednesday, Sept. 26
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Fermilab Colloquium - One West
Speaker: M. Neubert, Mainz University
Title: Precision Studies in the Quark Flavor Sector and the Search for New Physics

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Wilson Hall Cafe
Tuesday, Sept. 25
- Creamy turkey vegetable
- Chicken gyros
- *Salisbury steaks w/mushroom au jus
- Italian panini w/provolone
- Chicken cacciatore
- Assorted slice pizza
- Super burrito

*Carb Restricted Alternative

Wilson Hall Cafe Menu

Chez Leon

Wednesday, Sept. 26
- Cheese ravioli w/tomato basil cream
- Italian chopped salad
- Apple walnut turnovers

Thursday, Sept. 27

Chez Leon Menu
Call x4598 to make your reservation.


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Fermilab makes case to keep Tevatron on through 2010

Fermilab Director Pier Oddone gives a presentation on long-term planning at the P5 panel Monday afternoon.

Fermilab Director Pier Oddone called for an extension of running at the Tevatron through 2010, given the productivity of DZero and CDF.

Oddone and members of the CDF and DZero collaborations asked the P5 panel to recommend the extension of the Tevatron run though 2010. P5 consists of 16 members from laboratories throughout the United States, including three Fermilab representatives: Dan Green, Boris Kayser and Marcela Carena. P5 makes recommendations to the High-Energy Physics Advisory Panel on the prioritization and funding of U.S. high-energy physics projects.

"There are a lot of interesting things going on, many of them very positive. So that is good," P5 chairman Abraham Seiden told Fermilab scientists at the start of a series of talks on laboratory initiatives.

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--Tona Kunz


Argonne-Fermilab group attends UChicago program

Front row (left to right): Vladimir Shiltsev (Fermilab), Mike Skwarek, Don Petravick (Fermilab), Andreas Jansson (Fermilab), Mike Papka. Center row (left to right): Monica Regalbuto, Karen Byrum, Susan Coghlan, John Quintana, Stephen Streiffer, Ruben Carcagno (Fermilab), Kathy Simunich, Ronald Moore (Fermilab). Back row (left to right): Deborah Harris (Fermilab), Mary Logue (Fermilab), Ted Liu (Fermilab), Seth Snyder, Georgio Apollinari (Fermilab), Joe Ingraffia, Mark Peters, George Srajer, Patricia Fernandez, John Mitchell, Eric Prebys (Fermilab), Tim Tess.

September has long represented a return to school with sharpened pencils and fresh notebooks. And it was back to school this month for a group of 25 Argonne and Fermilab employees who attended the first session of a year-long Strategic Laboratory Leadership program.

Custom designed by the University of Chicago to teach and refine strategic planning and leadership skills, the program gives 15 Argonne employees and 10 Fermilab employees a chance to focus on building skills that they can take back to their respective departments and divisions.

"So many of us learn by trial and error what works and what doesn't," said Fermilab Deputy Director Young-Kee Kim. "This will help them. It will teach them how to run scientific programs and the administrative side of research."

Closer collaboration with Argonne is another goal of the program, which was conceived during contract negotiations between the University of Chicago and the two laboratories in 2006.

"We'd like to see deeper collaboration with Argonne. There are a lot of things that we can learn from each other," Kim said.

Design of the class began in March when University of Chicago professors interviewed representatives at both laboratories to see what they wanted from the program. The resulting one-year program includes three sessions, the first of which began in the first week of September. The participants will meet again in January and April. They will take an elective through the University of Chicago's Graduate School of Business and must complete a group project. Once the class is completed, the participants will receive certificates.

"I already can see a lot of good things from the five days that the group has spent together," Kim said. "I don't think we're going to have to wait until the end of the program to see results. They can implement what they learn as they go through the class."

Program attendees were selected based on their leadership potential by Fermilab Director Pier Oddone and Argonne director Robert Rosner. The laboratories plan to repeat the year-long program annually.

--Rhianna Wisniewski

In the News

Cosmic log: Inside the subatomic race

MSNBC, Sept. 24, 2007

On the surface, the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory looks like a patch of Illinois left behind from the 1970s - or sometimes even the 1870s.

Much of Fermilab's 6,800-acre preserve, nestled amid Chicago's suburbs, has reverted to wilderness. A herd of bison roams the prairie. Decades-old frame houses and industrial buildings dot the developed areas. The tallest building is Wilson Hall, a 16-story headquarters that looks like a setting for the '70s sci-fi flick "Logan's Run."

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Director's Corner

"It's like déjà vu, all over again."*

Pier Oddone

This is the last Director's Corner for Fiscal Year 2007. I wish I could tell you that we have a budget for the fiscal year that starts next week. Unfortunately, it is now a certainty that, as we did last year, we will live with the uncertainty of a continuing resolution for weeks and even months to come. A CR is likely to hold spending at FY07 levels and will make it particularly hard to manage the laboratory in FY08 because there are several programs scheduled to ramp up during the year. This budget delay is especially difficult to stomach when our international competitors do not suffer from comparable budget delays that affect the timeliness of their research and the development of their facilities.

Several months ago the House of Representatives passed the Energy and Water Bill, where the DOE particle physics budget resides. The Senate marked up the bill in committee, but the leadership has thus far not brought the bill to the Senate floor. Only after they do so can the House and the Senate sit together at conference to work out an agreement on the bill to send to the president. This year, even if there were a bill from Congress, the probability of a presidential veto that would lead to further delays is high. All of this, coupled with last year's experience, tells us that we had better be prepared for an extended period of uncertainty.

In the next few weeks we will be working with divisions and sections on contingency plans to try to minimize the damage from the restrictive funding that will come with a CR. We will have to be very conservative in ramping up efforts that could run out of fuel later in the year. At the same time, we need to move forward on several fronts to make sure we have a vital program after the Tevatron shuts down.

* Coach Yogi Berra (National Baseball Hall of Fame 1972)

In the News

Ray Orbach on FY 2008 funding bill: "The clock is ticking"

From AIP, Sept. 21, 2007

What has long been suspected is now obvious: the FY 2008 appropriations bills will not be completed by October 1, the start of the new fiscal year. Congressional leaders are readying a bill to continue funding into the first weeks of the fiscal year. No one on either end of Pennsylvania Avenue has developed a workable strategy to enact final appropriations bills.

The programs of DOE's Office of Science are at risk, Under Secretary for Science Raymond Orbach warned the Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee (BESAC) yesterday. During the first of a two-day meeting in suburban Maryland, Orbach spoke to BESAC about budget difficulties this year, his concerns about the FY 2008 appropriations bill, and the FY 2009 outlook. The Under Secretary also discussed an update that will be released next month of the twenty-year facilities plan, a similar European roadmap, and ARPA-Energy.

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Have a safe day!

FNALU inbound e-mail stopped Oct. 1
On Oct. 1, 2007, direct e-mail delivery to FNALU nodes will cease. This change only affects delivery, not how or where mail is read. Unless directed otherwise, mail forwarding will be retargeted to the IMAP servers. Users are encouraged to move their existing mail folders to IMAP. Please read the FAQ for further details. Please contact the help desk at x2345 if you have additional questions.

Kyuki-Do class begins on Oct. 1
Kyuki-Do combines the kicking of Taekwon-Do, the throwing and grappling techniques of Judo and Jujitsu, and the joint locks of Hapki-Do into one art. Classes are held on Monday and Wednesday from 5 to 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 and self-defense. You will learn forms that teach you balance, power and grace. Register through the Recreation Office; classes cost $45 per six-week session. You must be a member of the Recreation Facility to join.

Exciting Explorations fall program
Exciting Explorations will take place the following dates: Monday, Oct. 8 (Columbus Day); Monday, Nov. 19; and Tuesday, Nov. 20. Additional days may be added if there is enough interest. The cost is $35 per day per child. Two snacks and beverages are included; lunch is not provided. Please call Patti or Mary Simmons at x3762 to register your child or send an e-mail to request additional days.

Interpersonal Communication Skills
Learn effective communication strategies by assessing your communication style and developing skills for more productive work relationships through the Interpersonal Communications Skills course on Oct. 18. For more information and enrollment, go to the Web site.

Scottish country dancing
Scottish country dancing will meet in Kuhn barn tonight. Instruction begins at 7:30 p.m. and newcomers always are welcome. Most dances are fully taught and walked through. You do not need to come with a partner. More information is available by calling (630) 840-8194 or (630) 584-0825 or e-mailing folkdance@fnal.gov.

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