Fermilab Today Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Tuesday, Dec. 4
3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 5
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Fermilab Colloquium - One West
Speaker: C. Quigg, Fermilab
Title: Mass

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Wilson Hall Cafe
Tuesday, Dec. 4
- Tomato bisque
- Lemon pepper club
- Beef w/peppers
- Smart cuisine: Tortellini alfredo
- Grilled chicken Caesar wrap
- Assorted slice pizza
- Rio Grande taco salads

*Carb Restricted Alternative

Wilson Hall Cafe Menu

Chez Leon

Wednesday, Dec. 5
- Seafood cannelloni
- Caesar salad
- Chocolate espresso parfait

Thursday, Dec. 6
- Pasta carbonnada
- Veal saltimbocca
- Sautéed spinach and pine nuts w/lemon zest
- Hazelnut & pear soufflé

Chez Leon Menu
Call x4598 to make your reservation.


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Mexican Physical Society awards Appel for outreach

Jeff Appel, Fermilab's assistant director for Program Planning, poses with the DPyC Medal, presented by the Division of Particles and Fields of the Mexican Physical Society earlier last month.

Research in particle physics is a global quest, pulling scientists and resources from nearly every continent. Before the 1990s, Fermilab's southern neighbors played a role in high-energy particle physics theory, but participation in large experiments was limited. Embracing the philosophy of the more minds the better, Fermilab's then-Director, Leon Lederman and a handful of staff, including Jeff Appel, reached out to Mexico and other Latin American countries.

One result has been a boom in Mexican experimental research and researchers. Now, Mexico is Fermilab's ninth most prolific partnering country in terms of collaboration results.

As a thank you, the Division of Particles and Fields of the Mexican Physical Society awarded the DPyC Medal last month to Appel, currently Fermilab's assistant director for Program Planning. The award recognizes a dedication to outreach with Mexico.

Appel, as co-spokesman of Experiment 791 in 1991, approached Gerardo Herrera-Corral, of CINVESTAV, a research institute in Mexico City, and Arturo Fernandez, of Puebla University, about becoming collaborators in the fixed-target experiment.

"This stage of development of high energy physics in Mexico was very important. It gave Mexico a chance to learn how to create collaborations of people around a specific experiment." Herrera-Corral said.

-- Tona Kunz

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Paging network to migrate this week

On Wednesday, Dec. 5, the laboratory's onsite paging network will begin transitioning to a narrowband standard as prescribed by the DOE. The migration will be completed on Dec. 6. All employees who purchased the newer Motorola Minitor V pager need to bring their pagers to a designated location for a brief reconfiguration. Pagers that are not reprogrammed will not function reliably following completion of the migration. Older laboratory pager models are considered noncompliant and must be turned in to Telecommunictions, WH-5W. Questions or concerns may be directed to x5411 or telecom@fnal.gov.

In the News

Splitting the quark

From nature.com,
Nov. 30, 2007

If quarks are made of preons, then stars made of the stuff should be detectable.

Are there pea-sized objects as heavy as the Moon out there in space? Perhaps so, if quarks, the constituent particles of atoms, are themselves made up of still smaller particles.

Fredrik Sandin and Johan Hansson of Luleå University of Technology in Sweden say that these hypothetical particles, called preons, might exist in super-dense chunks left over from the beginning of the Universe. Their work predicts that these heavy objects should be detectable with current astronomical techniques1. This helps to turn a highly speculative hypothesis into a testable idea.

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Director's Corner

The beauty of zero

Pier Oddone
Pier Oddone

When in the past we have discussed recordable injuries (TRC rate) and injuries leading to days away and restricted (DART rate) it has always been uncomfortable to set the bar at any number other than zero. We measure good performance in health and safety by comparing our rate of injuries to some low rate that corresponds to the best industrial standards. We may tend to feel that we have met the goal when we achieve this rate, but the real goal is zero injuries - everyone coming to work and returning home safely to their families every day. So we should never be satisfied with any number other than, of course, zero.

Zero recordable injuries and hence zero days away and restricted for the last sixty days is what you have achieved. CONGRATULATIONS! Every one of you shares this achievement. During this period, at previous years' rates, we would have seen five recordable injuries and a couple of injuries requiring days away from work. We could attribute this change to the statistical fluctuations associated with small numbers. I would like to believe otherwise. Starting with the recommendation of the injury prevention panel and following with several measures to attack the main cause of injuries, namely lapses of attention, I believe we are making real progress in safety awareness. You should feel proud, as I do, to have achieved a rate of zero recordable injuries for the last two months. We must all continue this great effort to keep safety present in our minds on every single task we do. Zero is a beautiful number.

Accelerator Update
Nov. 30 - Dec. 3
- Three stores provided 31 hours and 45 minutes of luminosity
- MI conducts aperture scans and slipstacking studies
- Pbar sets stacking record with 24.30 mA for an hour
- Vacuum leak fixed in TeV sector D17
- TeV collimator skew corrected
- New Recycler damper system implemented

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


Dec. 14 deadline for The University of Chicago Tuition Remission Program
The deadline for applying for the tuition remission program at The University of Chicago for the Winter 2008 quarter is Dec. 14. More information and enrollment forms. Contact Nicole Gee at x3697 with any questions.

Ticket sales in the Recreation Office
Blackhawks @ the United Center -- Jan. 11, 16 and 24. Save up to 50 percent.
Harlem Globetrotters at the Allstate Arena and Vlaparaiso Athletics Center -- Jan. 11, 12 and 13. Save $7 per ticket.
Chicago Bulls at the United Center, Dec. 14. Half price on the $60 tickets.
All tickets are ordered direct. More information and registration forms can be found in the Recreation Office or online.
AMC movie tickets make great gifts and stocking stuffers. Tickets are $6.50 each (some restrictions) and have no expiration date. Tickets available in the Recreation Office.

Holiday Book Fair Dec. 4-5
The Recreation Office sponsored Holiday Book Fair, hosted by Imagine Nation Books, LTD, will be in the Atrium on Tuesday, Dec. 4, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Wednesday, Dec. 5, from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. A selection of hard cover books will be offered at 70 percent off retail prices. The fair features more than 200 titles and includes cookbooks, bestsellers, general information, inspirational and children's books. They also offer photo albums, cards and gift items. Cash, personal check, and major credit cards are accepted. A portion of the proceeds subsidizes some of our recreation programs. The Recreation Office thanks you for your participation.

Education Office holiday sale Dec. 4-6
The Education Office will host its annual holiday sale Dec. 4-6, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., outside One West in Wilson Hall.

Blood Drive Dec. 18, 19
Mark your calendars. Heartland Blood Centers will be here for the Fermilab Blood Drive on Dec. 18 and 19, from 8 a.m to 2 p.m. in the Wilson Hall Ground Floor NE Training Room. Appointments can be scheduled on the Web or by calling Diana at x3771 or Margie at x5680. More information can be found here.

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