Fermilab Today Monday, April 21, 2008
Furlough Information

New furlough information, including an up-to-date Q&A section, appears on the furlough Web pages daily.

Layoff Information

New information on Fermilab layoffs, including an up-to-date Q&A section, appears on the layoff Web pages daily.


Monday, April 21
9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
SCRF meeting - One North
9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Third Annual Low Emittance Muon Collider Workshop - One West
2:30 p.m.
Particle Astrophysics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: N. Padmanabhan, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Title: From Quasars to Dark Energy: Adventures with the Clustering of Luminous Red Galaxies
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II
Special Topic: Tevatron Orbit Stabilization

Tuesday, April 22
9 a.m.- 6:30 p.m
SCRF meeting - One North
9 a.m.- 7 p.m.
Third Annual Low Emittance Muon Collider Workshop - One West3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar - One West
Speaker: S. Holmes, Fermilab
Title: Project X and the Future of the Fermilab Accelerator Complex

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Wilson Hall Cafe

Monday, April 14
- French Quarter gumbo
- French dip w/horseradish cream sauce
- Smart cuisine: Santa Fe pork stew
- Smart cuisine: chicken sesame
- Spicy hot Greek wrap
- Assorted slice pizza
- Sweet n' sour chicken w/egg roll

Wilson Hall Cafe Menu

Chez Leon

Wednesday, April 23
- Chipotle shrimp on corn cakes
- Tropical fruit platter

Thursday, April 24
- Closed

Chez Leon Menu
Call x4598 to make your reservation.


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Midwest earthquake rattles Illinois, Fermilab equipment

The plot shows the results from a single Tevatron magnet tilt meter that recorded the slight back and forth motion of the magnet due to the motion of the earth during the earthquake.

On Friday, April 18, at approximately 4:37 a.m., a 5.2-magnitude earthquake shook southern Illinois. It was the second strongest quake in the area in 40 years. Its vibrations were felt across the state, including at Fermilab.

On-site seismometers recorded pre-dawn vibrations at the laboratory. Scientists said they likely would have lost the beam inside the Tevatron if the acclerator had been running.

The plot shows the slight movement of one of the Tevatron magnets tilting back and forth due to the movement of the earth at the time of the quake.

Read more about the quake in Friday's Chicago Tribune article.

-- Rhianna Wisniewski

The plot shows the vibration measurements from a seismometer located along the Main Ring, taken during the earthquake.

Photo of the Day

Year's first buffalo baby

The birth of the year's first buffalo, one of 10 expected calves, happened Friday. These fuzzy, feisty calves can stand within 30 minutes of their birth and start playing soon after. A typical calf weighs 30 to 40 pounds. It loses its light brown color within three months.


Filing IDES claims during second furlough period

If you filed unemployment benefit claims during the first furlough period, here are a few reminders regarding filing claims during your second furlough period.

  • In order to qualify for unemployment benefits, you must file an additional claim with the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) during your second furlough week (or four consecutive days for weekly employees) online or at your local IDES office. You do not need to call the TeleServe system to certify your claim until after you have received a letter from IDES with your call-in date.
  • IDES will only consider your claim if you file during your furlough week. Please note: IDES follows a Sunday-Saturday week, so you must file between Monday and Saturday of your furlough week.
  • When you file your second claim, list your "hire date" as the first day you returned to work after your first furlough period.

Those interested in applying for unemployment benefits for the first time, must file a claim with IDES online or at their local IDES offices. You must serve a one-week waiting period, and may then be eligible for benefits during the next furlough period.

If you have general IDES-related questions, please contact Heather Sidman x3326 or Jeannelle Smith x4367. For more information, please contact your local IDES office.

In the News

Foster requests more money for Fermilab

From Beacon News, April 18, 2008

Rep. Bill Foster joined other members of the Illinois congressional delegation this week in requesting more money for Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.

In letters to the House Appropriations Committee and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Foster -- a former scientist at the Batavia lab -- urged his colleagues to include $350 million for the Department of Energy's Office of Science in a supplemental appropriations bill for 2008.

This money would restore funding cut from that office late last year, when Congress passed an omnibus appropriations bill.

Read more

Safety Tip of the Week

Severe weather preparedness

Click on image to view a five-minute YouTube video on tornado safety.

Now that warm weather has finally arrived, you should take time to re-familiarize yourself with the proper precautions for thunderstorms, high winds, hail, lightning, tornadoes and floods. The two most important elements to severe weather preparedness are recognizing hazardous conditions and taking the appropriate protective actions.

Fermilab has a Sitewide Emergency Warning System. When the SEWS activates, those indoors will hear an alarm tone followed by an announcement of the hazardous condition and verbal instructions for what to do.

Those outdoors will hear sirens that announce tornado warnings or national emergencies. If you hear an outdoor alarm, proceed to the nearest available shelter. Observe conditions and use common sense when selecting shelter areas. Choose the best space you can get to safely. If you can't get to a designated shelter, go to a lower-level, windowless room.

If off site, you will probably hear community sirens and broadcast warnings. You can also use a weather radio that broadcasts National Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There are 940 transmitters throughout the United States that provide location specific information. You can set most weather radios to automatically activate each time a hazardous weather announcement occurs. The alert will sound similar to Fermilab's indoor warning system, a tone followed by an announcement of the hazardous condition and verbal instructions on how to protect yourself.

Safety Tip of the Week Archive


Dr. Orbach to speak at lab-wide meeting Tuesday

Dr. Raymond L. Orbach, Under Secretary for the DOE Office of Science, will speak at a laboratory-wide meeting at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, in Ramsey Auditorium. All employees and users are invited.

Dr. Orbach will discuss the budget situation, including the President's FY09 budget request. He will answer questions from the audience after his talk.

In the News

Passage over Fox River will be shut down for 16 days

From Kane County Chronicle, April 20, 2008

Drivers will lose one way to cross the Fox River as the Wilson Street bridge closes for 16 days, beginning Monday.

Emergency services are preparing, and police are urging drivers to look for other routes. While officials expect traffic congestion and delays, they hope that the problems will disappear once the work is done.

Crews will be pouring the final driving surface and installing lighting while the bridge is closed. Applying 2 inches of latex coating is the last step before the bridge's two driving and parking lanes can be used, bridge liaison Terry Heffron said. Street-lights, lane stripes and decorative details also will be put in place.

The bridge will close Monday and re-open May 6.

Read more


Have a safe day!

Flexible Spending Accounts
To get reimbursed, you must submit 2007 Flexible Spending Account claims by April 30, 2008. Fax claims to Cigna at (570) 496-2945. Include a signed and dated claim form with your submission for reimbursement.

Blood drive April 22, 23
Mark your calendars. Heartland Blood Centers will conduct a Fermilab Blood Drive on April 22 and 23 from 8 a.m to 2 p.m. in the Wilson Hall Ground Floor NE Training Room. Schedule appointments on the Web or call Diana at x3771 or Margie at x5680. More information available here.

Computer programming course April 24
"C++ Templates and Template Metaprogramming," the third course in the current series of "Selected Topics in Computer Programming," will occur on Thursday, April 24. Aimed at programmers with C++ experience, it will deal in depth with issues related to function and class templates in modern C++ programs. Attendees will learn techniques of template-based programming and metaprogramming, as well as related new techniques from the next C++ standard. Participants will receive TRAIN credit for the free course. Course registration is now open. Future courses will occur at two-week intervals.

NALWO Spring Tea May 5
Members of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory Women's Organization will hold their Spring Tea on May 5 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Barbara Oddone will host the event in her home, Site #29, located just inside the Wilson Street gate. Photo identification is necessary to enter the laboratory. When entering through at Wilson Street, turn right at the driveway just beyond the gate. If possible, please bring a favorite dessert or appetizer from your country. For additional information contact Susan Kayser, Margie Nagaitsev, or the Housing Office at (630) 840-3777.

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