Have a safe day!
Take a walk on the wild side
Fermilab Natural Areas offers a mid-day tour of the woodland wildflowers from11:30
a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 14. Bob Lootens and Ryan Campbell will answer questions and explain the history of the spring plants and wildflowers now at their seasonal peak.
Wear sturdy shoes for the dirt and grass path. Meet at the Prairie Interprative Trail on westbound Pine Street across from the Lederman Science Center. In the event of bad weather, the walk will occur at the same time Friday, May 16.
Similar wildflower tours have occurred in the past. The FNA hopes to make the walk an annual event. FNA, a not-for-profit started by employees, aims to conserve and restore the laboratory's ecosystem and foster environmental outreach.
For information about FNA call (630) 840-3303 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or
look online at www.fermilabnaturalareas.org.
National Bike to Work Day needs you
Between 100 and 125 conservation-minded and health-conscious employees at Fermilab plan to pose for a photo at noon Friday, May 16, in honor of National Bike to Work Day. Anyone who commutes by bicycle, even sporadically, is welcome to join in the picture in the horseshoe in front of Wilson Hall. Fermilab Bicycle Commuters organize the photo. The group has about 100 regular commuters as well as many new members giving commuting a try because of rising gas costs. For 2008, the standard mileage rate for the cost of operating your car for business use is 50.5 cents per mile. Fermilab commuters cycling 2 ½ to 15 miles for work save between $1.20 and $7.60 a day, according to the commuters' Web site: http://bike.fnal.gov
Fermi Research Alliance, LLC (FRA) retirement plan changes
The Summary Plan Description for the FRA Retirement Plan has been updated to reflect a major change to the plan:
A terminated participant is not subject to the age and service requirement in order to be eligible for a cash withdrawal. You may elect a cash distribution from TIAA and CREF Retirement Annuities. Withdrawals from the TIAA Traditional Retirement Annuity accumulations are only possible using a Transfer Payout Annuity (TPA). If the accumulation is less than $10,000, it would be provided in one lump sum.
The Summary Plan Description for the Retirement Plan is posted on the Benefits Web site for your review.
Users' meeting June 4, 5
Fermilab will host the annual Users' meeting on Wednesday, June 4, and Thursday, June 5. For more information or to register, visit the Users' Meeting Web site.
Barnstormers meeting May 14
The Fermilab Barnstormers will conduct their monthly meeting on Wednesday, May 14, at 5:30 p.m.
at the Frelo Flying Field next to site 39. In bad weather, the meeting will take place at the Users' center.
Any employees or users interested in model airplanes are welcome, and perhaps will even get some dual stick time with an instructor.
Linear Collider School accepts applications through May 15
The Third International Accelerator School for Linear Colliders will accept applications through May 15. Fermilab will host the school Oct. 19-29 at the Oak Brook Hills Marriott Hotel in Oak Brook. Graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, junior researchers and physicists considering a career change from experimental to accelerator physics may apply. The school will focus on TeV-scale linear colliders including the International Linear Collider and the Compact Linear Collider (CLIC). Visit the school Web site to apply or for more information.
Women can provide feedback on work environment at May 14, 28 luncheons
Calling all female staff, users and student and senior scientists! Fermilab Deputy Director Young-Kee Kim would like to hear about your work environment at Fermilab. Please join her for a lunchtime meeting from noon-1 p.m. on May 14 or 28. The meetings will take place in the small dining room in the southwest corner of the atrium in Wilson Hall. Please bring your lunch. To arrange a private meeting with Young-Kee Kim, please contact Marilyn Smith via e-mail.
2008 CTEQ-MCnet School
The application deadline for the 2008 CTEQ-MCnet Summer School on QCD
Phenomenology and Monte Carlo Event Generators is May 14. The school,
co-sponsored by Fermilab, will be held in Debrecen, Hungary, from August
8-16. The program includes lectures on QCD theory, phenomenology and
analysis as well as hands-on sessions on event-generator physics and
techniques. Enrollment is limited to 80 participants. Applications from
postdocs are particularly encouraged. More information