Fermilab Today Friday, July 11, 2008

Friday, July 11
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Joint Experimental-Theoretical Physics Seminar - 1 West
Speaker: J. Zhu, State University of New York, Stony Brook
Title: From W to Z: Electroweak and QCD Results from DZero

Monday, July 14
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II
Special Topic: Picosecond-Resolution Time-of-Flight Detectors

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Wilson Hall Cafe
Friday, July 11
- New England clam chowder
- Black & blue cheese burger
- Mardi Gras jambalaya
- Smart cuisine: Dijon meatballs over noodles
- Bistro chicken & provolone panini
- Assorted slice pizza
- *Carved top round of beef

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Wednesday, July 16
- Catfish filet veracruz
- Lemon rice
- Corn & red pepper
- Chocolate pecan bourbon tart

Thursday, July 17
- Closed

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Letter from KEK

Yoji Totsuka has passed away

From Interactions.org, July 10, 2008

Yoji Totsuka

Yoji Totsuka, 66, former director general of KEK, died of a cancer on Thursday, July 10, at a hospital. Yoji began his career at the University of Tokyo in 1972 as a research associate and stayed at DESY on the DASP experiment. In 1981, he joined Prof. Masatoshi Koshiba to build Kamiokande, a large water cerenkov detector which observed neutrinos from a super nova SN1987. In 1988, he led the construction of SuperKamiokande detector, which led him and his colleagues to the discovery of the atmospheric neutrino oscillation.

In October 2002, he moved to KEK and became the director general in April 2003, and worked there for 3 years. He is a professor emeritus of KEK and the University of Tokyo.

He received numerous awards, including the Order of Culture of Japan, the Bruno Pontecorvo Prize in 2004 and the Franklin Institute Awards in 2007.

The funeral service for Yoji Totsuka will take place at Aoyama Funeral Hall in Tokyo at 12:30 p.m. on July 12.

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SLAC press release

Physicists discover new particle: The Bottom-most "Bottomonium"

Thirty years ago, particle physics delighted in discovering the "bottomonium" family-the set of particles that contain both a bottom quark and an anti-bottom quark but are bound together with different energies. Ever since, researchers have sought to ascertain the lowest energy state of these tiny yet important particles. Now, for the first time, collaborators on the BaBar experiment at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) have detected and measured the lowest energy particle of the bottomonium family, called the ?b (pronounced eta-sub-b).

"Faced with the end of its run, the BaBar collaboration decided to focus its remaining time on investigating some of the states of bottomonium," said Associate Director of the DOE Office of Science for High Energy Physics Dennis Kovar. "This exciting result achieves one of the principal aims of this final data collection run."

SLAC Director Persis Drell added: "This is a tremendous achievement for both the PEP-II accelerator and the BaBar collaboration. Congratulations to everyone involved."

Every system of matter contains a "ground state"-a lowest energy level to which the system is ever trying to get, shedding energy as it does so. The ground state provides a baseline from which to measure the other more energetic states of the particle, and is key to understanding the fundamental laws that govern how quarks interact and behave.

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In the News

House Appropriations Bill for Office of Science

From AIP FYI, July 10, 2008

The House Appropriations Committee approved its version of the FY 2009 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill on June 25. Traditionally, the final copy of the committee's report would have been made available within a few days. For unknown reasons, the committee's report has not yet been officially published.

The following are selections from an unnumbered, undated report that was made available on the day that the full committee approved by voice vote its version of its yet unnumbered draft bill. The below language should be very close to that approved by the committee, although readers should note that these selections were not taken from the "official" version of the report. When that report is made available, a link will be provided to it.

Note that the "current budget" figures include the both the original appropriations bill (enacted last December) as well as the recently-enacted supplemental appropriations bill.


The current budget is $4,035.6 million. The Administration's FY 2009 request was $4,722.0 million. The House Appropriations Committee recommended $4,861.7 million, an increase of 20.5 percent or $826.1 million.

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Special Announcement

Asphalt grinding begins Tuesday, expect delays

Beginning on Tuesday, July 15, the asphalt grinding phase of a project to resurface A1 and A2 Roads between B Road and Wilson Hall will begin. At certain times during this project, posted detours and flaggers will redirect drivers. Drivers can expect short delays while flaggers coordinate traffic flow at the D Road, Pine Street and the A1/A2 intersection. The paving portion of the project will begin upon completion of the grinding phase. Weather conditions may alter this schedule.

Click here for a map of the paving project.


From particles to plays

AD's Bruce Worthel (left) in Shakespeare's "Merry Wives of Windsor."

At work, Bruce Worthel is a T-shirt and shorts kind of guy. But during the summer, on weekends, he gets, well, a little frilly. Sometimes its puffy pants, stiff collars or flowing shirts. But, hey. Its all for art's sake.

"There are a lot of other actors here at the lab, they just don't do (William) Shakespeare," Worthel said. He performs with the Midsummer Theatre Troupe during July in Kane and DuPage counties. Most 90-minute performances are free.

Worthel excels at making the complicated clear. He spends his weekdays making Fermilab's AD machine operation understandable in "rookie books," used by the rotating stream of operators. Even so, it typically takes two years for operators to fully understand how to run and adjust the cutting-edge, and often changing, machines that power the accelerator beams.

"I like Shakespeare and my job because I have a love for the language and a love for trying to make things as simple and understandable as possible," he said. Worthel has performed with the troupe for six years.

The troupe strives to keep a mix of slapstick and romance in the performances and make the archaic language accessible to children as well as literature-loving adults. "This is family-friendly entertainment under the stars," said director Toni Hix, who calls the show "relaxed and casual."

You can see Worthel as the former sea captain in the comedy "Twelfth Night" at 6 p.m. Saturday at Island Park in Geneva, 7 p.m. July 18, at Central Park in Naperville, 5 p.m. July 27 at McCarty Park in Aurora and 7 p.m. July 15 and 22 at Walter Payton's Roundhouse in Aurora.

-- Tona Kunz

From iSGTW

Grid computing walks the standard line: thinking inside the box

As concerns of a global hunger crisis mount, researchers at the University of Washington, Seattle, have launched a new program on IBM's World Community Grid to develop stronger strains of rice that could produce crops with larger, more nutritious yields and greater resistance to changing weather patterns.

Jumpstarted by a $2.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation, the "Nutritious Rice for the World" program will harness over 160 teraflops of the grid's volunteer-donated processing power to study rice at the atomic level. Researchers expect the results to transfer to other cereal crops such as corn, wheat, and barley and to have a major impact on global health.

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Fermilab pool memberships now available at Recreation office
Fermilab employees and users can now enjoy the Fermilab pool. The pool opened last week and is hosting swimming lessons for both youth and pre-schoolers. Registration for the second (July 21-Aug 1) and third (Aug 4-15) sessions is still open. Swim lesson registration and pool memberships are now available through the Recreation Office (x5427) on WH15.

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