Fermilab Today Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2008

Tuesday, Sept. 23
3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 24
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Fermilab Colloquium - One West
Speaker: Andriy Lomako, DALSA Corporation
Title: Solid State Imagers in Space and Scientific Applications - DALSA Technology (In conjunction with Pixel 2008 Workshop)

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Wilson Hall Cafe
Tuesday, Sept. 23
- Creamy turkey vegetable
- Chili dog
- Smart cuisine: tomato Swiss steak
- Chicken cacciatore
- Italian panini w/provolone
- Assorted sliced pizza
- Super burrito

Wilson Hall Cafe Menu

Chez Leon

Wednesday, Sept. 24
- Southwest cornish hens
- Chipotle sweet potatoes
- Orange carmel flan

Thursday, Sept. 25
- Closed

Chez Leon Menu
Call x4598 to make your reservation.


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Technical division celebrates safety with picnic

From left, Technical Division employees Harry Carter and Mark Champion join TD head Giorgio Apollinari to highlight the division's safety record at their picnic on Tuesday, Sept. 16. Image courtesy of Tom Nicol.

The workers of the Technical Division move multi-ton magnets, use hydrofluoric acid and handle tools that slice through metal.

But the worst injury anyone got at work this year was a bruise from slipping on a patch of ice.

At its annual picnic Tuesday, Sept. 16, TD celebrated a record 532 days without a lost or restricted work day due to injury.

That's almost a year and a half of safety while designing, constructing and sometimes operating major equipment, said Giorgio Apollinari, head of TD.

Individual work groups in the TD have even better safety records. The machine shop department has gone 1,961 days without losing work time to injuries. The magnet systems department has gone 2,152 days, SRF development 3,799 days, design drafting and CIS 2,134 days and the test and instrumentation department 2,223 days.

"People stay focused on what they do and they do it safely," he said.

-- Kathryn Grim


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Photo of the Day

Getting some shade

PPD's Leticia Shaddix took this photo of a green heron on Thursday, Sept. 18.

In the News

State's bold technology bet

From Chicago Tribune, Sept. 21, 2008

Proton therapy may be the next big thing in cancer treatment and a wonder of applied physics, but not everyone is convinced that the Chicago area needs two of the expensive, cutting-edge facilities.

State regulators last week approved a $140 million proton therapy center for west suburban Warrenville, to be built just 9 miles from a $159 million device under development in West Chicago. That's a bold bet on the technology, considering that the U.S. as a whole currently has only five proton treatment centers.

What is proton therapy, and why do some doctors think it can improve care for certain kinds of cancer patients? The answer begins with a 1946 paper written by physicist Robert Wilson, who later became Fermilab's first director.

Wilson identified a potentially useful feature of protons, particles that normally are packed tight in the center of atoms. When a beam of protons strikes an object, the particles slow down and then release most of their energy in a quick burst just before they stop entirely.

Wilson realized that the localized burst of energy meant doctors could use protons to precisely target radiation treatment for cancer patients. Like other types of radiation treatment, proton therapy kills cancer cells by destroying their DNA. But other kinds of radiation therapy, such as high-energy X-rays, typically inflict damage on tissue around the tumor.

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Director's Corner

Year end

Pier Oddone

In one more week we will be ending fiscal year 2008. It is worth reflecting on this tumultuous and extremely challenging year. A dominant feature was the large budget cut meted to the laboratory by the Omnibus bill last December. We had to take very difficult measures with unpaid furloughs, drastic reductions in the preparation for future projects and planning for voluntary and involuntary layoffs.

Against this background many remarkable events followed. The public support of our neighbors, the mayors of Illinois, the business community and the scientific community was phenomenal. During the darkest hour we benefited from a generous unforeseen private donation for the support of our laboratory. Our elected representatives went to work and were able to restore significant funding to us through the emergency supplemental bill in July, avoiding involuntary layoffs and restarting programs stopped under the Omnibus bill. A July 2 celebration at Fermilab with Senator Durbin, Representatives Biggert and Foster, and Deputy Secretary Kupfer marked the end of a very dark period for the laboratory.

The most extraordinary aspect of this extraordinary year, however, has been the performance of our employees and users. The physics productivity has been remarkable across the three frontier areas of our program: the energy frontier, the intensity frontier and the particle astrophysics frontier. Collaborations based at Fermilab submitted more than a hundred results to the most recent international conference. Last week, Fermilab Today marked five straight years of a new "Result of the Week" every week from CDF and DZero. Accelerator operations have surpassed every expectation. The Tevatron is on its fifth month averaging luminosities greater than 200 inverse picobarns per month. While the luminosity of the Tevatron has been the highest ever, our injury rates have been the lowest ever, with a very large decrease over the previous year. You should take pride and celebrate what you have accomplished. At the lab-wide party on October 17 we will do just that!

Accelerator Update

Sept. 19-22
- Four stores provided ~54 hours and 26 minutes of luminosity
- TeV sector F0 vacuum burst cascades to A1 transfer line
- TeV quenched due to bad IO crate power supply

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


Have a safe day!

NALWO autumn lunch Sept. 29
NALWO, Fermilab's women's organization, will hold its annual autumn luncheon on Monday, Sept. 29, from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Chez Leon in the Users' Center. Guests, visitors, users and employees are welcome. Please bring a dish to share. For more information, contact Margie Nagaitsev at (630) 232-7308. A driver's license or other photo ID is required to enter the laboratory.

Microsoft Word, Excel classes
The Office for Professional and Organization Development will offer classes in Microsoft Word and Excel in early October. "Word 2003 Advanced" will take place on Oct. 7. Learn more and enroll. "Excel Advanced" will take place on Oct. 8. Learn more and enroll.

Book Fair Sept. 23-24
Pick up discounted books and gifts at theBook Fair, held in the Wilson Hall atrium Tuesday, Sept. 23, and Wednesday, Sept. 24, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. The event, which is sponsored by the Recreation Office, is also brought to you by Books Are Fun.

Kyuki-Do begins Sept. 29
Kyuki-Do, a Korean martial art similar to Taekwondo, can help teach you balance, power, grace and self confidence. Classes begin Sept. 29 and are held for six weeks on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5 - 6 p.m. at the Recreation Facility in the Village. You need to register through the Recreation Office and have a Recreation Facility membership.

Scottish Country Dancing Tuesday
Scottish Country Dancing will take place in Kuhn Barn in the Fermilab Village on Tuesday, Sept. 9. Instruction begins at 7:30 p.m. Newcomers are always welcome. Most dances are fully taught and walked through. You do not need to come with a partner. For more information call (630) 840-8194 or (630) 584-0825 or e-mail.

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