Fermilab Today Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2008

Tuesday, Oct. 7
3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 8
11:30 a.m.
Traffic Safety Seminar - One West
Speaker: Delila Huerta, Illinois State Trooper
Title: Safe Winter Driving
3:30 p.m.
4:00 p.m.
Fermilab Colloquium - One West
Speaker: George Atkinson, Institute on Science for Global Policy (ISGP), University of California
Title: Science and Technology in Global 21st Century Societies

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Wilson Hall Cafe

Tuesday, Oct. 7
- Tomato bisque
- Lemon pepper club
- Beef fajitas
- Smart cuisine: asparagus chicken w/black bean sauce
- Grilled chicken Caesar wrap
- Assorted sliced pizza
- Rio Grande taco salad

Wilson Hall Cafe Menu

Chez Leon

Wednesday, Oct. 8
- Northern Italian lasagna
- Caesar salad
- Cassata

Thursday, Oct. 9
- Closed

Chez Leon Menu
Call x4598 to make your reservation.


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Old friends reconnect at Farmers' Picnic

Attendees of Fermilab's 2008 Farmers' Picnic (from left): Margaret Holter, Clara Jennings and Lottie Bolle

Lottie Bolle remembers riding her horse across the fields of Fermilab to fetch sacks of chicken feed.

Now she traverses the 6,800 acres once a year on a shuttle bus tour.

About 150 guests, including Bolle, 88, braved the inclement weather in 2008 to attend Fermilab’s annual Farmers’ Picnic to share stories about their family farms that used to occupy the Fermilab site.

Fermilab hosts the picnic to thank the families who provided land for the laboratory and to help keep the former residents and their descendants connected.

Bolle said she appreciated the chance to revisit her childhood home.

“It was exciting,” she said. “It gave you a feeling of sadness and happiness because there’s so much that went on there. I’m grateful for the experience.”

Bolle had attended the picnic twice before, but this time she found Margaret (Holter) Roesler, a friend she hadn’t seen since elementary school.

“[Holter] had the sweetest mom,” Bolle said. “She always used to pack extra cookies because she knew we used to eat lunch together under the little shade tree.”

Bolle’s family, the Pasettis, moved to a farm near Kirk and Giese roads in 1924 when Bolle was about 4 years old. Bolle and her sisters used to walk with their neighbors to a one-room schoolhouse about a quarter of a mile down the road.

Bolle now has five daughters of her own. Her great-grandchildren ask her questions about her life on the farm and come with her on her visits to Fermilab.

Bolle and her old friend Holter noticed each other only at the very end of this year’s picnic.

“We didn’t have a heck of a long time to talk,” Bolle said. “My family was in the car waiting, honking the horn. But I said, ‘Hey, see you next year.’”

-- Kathryn Grim

Special Announcement

Town hall meeting with future director general of CERN

Fermilab will host an open town hall meeting with Rolf-Dieter Heuer, the designated director general of CERN, Oct. 28, at 10:45 a.m. in Ramsey Auditorium, followed by a reception in the WH Art Gallery (2nd floor) at noon. The town hall meeting includes a 10-minute presentation by Heuer and a 60-minute Q&A session. Everyone is invited. Heuer would like to meet with all members of the U.S. particle physics community.

In the News

1 American, 2 Japanese Share Nobel Physics Prize

From New York Times, Oct. 7, 2008

An American and two Japanese physicists on Tuesday won the Nobel Prize in Physics for their work exploring the hidden symmetries between elementary particles that are the deepest constituents of nature.

Yoichiro Nambu, of the University of Chicago's Enrico Fermi Insitute, will receive half of the 10 million kroner prize (about $1.3 million) awarded by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

Makoto Kobayashi, of the High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK) Tsukuba, Japan, and Toshihide Maskawa, of the Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics (YITP), Kyoto University, will each receive a quarter of the prize.

Read more

In the News

Fermilab joins worldwide computer network

From Daily Herald, Oct. 4, 2008

Imagine trying to figure something out, be it the fundamental nature of the universe or how bird flu mutates. You need to perform and analyze thousands, of equations or simulations - so many that it would take 16 million CD-ROM disks to back it up.

On Friday Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia joined an international computer grid network that will help scientists worldwide do their jobs, especially those studying physics in experiments at the new Large Hadron Collider at the CERN laboratory in Europe.

The theory is simple: Universities and research institutions often have pockets of downtime on their supercomputers. Why not let somebody else use them, too?

Read more

Director's Corner

The new fiscal year

Pier Oddone

For the first five months of this fiscal year we will be funded at the level of the FY08 enacted budget that created the financial turbulence of last year. Fortunately the supplemental funding we received in July - thanks to the great efforts of our elected representatives - was of immense help and will allow us to weather the first five months of this fiscal year without layoffs or furloughs. The impacts to the laboratory's program in these five months, however, are very serious. We will have to slow down the projects on which our future depends in order to continue running the Tevatron and neutrino programs - now more important than ever as they are the physics-producing engines in the world.

Our difficulties become apparent when we compare the level of funding in the continuing resolution to the budget request for FY09. The House and Senate acted favorably on the request and, had there been a bill enacted into law, we would have $5 million dollars more per month than we will receive during the continuing resolution. This is a big deficit. If continued for the full year - something we will work very hard to prevent - the difference would be the $60 million that we need to make progress on our future programs as contained in the national P5 plan.

Creating a strategy for this range of budget levels for a major scientific institution like ours is a challenge. We will have to work together to minimize the impacts to the program in the next five months. This will require maximum austerity, cooperation, hard work and smarts on our part. In the longer term, however, there is reason to be optimistic. There is a much-increased and widespread recognition in Washington that investments in science, technology and education are key to keeping our nation's competitiveness in an increasingly complex and interrelated world. A reasonable expectation is that this universal recognition will reflect itself in the planning and funding of science and technology.

Accelerator Update

Oct. 3-6
- Fours stores provided ~21.5 hours of luminosity
- TeV conducts crystal collimator studies
- TeV quench caused by cold compressor trip
- LCW leaks in Booster, MI, and TeV enclosures found
- One week shutdown begins

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


Have a safe day!

Photos wanted for labwide party
At the labwide party on Oct. 17, a slideshow on the video screen in the atrium will show images of people at Fermilab. We are looking for additional photos of you and your colleagues here at work--in your office or work area, at a department picnic, during lunch in the cafeteria, etc. Please e-mail your jpeg files to lwp08@fnal.gov by Friday, Oct. 10. Depending on the number of photos we will receive, we might not be able to include every photo in the slideshow.

Exciting Explorations! child care program offered
Exciting Explorations!, a child care program for children ages 7-12, will take place Oct. 13, Nov. 24, 25 and 26, depending on interest. A summer camp counselor will lead the program, Two snacks and beverages are provided. Please send a sack lunch. Program cost is $25 a day and payment is due upon reservation. Reservations are due Oct. 8 for the Oct. 13 program and Nov. 19 for the November dates. To register or for more information, contact Mary or Patti in the Children's Center at x3762 or e-mail daycare@fnal.gov.

Access 2003: Advanced class offered
The Office for Professional Development is offering an Access 2003: Advanced computer classes Oct. 29. This one-day class will provide you with advanced capabilities of Access to work with improperly structured data, perform summary operations on data, create macros to automate tasks and enhance forms and reports. Click here to enroll or for more information.

Learn about disability workplace inclusion
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). Although this October marks the 61st year that our country has celebrated employment opportunities for people with disabilities, it was not until Feb. 1, 2001, when President George W. Bush announced his disability agenda, the New Freedom Initiative, that a President focused on full inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of society, including the workplace. Click here to learn more about inclusive workplaces.

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