Fermilab Today Friday, Nov. 7, 2008

Friday, Nov. 7
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Joint Experimental-Theoretical Physics Seminar - One West
Speaker: Zhe Wang, Brookhaven National Laboratory
Title: New Measurement of the K+ → p+ n n-bar Branching Ratio

Monday, Nov. 10
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II
Special Topics CMS Commissioning; MINERvA Test Beam Efforts

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Wilson Hall Cafe
Friday, Nov. 7
- Old fashioned ham & bean
- Philly style chicken
- Chicken pot pie
- Smart cuisine: baked fish over rice
- Roasted veggie & provolone panini
- Assorted sliced pizza
- Baked potatoes

Wilson Hall Cafe Menu

Chez Leon

Wednesdsay, Nov. 12
- Eggplant parmesan
- Romaine, walnut & apple salad
- Espresso coupe

Thursday, Nov. 13
- Closed

Chez Leon Menu
Call x4598 to make your reservation.


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Special Announcement

Physics conference affects parking, cafeteria service

Today and tomorrow, about 600 physicists and physics undergraduates will attend at Fermilab the 2008 Quadrennial Congress of the physics honor society Sigma Pi Sigma and the Society of Physics Students. Employees planning to eat in the cafeteria today should have lunch early and aim to leave the lunch area by 12:45 p.m. Parking near Wilson Hall will be difficult. More information on the event is available in the Nov. 5 issue of Fermilab Today.


Fermilab-based cancer center gets financial boost

An illustration of how neutron therapy attacks cancer cells.

Cutting-edge cancer treatment connected to research done at Fermilab got a boost last month.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, Sen. Dick Durbin and Rep. Danny Davis worked to secure $6 million in funding for proton and neutron therapy.

The Fermilab-based Institute for Neutron Therapy, which is managed by Northern Illinois University in cooperation with Fermilab and Nuclear Oncology Medical Care, will receive $1.2 million of the funds. The Northern Illinois Proton Treatment and Research Center under construction in the DuPage County High Tech Park adjacent to Fermilab will receive $4.8 million.

The Fermilab connections:

Fermilab has treated more than 3,000 patients since it began offering neutron therapy in 1976. About 8,000 patients have been treated worldwide using neutron therapy.

Presently, only Fermilab and the University of Washington provide the treatment. Northern Illinois University manages the non-research element of Fermilab's therapy center.

Fermilab produces neutrons by steering the surplus from the proton beam in the linear accelerator into a beryllium target. Low-carbon steel blocks fixed in concrete shape the neutrons into a narrow beam, which are then targeted at the cancerous tumor.

Fermilab has had a less direct, but equally important influence on proton therapy.

Fermilab designed and built the proton accelerator that was used by the nation's first hospital-based treatment center, Loma Linda Proton Treatment Center in California. Fermilab helped pioneer the use of particle beams from a compact proton accelerator to treat cancer.

Current and former Fermilab employees consulted on the proton treatment center under construction in West Chicago, which Northern Illinois University will oversee.

The Northern Illinois Proton Treatment and Research Center will be one of fewer than a dozen such centers in the world by the time it opens in 2010. The 130,000-square-foot NIU treatment and research facility will treat up to 1,500 patients a year.

-- Tona Kunz

In the News

Where will new Fermi telescope find dark matter?

From New Scientist, Nov. 5, 2008

It may be the closest thing astronomers have to a betting pool: Where will NASA's new Fermi gamma-ray telescope detect its first hint of dark matter?

Some believe the best chance of a detection lies in nearby dwarf galaxies, since they should contain dense nuggets of dark matter that could be relatively easy to pinpoint.

But a new study argues that a diffuse dark matter 'halo' surrounding the Milky Way offers an even better shot at glimpsing the mysterious stuff.

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From iSGTW

Security through collaboration, part I: Today's cyber security climate

A map depicting much of the U.S. research cyberinfrastructure (click image for full map and legend). Image courtesy of NCSA.

Editor's note: Randal Butler, Co-Director of the CyberSecurity Directorate at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, University of Illinois , contributed this article, the first of a two-part series.

The grid offers many advantages for computing, as we all know. But it offers one singular disadvantage: a grid is only as strong as its least secure site.

The cyber attacks we see today typically span multiple systems, sites and even countries, as attackers use increasingly sophisticated methods both to gain access and to obfuscate their location. FBI sources tell us that today's attacks target specific projects, technologies and organizations, and take advantage of established trust relationships. Further, organized crime and nation-states are often behind these attacks.

A well-documented attack of this type in 2004 from outside the U.S. impacted national centers like NCSA, university computing facilities, DOE sites, and industry not only in the United States, but throughout Europe. The intruder installed SSH trojans, harvested usernames and passwords, and used them to gain further privileges and access to other systems. In many cases the intruder managed to carry out these activities without disrupting the system, allowing him to proceed undetected. The attack resulted in extended outages at affected sites over the course of several months.

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Fermilab Kyuki-Do begins Nov. 10
Fermilab's next session of Kyuki-Do begins Nov. 10. Kyuki-Do is a Korean martial art similar to Taekwondo. Participants can learn balance, power, and grace. Classes take place for six weeks on Monday and Wednesdays from 5 - 6 p.m. in the Recreation Facility in the Village. To join, register through the Recreation Office. You must have a Recreation Facility membership.

Join Fermilab volleyball, training
Fermilab's winter volleyball league will begin game play on Nov 17. Interested volleyball players can join the league's practice games in the Fermilab Village gym on Mondays from 6-9 p.m. Players can join the league teams or create new ones. To participate in the league you must have a valid Fermilab gym membership. Call Sergey Los, league convener at x8313 or visit the Web site for more information.

NALWO Thanksgiving feast Nov. 17
NALWO, Fermilab's women's organization, will host "Thanksgiving Across America," a Thanksgiving feast on Monday, Nov. 17, from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Chez Leon in the Users' Center. NALWO members will prepare food and chefs will describe how to prepare traditional dishes. Contact the Housing Office at x3777 or Rose Moore at (630) 208-9309 with questions. Photo identification is required to enter the laboratory.

Director's volunteer award Nov. 25
The Director's volunteer award reception, which was cancelled Tuesday due to the power outage, has been rescheduled. The reception will take place at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 25 on the second floor crossover.

Fermilab barn dance Nov. 9
A Fermilab barn dance will take place on Sunday, Nov. 9 in the Kuhn Village Barn at 6:30 p.m. with music by the Cosmic Otters and calling by Paul Watkins. Visit the Web site for more information.

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