Fermilab Today Monday, Dec. 22, 2008

Monday, Dec. 22
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II
Special Topic: MINERvA Tracking Prototype Commissioning

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

This is the last issue of Fermilab Today before the new year. Fermilab Today will return from holiday break on Monday, Jan. 5.

Happy holidays!

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Wilson Hall Cafe

Monday, Dec. 22
The Fermilab cafateria will have limited hours and a limited menu during the holiday season.

Hours today:
7:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

- Spicy beef & rice soup
- Corned beef reuben
- Chicken oriental wrap pineapple
- Assorted sliced pizza

Wilson Hall Cafe Menu

Chez Leon

Wednesdsay, Jan. 7
- Chicken enchiladas
- Refried beans
- Spanish rice
- Pineapple flan

Thursday, Jan. 8
- Closed

Chez Leon Menu
Call x3524 to make your reservation.


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Special holiday message

Happy Holidays and a prosperous New Year!

Happy holidays from Fermilab Director Pier Oddone.

As we close this year I want to wish you all safe and happy holidays with your families and an especially big thanks to those devoted individuals who will keep the accelerators and detectors running through Christmas and New Year. It should be a great finish to a tumultuous and difficult year.

It was a little over a year ago that we suffered Black Monday, the most severe budget cut in the history of the laboratory. All of you responded magnificently through all the challenges we faced and the laboratory is today in a much stronger position. We set records in every front from safety to luminosity to the efficiency with which we do our work. In the darkest moments we received financial support from a very generous private donor and somewhat later strong support from Congress.

My expectations are high for the new year: we have an excellent plan, the interest of a supportive public, extraordinarily helpful DOE program and site offices, elected representatives who now know us better and care about our future success, and, above all our team, the Fermilab team. I am optimistic for the future and have only one item in my wish list to Santa! It is a pretty big one!

In Memoriam

In Memoriam: Jim Reed

Retired Fermilab employee Jim Reed, 72, died on Dec. 15, 2008, at Delnor-Community Hospital in Geneva. He was born July 15, 1936, in Quincy, Ill. Reed worked as an instrument machinist at Fermilab from February 1977 until he retired in April 2005.

"As far as a person and a gentleman, you could never ask for anyone better," said John Korienek, a senior operations specialist who worked with Reed for four years. "He was the type of man you never had to ask to do the work; he was always looking for something to do."

Reed served in the U.S. Marine Corps. At Fermilab, he belonged to the gardening club and shared his harvest with fellow workers, sometimes leaving bags of fresh vegetables by their cars for them to find at the end of the day. He gave most of what he grew to food pantries in the Batavia area.


Winter driving skills seminar Jan. 7

Fermilab's Traffic Safety Subcommittee will hold a seminar, "Winter Driving Skills" at 11:30 a.m. on Jan. 7, in One West. The seminar will last approximately 30 minutes. John Denofrio, of the Green Light Driving School, will speak. Green Light Driving School will also offer a door prize of one free adult driving lesson or $50 toward a teen driving program.


Fermilab cafeteria to reduce hours during holidays

The cafeteria in Wilson Hall will have shorter operating hours during the holiday season. Hours are as follows:
Dec. 22, 23 - 7:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.;
Dec. 24 - 7:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.;
Dec. 25 - closed;
Dec. 26 - 7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.;
Dec. 27, 28 - closed;
Dec. 29, 30 - 7:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.;
Dec. 31 - 7:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.;
Jan. 1 - closed;
Jan. 2 - 7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.;
Jan 3, 4 - closed.

In the News

Newsmaker of the year: The machine maker

From Nature News, Dec. 17, 2008

He did more than anyone to build the Large Hadron Collider. This year he saw it finished - and then break down. Geoff Brumfiel profiles the LHC's project leader, Nature's newsmaker of the year.

Lyndon Rees Evans gets up from his desk and crosses his sparsely furnished office to a shelf filled with notebooks. He pauses before choosing one and bringing it to the table. He opens it as fondly as if it were a family scrapbook, flipping through pages crowded with diagrams, budgets and the business cards of mid-level government bureaucrats. Finally he gets to what he was looking for: a photocopied drawing of a conference table. Most of the writing on the diagram is in Japanese, but around the table's edge someone has written names, including Evans's, in English. The date at the top is also in English: 2 March 1995. "This was it, this was the key meeting," he says. He points to a Japanese character written in a corner. "They even showed where the flowers were."

Most laboratory notebooks - like most family scrapbooks - don't record the place settings at meetings with Japanese parliamentarians. But this is the laboratory notebook, or rather one of many notebooks, of the largest scientific experiment ever constructed: the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), a particle accelerator at CERN, the European high-energy physics laboratory near Geneva, Switzerland. The LHC represents a level of ambition never before seen in physics, an ambition so monumental that its realization required it to become the first truly global experimental undertaking. It consists of hundreds of thousands of tonnes of extremely powerful machinery looped round a tunnel 27 kilometres long. Much of this hardware is chilled to within two degrees of absolute zero by a liquid helium system much larger than any seen before.

Read more

Accelerator Update

Dec. 17-19
- Two stores provide ~18.5 hours of luminosity
- Two wet engine failures
- Tevatron quench
- Eight hour repair period for RF in the Booster and Main Ring

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


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Holiday Closing

Weekly Time Sheets are due Dec. 22

SciTech winter camps, Dec. 22-23 and 29-30

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Python Programming - Jan. 6 - 8

Outlook 2007 New Features classes scheduled Jan. 15 and Feb. 3

Intermediate / Advanced Python Programming - Jan. 27 - 29

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