Fermilab Today Friday, June 12, 2009

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Friday, June 12
3:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 13
8 p.m.
Fermilab Arts Series - Auditorium
Tickets: $18/$9
Singer/Songwriter - Susan Werner

Monday, June 15
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II
Special Topics: Improvements in Pbar Transfers to the Recycler; CALICE in the Meson Test Beam

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Wilson Hall Cafe

Friday, June 12
- Italian vegetable soup
- Teriyaki chicken
- Southern fried chicken
- Mediterranean baked tilapia
- Eggplant Parmesan panini
- Assorted sliced pizza
- Assorted sub sandwich

Wilson Hall Cafe menu

Chez Leon

Wednesday, June 17
- Five-cheese mac & cheese
- Grilled chicken breast
- Lemon Neapolitan

Thursday, June 18
- Crab cakes w/spicy red pepper sauce
- Bleu cheese crusted filet mignon
- Potato croquettes
- Sautéed zucchini
- Chocolate hazelnut soufflé

Chez Leon menu
Call x3524 to make your reservation.


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Special Announcement

Questions on FTL system change? Click here.

Change is coming to the Fermilab Time and Labor electronic reporting system. Starting Monday, June 15, exempt employees will need to report all hours worked by day on the electronic weekly time card, including hours worked in excess of the standard 40 hours per week.

This applies only to employees who already use the FTL system.

For answers to questions about the system change, visit the new Fermilab Time and Labor Web site. You'll find answers to frequently asked questions and a link to submit questions of your own.


Fermilab and Argonne join to race on Fox River at fest

Members of the DrArgonnes at practice Wednesday night on the Fox River.

A long, thin boat with a mythical head slips through the water propelled by oars slapping the water in time with the beat of a tribal drum. As the rowers heave backwards, the 1,900 lb. craft slithers forward. From the shore comes the chant "E=mc2".

This group doesn't need help to know that they can turn their muscle mass into speed. Several of the scientists in the boat powered their way up the leader board at last year's dragon boat race as members of the Draggin' Runners.

With a new team of six scientists from Fermilab and 14 from Argonne, plus a new name, DrArgonnes, they practiced for a title shot at this weekend's St. Charles Pride of the Fox RiverFest.

"It's exhausting while you're doing it but exhilarating when you cross the finish line," said CDF's Jennifer Pursley.

Pursley joined the team five years ago after seeing oars in the main control room at CDF as a graduate student. Fermilab usually fields at least one team each year, giving scientists a chance to build camaraderie outside the laboratory and connect with their neighbors.

"I love the team camaraderie, it's fun to be out on the water," Pursley said.

This year Argonne staff joined the 20-person DrArgonnes team, which will race at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 14, at Pottawatomie Park in St. Charles.

"We did this because it was fun," said CDF's Rick Tesarek, who has organized the team for years. "We keep doing it because it is an event we really enjoy."

-- Tia Jones

Photo of the Day

Consulate members from Asian countries visit Fermilab

Consulate members from the People's Republic of China, India, Indonesia and the Philippines visited Fermilab on May 29 in celebration of Asia-Pacific Heritage Month. Fermilab Director Pier Oddone welcomed the consulate members and described particle physics in a nutshell. "The kind of questions that we ask and try to answer are universal. It is very easy for us to bring the world together," he said. "We come together and share. It's a wonderful field for that reason." After the presentation, the consulate members spent the day touring Fermilab and concluded with the Asian tea festival and art display in Wilson Hall.

From iSGTW

Campus champions: Users get help from a familiar face

TeraGrid's Campus Champions program makes it easier for campus-based researchers and educators to access free, readily available computational resources from 11 NSF-funded national supercomputing centers and TeraGrid Resource Provider sites across the country.

Campus Champions is designed to expand and diversify TeraGrid's user base by recruiting "computing evangelists" on individual campuses to provide local users with information and assistance on using TeraGrid resources and services. The number of institutions has ramped up steadily from one in March of 2008 to 38 today - including Hawaii and Alaska.

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In the News

Panel hears eco-park proposal

From Los Alamos Monitor, June 11, 2009

A House subcommittee on science and technology held a hearing Tuesday on a bill proposed by Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., to breathe life into an orphaned system that has been living off the land, so to speak, for nearly 40 years.

Last week Luján introduced a bill to authorize the National Environmental Research Parks (NERPs) at seven Department of Energy sites, including the one at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

"The ecosystems contained within these Parks contain intact, undisturbed native vegetation and wildlife that represent some of the major ecosystems of the United States," Luján said in an introductory statement at the hearing. "The long-term data sets that have been collected from these sites are extremely valuable for understanding natural ecosystem development and variability. In a number of cases, these data sets represent the world's longest, continuous records."

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Accelerator Update

June 8-10
- Four stores provided ~38.25 hours of luminosity
- Booster power supply (GMPS) work continues
- Machine studies

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


Users' Office closures

Bike to Work Week June 13-19

Pool Memberships available in Recreation Department

Argentine Tango Classes through June 24

International folk dancing resumes in Auditorium June 11

Python training June 17-19

Toastmasters meeting June 18

NALWO "A Summer Evening Potluck Picnic"

English Country Dancing, June 21

Donors needed for Fermilab Blood Drive June 23 & 24. Give a pint - Get a quart of Oberweis Ice Cream

ACU car buying tips demo, June 24

Environmental Safety and Health Fair - June 29

Discounted Rates at Grand Geneva Resort, Lake Geneva, WI

Discount for SciTech summer camps - July 6

Intermediate/Advanced Python Programming July 22-24

Process piping (ASME B31.3) class offered in October

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