Fermilab Today Wednesday, June 17, 2009

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Wednesday, June 17
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Fermilab Colloquium - Auditorium (NOTE LOCATION)
Speaker: Arthur Benjamin, Harvey Mudd College
Title: Mathemagics! (or "Secrets of Mental Math")

Thursday, June 18
2:30 p.m.
Theoretical Physics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: Sebastian Klein, DESY Zeuthen
Title: Moments of the 3-Loop Corrections to the Heavy Flavor Contributions to F2 for Q2 >> m2
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar - One West
Speaker: Peter McIntyre, Texas A&M University
Title: PETAVAC: 100 TeV Proton-Antiproton Collider in SSC Tunnel

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Wilson Hall Cafe

Wednesday, June 17
- Chicken noodle
- Portabello harvest grain
- Santa Fe chicken quesadilla
- Hoisin chicken
- Parmesan fish
- Cuban panini
- Assorted sliced pizza
- Pesto shrimp linguini w/leeks & tomatoes

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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

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Special Announcement

All-hands meeting Friday

An all-hands meeting will take place at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 19, in Ramsey Auditorium. Director Pier Oddone will discuss the focus group reports and how the laboratory plans to address the findings.

Employees can prepare for the meeting by reading and discussing the focus group reports.


Dave Augustine, master matchmaker

Dave Augustine

Six months before a shutdown, Dave Augustine begins pressing physicists and engineers from across the Accelerator Division to name the jobs they want completed in the brief window of beam-free time.

And he starts scanning his own mental records to pinpoint the people qualified to undertake those tasks.

Since 2002, Augustine, a supervisor in the AD's Mechanical Support Department, has played the role of a master matchmaker in the shutdown process.

"It can be difficult to plan, prioritize, and find people for so many jobs," said Augustine, who's worked at Fermilab for 33 years. "I enjoy working with many talented people."

First, Augustine compiles a "wish list" of maintenance and construction tasks, incorporating requests from colleagues and an online system. Next, he works with mechanical supervisors from many divisions and sections to pair personnel with tasks. In many cases, Augustine can tap people who have previously performed a job successfully. But he is just as happy to help train new hands. During the shutdown, Augustine patrols the tunnels to track progress and consult with supervisors. In the end, everything on the "to-do" list is completed, plus about three percent more jobs that turn up as work proceeds.

"Dave does a great job," said Scott McCormick, a supervisor in AD who has worked with Augustine to coordinate Tevatron upkeep. "His knowledge of the Accelerator Complex is vast. He understands what needs to be done and knows who to ask to do it."

Augustine made his last match a week before this year's shutdown, but he's already thinking about what comes after that. Behind his desk are laminated charts of the Booster, Main Injector and Tevatron, each stippled with marker notes about the summer's plans.

"As soon as these jobs are done," Augustine explained, "I'll hit those charts with Windex and starting putting up jobs for the next shutdown."

-- Rachel Carr

Photo of the Day

DASTOW photos now online

Fermilab employees and spouses help their children sweep the pond near the Lederman Science Center for insects as part of Daughters and Sons to work day on June 10. DASTOW photos from this year's event are now online.

In the News

Construction begins on world-class light source at Brookhaven National Laboratory

From Brookhaven National Laboratory, June 15, 2009

Project will enable scientific discoveries for the 21st Century, bring jobs to Long Island

UPTON, N.Y. - The U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory announced today that it is beginning construction of the conventional facilities at the National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II), a project that will advance energy research for the nation and create hundreds of jobs for Long Island over the next several years. Energy Secretary Steven Chu visited the laboratory earlier this year and announced $150 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for the facility, some of which went towards accelerating the construction of NSLS-II.

"The NSLS-II will allow the scientific community to focus on some of our most important scientific challenges while creating jobs and promoting a clean, affordable energy economy," said Secretary Chu. "Pioneering research will remain critical if the U.S. is to stay a global leader when it comes to innovation and competitiveness."

Read more

From Business Services Section

Take five for travel

Dave Carlson, head of the Business Services Section, wrote this week's column.

Dave Carlson

Now that the busy travel season is here, travel safety and security information should be right at the top of your packing list. Along the same lines as the new Take Five campaign, which will help us achieve zero injuries during the shutdown and all year long, I've compiled five tips for travel that will help you avoid getting stuck in difficult situations.

  1. Emergency travel assistance. Learn about the laboratory's CHUBB Business Travel Insurance and MEDEX program on the Benefits Web site or select Emergency Travel Assistance in the Know Before You Go section of Travel Services. You can print the MEDEX instructions and a wallet size card form, although we are investigating ways to make preprinted ones available at various locations around the laboratory.
  2. Foreign entry requirements. Travelers should have at least six months of remaining validity on their passports at all times during travel and should have sufficient blank pages for visas and immigration stamps. For current requirements and other foreign entry tips see Foreign Entry Requirements.
  3. Secure Flight Program - The U.S. Transportation Security Administration recently officially rolled out the first public phase of its Secure Flight Program, which requires airlines to collect more precise passenger identification information. In the coming weeks, the Travel Office will announce adjustments to how Fermilab will collect traveler data to comply with this requirement.
  4. Serving Abroad for Families and Employees (S.A.F.E.) training for foreign travel over 30 days - Contact your division/section/center administrator to register for these courses. Please give sufficient time to be able to obtain all clearances before you depart from the U.S. For background information visit the Foreign Travel Trips Over 30 Days section and follow the Overseas Security Seminar link for details.
  5. Personal and emergency contact information. Please verify and update your personal and emergency contact information in the HR database for employees and the online telephone directory for employees, visitors and contractors.

The Travel Services Web site is a great resource for all your travel needs. Visit the home page, check out the Useful Links or just browse. If you have suggestions, compliments, concerns or questions, please e-mail us. We would love to hear from you.

Safety Update

ES&H weekly report, June 16

This week's safety report, compiled by the Fermilab ES&H section, lists one injury reported to the Medical Office that required first aid treatment. It has been 17 days since the last recordable injury. Find the full report here.

Safety report archive


Latest Announcements

Six Flags Great America discount tickets

Free upper body 30-minute workout - June 17 and 25

Time to complete accomplishment reports

Bike to Work Week June 13-19

Pool memberships are available in the Recreation Department

Argentine Tango Classes through June 24

Fermi Kyuki-Do Martial Arts session begins on June 22

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

Interaction management and performance review courses scheduled for summer 2009

SciTech Summer Camp discount- July 6

Intermediate/Advanced Python Programming July 22-24

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

Python Training June 17-19

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