Fermilab Today Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2009

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Tuesday, Sept. 1
3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 2
3 p.m.
Special Director's Coffee Break (NOTE START TIME)- 2nd Flr X-Over
4 p.m.
Special Fermilab Colloquium - One West
Speaker: Speaker: Ned Goldwasser, Fermilab and the University of Illinois (retired)
Title: Bob Wilson and the Birth of Fermilab

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Wilson Hall Cafe

Tuesday, September 1
- Creamy turkey vegetable
- Chili dog
- Country fried steak
- Chicken cacciatore
- Italian panini w/provolone
- Assorted slice pizza
- Super burrito

Wilson Hall Cafe Menu

Chez Leon

Wednesday, September 2
- Cabbage & bacon calzone
- Caesar salad
- Espresso mousse w/ cookies

Thursday, September 3
- Coquille St. Jacque
- Veal saltimbocca
- Roasted potatoes
- Julienne of peppers, onions and basil
- Hazelnut cake w/crème Anglais


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Special Announcement

Ned Goldwasser to give special colloquium Wednesday

Robert Rathbun Wilson (left) with Ned Goldwasser at a model of the planned 200 GeV accelerator in the National Accelerator Laboratory's Oak Brook office in 1967.

Ned Goldwasser, Fermilab's founding deputy director, will give a special colloquium at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 2 in One West. All are invited.

Goldwasser, who turned 90 this year, will talk about Robert Wilson and the birth of Fermilab.


New siren preserves energy and lives

This emergency warning siren, located off of Eola Road, is solar powered.

Editor's note: Fermilab will sound the severe weather sirens today as part of the regular monthly test, which takes place on the first Tuesday of each month between spring and fall.

One of the sirens that can help to save your life during severe weather can also help to save the planet.

Fermilab recently installed a new solar-powered severe weather siren to replace a siren hit by lightning earlier this year.

"Having this new device permits us to use minimal resources to get the maximum benefit that comes along with having a siren," said Fermilab ecologist Rod Walton.

The siren is constructed of four 55-watt solar panels that will absorb sunlight and convert it into energy. The siren will use that energy to operate. Even if there is minimal sunlight, the siren will work because the panels are backed by batteries that have a four-to-five year life expectancy and are able to sound at 70 decibels for 30 minutes.

"The ES&H Department decided to go with solar-powered siren because of its functionality and state of the art technology," said Bill James of ES&H.

The new siren, which is located at Site 55, will cover a range of 6,200 feet, compared to the old siren's 4,800 foot range. The siren covers such a large area to warn of national emergencies or severe weather, such as tornadoes. Fermilab is following the examples of cities such as Chicago, St. Charles, Aurora and Naperville that have also implemented the use of these devices.

The ES&H Department hopes this improvement leads to eventually converting Fermilab's other five sirens to solar power.

The new installation allows Fermilab to fulfill its goal of energy conservation by saving money and decreasing its dependence on other, less renewable resources.

"We are definitely on the right path for energy conservation," said Fermilab's recycling coordinator Eric Mieland. "We have an option that has a renewable energy source that is economical and a viable solution."

-- Tonisha Taylor

Director's Corner

On vacation

Fermilab Director Pier Oddone is on vacation this week. His next Director's Corner will appear in the Tuesday, Sept. 8 issue of Fermilab Today.

Photo of the Day

Shutdown: CDF detector open for repairs and upgrades

A CDF collaborator works on the open detector. As this year's shutdown nears completion, Fermilab Today will continue to highlight some of the work that took place. Image courtesy of Reidar Hahn, VMS.
Accelerator Update

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- Vacuum leak found on MI-40 Lambertson beam pipe
- Pbar critical devices interlocks checked
- MI hipotted
- MiniBooNE should begin taking beam 9/1/09

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Country dancing moves to Kuhn Village Barn, beginning today

Vacation policy changes for exempt employees begins today

International folk dancing returns to Kuhn Village Barn on Sept. 3

Bowlers wanted Wednesday nights

Thai Village restaurant discount

Robotics for Fermilab employees' children Sept. 9, 12

Argentine Tango through Sept. 9

Scrapbooking Open House - Sept. 14

New Lo Cardio Class - Sept. 14 - Nov. 16

New Tai Chi For Health class - Sept. 14 - Nov. 16

MathWorks and Avnet demonstration Sept. 23

URA Visiting Scholars Program now accepting applications

Bristol Renaissance Faire discount tickets

Six Flags Great America discount tickets

Raging Waves Waterpark online discount ticket program

Mosaico Hispanico - celebrating Hispanic music and dance - Sept. 19

English Country Dancing - Sept. 20

Sign up for fall Science Adventures classes

Office 2007 New Features class offered in September

Buttered Rum performs on Fermilab Arts Series Oct. 24

Fred Garbo Inflatable Theatre - at Fermilab Arts Series - Nov. 7

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

"The Night Before Christmas Carol" at Fermilab Arts Series - Dec. 5

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