Fermilab Today Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009

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Wilson Hall Cafe

Tuesday, Nov. 24
- Breakfast: Bagel sandwich
- Creamy turkey vegetable soup
- Chili dog
- Country-fried steak
- Chicken cacciatore
- Italian panini with provolone
- Assorted slices of pizza
- Super burrito

Wilson Hall Cafe Menu

Chez Leon

Wednesday, Nov. 25
- Cheese fondue
- Marinated vegetable salad
- Peaches with raspberry sauce

Thursday, Nov. 26

Chez Leon Menu
Call x3524 to make your reservation.


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First intern in International Services won't be the last

International Services intern Kenichi Yoshida began work at Fermilab in October.

Students have long filled science-based internships at Fermilab, but the Workforce Development and Resources Section just hired its first intern last month.

Intern Kenichi Yoshida began working in WDRS' International Services Office in October as part of a six-month program called the Long-term Educational Administrator Program, or LEAP. Yoshida said he became interested in the program while working in Japan at KEK, where he helps organize conferences.

"Many visiting researchers came there, and sometimes I had to communicate in English," Yoshida said. "I realized I needed better English communication skills."

One of KEK's senior staff told Yoshida about LEAP. He joined the program and spent one year working at the Japanese Ministry of Education, then took classes and worked at Montana State University for six months; both institutions help administer the program. LEAP organizers try to put interns into similar fields, which is how Yoshida ended up at Fermilab.

Now Yoshida, who is still a KEK employee, is helping pair host families with Fermilab visitors and employees who don't have Thanksgiving plans as part of Fermilab's first TurkeyDate. He will also help survey how other laboratories welcome users, studying how they collect pre-arrival information and complete post-arrival documentation, and help International Services with their work load, such as organizing two upcoming conferences.

International Services Supervisor Amanda Petersen said Yoshida's projects will be useful to his colleagues here, as well as to KEK once he returns to Japan.

"We're also very interested in the work experience Yoshida brings from KEK," Petersen said.

Yoshida may be International Services' first intern, but he probably won't be the last. Petersen said she plans to continue hiring interns, starting with college undergraduate students this summer. Expanding Fermilab internships to more students is a way for Fermilab to give back to the public, Petersen said, by providing on-the-job training and employment.

"Fermilab is a useful learning environment regardless of what your end job would be," Petersen said. "The skills interns can learn here would be desirable in any company with an international workforce."

Chris Knight

Special Announcement

Deadline approaching for volunteer opportunity

The sign-up deadline for a volunteer opportunity to pack and send food to those in need is this Wednesday.

Volunteers will meet Dec. 2 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at 555 Exchange Ct. in Aurora to pack food for children in need.

To sign up, call extension 3607 or e-mail dykhuis@fnal.gov.

Photo of the Day

Visiting mantis

Technical Division's Dariusz Bocian snapped this photo last week of a mantis outside his window. Submit your own photos by sending an e-mail to Fermilab Today
Director's Corner

On vacation

Fermilab Director Pier Oddone is on vacation this week. His next Director's Corner will appear in the Tuesday, Dec. 1 issue of Fermilab Today.

In the News

CERN's Large Hadron Collider makes first collisions

From BBC News, Nov. 23, 2009

Engineers operating the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) have smashed together proton beams in the machine for the very first time.

The step was described as a "great achievement" for those working on the huge physics experiment.

The low-energy collisions came as researchers circulated two beams simultaneously in the LHC's 27km-long tunnel earlier on Monday.

The LHC will smash together beams of protons to shed light on the cosmos.

Researchers working on the collider have said they are delighted with the quick progress made since the machine restarted on Friday.

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Special Announcement

Contact the Service Desk
for computing questions

On Tuesday, April 21, the Computing Division transferred its services from the Help Desk to the Service Desk. E-mails to the old Help Desk e-mail address, helpdesk@fnal.gov, are currently being forwarded to the Service Desk, but the Computing Division hopes to phase out the old e-mail address.

Please contact servicedesk@fnal.gov, x2345, regarding your computer and cyber security questions or problems.

Accelerator Update

Nov. 22-23
- Five stores provided approximately 32.75 hours of luminosity
- LRF4 and BRF9 repaired
- MI-40 abort kicker repaired
- Store 7373 aborted
- Pelletron high voltage regulation problems
- TeV quench at sector A4 during shot setup

* The integrated luminosity for the period from Nov. 16 to Nov. 23 was 330.16 inverse picobarns. The total NuMI beam sum for this same time period was 6.21E14.

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


Latest Announcements

English Country Dancing - Dec. 6

University of Chicago tuition remission deadline today

Prescription eyewear technician location change - begins Nov. 25

NALWO winter tea - Dec. 1

Weight Watchers at Work program - Dec. 2

Yoga class promotion - Dec. 1-22

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

Wilson Hall stocking stuffer holiday sale - Dec. 9-10

Free introductory martial arts classes - Dec. 14 and 16

Fermilab Management Practices seminar - Feb. 11

Register for your TurkeyDate

2010 entertainment discount book available online

Lederman Science Center holiday hours

Consider a car or van pool this winter

Argentine Tango at Fermilab meets Wednesday nights

International folk dancing Thursday evenings at Kuhn Village barn

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