Fermilab Today Monday, Dec. 14, 2009

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Monday, Dec. 14
3:30 p.m.
DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK 2nd floor crossover
4 p.m.
All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II
Special Topics: E-906/Drell-Yan Installation; 8mm Tape Retirement Plan

Tuesday, Dec. 15
8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Fermilab Blood Drive - Wilson Hall ground floor NE Training Room
10:30 a.m.
Research Techniques Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: Jean-François Genat, University of Chicago
Title: Sampling Front-Ends ASICs in CMOS Technology for Pico-Second Timing with Micro-Channel Plate Devices
3:30 p.m.
DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd floor crossover

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Wilson Hall Cafe

Monday, Dec. 14
- Breakfast: croissant sandwich
- Italian minestrone soup
- Patty melt
- Baked chicken enchiladas
- Herb pot roast
- Chicken melt
- Assorted slices of pizza
- Szechuan green beans with chicken

Wilson Hall Cafe Menu

Chez Leon

Wednesday, Dec. 16
- Stuffed flank steak
- Garlic mashed potatoes
- Cherry cheesecake

Thursday, Dec. 17
- Red pepper soup
- Beef croustades with boursin and mushroom
- Spinach with scallions and lemon
- Roasted potatoes
- Raspberry parfait with Christmas cookies

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Call x3524 to make your reservation.


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Atrium hosts a festival of lights to celebrate diversity


The Diversity Council has installed lights and other decorations in the atrium lobby, which organizers hope will tie together Fermilab events for Universal Human Rights month.

The display reflects the many cultures and people at the laboratory who celebrate events this time of year with a festival of lights, said Sandra Charles, who chairs Fermilab's planning group for multicultural events. The lights represent snow, peace, humility, winter, charity and hope, she said.

"The bottom line is that Fermilab is a wonderful place to work and that it's an inclusive, diverse workplace," Charles said of the light display.

The display will come down on Jan. 8, which is also the final day to donate canned and packaged goods to the Northern Illinois Food Bank. Food donation collection boxes are located on the first and ground floors of Wilson Hall near the entrances.

--Image and text by Chris Knight

In Brief

URA accepting submissions for annual Thesis Award

Fermilab and the Universities Research Association invite submissions for the thirteenth annual URA Thesis Award competition. The award recognizes the most outstanding thesis related to work conducted at Fermilab or in collaboration with Fermilab scientists. The thesis submitted must be completed in the 2009 calendar year to qualify.

Nominations must be submitted to sbrice@fnal.gov by March 1, and should include at least two letters supporting the merits of the thesis being nominated. At least one letter should be from a member of the thesis committee of the Ph.D. granting institution.

The Thesis Awards committee will select the winners. The committee members will judge each thesis on clarity of presentation, originality and physics content. To qualify, the thesis must have been submitted as partial fulfillment of the Ph.D. requirements in the 2009 calendar year, be written in English and it must have been submitted in electronic form to the Fermilab Publications Office in accordance with Fermilab policy.

For further details consult the URA Thesis Award Web site.

Photo of the Day

First snow

AD's Greg Vogel submitted this photo of hay bales near the Fermilab village after the first significant snowfall of the year.
In the News

World's largest particle collider back in action

From NPR, Dec. 14, 2009:

The world's largest particle collider is back in business. The Large Hadron Collider broke down last fall. It has taken a year to repair, but this month it began smashing again at record energies. Scientists at CERN, Europe's particle physics lab, are eagerly preparing for a new era in the field.

It's the middle of the night in a room that looks like mission control. There are huge flat screen monitors lining the walls and about a dozen people are watching those monitors carefully. But instead of looking up, this mission control is looking down. About 300 feet below is a detector the size of a five-story building.

The detector is called the Compact Muon Solenoid. It's one of four "experiments" at the Large Hadron Collider, or LHC. The LHC is the world's highest-energy particle collider. It accelerates protons around a sixteen-mile underground racetrack, and then smashes them together. The detector's job is to record the subatomic debris from the collisions so that researchers can piece together what happens when the protons smash into one another. At the moment, the LHC is running 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and that means Niki Saolidou, who is running the night shift, won't be going to bed tonight.

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ES&H Tips of the Week - Safety computer security

Tips to avoid winter slips

A worker clears slushy snow around the northwest ground-floor entrance to Wilson Hall on Dec. 9.

Reduced traction is the fallout from winter weather that has the greatest impact on Fermilab's accident rates. Despite the laboratory's aggressive snow and ice removal program, a day with falling snow usually means one or two people showing up in the Medical Department with injuries caused from slipping. Most injuries are minor, but fractures and dislocations sometimes occur. To stay healthy, keep these precautions in mind during the winter season:

  • Use footwear that provides traction on snow and ice.
  • Analyze the surface before you start out. Avoid unshoveled or ice-covered areas. When opening a vehicle door after parking, watch the ground for "black ice."
  • If you must walk on ice, take short steps or shuffle your feet. Bend slightly and walk flat-footed with your center of gravity over your feet. Hang onto railings or other stable objects.
  • Use your vehicle for support when entering or exiting it.
  • When you carry something, it can block your view and/or shift your balance, so be extra observant of the surface conditions.

If you see an icy or snowy patch that needs treatment, do not hesitate to contact Roads and Grounds at x3303.

-- Tim Miller, ES&H associate head

Safety Tip of the Week Archive

Accelerator Update

Dec. 9-11
- Four stores provided ~10.25 hours of luminosity
- Store #7423 aborted due to a LCW valve failure
- Store #7424 aborted due to cryo system power outage
- The TeV sector C4 LCW tripped off due to another valve problem
- The Pelletron suffered many discharges

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


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