Fermilab Today Monday, May 10, 2010

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Monday, May 10
2:30 p.m.
Particle Astrophysics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: Cristiano Galbiati, Princeton University
Title: E-1000: DarkSide - Search for Dark Matter with Depleted Argon
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II
Special Topics: New Collaring and Coil Pre-Stress Limit for a Nb3Sn Magnet; Developments at the Fermilab Test Beam Facility

Tuesday, May 11
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar - One West
Speaker: Tengming Shen, Florida State University
Title: Understanding the Melt Processing of Multifilamentary Ag-Bi2Sr2CaCu2Ox Round Wire for High Field Magnet Applications

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Wilson Hall Cafe

Monday, May 10
- Breakfast: Chorizo burrito
- Spicy beef & rice soup
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- Roast pork loin
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- Grilled tuna nicoise salad
- Blueberry yogurt sundaes

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Peter Limon retires

Peter Limon

Fermilab physicists have a lot to say when asked to describe their colleague and longtime friend, Peter Limon. Leon Lederman called him eloquent, noisy and insistent. Jim Strait called him rowdy, entertaining and impatient. Alvin Tollestrup affectionately called him "a pain in the butt."

They all agreed that after he retires, they will miss his boisterous attitude, extensive knowledge of physics and ability to get things done. Today is his last day at the laboratory, 37 years after he first started as a full-time employee.

"I certainly feel invested in Fermilab," Limon said. "My ego and Fermilab are intertwined."

Limon played a major role in building the Tevatron, especially in the installation of its magnet systems. He also worked on design, installation and leak-checking for the accelerator's cryogenic vacuum system. His tendency to ask hard questions - and find the answers - made him an invaluable part of the team, physicist Helen Edwards said.

Retired Fermilab physicist Rich Orr, who first hired Limon full-time, said he could assign him to any part of the project and know he would do a good job.

"He could fend for himself," Orr said.

At one point, Limon returned to Fermilab from a sabbatical to find himself without an office. When Orr did not respond to his requests for one, Limon built his own office in the hallway out of packing crates. It wasn't long until he got his wish.

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--Kathryn Grim

In Brief

One fewer password

As of today, IMAP e-mail users should begin entering their services account passwords to log in to their accounts. IMAP users will be able to access e-mail using either their services account passwords or their old IMAP passwords until May 20. After that date, only services account passwords will work.

If you enter your password every time you access your e-mail, you can simply enter your services account password instead of your IMAP password. If the program you use to access your e-mail, such as Outlook, Entourage or Thunderbird, saves your password for you, you can find instructions for changing your saved password here.

Fermilab employees and users already use services account passwords to log in to the Fermilab Time & Labor reporting system and to open Service Desk tickets. Exchange e-mail users also use services account passwords to access their e-mail.

Please contact the Service Desk with any questions or concerns by calling x2345, by visiting their office on the ground floor of Wilson Hall or by opening a Service Desk ticket.



Julius Borchert, Business Services Section employee and mail clerk, welcomed the arrival of his daughter at 8:34 p.m. on Friday, April 30. The baby, Amarantha Gardina Smith Borchert, weighed 8 lbs, 1.5 ounces and was 21 inches long. Congratulations to Borchert, a very proud dad.

In the News

White House boosts upcoming National Lab Day

From AIP FYI, May 7, 2010

The White House is renewing their effort to publicize National Lab Day, the May 12 kickoff of a nationwide ongoing effort to connect scientists and engineers with local schools for hands-on learning experiences. National Lab Day's latest spokesperson-First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama.

At the 20th Annual National Science Bowl, the First Lady emphasized the Administration's oft stated commitment to science education:

"My husband and his administration want to ensure that every single child in this country gets a good education, particularly in math and science.

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ES&H Tips of the Week - Health

Norovirus: when the odds are against you

Take precautions to avoid germs during your vacation. Image courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control.

I read a headline recently along the lines of: "Casino cleans slots every 2 hours to beat Norovirus." It is interesting to see a casino taking interest in the virus, which is behind many bouts of diarrhea and vomiting, since the virus has favorable odds.

Although more prevalent in the winter, Norovirus has ruined many spring and summer vacations.

This virus accounts for 66 percent of food-borne illness and infects one in 10 Americans annually. Like the common cold, it evades our immune systems by constantly changing structure.

You can increase your odds of preventing infection in several ways:

  • Wash your hands. The majority of cases are transmitted person to person.
  • Be aware of what you touch: Airplane seatbacks on the aisle have proven to harbor a large amount of this virus.
  • Consider your food choices: Once contaminated, cold foods stay that way. Fruits, salads and iced shellfish are bad choices if there is an outbreak.
  • Skip the buffet if there is an outbreak.

If you do get ill:

  • Drink fluids to make up for losses.
  • Rest. You won't want to walk this one off.
  • Use anti-vomiting medications.
  • Take bismuth subsalicylate (Pepto-Bismol) to decrease stomach cramps and shorten the illness. Children and aspirin-allergic individuals should not use this.

Your odds at falling ill from this virus can depend on your blood type. Individuals with type O blood are most susceptible, while those with types B and AB may be protected.

Remember, while you may be symptom free, you can still get and spread the infection. With a few precautions, you can keep the drama out of your vacation.

- Brian Svazas, MD

Safety Tip of the Week Archive

Accelerator Update

May 5-7

- Three stores provided ~ 37 hours of luminosity
- NuMI investigated a target problem
- Pbar Debuncher kicker power supply repaired
- Pbar extraction Lambertson repaired
- MI Lambertson adjusted
- Store 7795 quenched due to a kicker pre-fire
- DZero made 10 hour access to repair its silicon detector

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Muscle toning by Bod Squad began May 6

Martial arts classes begins today

NALWO Children's Playgroup International Party - May 14

English country dancing - May 16

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NALWO Spring Tea - May 20

Sand Volleyball Tuesdays begin May 25

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Fermilab Arts Series presents Corky Siegel and Chamber Blues - June 26

ANSYS Mechanical Application classes offered in May

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