Fermilab Today Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Have a safe day!

Wednesday, May 26
3:30 p.m.
Fermilab Colloquium - 1 West
Speaker: Jan Liphardt, University of California, Berkeley
Title: The Intersection of Physics and Biology

Thursday, May 27
2:30 p.m.
Theoretical Physics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: Anibal Medina, University of California, Davis
Title: Continuum Superpartners
3:30 p.m.
Special Fermilab Colloquium - 1 West
Speaker: Yuri Oganessian, Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, Dubna, Russia
Title: Heaviest Nuclei: New Element with Atomic Number 117

Click here for NALCAL,
a weekly calendar with links to additional information.

Upcoming conferences


Take Five
Tune IT Up

H1N1 Flu

For information about H1N1, visit Fermilab's flu information site.


Weather Chance of thunderstorms

Extended Forecast
Weather at Fermilab

Current Security Status

Secon Level 3

Wilson Hall Cafe

Wednesday, May 26
- Breakfast: English-muffin sandwich
- Beef barley soup
- Gyros
- Caribbean grille Salmon
- Stuffed pepper
- Cuban panini
- Beef and cheddar panini
- Assorted slice pizza
- Grilled chicken Bowtie w/tomato cream

Wilson Hall Cafe Menu

Chez Leon

Wednesday, May 26
- Blackened chicken tortellini Alfredo
- Blackberry-lemon pudding cake

Thursday, May 27

Chez Leon Menu
Call x3524 to make your reservation.


Fermilab Today
Result of the Week
Safety Tip of the Week
CMS Result of the Month
User University Profiles
ILC NewsLine


Fermilab Today
is online at:

Send comments and suggestions to:

Visit the Fermilab
home page

Unsubscribe from Fermilab Today


Ed Bucki retires

Ed Bucki

After 30 years as a Department of Energy employee working at Fermilab, Ed Bucki is retiring.

"Ed has been with the Site Office longer than anyone else by far," said Mark Bollinger, DOE Acting Site Office Manager. He will be dearly missed, especially for his reliability and consistency in looking out for the safety and health of all site employees."

Stop by his open house from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. today in the DOE Fermi Site Office, located on the sixth floor of Wilson Hall.

Special Announcement

Wilson Hall building closed Saturday, June 5

The highrise building will be closed starting at 12:01 a.m. June 5 and re-open at 6 p.m. to accomodate generator upgrades. Crews must connect the power distribution from the new generator to the existing electrical switchgear, which is located in the basement of the highrise. To make the connection, the power must be shut off in Wilson Hall.

During this shutdown crews will also upgrade domestic water pump controllers by installing energy-efficient controllers. As a result, all restroom facilities will be closed during this outage.

Additionally, Facilities Engineering Services Section staff members will take advantage of the outage and perform preventive maintenance on electrical equipment throughout Wilson Hall.

If you have questions, please contact John Kent III at x4753.

Photo of the Day

Employees take time out for fitness

Visual Media Services employees walk around the Main Ring as part of Employee Health and Fitness Day on May 19. From left: Karen Seifrid, Cindy Arnold, Diana Canzone and Jim Shultz.
In the News

Superconductivity breakthrough could lead to more cost-effective technologies

From Interactions News Wire, May 24, 2010

Researchers from the Universities of Liverpool and Durham have fitted another piece into the superconductivity puzzle that could help in the quest to bring down the cost of technologies such as MRI scanners and some energy storage applications that rely on superconductors. The result is published online in the journal Nature (19th May 2010).

Using the ISIS and Diamond Facilities at the Science and Technology Facilities Council's Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) and the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) in Grenoble, scientists have demonstrated how a new material made from metal atoms and buckyballs (tiny carbon-60 molecules shaped like a football) becomes a high temperature superconductor when it is squashed. The applied pressure shrinks the structure and overcomes the repulsion between the electrons, allowing them to pair up and travel through the material without resistance.

The Liverpool and Durham researchers made the new material supported by funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council for a program investigating ways of creating higher temperature superconductors, to reduce some of the costs involved with keeping them at their optimum temperature and broaden their applications. An MRI scanner for example, contains person-sized superconductive magnet that needs to be kept inside a bath of liquid helium in order to regulate the superconductor's temperature at - 270 degrees Celcius. The ultimate aim is for a superconductor to operate at room temperature to eliminate the need for large and expensive cooling systems.

Read more

From the Finance Office

Financial tools for you to use

Cindy Conger, chief financial officer and head of the Finance Section, wrote this week's column.

Cindy Conger

About 200 Fermilab employees are responsible for executing some portion of the laboratory's annual budget. These folks are charged by their division, section and center leaders to perform their work in accordance with the financial plans set forth at the beginning of the year (or approved changes made later in the year) and to keep their leaders informed of significant issues that could affect financial performance during the year.

The Finance Section and the field financial managers in the divisions, sections and centers are the first line for financial questions at the laboratory. They work hard to make sure people with budget execution responsibilities have the right tools to understand their budgets and the actual obligations that have been incurred against those budgets. Nearly all of these tools are financial reports of one kind or another, primarily based on our Oracle Financials system, which is supported by the Fermilab Computing Division.

The Finance Section offers many financial tools and reports to help those with financial responsibilities. Our website includes the Financial Services Online Applications page, available on site or off site through VPN. This webpage features links to project and task listings, purchase order and requisition queries, standard online reports and other online queries.

Especially helpful to those with budget execution responsibilities are two online queries that allow the specification of time period, project and task: the Task Transaction Detail report and the Task Summary Report. The TTD report returns all the detailed obligation transactions against a particular project and task during a one-month period by expenditure type. (Payroll details, of course, are not available except through the appropriate field financial manager.) The TSR returns summary information for one or more tasks in the same project, including costs for the current month, fiscal year, and inception-to-date, as well as year-to-date and inception-to-date obligations; open commitments and open requisitions. It also includes the fiscal-year obligation budget and the budget balance.

Finding the report you need and understanding the information in these reports can be challenging; your field financial manager and the Finance Section's Budget Office are here to help.

Safety Update

ES&H weekly report, May 25

This week's safety report, compiled by the Fermilab ES&H section, includes one first-aid injury. Find the full report here.

Safety report archive


Latest Announcements

Weekly time sheets due Friday

Ask HR: 15th floor visits CD - FCC on Wednesday, June 2

Ask HR - 15th floor comes to CDF today

Diversity Office volunteer opportunity - May 25-June 8

Toastmaster meeting - June 3

Project Scheduling and Earned Value Management Systems - May 26-27

ES&H web server down today

Argentine Tango each Wednesday, May 5 to May 26

10,000 Steps Per Day walking program

Sand Volleyball held on Tuesdays starting May 25

May Benefits Bulletin

43rd Fermilab Users' Meeting registration - June 2 - 3

SciTech summer camps start - June 14

Employee discount at Batavia Rosati's

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

Sign up for summer Science Adventures classes

Introduction to LabVIEW course - July 13

Embedded Design with LabVIEW FPGA and CompactRIO seminar - July 13

Interaction Management Coaching Forum - July 27

Submit an announcement

Fermi National Accelerator - Office of Science / U.S. Department of Energy | Managed by Fermi Research Alliance, LLC.
Security, Privacy, Legal  |  Use of Cookies