Friday, Dec. 17, 2010

Have a safe day!

Friday, Dec. 17
1-5 p.m.
Tevatron 25th Anniversary of first collisions symposium - Ramsey Auditorium
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Potluck party - Wilson Hall atrium

Monday, Dec. 20
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II
Operation of First Cryomodule at NML Test Facility

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Wilson Hall Cafe

Friday, Dec. 17

- Breakfast: Chorizo burrito
- *Chunky vegetable soup w/ orzo
- Buffalo chicken wings
- Cajun breaded catfish
- *Teriyaki pork stir-fry
- Honey mustard ham & swiss panini
- Assorted sliced pizza
- *Carved turkey

*carb-restricted alternative

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Chez Leon

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January Wellness Feature of the Month

Fitness classes, wellness offerings, employee club and discount information for January.

This month, the Wellness Office will sponsor the following fitness classes:

  • Kyuki-Do: 5-6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Jan. 3 – Feb. 9, at the Fitness Center Exercise Room. Fee is $55/person.
  • Yoga: 12-1 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 4 – Feb. 22, at Wilson Hall Auditorium. Fee is $85/person.
  • Muscle Toning: 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Jan. 11 – March 3, at Fitness Center Exercise Room. Fee is $77/person.
  • Butts & Guts: 12-12:45 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 20 – March 10, at the Fitness Center Exercise Room. Fee is $53/person.

This month, the Wellness Office will also sponsor the following free wellness offerings:

  • Lunch & Learn: Healthy Eating with Antioxidants from noon – 1 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 13, in WH, Curia II. Learn how to eat healthy by adding antioxidants and making simple lifestyle changes that allow you to lose weight, lower cholesterol and blood pressure, while decreasing risk of heart disease and diabetes. Presenter: Dr. Bryce Staker
  • Qigong, Mindfulness & Tai Chi Easy® for Stress Reduction Classes from 7 – 8 a.m. on Wednesdays in WH Auditorium; from 4:45 – 5:45 p.m. on Thursdays in Users Center Music Room and from noon – 12:45 p.m. on Fridays in WH Auditorium.

Employee clubs: 

  • Scrappers: Open 11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 4, in the Wilson Hall Aquarium conference room. Scrapbookers bring your scissors, adhesive and journaling pen. Supplies provided for themed and generic layouts. $10/person.
  • Card Stampers: Open 11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11, in the Wilson Hall Aquarium conference room. Interested stampers should bring scissors, adhesive and journaling pen. Supplies provided for three cards. $10/person.

Employee discounts:

  • Movie tickets: AMC and Regal Theaters, $7-8. Goodrich Theaters, $7.
Special Announcement

Pine Street closed briefly Saturday

Pine Street will be closed from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday while City of Batavia crews remove overhead temporary power lines and wooden power poles. The Wilson Street entrance will be open during this time.

Notification signs along Kirk Road will tell drivers of the Pine Street closure and a flagger on site will help direct traffic that enters Pine Street and needs to turn around.

The road closure signals the near end of a power line project by Batavia.  Crews have already run the 138-kilovolt power line cable underneath Pine Street in a duct bank, eliminating the need for the overhead lines. Crews will use bucket trucks on both sides of the street to lower the four overhead wires. It will take about 15 minutes to lower each wire.

City crews will fix the landscaping and fill the pole holes as part of the project completion.

The power lines are part of a Batavia project to run their 138-kilovolt power line under the road way in the easement granted by the DOE. 

-Tona Kunz

In the News

NSF won't build underground lab; scientists hope that DOE will

From Science, December 17, 2010

Plans to convert an abandoned gold mine in South Dakota into the world's largest underground lab may have to be scaled back and could fall apart entirely after the National Science Foundation's (NSF's) oversight board rejected the current proposal.

On 30 November, the National Science Board (NSB), which sets policy for NSF, turned down the agency's own request for additional money to support development through 2011 of the $875 million Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory (DUSEL) at the Homestake mine in Lead, South Dakota. That puts the onus on the Department of Energy (DOE), NSF's partner in the project, to pay for whatever it wants to build.

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In the News

Panel urges reprieve for the Tevatron

From Physics Today, December 2010

After much delay, CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has been accumulating proton–proton data since April, albeit at only half the 14-TeV collision energy for which it was designed. Its predecessor, the 2-TeV Tevatron proton–antiproton collider at Fermilab, was scheduled to shut down for good at the end of 2011. But the Tevatron’s excellent performance over the past two years and the LHC’s delayed ramp-up to its design parameters prompted Fermilab’s program advisory committee in August to recommend that the Tevatron be kept running through 2014.

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Special Announcement

Potluck, skits and Tevatron anniversary symposium today

Celebrate 25 years of the Tevatron at the symposium and potluck today

Fermilab celebrates its scientific history and community spirit with a day full of celebrations.

From 1 to 4:45 p.m. in Ramsey Auditorium a series of speakers will recount the construction and scientific achievements of the last 25 years of running the Tevatron. The talks are in honor of the 25th anniversary of the first proton-antiproton collisions at the Tevatron.  See a list of speakers and topics on the Tevatron symposium website.

Between 5 and 6:45 p.m., Fermilab employees, retired employees, users, contractors, funding agency employees and their families and friends will gather in the Wilson Hall atrium for the Potluck Party to enjoy a wide variety of cultural cuisine. See when and where to drop off food at the Potluck Party website.

At 5:30 p.m., children from the Fermilab daycare will sing Christmas songs in the Fermilab atrium. From 7 to 8:30 p.m., the evening's entertainment will take place in Ramsey Auditorium. Fermilab theorist Joe Lykken will emcee the event, which will include skits, songs and more.

Please come out and celebrate the season and success of Fermilab with your colleagues.

Special Announcement

Police to calibrate on site gunfire detector Friday

Kane County Sheriff’s deputies will conduct controlled handgun shooting on site starting at about 10 a.m. today to help the laboratory calibrate an acoustic triangulation device. A total of about 48 shots will be fired within a two-hour period near the Main Injector.  Deputies will be stationed near testing areas where test firing is occurring. The shooting won’t interfere with laboratory operations.  Anyone with questions about the calibration should contact the Fermilab Office of Communication at (630) 840-3351. See additional information here.

Ask the Ethicist

Holidays and contractor gratuities

Gary Leonard, Fermilab general counsel

The holidays are upon us, and I wish you and your loved ones a very merry holiday season. This is just a reminder that it is against laboratory policy to accept a gift or gratuity from a prospective or current Fermilab vendor. You should refuse or return gratuities and gifts to avoid any appearance of impropriety on the part of the laboratory.

Read an Ask the Ethicist column on this issue.

-- Gary Leonard, Fermilab General Counsel


Timecards due early for Week of Dec 13- 19

Annual potluck party and skits today

Transportation services holiday service closed Dec. 23 and 30

Symposium celebrates 25th anniversary of first collision at Tevatron today

Timecard instructions for non-exempt employees working on half holiday

Reminder: timecards due early for week of Dec. 20 - 26

Eastbound Butterfield Road closed until Dec. 20

School's Out day camp - Dec. 21-22, 27-29

Fermilab Blood Drive - Dec. 20 & 21 (Walk-in only)

Movie tickets make gift giving easy

Medical Department holiday schedule

Weight Watchers introduces new PointsPlus program

Guided practicas for Argentine Tango thru Dec. 29

Submit a topic suggestion for Disability Awareness Seminar

Fermilab Today holiday schedule

Open basketball at the gym

Folk dancing on Thursdays in December

Fermilab Arts and Lecture Series box office winter schedule

Users Office holiday hours

Accelerate to a Healthy Lifestyle Program through Dec. 31

Disney On Ice presents "Toy Story 3"- Feb. 2-13

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