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Wilson Hall Cafe

Wednesday, Feb. 16

- Breakfast: English muffin sandwich
- Beef barley soup
- Gyros
- *Caribbean grilled salmon
- Stuffed peppers
- Beef and cheddar panini
- Assorted sliced pizza
- Grilled chicken bowtie with tomato cream

*carb-restricted alternative

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Chez Leon

Wednesday, Feb. 16
- Chili chicken skewers with cilantro pesto
- Chunky banana sweet-potato mash
-Keylime and tequila pie

Friday, Feb. 18
- Closed

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Special Announcement

All-hands talk available online

On Tuesday, Feb. 15, Fermilab Director Pier Oddone spoke to the Fermilab community about the recent budget scenarios. An archived video of the talk is now available here.

Ask the Ethicist

Lobbying and letter writing

Jameson Eisenmenger

Jameson Eisenmenger, senior staff attorney, wrote this column.

At the all-hands meeting yesterday, someone asked whether a letter-writing campaign to Congress would be helpful. FRA employees have the right to contact their elected representatives through a letter-writing campaign or otherwise. However, as federally-funded employees, FRA employees cannot exercise this right while working or by using Fermilab resources, including Fermilab computers.

These restrictions come from our prime contract with DOE and our own ethics program. Our prime contract prohibits FRA from using DOE funds to directly or indirectly influence or attempt to influence congressional action on any legislation or appropriation matters (e.g., the Continuing Resolution for FY 2011) pending before Congress. Because FRA employees are paid with DOE funds, this lobbying restriction applies to individual employees while working. Our ethics program includes the same restrictions by barring FRA employees’ use of Fermilab computers or other property.

In their personal lives and using their own resources, FRA employees are free to contact their elected representatives in any way they choose. And as Director Oddone said, they want to hear from you.

Have a Fermilab-related ethics question? Ask the Ethicist

Read more Ask the Ethicist columns here.


Fermilab hosts CMS Data Analysis School

Flavia Dias, a graduate student at the Universidade Estadual Paulista in Brazil, asks instructor Kalanand Mishra questions about her analysis as other attendees of the CMS Data Analysis School watch. The school took place at Fermilab during the last week of January.

The Large Hadron Collider is just days away from restarting at the CERN laboratory in Switzerland, and a new flock of scientists are ready for the deluge of data.

On Jan. 25-29, Fermilab hosted the CMS Data Analysis School, an intensive workshop that gives the newest members of the collaboration a crash course on the experiment. Previously known as the “EJTERM” workshop, Fermilab’s LHC Physics Center co-coordinators, Rick Cavanaugh and Ian Shipsey, decided to rename the school to emphasize its primary focus: the analysis of real data and the opportunity to search for new physics.

“The innovative classes allow students, in some cases with zero experience, to work with real data physics measurements that CMS published just days before and then make them more precise by searching for new processes that the collaboration hasn’t done yet,” Shipsey said. “The students continue to work on the measurements they started and then see it through to publication after the school is over.”

Flavia Dias, a graduate student at the Universidade Estadual Paulista in Brazil, was one of the 60 attendees who participated in exercises at the school. Her favorite part was the long exercise, a two-and-a-half day activity that had the students reproduce a specific data analysis.

“The school joined together all of the basic elements that are necessary for data analysis and helped you solve your problem in minutes rather than weeks,” she said.

CMS senior scientists and software experts taught all of the classes, giving graduate students like Andrew York from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, the opportunity to meet key people on the collaboration, contacts who should be handy as he starts to work on his dissertation.

“The opportunity to meet in person with a lot of the experts was extremely useful,” he said. “The school is very good for bringing a new generation of people into the experiment.”

CMS hopes to have similar schools in Asia and Europe within the next six to 12 months.

-- Elizabeth Clements

In the News

Fermi facing 'catastrophic' funding cutback, director says

From Crain's Chicago Business,
Feb. 15, 2011

The director of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory said Tuesday that a plan by Republicans in the U.S. House to slash federal spending by $100 billion would force “catastrophic” cutbacks in other programs at the Batavia lab, which already is planning to shut down its Tevatron atomic particle smasher this year due to budget cuts.

The budget proposed Monday by President Barack Obama for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1 would probably maintain Fermilab at roughly last year’s level, or slightly below. But the House this week is debating the unfinished budget for the current year.

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Scientific journal access at Fermilab

Dave Carlson

Dave Carlson, head of the Business Services Section, wrote this week's column.

Fermilab scientists often need to cite research to support their work. To access the research they need, Fermilab's Library, under the leadership of Information Resources Manager Heath O’Connell, provides laboratory researchers access to scientific journals and articles. Researchers most commonly access these journals online through a site license. A summary of how to access these journals and what the library has available is below.

All told, we have site licenses to more than 400 journals. The Library Journal List gives a complete title list with links. We also have site licenses to popular specialized magazines such as Nature and Physics Today. These site licenses give us permission to quickly search, view, download and print articles and to share them freely with co-workers. We also have access to the Science Direct/Elsevier High Energy Physics and Astronomy Backfile, which includes in 20 prominent journals such as Physics Letters A&B and Nuclear Physics A&B (more current articles are mainly available as preprints through Spires.)

In addition to journals, we also have site licenses to more than 40 engineering standards and to engineering reference materials through Knovel.

The Library website also provides links to preprint catalogs of mostly full-text scientific articles that the Fermilab and other high-energy physics and astrophysics libraries maintain for the common good, such as Spires/Inspire, arXiv, JACoW and Harvard-Smithsonian ADS.

In case you need access to a scientific article that you can't find through the library site, please e-mail requests to including brief article citations and need-by date; we can normally provide articles within any time-frame required. Fermilab also freely shares the results of our scientific research through Open Access. The laboratory has institutional membership in three paperless journals: JHEP, JINST and JCAP. These institutional memberships give Open Access to articles written by Fermilab authors, so they are available to anyone on the Internet with no restrictions. The LHC collaborations have also committed to publishing all of their results in Open Access journals.

Through site licenses, Open Access, and e-mail requests, Fermilab researchers have electronic access when they need it to just about any scientific article.

Safety Update

ES&H weekly report, Feb. 14

This week's safety report, compiled by the Fermilab ES&H section lists one recordable incident.An employee slipped and fell on ice in the parking lot, injuring his shoulder.  The injury resulted in medical treatment.

Find the full report here.


WDRS announcements

FRA scholarship applications due March 1

Latest Announcements

ES&H Servers affected by power outage - Feb. 16

Best of Dance Chicago - dedicated to Dr. Morris Binkley - Feb. 19

InDiCo upgrade - Feb. 21

Project Management Introduction class - Feb. 16 & 18

Toastmasters - Feb. 17

Apply now for URA Visiting Scholars Awards program deadline - Feb. 18

NALWO - Piano Concert at noon - Feb. 21

Argentine Tango classes through Feb. 23

School's Day Out - Feb. 21 and 25

Introduction to LabVIEW course - Feb. 25

Embedded Design with LabVIEW FPGA and CompactRIO class - Feb. 25

Rapid Hardware Prototyping and Industrial Control Application Development with LabVIEW FPGA, Compact RIO, and FlexRIO by National Instruments course - Feb. 25

NALWO - Mardi Gras potluck - March 3

March Deadline for The University of Chicago Tuition Remission program - March 4

On-site housing for summer 2011 - Now taking requests deadline - March 7

NALWO arts & crafts show & tell - March 15

Fermilab Employee Art Show applications due - March 16

The Service Desk is offering a new loaner laptop service

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FRA Scholarship 2011

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