Friday, Feb. 18, 2011

Have a safe day!

Friday, Feb. 18
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Joint Experimental-Theoretical Physics Seminar - One West
Speaker: Brian Rebel, Fermilab
Title: Search for Lorentz Violation in the NuMI Beam with the MINOS Detectors

Saturday, Feb. 19
Fermilab Art Series - Auditorium
Performer: Best of Dance Chicago
Tickets: $28/$14

Monday, Feb. 21
2:30 p.m.
Particle Astrophysics Seminar - One West
Speaker: David Moore, California Institute of Technology
Title: Constraints on Light Dark Matter from the Cryogenic Dark Matter Search
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II
Special Topics: NOvA Near Detector on the Surface (NDOS); Collimation Studies with Hollow Electron Beams

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Wilson Hall Cafe

Friday, Feb. 18

- Breakfast: Chorizo burrito
- Old-fashioned ham and bean soup
- Philly-style chicken
- Chicken pot pie
- *Baked fish over rice
- Roasted veggie and provolone panini
- Assorted sliced pizza
- Carved baked ham

*carb-restricted alternative

Wilson Hall Cafe Menu

Chez Leon
Friday, Feb. 18
- Closed

Wednesday, Feb. 23
- Broiled tilapia with Thai coconut curry sauce
- Jasmine rice
- Tropical coconut cake

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Heroes lend a hand in
historic blizzard

Fermilab employees worked to keep roads clear during the 2011 blizzard, and cleared parking lots and sidewalks Wednesday, Feb. 2, so employees could return to work safely on Thursday.

Editor's note: This is the first of a two-part series on the teams and individuals who helped to keep the accelerators running and the roads and residents safe at the laboratory. The second article will run next week.

When a historic blizzard hit the Chicago area on Feb. 2, most people rode out the storm in the warmth of their homes. However, some dedicated Fermilab employees worked through the blinding snow and gale-force winds to keep the laboratory operating and its residents safe.

Members of the Housing Office, Roads and Grounds, Security Division and the Facility Engineering and Services Section stayed through the night, working together to clear roads, fix power outages and handle the many challenges posed by the extreme weather.

“The Roads and Grounds group was definitely operating as a team,” Randy Ortgiesen, head of FESS. “They had the courage to operate equipment in near zero visibility and the wisdom to stop and wait when conditions required it.”

Dave Shemanske was just one of the individuals operating plows and escorting emergency and security personnel through the laboratory as they coped with a variety of challenges.

At 9:45 p.m. Tuesday night, blizzard conditions caused power lines in Fermilab Village to snap leaving many residents without power or heat. The Main Injector also suffered a power loss.

Shemanske and the roads and grounds crew came to Barbara Oddone’s rescue Wednesday morning, digging her out and assisting her to Site 58 where there was power and heat.

FESS personnel arrived Wednesday and worked with local utility providers through the night to restore power to the entire Village and the Main Injector.

Accommodations Manager, Jack Hawkins, and personnel from the Communications Center were available to answer questions and direct residents on where to go to stay warm and safe.

"Crews across laboratory sections and divisions worked very hard during this storm to keep the roads clear for operations personnel and emergency vehicles," said Bruce Chrisman, chief operations officer. "Thanks to the hard work of all of the crews involved, Fermilab roads were navigable and the site up and running when much of the surrounding area was not."

On Feb. 3, when many schools and businesses were still buried in snow, Fermilab reopened with its roads clear and experiments running.

- Cynthia Horwitz

Two members of Fermilab’s Roads and Grounds crew clear sidewalks on Wednesday, Feb. 2, after a blizzard.
In the News

Lab sees light in funding tunnel

From Rapid City Journal, Feb. 17, 2011

What’s a neutrino and why should we care?

Scientific research can be a tough sell in a bad economy. Sometimes it takes a PhD to understand its value.

Had science never been advanced, however, we’d still be living in a world viewed as flat with half the current life expectancy.

Read more

Wellsness Feature of the Month

Fitness classes, wellness offerings, employee club and discount information for March

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

  • Yoga: 12-1 p.m. Tuesdays, March 1 – April 19, at Ramsey Auditorium. Fee is $85/person.
  • Muscle Toning: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 15 – May 5, at Fitness Center exercise room. Fee is $77/person.
  • Kyuki-Do: 5-6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, beginning March 28 at the Fitness Center exercise room. Fee is $55/person.

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

  • Qigong, Mindfulness & Tai Chi Easy® for Stress Reduction classes from 7 – 8 a.m. on Wednesdays in Ramsey Auditorium; from 5 - 6 p.m. and from Noon – 12:45 p.m. on Fridays in Ramsey Auditorium.

Employee clubs:

  • Scrappers: Open 11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, in the Wilson Hall small dining room. Scrapbookers bring your scissors, adhesive and journaling pen. Supplies provided for themed and generic layouts. Cost is $10/person.
  • Toastmasters: Noon – 1 p.m. Thursdays, March 3 and 17, in the Wilson Hall seventh floor Racetrack.
  • Card Stampers: Open 11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, in the Wilson Hall small dining room. Interested stampers should bring scissors, adhesive and journaling pen. Supplies provided for three cards. $10/person.

Employee discounts:

  • Book Fair: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, and 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Thursday, March 31, in the Wilson Hall atrium.
  • Great Wolf Lodge, Wisconsin Dells: 20 percent off best available room rates when reservations are made 30 days prior to arrival date. Use corporate code: FERM605A at
  • Movie tickets: AMC and Regal Theaters, $7-8. Goodrich Theaters, $8.

WDRS announcements

FRA scholarship applications due March 1

Latest Announcements

Barn dance - Feb. 20

Project Management Introduction class - Feb. 18

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

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

InDiCo upgrade - Feb. 21

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

View UEC tax presentation for users online

FRA Scholarship 2011

Open basketball at the gym

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