Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011

Have a safe day!

Tuesday, Aug. 30
9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
SUSY 2011 Conference
3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 31
9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
SUSY 2011 Conference
1 p.m.
Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar - Huddle (near MCR)
Speaker: John T. M. Lyles, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Title: Design and Operating Results for a New 201.25 MHz RF Power Amplifier for LANSCE
3:30 p.m.

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Wilson Hall Cafe

Tuesday, Aug. 30

- Breakfast: Bagel sandwich
- Tomato bisque soup
- Lemon-pepper club
- Liver & onions
- Smart cuisine: Korean garlic chicken
- Grilled chicken Caesar salad wrap
- Assorted sliced pizza
- Rio Grande taco salad

Wilson Hall Cafe Menu

Chez Leon

Wednesday, Aug. 31
- Pork satay w/ peanut sauce
- Jasmine rice
- Pea pods
- Coconut cake

Chez Leon Menu
Call x3524 to make your reservation.


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Retirement: Mary Sutherland

Mary Sutherland

Please join Mary Sutherland, AD, in her retirement celebration today, Aug. 30. The party will take place from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on the second floor of the transfer gallery. Stop by to tell Sutherland congratulations on her retirement. Please contact Ruth Dejerld at x2767 for more information.

Photo of the Day

A gaggle of geese

Geese use the crosswalk to get across the road near CDF. Photo: Meghan Czamanske, FS
ES&H Health Update

Accelerate to a Healthy Lifestyle Program continues

Above are some of the items awarded by ES&H as prizes based on participation every month. Photo: Cindy Rogers, ES&H

ES&H's exercise program, which will continue through Oct. 31, is in full swing. To those already participating, continue logging your workout minutes through the ES&H webpage. Please note that you can collect your participation incentives at the end of each month.

To those not yet participating - it is never too late! You can join any time. Simply visit the webpage and start logging those minutes you spend walking, swimming, biking, etc. Whatever it is you do to incorporate exercise into your life, both here and away from Fermilab, is worth logging. For more information, please visit the ES&H webpage to join and enter those minutes! Here's to keeping our employees motivated to live a healthy lifestyle!

In the News

President Reagan on basic research

From FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News, Aug. 26, 2011

Congress returns to Washington early next month, and will have high on its priority list the FY 2012 appropriations bills. This fall, important decisions will be made that will affect the funding and conduct of scientific research in the coming years.

As Congress looks ahead to the funding of this research, a look back at what President Ronald Reagan said in an April 2, 1988 Radio Address to the Nation is of interest. At that time, the President warned “Federal funding for science is in jeopardy because of budget constraints.” Among those topics covered in the President’s comments are the value of basic research, lasers, high energy physics, superconductivity, the SSC, the space station, and biotechnology.

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In the News

Montini Catholic senior student completes Fermilab internship

From TribLocal, Aug. 26, 2011

Montini Catholic High School senior, Ben Brady, recently completed the summer Quarknet Internship at the Fermilab Center for Particle Astrophysics. Ben was accepted into the program after applying in April.

Ben participated in the Astronomy Team with his partner, Naperville North Student, Konrad Genser. “I did research on Hypervelocity Stars and worked alongside astronomers,” commented Ben on his internship. “At the end of the internship, we gave a presentation to other scientists.”

Ben may present his presentation in class at Montini Catholic. “I gained a better understanding of what it is like to be a professional scientist. It was an incredible experience being around such talented scientists,” remarked Ben.

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Director's Corner

CAS peer review

Fermilab Director Pier Oddone

Starting today, and for the next two and a half days, the Contractor Assurance Peer Review will take place at Fermilab. Throughout the history of the laboratory, first URA and then FRA have had many processes in place to make sure that the requirements and expectations of the contract with DOE were met. As laboratory and FRA managers have prepared for this review, we have articulated these processes and integrated them into a Contractor Assurance System (CAS).

The goal was to develop a comprehensive and transparent CAS that would assure contract performance. One feature of such a system is that all parties concerned have the same access to information necessary to carry out their respective responsibilities: the laboratory managers in delivering the mission of the laboratory; the FRA Board of Directors in their oversight responsibility; and the DOE site and program offices in ensuring FRA performance. Another feature of the CAS is that it is risk-based, namely, that risks are categorized and prioritized and that resources are deployed to mitigate them accordingly. In principle, if the CAS is well designed and executed it could help avoid duplicative reviews, minimize risks and increase transparency and trust between DOE and FRA.

A feature of these CAS Peer Reviews is that they involve managers from other laboratories. These reviews are meant to help laboratories develop good Contractor Assurance Systems, and thus each laboratory being reviewed was invited to participate in peer reviews, so that there are no surprises and that the laboratories in the DOE system can learn from each other.

In our case, we have reviewed our contract and mapped the many contract clauses to 11 functional “management systems” that cut across the laboratory:

  1. Corporate Governance
  2. Stakeholder Relations
  3. Performance Planning
  4. Science
  5. Finance
  6. Business Operations
  7. ES&H
  8. Quality
  9. Engineering
  10. Information Technology
  11. Communications
Most of the assurance processes in these functional systems have been in place for some time but had not been described coherently. We now have done so in preparation for the review. The comprehensive mapping of the contract requirements to these functional systems has allowed us to make sure that the CAS is complete. We have designated individuals responsible for each of these functional systems and have described how they function in detail.

You can get up to speed on CAS by reading the materials posted on the CAS web page.

Accelerator Update

Aug. 26-29

- Eight stores provided ~58.5 hours of luminosity
- Booster RF work completed
- Linac RF station #3 repaired
- Pelletron suffered a full discharge
- Antiproton injection to Tevatron lost due to kicker prefire

Read the Current Accelerator Update
Read the Early Bird Report
View the Tevatron Luminosity Charts


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