Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011

Have a safe day!

Wednesday, Nov. 23
1:30 p.m.
Particle Physics Seminar - One West
Speaker: Jason Steffen, Fermilab
Title: Illuminating the Dark Sector
3:30 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 24
Happy Thanksgiving!
Lab closed for holiday

Friday, Nov. 25
Lab closed for holiday

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Wednesday, Nov. 23

- Breakfast: English muffin sandwich
- Smart cuisine: Beef barley soup
- Gyros
- Smart cuisine: Baked seafood au gratin
- Baked linguine and cheese
- Beef and cheddar panini
- Assorted sliced pizza
- Grilled chicken bowtie w/ tomato cream

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Chez Leon

Wednesday, Nov. 23
- Cheese fondue
- Marinated vegetable salad
- Peaches w/ blackberry sauce

Friday, Nov. 25

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ES&H Tip of the Week - Safety

Keep your Thanksgiving safe

With Thanksgiving Day fast approaching, many Fermilab employees are cooking turkey with family and friends.

We want the holiday to be fun for all by making sure employees remember that this delicious bird can ruin the day if not prepared correctly. Salmonella bacteria from turkey can cause food poisoning, which leads to a fever, headache, vomiting, stomach pain and diarrhea.

Follow these tips to keep your Thanksgiving turkey safe from bacteria.

  • Choose a turkey that has intact packaging.
  • Only defrost a frozen turkey in the refrigerator or a cold water bath.
  • Allow one day of thawing for every 5 pounds of turkey. If using a cold water bath, change the water every 30 minutes.
  • Clean hands, utensils, dishes and kitchen areas that come in contact with an uncooked turkey.
  • Don’t refreeze a thawed turkey.
  • Separate the giblets and the neck from the turkey before cooking.
  • Cook the turkey entirely in one session to 180 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Don’t cook stuffing inside the turkey.
  • Refrigerate leftover turkey within two hours of being served. It will last three to four days. Frozen leftovers will last three to four months.
  • When reheating leftovers, make sure that the turkey reaches 160 degrees Fahrenheit.

Death: Linda Christiansen

Editor's note: Fermilab Today will publish a full profile on Linda Christiansen and her contributions to Fermilab in the coming week.

Fermilab employee Linda Christiansen died on Nov. 20. She was the lead human resources systems and record analyst in WDRS.

A service will take place at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 26 at Saint Barnabas Episcopal Church. A reception will follow from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Christiansens' home. Please call 630.790.3447 for directions.

Special Announcement

Submit your nomination for director's volunteer award

Each year more than 200 volunteers act as role models and mentors for teachers and students, answer tough questions about Fermilab and its science, maintain Lederman Science Center exhibits, visit area classrooms and more.

Once a year at a reception, the laboratory recognizes the efforts of an especially dedicated volunteer. Please let the Education Office know when you're impressed by a colleague's contribution.

Nominate a Fermilab staff member, user or contractor candidate for the director's volunteer award. The Education Office will take nominations until Nov. 28. This year's reception will take place on Dec. 7.

Learn more

Special Announcement

Third annual Fermilab potluck

The third annual international potluck party will take place from 5 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16 in the Wilson Hall atrium, auditorium and Art Gallery. Fermilab employees, users, contractors, funding agency employees, friends and family are all welcome to attend.

Please bring a hearty appetizer, main dish or side dish to share, along with serving utensils. Please bring enough food for 20 or more servings. The laboratory will provide non-alcoholic beverages, plates, cutlery and cups. For more information, please visit the potluck website.

From the Accelerator Physics Center

Accelerator Advisory Committee

Vladimir Shiltsev

Vladimir Shiltsev, director of the Accelerator Physics Center, wrote this week’s column.

Fermilab’s Accelerator Advisory Committee (AAC) meets about every nine months to assess our accelerator programs and provide advice to the laboratory. Just two weeks ago, November 7-9, the committee of a dozen internationally renowned accelerator experts chaired by Dr. Kathy Harkay of Argonne National Laboratory, performed a comprehensive review of the strategic direction and plans for the Fermilab accelerator complex, Project X R&D, accelerator technology development, advanced accelerator R&D and the Muon Accelerator Program (MAP).

As usual, the AAC meeting was a very useful venue for us to settle our own thoughts and plans and get quick feedback from our colleagues that we will be trying to make use of over the coming months. Two dozen well prepared talks were presented to the committee which was impressed with the breadth of the program and the quality of the work we’re doing here at the lab, and recognized the hard work and accomplishments of Fermilab’s Accelerator Sector.

The committee endorsed several major initiatives, including the Proton Improvement Plan, focusing Project X R&D activities on the construction of PXIE (the Project X Injector Experiment), and the establishment of a user program for accelerator R&D at ASTA (the Advanced Superconducting Test Accelerator at NML). PXIE will be a prototype of the first portion of the Project X linear accelerator, including all the elements for generating and accelerating the beam up to about 30 MeV. We are building ASTA, a test accelerator in NML to demonstrate the required beam and technology performance for the International Linear Collider. It will also serve as a test-bed for basic accelerator R&D.

Major recommendations of the 2011 AAC meeting encouraged Fermilab to:

  • actively participate in and be prepared to respond to the outcome of the DOE Intensity Frontier Workshop, which will be critical in establishing the science case for Project-X-type beams;
  • consider the use of the PXIE for isotope production,
  • expand expertise in high-power target systems,
  • consider developing and installing a chopper in the front end of the Linac which will reduce beam losses in the Booster and can also potentially benefit Project-X;
  • give the highest priority to the 11 Tesla magnet R&D needed for the LHC luminosity upgrade;
  • recruit a program leader to coordinate advanced accelerator R&D efforts at and develop the user community for ASTA facility;
  • and continue to increase efforts on the MAP program as the chance of a Muon Collider as the next generation lepton collider will increase depending on the physics results from the LHC obtained in the coming years.

Safety Update

ES&H weekly report, Nov. 22

This week's safety report, compiled by the Fermilab ES&H section, does not include any incidents.

Find the full report here.

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