Monday, June 25, 2012

Have a safe day!

Monday, June 25
12:30 p.m.
Particle Astrophysics Seminar (NOTE TIME & LOCATION) - Hornet's Nest
Speaker: Lisa Barsotti, MIT
Title: Squeezing in Gravitational Wave Detectors
3:30 p.m.


Tuesday, June 26
Undergraduate Lecture Series - One West
Speaker: Brenna Flaugher, Fermilab
Title: The Cosmic Frontier: What We Can Learn from the Cosmos
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar - One West
Speaker: Milorad Popovic, Fermilab
Title: Staged Approach for 8-GeV CW Linac

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Wilson Hall Cafe

Monday, June 25

- Breakfast: Croissant sandwich
- Spicy beef & rice soup
- Corned-beef reuben
- Smart cuisine: roasted pork loin
- Smart cuisine: lasagna
- Chicken oriental wrap w/ pineapple
- Assorted sliced pizza
- Smart cuisine: Pacific rim rice bowl

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Wednesday, June 27
- Spring-roll salad w/ red-curry shrimp
- Lemon Napoleon

Friday, June 29
- Warm fennel salad
- Lobster tail w/ lemon butter sauce
- Spaghetti squash w/ scallions
- Grilled asparagus
- Blueberry tartlets w/ lime curd

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Employee Advisory Group welcomes new members, continues its mission

Fermilab's 2012 Employee Advisory Group represents the laboratory's workforce to the directorate. Photo: Reidar Hahn

Three years ago, following a survey that explored issues affecting the working environment of the laboratory, Director Pier Oddone established the Employee Advisory Group. The EAG was created to examine lab-wide workforce initiatives, practices and concerns and to make recommendations to the directorate and senior management to create a more inclusive and supportive workplace.

This year the EAG, which is made up of representatives from Fermilab's many departments, has seen several of its founding members step down as their three-year terms end. New members are taking their places.

"One thing I heard over and over again from other EAG members was, 'I love Fermilab, and I want to make this the best place possible,'" said new member Cindy Joe, AD.

Joe applied to join the EAG because she felt strongly about improving her workplace of two years. Keith Coiley, CCD, another new member, has been with the laboratory for decades, since he was 19.

"I've always enjoyed having the chance to talk with other employees, to have their ear, to hear different concerns," Coiley said. "I thought I might be able to bring a little insight to the table."

Employees take their concerns to EAG members, who then bring their insights to their monthly meetings. There they propose ideas for change to the senior management, including Director Oddone, in a comfortable atmosphere.

"It's a very informal setting," Coiley said. "You're not in fear of speaking what's on people's minds."

Elaine Phillips, a PPD employee and one of the outgoing founding members, agreed. Among the topics she's seen discussed in the past few years are improved lab-wide communication, an evaluation of alternative work schedules, more ways to reward and recognize employee performance, the need for leadership training and improvements in the performance evaluation process.

"Director Oddone has been very interested in hearing from the members, getting new information and integrating ideas," she said.

"The EAG has kept its finger on the pulse of the laboratory for three years and we're grateful to the outgoing members for their work," Oddone said. "We welcome the new guard, who have so far enthusiastically embraced their new role as the voice of Fermilab's workforce."

Visit the EAG website for the full list of members.

—Joseph Piergrossi

Special Announcement

Tevatron Impact symposium video now online

For those who missed Tevatron Impact or want to see it again, video of the June 11 symposium is now available online.

Photos of the Day

Science on display

The 15th floor of Wilson Hall features new displays on the future of Fermilab and its global reach, as well as its scientific programs at the three frontiers of discovery. Photo: Reidar Hahn
Colorful new kiosks in the Wilson Hall atrium capture the wide range of science and technology researchers are investigating at Fermilab. Photo: Reidar Hahn
In the News

Congress could deal death blow to American scientific exceptionalism

From The Huffington Post, June 18, 2012

President Barack Obama in January emphasized his long-running support of scientific research by noting in his State of the Union Address:

"Innovation also demands basic research. Today, the discoveries taking place in our federally financed labs and universities could lead to new treatments that kill cancer cells but leave healthy ones untouched... Don't gut these investments in our budget. Don't let other countries win the race for the future."

In the current political climate, it may be surprising to know he has support from notable Republicans. Earlier this month, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush told Congress that members: "Let government do what it does best: fund basic research and applied research, to create the next generation of industries, then let the market create the solutions."

Historically both parties have agreed on government support for scientific research -- and for good reason. Such research fuels innovation; educates an exceptional American scientific workforce and feeds industry via a pipeline of new technologies.

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Top off your fluid level to beat the heat

Stay hydrated to beat the heat and humidity.

It's summer in Chicago, and that means heat and humidity are high. The conditions can pose a challenge if you're trying to work a jog or bike ride into your day. By keeping yourself well hydrated, you can keep up a healthy exercise regimen, even in the hot summer months.

The body typically cools itself by increasing surface blood flow or, on a windless day, by relying mainly on evaporation. Add humidity to the summer heat, and our body's air conditioning system is severely taxed.

That's where hydration can help.

First, if you are unaccustomed to exercising in summer conditions, give yourself a chance to acclimate by building up your workout routine. It generally takes about two weeks for the body to fully adapt to warm weather.

With heavy exertion, an individual may lose up to 3 pounds of fluid per hour. During exercise, 150 to 200 milliliters of fluid need to be replaced every 10 to 15 minutes. Water suffices for most activities. A typical diet helps the body maintain an acceptable electrolyte balance by replacing salt lost in perspiration.

For those whose exercise interrupts meals, sports drinks supplement calories while hydrating. Sports drinks containing 4 to 8 percent glucose sugar are readily absorbed. Higher glucose concentrations tend to reduce the time it takes to empty the stomach, leading to possible cramping, and excessive fructose sugar levels can produce diarrhea.

For those participating in high-endurance events, electrolyte replacement is critical. Drink fluids with electrolytes every 10 to 15 minutes during exercise.

What you do prior to exertion in the heat also has a big impact on your heat tolerance. Alcohol can increase urine output, dehydrating you. It also can influence blood flow to the skin's surface, alter the body's temperature set point, and potentially worsen heat stress by diminishing salt and water retention. Avoid alcohol 24 hours prior to competition or exercise. If you do decide to imbibe alcohol after exercise, rehydrate first and take the alcohol with a meal.

We're stuck with what weather we're dealt. How we weather the weather is largely up to us.

—Brian Svazas, M.D., M.P.H.

Construction Update

Minos / NOvA near detector area under construction

Please observe the signage posted around the Minos Surface Building to avoid construction areas. Photo: Reidar Hahn

The NOvA near-detector cavern construction has begun. This means the Minos Surface Building and the parking lot between it and the NOvA near-detector building are now officially construction zones. Anyone entering the area must wear a hard hat, safety glasses, gloves, vest, long pants, sleeved shirt and construction shoes.

The front entrance and high-bay area of the Minos Surface Building are off-limits to everyone except employees of Kiewit, the construction contractor. Everyone else should enter through the side doors to go underground.

The area will remain under construction until 2013.


New employees - March 26 - June 25

The following full-time and long-term employees started at Fermilab between March 26 and June 25:

Amit Balni, SCD; Timothy Chapman, FI; Jennifer Gondorchin, WDRS; Richard Kautz, CCD; Jennifer Koch, PPD; Paul Lauss, CD; Thomas Lynn, AD; Alberto Marchionni, AD; Trevor Orsinger, DO; Mitchell Renfer, CCD; Deb Sebastian, DO; Bernadette Tabor, CIO; Jonathan Ylinen, ES&H; Mark Zientarski, ES&H.

Fermilab welcomes them to the laboratory.


Latest Announcements

Congratulations Abri Credit Union Marble Contest winner

10,000 Steps-a-Day participation winner

ANSYS courses offered in July and August

Martial arts classes - begin today

Volunteers invited to Fermilab prairie quadrat study - June 26, July 12 and 28

After-hours shuttle trial extended through June

Creation's Birthday: a new play about Hubble and Einstein - July 5

Collider New Play Project - July 7, 14 and 21

On-site housing requests for fall 2012 and spring 2013 - through July 16

Circuit design applications w/ National Instrument's multisim course - July 19

Project Management Introduction class - July 23-27

Fermilab Management Practices Seminar - begins Oct. 4

Interpersonal communication skills training - Nov. 14

Outdoor soccer - Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m.

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