Wednesday, July 23, 2003  

Wednesday, July 23
1:30 pm Lehman Review Closeout - Ramsey Auditorium
3:30 pm Director's Coffee Break - 2nd Floor Crossover
4:00 pm Fermilab Colloquium -1 West
Speaker: J. Sackett, Argonne National Laboratory
Title: Nuclear Power Technology for the Future

Thursday, July 24
2:30 Theoretical Physics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: S. Nandi, Oklahoma State University
Title: Unity of Elementary Particles and Forces in Higher Dimensions
3:30 pm Director's Coffee Break - 2nd Floor Crossover

Wednesday, July 23
Corn chowder
Smoked sausage w/sauerkraut and potatoes $4.75
Chicken tetrazzini over pasta $3.75
Roasted ham and Swiss on extra thick marble rye $4.75
Pizza burger $4.75

Eurest Dining Center Weekly Menu
Chez Leon

Mostly Sunny 75º/53º
Extended Forecast

Secon Level 3

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Mike Witherell and Jane Monhart
Mike Witherell and Jane Monhart
1,000,000 hours worked without a lost workday injury!
On July 21, Fermilab achieved a safety record milestone of 1,000,000 hours worked without a lost-time injury. Director Mike Witherell and DOE Area Manager Jane Monhart cut a celebratory cake and expressed their congratulations to the entire lab. "Over the last six years, we have brought down our rate of injuries by a factor of six," Witherell said. "Rather than just lecturing about safety, it is nice to have this opportunity to commend all employees for this achievement. Congratulations." Monhart also extended congratulations from DOE. "I am especially pleased with the leadership of the management team for this accomplishment," Monhart said. "This is something that has taken the effort of every person who works at Fermilab. The Office of Science gave us a challenge, and we responded wonderfully. Thank you on behalf of the DOE."
SDSS Telescope
SDSS Telescope
From the New York Times July 22, 2003
Astronomers Report Evidence of 'Dark Energy' Splitting the Universe
By Dennis Overbye
By comparing maps of heat emanating from the fading remnants of the Big Bang to maps of the modern universe, astronomers say they have uncovered evidence that some "dark energy" is wrenching the universe apart.

The new work, they said, provides independent confirmation of one of the strangest astronomical findings in recent years, that based on studies of distant exploding stars the expansion of the universe is speeding up.
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U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. FYI: AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News
DOE FY04 Science Funding Parameters Falling Into Place
The parameters for FY 2004 funding for the Department of Energy's Office of Science are established. Both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees have released their versions of the Energy and Water Development appropriations bill and the accompanying committee reports. The full House has passed its bill.

Both reports show the current appropriation for "Science" as $3.3 billion. The House recommends an FY 2004 appropriation of $3.48 billion; the Senate committee's figure is $3.36 billion. The current budget is $3.26 billion. These figures include items such as safeguards and security, workforce development, and program direction.
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Butler Joins Beams as Assistant Division Head
Joel Butler
Joel Butler
Beams Division Head Roger Dixon this week announced the appointment of Joel Butler as assistant division head for instrumentation and controls. Butler, a former Computing Division head, is currently cospokesman of the BTeV collaboration. Dixon said Butler will spend "fifty percent of his time on Beams Division activities and the remaining seventy five percent on BTeV," noting that "Joel is subject to the constraint that makes most of our jobs add up to more than a hundred percent of our time." In the Beams Division, Butler will review controls and instrumentation plans and organize and oversee their implementation.

"I am excited to have Joel join the Beams Division management team to take on this crucial work," Dixon said. "He brings extraordinary technical and management experience to the job."

New prairie video from Visual Media Services
Prairie plants The history of the Fermilab prairie restoration comes alive through the words of prairie founder Dr. Bob Betz and other volunteers in a new video from Visual Media Services. "Part and Parcel of Nature: The Story of the Illinois Tall-Grass Prairie at Fermilab" is a journey through the early days of the restoration project along with an examination of current prairie management techniques. This 20-minute chronicle, available via video streaming through the VMS website, represents a collaboration of VMS and Ecological Land Management (ELM) Committee's video subcommittee, chaired by Beth Witherell. "Much of this unique footage has been waiting patiently for the right production," says VMS manager Fred Ullrich. "With 'Part and Parcel of Nature,' I think we've done justice to the vision of Bob Betz and to the efforts of the many people who have worked on the prairie restoration over the years."
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Danny Lehman
Danny Lehman
Lehman Review Closeout
Employees are invited to attend the Lehman review closeout at 1:30 pm today in Ramsey Auditorium.

Press Coverage in Fermilab Today
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IMAP Downtime July 24
On July 24, there will be a short downtime for each of the three IMAP servers and Listserv to apply a security patch. Each machine will be unavailable for 10-15 minutes between 6:00am and 7:00am.

International Folk Dancing
THU JUL 24 - International Folk Dancing will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Geneva American Legion Post. Info at 630-584-0825 or 630-840-8194 or

Bristol Renaissance Faire - June 28-August 24
Bristol Renaissance Faire tickets are for sale in the Recreation Office. Valid any weekend, adult tickets are regularly $17.50, our Price is $14.75. Children ages 5-12 tickets are regularly $8.50, our Price is $6.50. more information