Fermilab TodayFriday, August 1, 2003  
Friday, August 1
3:30 pm Wine & Cheese - 2nd Floor Crossover
4:00 pm Joint Experimental Theoretical Physics Seminar - 1 West
Speaker: A. Stebbins, Fermilab
Title: Correlating WMAP & SDSS or The Top Ten Reasons to Study Dark Energy

Monday, August 4
Noon Summer Lecture Series - 1 West
Speaker: B. Kayser, Fermilab
Title: Neutrino Physics
3:30 pm Director's Coffee Break - 2nd Floor Crossover
4:00 pm All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II

Friday, August 1
Clam chowder
Country fried steak $4.75
Chef's choice $3.50
Gourmet sandwich of the day $4.75
Catfish poboy $4.75

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Chez Leon
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"Extreme Computing: The Data Grid and the Future of Distributed Computing" Free Public Lecture, Thursday, August 14, 7:30 p.m., Ramsey Auditorium, Fermilab
DZero Datagrid Map
DZero Datagrid Map
Batavia, Ill.-There is a revolution ahead in the way people everywhere use computer technology to solve the most complex computational problems. The vision for the rapidly developing international Data Grid is to put the power of the world's computing capacity at the fingertips of everyone with a laptop computer.

On Thursday, August 14, at 7:30 p.m., the Department of Energy's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Illinois, will sponsor a free public lecture, "Extreme Computing: The Data Grid and the Future of Distributed Computing," by six internationally known pioneers of emerging Grid technology.
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In the News
Broken Symmetry and Wilson Hall
From the Daily Herald July 31, 2003
Fermilab tour to answer universal questions
By Jennifer Wig Daily Herald Staff Writer
For those of you who are curious about what a particle is and where it came from, Fermilab has a tour for you.

The free tour will take place at 1 p.m. Sunday at the laboratory off Kirk Road in Batavia and includes a visit to the monitor and control room. At the end, visitors will stop at the viewing area on top of Wilson Hall, which looks out over the 6,800-acre site.
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U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. FYI: AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News
July 30, 2003

House Appropriations Report Language on National Science Foundation
The House Appropriations Committee has completed its work on the VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Bill for FY 2004. Accompanying this House-passed bill is a report containing the recommendations of the committee. See FYI #93 for additional information on funding levels and percentage increases over the current year. The following are selections from this report (108- 235) pertaining to the National Science Foundation.
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Christie Brayer shows a mosquito trap to Mike Becker and Mark Schiltz
Christie Brayer shows a mosquito trap to
Mike Becker and Mark Schiltz
Pre-Service Teacher Studies Mosquitoes at Fermilab
Thanks to Pre-Service Teacher Christie Brayer, there are now at least 500 fewer mosquitoes at Fermilab. As part of the DOE's Pre-Service Teacher program, Brayer recently completed her summer research project to collect and test Fermilab mosquitoes for the West Nile Virus. Out of the 500 mosquitoes that Brayer tested, none of them had the virus. Brayer used a fermented solution of grass clippings in stagnant water as bait to create the desired environment that would attract the Culex mosquito, the most common type of mosquito to contract the West Nile Virus. The bait was placed in a Gravid trap, a battery-operated contraption that uses a fan to suck the mosquitoes through a tube and into a net.

Mike Becker and Mark Schiltz, both of Roads & Grounds, recently met with Brayer to learn more about her project. "Late summer is typically the prime West Nile season, but mosquitoes have not been a problem yet this year and fewer bird deaths have been reported," Becker said. "We are interested in Christie's project in case the virus becomes a local health risk."

Power Outage
August 1 - 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for the NS2 Service Building, including NW2-4 (NL2, NL2A)

Wilson Hall Power Outage
In order to perform scheduled high/low voltage maintenance, Wilson Hall will experience a power outage on Saturday, August 2 from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Building Manager Steve Whiteaker encourages those planning to visit Wilson Hall during this time to make other arrangements. Whiteaker asks tenants to take whatever steps are necessary to protect computers and other equipment during this outage. For more information, contact Steve Whiteaker.

Weather at Fermilab
The Weather at Fermilab website now displays the current weather conditions (updated every minute) measured by the Fermilab Meteorological Station located near New Muon Lab. Archived data is also available. This was a collaborative effort involving members of Beams Division, Computing Division, Business Services, and the Environment Safety & Health Section. A link to the Weather at Fermilab webpage can now be found in Fermilab Today's weather box.

Fermilab Association of Rocketry
The next monthly club launch is on Saturday, August 2 from noon until 5:00 p.m. New members welcome!
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Dilbert Cartoon Features Particle Physics
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