Fermilab TodayTuesday, August 5, 2003  
Tuesday, August 5
8:00 am to 3:00 pm Blood drive, WH Ground floor NE ES&H training room
1:30 pm Computing Techniques Seminar - 1 West
Speaker: P. Dinda, Northwestern University
Title: Virtuoso - Distributed Computing Using Virtual Machines
3:30 pm Director's Coffee Break - 2nd Floor Crossover

Wednesday, August 6
3:30 pm Director's Coffee Break - 2nd Floor Crossover
4:00 pm Fermilab Colloquium - 1 West
Speaker: A. Burgasser, University of California, Los Angeles
Title: Cloudy with a Chance of Iron: Weather on Brown Dwarfs

Tuesday, August 5
Garden Vegetable
Cajun Catfish $3.75
Spanish Rice Casserole $3.50
Italian Hero $4.75
Hot Ham and Cheese $4.75
Chicken Caesar Salad $4.75

Eurest Dining Center Weekly Menu
Chez Leon
WeatherPartly Cloudy 80º/58º
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Secon Level 3

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Late Start for Today
The delivery of Fermilab Today was delayed when the server was lost due to a power failure at Feynman Computing Center. The earlier move of the central Unix Web server went off without a hitch.

High visibility for MINOS building

MINOS Building
MINOS Service Building going up along Pine Street
The MINOS Service Building, currently going up west of the Lederman Science Center along Pine Street, will house support equipment and provide access to the MINOS tunnel, 350 feet below the surface.

This "signature" building, providing a strong visual image for Fermilab's neutrino program, is scheduled to be turned over to the NuMI project in late December 2003. It houses pumping equipment to move water from the underground NuMI complex. The masonry spiral on the north end resembles the pump house adjacent to Casey's pond. Both are based on the Archimedes screw, invented in the third century BC to raise water from a lower to a higher level.

Luminosity Nearing Goal
The weekly integrated luminosity for last week was 6.0 pb-1. It raised the total integrated luminosity for FY03 to 208.8 pb-1. The goal is to reach 225 pb-1 before the end of the fiscal year.

In the News
Astronomers debate Hubble's future
Leading astronomers clashed in Washington DC last week over when or whether to shut down the Hubble Space Telescope.NASA wants to decommission Hubble in 2010, primarily to divert money to the bigger and better James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), set to launch in 2011. A growing number of astronomers want it to keep going at least until JWST is launched.
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Director's Corner
Mike Witherell
Mike Witherell
Good morning!
Today we're pleased to welcome to Fermilab a group of staff members and interns from the local office of our Congressman, Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert. I'm delighted that they could come for a tour.

Last Sunday, a science tour for the public drew 80 of our neighbors from the community, with a waiting list big enough to fill up a second tour. I'm always pleased to have visitors come to Fermilab, because over the years we've found that there's no better way to get people excited about the science that we do than to show them the laboratory where it happens.

Special thanks go to the volunteers for the Ask-a-Scientist program who spend their Sunday afternoons talking with our visitors. The best ambassadors for Fermilab, in the lab and in our community, are our own employees.

Accelerator Update
- RF problems troubled nearly every machine
- Experts trace Linac instability to a faulty multiwire
- The Tevatron Electron Lens suffers an anode short
- Operations established one store during this period. That store plus one already started on Friday delivered approximately twenty-six hours and nine minutes of luminosity.

View the current accelerator update
View the Tevatron Luminosity Charts

Power Outages
Wednesday, August 6, 8:30 am to 4:40 pm at NS7 service building, including NM2 (PL17, 17A, 17B)

Downtime for Web Servers
August 5, 6:00 am to 8:00 am: Computing Division is moving the central UNIX web servers under a load-balancer (and onto more powerful machines), with downtime for Web servers of approximately 15-30 minutes.

Scottish Country Dancing
Scottish Country Dancing will be held at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, August 5, at the Geneva American Legion Post, 22 South Second St. in downtown Geneva, one block west of Route 31 and one block south of Route 38, across from the Geneva Public Library. Info at 630-584-0825 or 630-840-8194 or folkdance@fnal.gov.

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