Fermilab TodayWednesday, August 13, 2003  
Wednesday, August 13
3:30 pm Director's Coffee Break - 2nd Floor Crossover

Thursday, August 14
3:30 pm Director's Coffee Break - 2nd Floor Crossover
8:45 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Lepton-Photon Symposium - Auditorium & 1 West

Wednesday, August 13
Garden vegetable soup
Breaded catfish $4.75
Asian chicken breast $3.50
Italian hero $4.75
Swiss mushroom burger $4.75
Turkey club salad $3.75

Eurest Dining Center Weekly Menu
Chez Leon
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Interactions launch
Interactions website launch at Lepton Photon
World's Particle Physics Laboratories Join To Create New Communication Resource
www.interactions.org Goes Live
The worldwide particle physics community today (August 12) launched Interactions.org, a new global, Web-based resource developed to provide news, high-quality imagery, video and other tools for communicating the science of particle physics.

"The Web site, found at www.interactions.org, provides a newswire with the latest developments in particle physics and related fields, as well as links to current particle physics news from the world's press," said Communications Director Petra Folkerts of the DESY laboratory in Hamburg, Germany. "It offers high-resolution photos and graphics from the world's particle physics laboratories and links to education and outreach programs."
Mieke van den Bergen
Interactions webmaster
Mieke van den Bergen

The site also presents timely information about science policy and funding; links to universities; a glossary and a conference calendar.
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Fermilab's Dinker Charak publishes new book
The Murmurs of the Dawn
The Murmurs of
the Dawn
Dinker Charak, of the Computing Division, will be at Barnes and Noble in Naperville (47 East Chicago Ave) on Thursday, August 14 at 7.30 p.m. signing his book, The Murmurs of the Dawn – a collection of stories rooted in Indian folklore and philosophy. At $9.95 this is Charak’s first book published by iUniverse.

Charak is a member of Fermilab’s Creative Writers Club whose 12 members meet twice a month to read and critique each other’s poems and stories. With the $100 they get each year from Fermilab, the club organized two writing contests for the Fermilab Community this summer, judging the best two and giving out small cash prizes.

In the News
From Nature August 12, 2003
Star supply dwindling
Lights will go out on Universe in 10 billion years.

By Tom Clarke
SDSS data used to study star supply
"The Universe is getting dimmer and dimmer," says Alan Heavens. Star numbers, his University of Edinburgh team has found, are falling.

They calculate that star formation is now around 30 times slower than during the Universe's stellar baby boom around 6 billion years ago, when our Sun was created. It is so slow that more stars are fizzling out than are being born.
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Capitol FYI: AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News
August 12, 2003

Bush Administration's R&D Priorities for FY 2005 Budget
In recent presentations to the High Energy Physics Advisory Panel and the Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee, Patrick Looney, the OSTP Assistant Director for Physical Sciences and Engineering, described attempts within the Administration to take a broad view of the entire federal science portfolio. OSTP, he explained, is seeking ways to assess which areas deserve highest priority, which proposed facilities are most valuable and timely, and how activities and instruments in one field impact upon other fields of science.
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Windows on the Universe: New Questions about Matter, Space and Time
Dr. Michael Witherell, Fermilab Director
Friday, August 15, 2003 at 8:00 p.m. - Tickets $5

In his first public lecture since assuming the role of Director of Fermilab in July, 1999, Dr. Michael Witherell will pose the questions that keep particle physicists up at night, and discuss how and when they might be answered. Join us on Friday, August 15 at 8 p.m. in Fermilab's Ramsey Auditorium.

Butterfly Walk Today
Tom Peterson will host a butterfly walk today at noon at Site 70 on Wilson Street. The walk will be short and easy along the road and driveway looking at the numerous butterflies, which lately have included Meadow Fritillaries. No signup is necessary. If you have questions about the walk, call x4458 or email tommy@fnal.gov.

Fermilab Softball League
This is the last week of the regular season, and playoffs start next week. Wednesday night's game features the second place Springfield Isotopes vs. the first place Boomers. The Isotopes can squeeze out the Boomers for first place with a win on Wednesday night.

Bible Exploration for Lunch
The importance of "Being a Peacemaker" will be explored today, Weds., Aug. 13 at Noon in the Snake Pit (WH-2NW). All are welcome and no preparation is necessary. Additional information at 630-840-3607 or dykhuis@fnal.gov. PLEASE NOTE MEETING ROOM CHANGE DUE TO LEPTON-PHOTON CONFERENCE.

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