Fermilab TodayThursday, August 14, 2003  
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

Friday, August 15
2:00 pm The Ultimate Particle: A Road Movie of Particle Physics - Auditorium
3:30 pm Wine & Cheese - 2nd Floor Crossover
8:45 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Lepton-Photon Symposium - Auditorium & 1 West
8:00 p.m. Fermilab Lecture Series - Auditorium
Title: Windows on the Universe: New Questions about Matter, Space and Time
Speaker: Mike Witherell, Fermilab Director

Thursday, August 14
Vegetable beef barley
Stuffed sole $4.75
Spaghetti and meatballs w/garlic bread $3.50
Turkey and ham combo $4.75
Southwest breaded shrimp $4.75
Chicken and tuna salad over fresh greens $3.75

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Side view of the MINOS Far Detector
Side view of MINOS far detector
Official Startup of MINOS Far Detector
In July, after four years of mining and construction, workers finished building the first of two detectors of the ambitious MINOS particle physics experiment. Today, after completing the hardware and testing the detector's systems, scientists announced the official startup of data-taking with the MINOS far detector, ahead of the scheduled completion in April 2004. Physicists will use the MINOS detector, located deep in an historic iron mine in northern Minnesota, to explore the phenomenon of neutrino mass. "This is an important milestone in the worldwide quest to develop neutrino science," said Ray Orbach, director of DOE's Office of Science. "The MINOS detector in Soudan, Minnesota, together with the new Fermilab neutrino beam line, will provide a detailed look at the secrets behind neutrino oscillations. It will complement the large-scale neutrino projects in Japan, Canada and Europe. Significantly, the completion of the detector comes nine months ahead of schedule."
Press release and photos

ID color codes
David Andersen
David Andersen
FT, CC, UE - have you ever wondered what the codes on your Fermilab ID mean? With approximately thirty Fermilab IDs processed each day, David Andersen of the Key & ID office can answer all of your questions. Your working status at Fermilab is color and letter coded on your ID. Employees under eighteen (UE), retired employees (RT), seasonal employees (SU), and spouses of full-time employees (GA for guest authorized) are at Fermilab for a short duration and their status is designated in red letters. The color alerts security to look more carefully at the date the ID expires. All sub-contractors, paid by their companies and working at Fermilab, are a green CC. Full time employees are a blue FT. Also in blue are guest scientists (GS), term and temporary employees (TP), and users (VV).

Janitor saves the day for Lepton-Photon participant
With seven hundred participants and as many briefcases, trouble is not far away. On Tuesday, a Lepton-Photon participant from Aachen, Germany lost his bag at Fermilab, including his passport, credit cards and more than one hundred dollars in cash. Janitor Bruno Cervantes, a contractor, located the bag and notified Fermilab security personnel, who returned the property to its owner. Thanks go to the honest finder.

In the News
Olympiad students at the statue of Albert Einstein
Olympiad students at the statue of Albert Einstein (Photo courtesy AIP)
American Institute of Physics Inside Science News Service August 11, 2003
U.S. tops International Physics Olympiad
College Park, MD (August 11, 2003)--Representatives of the U.S. Physics Team placed first out of 54 countries at the 34th annual International Physics Olympiad in Taipei, Taiwan, sweeping the competition with five medals and four special prizes yesterday for their knowledge of topics such as special relativity and properties of laser diodes. This is the first time a U.S. student has taken the top honor since 1989, and the first time in the competition's history that the U.S. team has been the top-ranking country.
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KEK Press Release, August 13, 2003
Indication of New Physics from the Belle Experiment
Belle detector at the KEK laboratory in Japan
Belle detector at the KEK laboratory in Japan. (Courtesy of KEK)
The High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK) announced that the Belle collaboration, an international research team working at the KEKB accelerator, found evidence for a new phenomenon that cannot be explained by the Standard Model of elementary particles.

The KEKB accelerator is a device for generating a large number of very shortlived subatomic particles called B mesons as well as their anti-matter counterparts. These particles, each with a mass somewhat greater than that of the helium atom, disintegrate after about a few trillionths of a second into lighter and more long-lived daughters, and these decay products are detected by the Belle detector.
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Accelerator Update
- Tevatron suffered multiple quenches.
- Operators established one stores during the last forty-eight hours.
- They delivered approximately ten hours and fifteen minutes of luminosity to the experiments.

View the current accelerator update
View the Tevatron Luminosity Charts

"Extreme Computing: The Data Grid and the Future of Distributed Computing"
Free Public Lecture, Thursday, August 14, 7:30 p.m., Ramsey Auditorium, Fermilab. Reservations required: Call 630-840-8720 to reserve free tickets
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Book Signing-August 14
Dinker Charak of Computing Division will be at Barnes & Noble in Naperville (47 East Chicago Ave.) on Thursday, August 14 at 7:30 p.m. to sign his new book, "The Murmurs of the Dawn," a collection of stories rooted in Indian folklore and philosophy (iUniverse, publisher; paperback, $9.95). "Murmurs" is his first publication.

International Folk Dancing
International Folk Dancing will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, 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

Tuesday Golf League at Fox Valley Golf Course
The Tuesday Golf League at Fox Valley Golf Course completed their semi-final round in their first annual playoff. The semifinals matches ended with Team 2 (Elliott McCrory, Captain) defeating Team 4 (Mark Kujawa, Captain) by a score of 19-1. In the second match, Team 3 (Ted Thorson, Captain), riding on their earlier putt-off victory, defeated a short-handed Team 5 (Zack Sullivan, Captain) 11-9. In next Tuesday's championship match, Team 2 (McCrory, Court Bohn, Dave Seifert and John Voirin) will face Team 3 (Thorson, Brad Trygar, Jerry Lin and Mike Kaiser).

Softball League
Thursday night's game features last place Final Force vs. third place D Zero Nuts. Final Force (last years champions) can move up into fourth place with a win on Thursday night.

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