Fermilab TodayWednesday, August 20, 2003  
Wednesday, August 20
3:30 pm Director's Coffee Break - 2nd Floor Crossover
7:00 pm Young Physicists Career Night - 1 West
Speakers: E.D. Zimmerman (U. Colorado, Boulder), Y.D. Mutaf (StonyBrook) F.A. Harfoush (Risk Group/Ritchie Capital Management)

Thursday, August 21
2:30 pm Theoretical Physics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: R. Hill, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center
Title: New Directions in the Soft Collinear Effective Field Theory
3:30 pm Director's Coffee Break - 2nd Floor Crossover

Wednesday, August 20
Corn chowder
Shrimp stir fry over rice $4.75
Homestyle pot roast $3.75
Roasted ham and Swiss on extra thick marble rye $4.75
Pizza burger $4.75

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Chez Leon
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Bob Mau with Senate staffers outside the Main Control Room
Bob Mau with Senate Budget staffer Dave Pappone (left), House Budget Committee staffer Ed Puccerella (middle) and science writer Charles Seife (right) outside the Main Control Room
D.C. Budget Staffers Visit Fermilab
Congressional staffers Ed Puccerella of the House Budget Committee and Dave Pappone, of the Senate Budget Committee, toured Fermilab on Monday, August 18, along with the Stephen Pierson of the American Physical Society. As Budget Committee staff, Puccerella and Pappone have direct responsibility for Budget Function 250, which provides Congressional budget guidance for the work of the DOE Office of Science, including Fermilab, as well as the National Science Foundation and most funding for NASA.

The Congressional visitors took in the view from Wilson Hall's fifteenth floor and toured the Main Control Room, the DZero experiment, the Technical Division's LHC magnet production facility and Feynman Computing Center. Expert hosts welcomed them at every stop to help tell Fermilab's story. The visit to Fermilab was part of a whirlwind 72-hour tour of Office of Science Laboratories organized by the American Association of Universities. Besides Fermilab, they planned to visit Argonne National Laboratory, the Joint Genome Institute in Walnut Creek California and SLAC. As they left Fermilab on Monday afternoon, however, their immediate plans called for Chicago-style deep-dish pizza.

Fermilab Association of Rocketry Meets Today
Rocket launch
Rocket club members at the most recent rocket launch on August 2
Once a month you might spot rockets launching from a field off of Eola Road at Fermilab. Even though building a rocket may require some engineering and physics skills, these rockets are not part of a new experiment at Fermilab. The rockets belong to the twenty members of the Fermilab Association of Rocketry (FAR). Greg Cisko, FAR President, helped start the club in 2000. "I was always interested in rockets as a boy, but I couldn't afford to do it properly," Cisko said. "I wanted to start the club at Fermilab because there aren't really any quality launch sites in the area." The members currently meet once a month to launch rockets and to work on projects, such as an eight-foot tall and four-inch diameter rocket. The club also has regular rocket launches on the first Saturday of every month, weather permitting. "We launch all kinds of rockets," said Dennis McAuliff, FAR Vice-President. "Anybody with a current Fermilab ID and members of their immediate family can join the club, and we would love to have a lot more members, especially kids because they have a lot of fun launching rockets." The next monthly club meeting is on Wednesday, August 20 at 5:00 p.m. at the launch site located on the southeast corner of Eola and Batavia Road. If the weather does not cooperate, the meeting will be in the piano room in the Users' Center.

In the News
From the New York Times, August 19, 2003
Up Close and Personal With Mars
By John Noble Wilford
Mars (Photo
courtesy NASA)
Martians aren't what they used to be. If they were, anxiety might be running high just now over traffic patterns in the solar system.

Astronomers are spreading the word that the orbits of Mars and Earth are drawing unusually close together. No, the two planets are not about to collide. But they are about to move closer than they have been at any time in almost 60,000 years, back when Neanderthals still had Europe to themselves and anatomically modern Homo sapiens remained mostly in Africa.
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From the New York Times, August 19, 2003

Christopher Watts' machine at New Mexico Tech
Articulated Large-area Plasma Helicon Array at New Mexico Tech (Photo courtesy New Mexico Tech)
Machines Explore Odd Behaviors of Ubiquitous Plasmas
By Margaret Wertheim
Ninety-nine percent of the visible stuff in our universe is in the form of plasma, ionized gas that is also known as the fourth state of matter.

Flames are plasmas. Lightning is a plasma. Auroras are caused by plasmas, and every fluorescent tube is filled with the stuff. Earth is cocooned in a halo of plasma, called the ionosphere. Stars are balls of super-hot plasma and nebulae are clouds of it.
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Ozone Alert
Wednesday August 20th has been declared an Ozone Action Day. Please avoid unnecessary driving. Please postpone to the extent possible those activities that may add to the ozone, such as mowing, structural painting and deferrable auto/truck usage. Avoid vehicle idling and refueling.

Career Night for Graduate Students and Postdocs
Wednesday, August 20th - Cocktails in the Art Gallery from 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Talks begin at 7:00 p.m. in Wilson Hall 1-West. This night will give you an in-depth look at how to pursue careers in and outside high energy physics. For further information, contact Fernanda Garcia at fgarcia@fnal.gov.

Fermilab Singers
Come join the Fermi Singers as we practice in the auditorium on Wednesday at noon! Experience not necessary and we will supply the music! If you have any questions please email our President at aheavey@fnal.gov or our Publicity Director at lucietto@fnal.gov.

Fermilab Arts Series
August 23 - Corky Siegel's Chamber Blues with Bonnie Koloc Tickets $20 ($10 ages 18 and under)

Bible Exploration for Lunch
Come explore the motivation and rewards of being a peacemaker, Weds. Aug. 20 at Noon in the Small Dining Room (WH-1SW). All are welcome and no preparation is necessary. Meetings last 35 minutes. Additional information at 630-840-3607 or dykhuis@fnal.gov.

International Folk Dancing
International Folk Dancing will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, 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.

NALWO Coffee Hour
The housing office cordially invites Fermilab women, guests and visitors to a Coffee Morning on the Aspen East Patio on Thursday, August 21 at 10:30 a.m. Please join us for casual conversation and light refreshments! Children are most welcome.
RSVP 630-840-3082

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