Fermilab TodayWednesday, August 27, 2003  
Wednesday, August 27
3:30 pm Director's Coffee Break - 2nd Floor Crossover

Thursday, August 28
2:30 pm Theoretical Physics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: A. Belyaev, Florida State University
Title: Constrained mSUGRA Model in the Light of Focus Point Region: Direct DM Detection and Colliders Reach
3:30 pm Director's Coffee Break - 2nd Floor Crossover

Wednesday, August 27
Vegetable beef barley soup
Corned beef brisket $4.75
Chicken and rice casserole $3.50
Tuna Catalina $4.75
Cordon bleu burger $4.75
Tuna salad over fresh greens $3.75

Eurest Dining Center Weekly Menu
Chez Leon
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Fermilab Hosts Virtual Ask-a-Scientist on September 22, 2003
Mike Albrow
Mike Albrow
After a long summer break, it is time to resume Fermilab's increasingly popular Virtual Ask-a-Scientist program. Fermilab will host the next Virtual Ask-a-Scientist on September 22, 2003 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Central Time. Physicist Mike Albrow, Department Head of Fermilab's Experimental Physics Projects, and Physicist Jodi Wittlin, of Fermilab's DZero experiment, will respond to questions live online.

Jodi Wittlin
Jodi Wittlin
Virtual Ask-a-Scientist is an online chat session with Fermilab scientists that gives participants the opportunity to ask questions about high-energy physics from: "How does an accelerator work?" to "Why is the universe expanding?" Fermilab invites people of all ages and all science backgrounds to participate. Previous chat sessions have involved participants from as far away as Saudi Arabia and Vietnam.
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In the News
From Newsday, August 23, 2003
Japan approves new long-baseline neutrino experiment
By Associated Press
TOKYO -- Japan plans to accelerate plans for a $1.7 billion physics facility in an attempt to keep the nation's Nobel Prize-winning research ahead of U.S. and European rivals, a newspaper reported Sunday.

The facility to generate subatomic particles called neutrinos will be built next year, three years earlier than planned, according to the national newspaper, Yomiuri. The facility will be constructed in Tokaimura, about 70 miles northeast of Tokyo.
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From Physical Review Focus
Supernovae Surprise
Supercomputer simulation of a large, collapsing star
Supercomputer simulation
of a large, collapsing star
(Photo courtesy Max-Planck
-Institute for Astrophysics)
There's no avoiding the tragic end of a large star's life: it dies in a catastrophic explosion called a supernova. But in the most complete computer simulation to date, those final moments don't end with a bang. Ignorance about the physics of neutrinos is the main problem. Researchers at the Max-Planck-Institute for Astrophysics were surprised not to get an explosion, even though they accounted for neutrinos more accurately than previous attempts had. Only a better understanding of neutrino behavior in the extreme environment of a dying star is likely to lead to explosive virtual supernovae.
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New DZero News and Information Website Goes Live
DZero collaboration
DZero Collaboration
On August 1, DZero launched a new news and information website for the public. From flowcharts explaining the experiment to the data physicists are collecting, the new website has all the information about DZero in one place. DZero's experimenters contribute to the website on a regular basis, updating it with new developments. For instance, when DZero presented its latest results at the Lepton Photon Symposium, the news was announced on the new website. "We haven't done a good enough job communicating the exciting physics at DZero to the public and this website helps do that," said Paul Padley, a DZero physicist, who manages the website.

Fermi Singers
Come join the Fermi Singers! We will be rehearsing in the Auditorium at Noon today. You bring the voice... we provide the music! If you have any questions call or email our President Anne Heavey (aheavey@fnal.gov).

Unix Users Meeting
Wednesday Aug 27th at 1pm in CURIA II The agenda:
- VPN info from datacomm group
- Linux 9 info from CSI group

Chess Club
Interested in playing Chess? The Fermilab Chess club will resume their weekly meetings at Fermilab during the lunch hour on Tuesdays in the Lab 3 Conference Room. The Chess Club also plays in the Chicago Industrial Chess League which is organized to foster interest in chess and to promote friendly chess rivalry between teams representing business firms, government agencies, and educational institutions located in the Chicago Area. Area businesses that have been or are involved is Lucent, Argonne, BP Amoco and Molex. You must be a Fermilab employee, visitor or contractor to participate in the Chess Club. For more information contact Leonard Spiegel lenny@fnal.gov or x2809.

International folk dancing special event
International folk dancing will hold a dance party with live music by Don Weeda, accordionist from Austin, Texas, who is in town for the Fox Valley Folk Festival. Weeda will play for request dancing from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, at the American Legion Post in Geneva. Newcomers are welcome to come and listen, watch and try some easier dances. There will also be dance lessons to Weeda's playing at the Fox Valley Folk Festival at 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31, and at noon Monday, Sept. 1. Weeda and friends will play for the Fermilab International Folk Dancers performance at 2 p.m. on Sunday, on the festival's main stage.

Bible Exploration for Lunch
Come explore for yourself the seemingly impossible possibility of rejoicing in rejection on Weds. Aug. 27 at Noon in the Small Dining Room (WH-1SW). All are welcome and no preparation is necessary. Meetings last 35 minutes and philosophy is no pressure, no obligation, and no strings attached. Additional information at 630-840-3607 or dkyhuis@fnal.gov.

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