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3:30 pm Wine & Cheese - 2nd Floor Crossover

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3:30 pm Director's Coffee Break - 2nd Floor Crossover

Friday, August 29
Clam chowder
Country fried steak $4.75
Chef's choice $3.50
Gourmet sandwich of the day $4.75
Friday grill special $4.75

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Muon Collaboration
Some members of the Muon Collaboration
Muon Collaboration Workshop Brainstorming at Fermilab This Week
Almost two dozen scientists from U.S. laboratories and universities met this week for the Muon Collaboration's workshop on Ring Coolers and Emittance Exchange. The collaboration, with more than 200 scientists worldwide, seeks to develop a neutrino factory using muons to create a pure, high intensity neutrino beam for studying neutrino oscillations. But because muons are unstable, decaying within 2.2 millionths of a second, they cannot be cooled the way stable antiprotons are cooled - over several hours. The Muon Collaboration brainstormed ideas on muon cooling technologies using ring coolers and the use of high-pressure hydrogen gas as an absorber. "Ring Coolers have been demonstrated to produce cooling in longitudinal and transverse directions in a muon beam. Many technical problems remain, however. The container holding the hydrogen gas, for example, must withstand a pressure of 300 atmospheres," said Bob Palmer, a Brookhaven National Laboratory scientist. Rajendran Raja of Fermilab said the technology, when developed, would be available for any interested laboratory to use in a neutrino factory.

German Choir, Männerchor Dorfen, Visits Fermilab This Afternoon
Dorfen Men's Choir
Männerchor Dorfen
On the afternoon of Friday, August 29, the German choir, Männerchor Dorfen (Dorfen Men's Choir) will visit Fermilab. Hans Kautsky of CDF will lead the tour through the 15th floor and the Linac. Männerchor Dorfen was founded in 1996 and consists of 23 members, ranging in ages between 19 and 74. The repertoire of the choir includes classic opera pieces, old German folksongs and songs of the 1920's. The choir is participating in the Sister City exchange program between Taufkirchen and West Chicago, and it will be performing over the Labor Day weekend in West Chicago and St. Charles. For more information about their concert, call Don Smith at 293-9250 or go to Männerchor Dorfen's webpage. If you happen to see the group on their tour of Fermilab this afternoon, greet them with "Guten Tag!"

Lehman Run II Review Panel Submits Report
The Department of Energy panel that reviewed Fermilab's Run II plans on July 21 and 22 has submitted its report. The panel, led by DOE's Dan Lehman, made a general assessment of ongoing activities at Fermilab's accelerator complex and considered Fermilab's Run II Luminosity Upgrade Plan. The report presents the panel's findings, comments and recommendations. The next full-scale Lehman Run II review will take place on February 24-26.

In the News
From The Scientist, August 26, 2003
Streamlining the funding process
White House will review how agencies interact with researchers

By Ted Agres
While scientists certainly enjoy receiving government support for research, ask any one of them about the drawbacks and you're likely to hear grumbling about red tape, bureaucracy, and mountains of paperwork. Now, the White House would like to hear these complaints. And it says it wants to do something about them.
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From Nature, August 28, 2003
Rolf Landua: Hunting antimatter
Rolf Landua (Photo Courtesy CERN)
Rolf Landua (Photo Courtesy CERN)
Rolf Landua works on the production of anti-hydrogen atoms at CERN, and hopes to understand better why the Universe contains so little antimatter.

Summarize yourself in the form of a title of a paper in Nature.
A minuscule part of the Universe trying to understand the rest.

What was your first experiment as a child?
The first in an (unpublished) series of experiments that explored the effects of gravity while riding a tricycle down the stairs at the age of three. The subsequent somersault answered my initial question of whether the stairs were too steep with a clear 'yes'.
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Power Outage
There will be a power outage on Saturday, August 30 from 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the New Muon lab.

Things to do at Fermilab on Labor Day Weekend
Looking for something to do at Fermilab this weekend? We have a few ideas for you.
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Third Annual Writing Contest
The Fermilab Creative Writers Club announces the Third Annual Writing Contest. Winners will get cash prizes! Participation is open to all members of Fermilab family. Entries will be judged in three categories: Short story (no more than 5000 words), Short-short story (less than 500 words) and Poetry (50 lines or less). Entries must be received no later than September 30. Results will be announced October 31.
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Upcoming Training Classes
Sept. 2 & 12 Goal Setting for Employees
Sept. 10 Excel Intermediate
Sept. 15 FileMaker Pro Intermediate
Sept. 16 Goal Setting for Supervisors
Sept. 16 & 17 Performance Appraisal Workshop: Conducting the PA Discussion
Oct. 7-9 Introduction to XML
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Village Pool Schedule
The pool will be open on Friday, August 29. The pool will close for the season on Labor Day weekend, Monday, September 1 at 5 PM.

NALWO: End of Summer Picnic Today
NALWO's End of Summer Picnic will be on Friday, August 29 at 5:30 p.m. in the Kuhn Barn area. NALWO women, family and guests are invited to to an evening of supper and games. Bring food to grill and a dish to share. NALWO will provide charcoal grills, plates/cutlery, soft drinks and desserts. For more information, please contact Rose Moore at 208-9309.

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