Fermilab TodayMonday, September 8, 2003  
Monday, September 8
2:30 pm Theoretical Astrophysics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: J. Khoury, Columbia University
Title: Chameleons and Awaiting Surprises for Tests of Gravity in Space
3:30 pm Director's Coffee Break - 2nd Floor Crossover
4:00 pm All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II

Tuesday, September 9
3:30 pm Director's Coffee Break - 2nd Floor Crossover

Monday, September 8
Southern black eyed pea soup
Fried Chicken $4.75
Chef's Choice $3.50
Roast Beef and Carmelized Onions $4.75
Mexican Burger $4.75

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Chez Leon
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Baking will improve the vacuum of the Recycler ring (green).
Baking will improve the vacuum of the Recycler ring (green).
Countdown to Shutdown
Today begins the ten-week shutdown of Fermilab's accelerator complex. Supported by technicians from throughout the laboratory, the Beams Division will carry out a number of crucial projects: improving the vacuum of the Recycler storage ring by baking the beam pipe; installing the first stretch of the new NuMI beam line in the Main Injector tunnel and the NuMI carrier tunnel; adjusting the position of superconducting coils inside 106 Tevatron magnets by inserting tiny shims about 100 microns thick; installing a new precision alignment network in the Tevatron tunnel; and upgrading the Booster accelerator so that it can handle higher proton intensities. Accelerator experts will also use the access to the accelerator tunnels to carry out regular maintenance and a variety of smaller projects such as the installation of beam position monitors.

And the winners are...
Fermilab Softball League Champions
Fermilab Softball League Champions Final Force
2003 Softball Champs Final Force
The softball season is over and the champions are Final Force who eliminated all challengers in the playoffs with a final of 4 wins and 0 losses. The final standings for the other teams are:
Second place Springfield Isotopes
Third place Boomers
Fourth place The D Zero Nuts
Fifth Place Euro Trash
Second Annual Fermilab GSA Triathlon
Clinton Anderson in the pool during the triathlon.
Clinton Anderson in the pool during the triathlon.
On August 23, the GSA hosted their second annual Fermilab triathlon. The overall winners are:
First Place Male: Mark Mattson (1:15:17)
First Place Female: Lauren Tompkins (1:15:47)
The champions were awarded $25 gift certificates for a dinner out on the town for their speedy performance. More information about the triathlon is available on the GSA webpage.

In the News
Capitol FYI: AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News, September 5, 2003
Uncertain Fate: Office of Science Authorization Legislation
Despite much attention that has been given to the relatively flat funding profile for the Department of Energy's Office of Science, and physical sciences in general, the outlook on a legislative initiative to increase the Office of Science budget is clouded. Whether this initiative, a rather small portion of the massive and hugely controversial energy policy bill, will ever get to President Bush's desk is a large unknown.
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From Physics World, September 2003
So you think physics is funny?
Do you have a new physics joke, a fresh form of physics wit, or an example of unexpected humour that gets you thinking? If so, Robert P Crease wants to hear from you:

Q: Why won't Heisenberg's operators live in the suburbs?
A: They don't commute.

Q: What do you get if you cross a pig with a rat?
A: Pig rat sine theta.

So this neutron walks into a bar, orders a pint of lager and begins to open his wallet when the barman says, "For you, no charge!".
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Accelerator Update
September 3 - September 5
- During this 48-hour period, Operations established two stores. They delivered approximately 28 hours and 14 minutes of luminosity to the experiments.
- The TeV suffered a quench due to a problem with dampers.
- A Pbar Debuncher device (D:ISEPV) temporarily halted stacking.

View the current accelerator update
View the Tevatron Luminosity Charts

Interior Window Cleaning for Wilson Hall Starts Today
The cleaning crew will start today at 8:00 a.m. Please remove any papers that are taped to your window. Please move any papers or other items on your desk that are near the windows. For questions, contact Enixe Castro at x2798. The windows will be cleaned according to the schedule below:
September 8: 15th, 14th, 13th floors
September 9: 12th, 11th, 10th floors
September 10: 9th, 8th, 7th floors
September 11: 6th, 5th, 4th floors
September 12: 3rd, 2nd, 1st floors
September 15: Ground floor and mezzanine

Open Enrollment for the Medical and Dental Insurance Plans
The open enrollment period starts September 8, 2003 and ends on September 19, 2003. The plan representatives will be in the atrium of Wilson Hall on September 8, from noon to 5:00 P.M. and on September 9, from 8:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. to answer questions.

Upcoming Training and Development Classes
Sept. 10 Excel Intermediate
Sept. 12 Goal Setting for Employees
Sept. 15 FileMaker Pro Intermediate
Sept. 16 Goal Setting for Supervisors
Sept. 16 & 17 Performance Appraisal Workshop: Conducting the PA Discussion
Oct. 7 - 9 Intro to XML
Oct. 14 & 16 Editing HTML for Admin. Professionals
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Fermilab Tuesday Night Mixed Bowling League
The Fermilab Tuesday Night Mixed Bowling League will begin on September 9th. It is a 30 week ABC/WIBC sanctioned league and meets at AMF Valley Bowl in North Aurora.. We still have open teams. Start time is 6 PM. For information contact Dan Johnson (2074), Jackie Coleman (3027), or Greg Mitchell (8002).

Fermilab Wednesday Night Bowling League
FermiLab Wednesday night bowling league is looking for bowlers interested in joining the fall and winter league. The league starts on Sept. 3 at 5:30 P.M. Individuals and already formed teams are welcomed. For more information call either Sherry Kindelberger x4025 or Al Legan x4074

Summer Co-Ed Sandcourt Volleyball League
The Summer Co-Ed Sandcourt Volleyball League hosts a Year-End Party with pizza and cash bar in the Users Center on Tuesday, September 9, at approximately 6:30 p.m. after completing that day's scheduled games. Team photos will be taken. Please bring a dish to pass if you're planning on attending.

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