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Wednesday, September 17
Workshop on Small-x and Diffractive Physics, September 17-20, 2003 at Fermilab. View program and information.
3:30 pm Director's Coffee Break
4:00 pm Fermilab Colloquium - One West
Speaker: A. Mueller, John Hopkins University
Title: Diffraction and Small-x Physics

Thursday, September 18
2:30 pm Theoretical Physics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: K. Agashe, Johns Hopkins University
Title: Grand Unification in RS1, Naturally (and Without SUSY)
3:30 pm Director's Coffee Break - 2nd Flr X-Over

THERE WILL BE NO ACCELERATOR PHYSICS AND TECHNOLOGY SEMINAR TODAY

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Workshop on mysteries of the strong interaction
A four-day workshop starts today in One West on Small-x and Diffractive Physics, with this afternoon's Colloquium speaker, Al Mueller of Columbia University, offering an overview of the contributions of high-energy colliders to this field. The subject relates mysteries of the strong interaction not yet calculable in our standard theory QCD, namely the confinement of quarks and gluons in hadrons, the softest constituents of the proton (small-x), and the question of what carries the exchanged momentum in elastic scattering and similar processes. View conference program.

Electron Cooling reports progress
The Electron Cooling project literally achieved a major breakthrough on September 11. Taking advantage of the current accelerator shutdown, construction workers opened an 8-by-8-foot hole in the Main Injector tunnel wall. It is the first step in constructing a 30-foot connecting tunnel from the MI enclosure to the new MI-31 building that will house a powerful electron source called a Pelletron. Next year technicians will construct a beam line that brings electrons from the Pelletron into the Recycler storage ring, where the particles will help to produce a denser antiproton beam.
Workers removed a wall in the MI tunnel
Workers removed a wall in the MI tunnel.
To protect the Main Injector from rain and unwanted visitors, the hole in the wall was temporarily closed. "An aluminum bulkhead door was installed within an hour of the wall being removed," said Jerry Leibfritz, who oversees the Electron Cooling project. "Everything went very smoothly."

In the News
Supermassive Black Hole Sings for Its Supper
From www.scientificamerica.com
September 10, 2003

by Sarah Graham
Astronomers have discovered the longest-running symphony in a cluster of galaxies more than 250 million light-years from Earth. Results from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory announced yesterday indicate sound waves are emanating from a supermassive black hole located at the center of the Perseus Cluster. It is impossible to hear the black hole's song, however, because its pitch is more than a million, billion times lower than the limit of human hearing.
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9m bonanza for physics fan
Helen Dunne, Mail on Sunday (U.K.)
14 September 2003

A former researcher in physics who once spent his days measuring "fundamental constants" is poised to pocket at least 9m when the technology company he co-founded floats on the London Stock Exchange next month. David Milne, chief executive of Wolfson Microelectronics, owns 4.5% of the Edinburgh-based company that produces audio and visual chips for the consumer electronics market, which includes handheld computers, MP3 players and DVD players.
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Geodesic Dome Combines Community and Whimsy
Third article in a series on some of Fermilab's distinctive buildings, based on ideas for sculptures by founding director Robert Wilson.
Geodesic Dome at the Neutrino Lab
The geodesic dome atop the Neutrino Laboratory's assembly building was constructed with 10-foot pieces of colorful reinforced fiberglass triangles-embedded with almost 120,000 pop cans donated by neighboring communities. It was Robert Wilson's way of having the neighbors involved in the construction of the laboratory. "It added a fun, unique thing to the building," says Ed Crumpley, manager of FESS-Engineering.
Proton Pagoda
The black glass pagoda on 26-foot tall legs, reminiscent of South East Asia, once housed the control room of the Proton Laboratory. A yellow spiral staircase, modeled after double-stranded DNA, runs from the ground to the second level.

Next: Feynman Computing Center

Announcements
Upcoming Training and Development Classes
Sept. 16 - Performance Appraisal Workshop: Conducting the PA Discussion
Oct. 7-9 - Intro to XML
Oct. 14 & 16 - Editing HTML for Admin. Professionals
Oct. 28 - HTML Intro
Oct. 29 - HTML Intermediate
Oct. 30 - Cascading Style Sheets
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International Folk Dancing
International Folk Dancing will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, 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.

Open Enrollment for the Medical and Dental Insurance Plans
The open enrollment period ends this week. The open enrollment form must be in by 5:00 P.M. on September 19, 2003.
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Fermilab Recreation Facility - Fiscal 2004 Membership Year
Fiscal 2004 Recreation Facility memberships are available beginning September 2 in the Recreation Office, WH15W. Application forms and waivers can be found on the Recreation web page. 2003 memberships will expire October 1. For more information contact the Recreation Office, x2548, x5427.

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