Friday, September 19|
Workshop on Small-x and Diffractive Physics, September 17-20, 2003
at Fermilab. View program and information.
3:30 pm Wine & Cheese - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 pm Joint Experimental Theoretical Physics Seminar - 1 West
Speaker: M. Arneodo, UniversitÓ del Piemonte Orientale, Novara and INFN-Torino
Title: Diffraction at High Energy Colliders
Monday, September 22
2:30 pm Theoretical Astrophysics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: A. Gruzinov, New York University
Title: Non-Gaussianity of Large-Scale Cosmological Perturbations
3:30 pm Director's Coffee Break - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 pm All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II
Items: Shutdown Status and Booster Turn-On Plans
The Buzz from FESS|
A wasp's nest in the main substation house power transformer at the Fermilab
Master Substation, found by FESS staff last week in the course of preventive
maintenance. Fortunately, no one was home in the nest at the time. The
wasp's nest did no harm, but it had begun to approach the transformer's
Out for a Byte at Feynman Computing Center
Fourth article in a series on some of Fermilab's distinctive buildings,
based on ideas for sculptures by founding director Robert Wilson.
Feynman Computing Center
The three-story semi-circular concrete structure of the Feynman Computing Center
encompasses 74,000 square feet of space housing the laboratory's central
computing facilities. Robert Wilson wanted the building to look like a doughnut
cut in half, with expanses of glass to let in great amounts of sunlight-a
challenge for architect Ed Crumpley.
"Computers like it dark and cool," says Crumpley, manager of FESS-Engineers,
"but the sunlight streaming in did not allow for either." Crumpley's solution:
rectangular computer rooms strung along the dark, cool middle of the building.
"[Wilson] was probably down in the cafeteria eating doughnuts and came up with
this idea for the computing center after a few bites," says Crumpley, looking
back with amusement.
Next: Fermilab Sculptures
From Nature, September 18, 2003|
Science education: Spare me the lecture
US research universities, with their enormous classes, have a poor reputation for teaching science. Experts agree that a shake-up is needed, but which strategies work best? Kendall Powell goes back to school.
AAAS Initiative to Report on Impact of Post-9/11 Era
The National Science Foundation has funded a AAAS initiative to track and
analyze the impacts on the scientific enterprise of security measures imposed
on the research and higher education communities since September 11, 2001.
Yesterday, Fermilab Today ran a caption for this photo that understated the
important role of those engaged in the construction and operation of the
collider detectors in producing experimental results. The caption should
have highlighted the contribution of DZero collaborator Doug Chapin (right),
of Brown University, who worked on the data acquisition system that
collected the data for the analysis presented in yesterday's "Result of the
Week." Ryan Hooper (left), of University of Notre Dame, along with Greg Landsberg, of Brown
University, performed the data analysis. "Without the efforts of our
collaborators who build and operate the detector, there wouldn't be any data
to analyze," Hooper said.
Heavy Quarkonia workshop opens Saturday|
More than 100 physicists from around the world will visit Fermilab for the Second International Workshop on Heavy Quarkonia, Saturday through Monday, September 20-22. Workshop organizers say formal registration is closed, but all in the Fermilab community are still welcome to attend (although they add that you might not get a cookie at the coffee break).
The workshop will cover all aspects of heavy quarkonium physics: production,
spectroscopy and decay; as well as the use of quarkonium states to extract
standard-model parameters and to probe for a phase transition in hadronic
matter. A Future Opportunities session will discuss new measurements, analysis
techniques, and experiments, and will identify the most-needed theoretical
calculations. The workshop program is posted online.
New Classified Ads on Fermilab Today|
New classified ads have been posted on Fermilab Today.
The ads will remain posted for a week. A permanent link
to the classifieds is located in the bottom left corner of
Open Enrollment for the Medical and Dental Insurance Plans
The open enrollment period ends today. The open enrollment form must be
in by 5:00 P.M.
WANTED: TREE SEEDS
Seeds from mature trees: Bur Oak, White Oak, Red Oak, Shagbark Hickory,
and Bitternut Hickory, to be planted by Fermilab's Roads and Grounds Department.
Seeds should be separated by species, also kept dry and cool. Drop off
seeds at Roads and Grounds (site 37), or call Bob Lootens x3303 for
pickup. The donated seeds from previous years are growing beautifully.