Fermilab TodayMonday, September 29, 2003  
Monday, September 29
2:30 pm Theoretical Astrophysics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: H. Hoekstra, U. of Toronto
Title: The Hunt for the Equation of State of the Universe
3:30 pm Director's Coffee Break - 2nd Flr X-Over

Tuesday, September 30
Noon Human Resources - Brown Bag Seminar - 1 West
Title: HR Question and Answer Session
Answering Questions: K. Van Vreede, J. Frazier, B. Jurkiw, D. Engram - Fermilab
3:30 pm Director's Coffee Break - 2nd Flr X-Over

Monday, September 29
French Moroccan Tomato Lentil Soup
Honey Baked Ham $4.75
Baked Ziti with Mozzarella $3.50
Italian Hero $4.75
Swiss Mushroom Burger $4.75

Eurest Dining Center Weekly Menu
Chez Leon
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Michael Rogers (left) and Cris Banuelos are both survey engineers at SLAC.
Michael Rogers (left) and Cris Banuelos are both survey engineers at SLAC.
SLAC Engineers Help Fermilab During the Shutdown
Last week, Cris Banuelos and Michael Rogers, both survey engineers at SLAC, arrived at Fermilab to help with Tevatron alignment projects. Before Banuelos and Rogers arrived, Bob Bernstein, Group Leader, Alignment and Metrology, wrote the following letter to Jonathan Dorfan, Director of SLAC.

Dear Dr. Dorfan,

We in the Fermilab Alignment group want to thank SLAC in advance for sending us two of your surveyors to help out during the Fermilab shutdown. We are performing a precision survey of the entire Tevatron and our resources are stretched quite thin. Robert Ruland's group is sending us two trained surveyors for two weeks who have specific training in the device used for the TeV measurements. Their help will alleviate a significant shortage of trained personnel during that time. SLAC is also shipping us a precision distance measuring device, solving an equipment problem as well.

The SLAC alignment group has helped us many times in the past but this is a significant, and to my knowledge unprecedented, loan of expertise and resources. I want to thank Robert and his group for their help, and thank Marc Ross as well for his role as a catalyst.

Bob Bernstein
Group Leader, Alignment and Metrology

Accelerator Update
September 24 - September 26
Shutdown progress report:
- Identification of "rolled magnets" throughout the Tevatron is 95% complete.
- Installation of TeV Net, the new surveying network, is 45% complete.
- Insertion of shims in 106 Tevatron magnets is 68% complete.
- Installation of 3 new collimators in the Booster is complete. Turn-on of Booster is scheduled for October 18.

View the current accelerator update
View the Tevatron Luminosity Charts

In the News
From The University of Chicago Chronicle, September 25, 2003
University welcomes 10 new faculty members
By Catherine Gianaro, William Harms, Seth Sanders and Steve Koppes
Young-Kee Kim in front of the CDF detector
Young-Kee Kim in
front of the CDF
Young-Kee Kim, an experimental particle physicist who conducts research to understand the fundamental constituents of matter and the interactions between them, has been appointed Professor in Physics. She also will be affiliated with the Enrico Fermi Institute.
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Linux Press Release, September 24, 2003
IBM Announces Global Grid Computing Projects
ARMONK, NY September 24, 2003--IBM today announced a series of Grid projects around the world as part of its industry leading Grid computing program.

In addition, together with business intelligence software provider SAS and other partners, IBM introduced new Grid-based product offerings that address the unique, compute-intensive needs of the banking and financial markets industry.
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Painted ladies, monarchs and fritillaries - oh my!
Painted Ladies on Sawtooth Sunflower  along the bike path just west of the new MINOS building. (Photo courtesy Don Cossairt)
Painted Ladies on Sawtooth Sunflowers along the bike path just west of the new MINOS building. (Photo courtesy Don Cossairt)
A large number of butterflies have been fluttering around Fermilab's site lately. Tom Peterson, ELM committee butterfly monitor, reports that he spotted large numbers of Painted Ladies and Monarchs in the area this year. "Painted Ladies are known for having occasional population booms, and late summer this year is one of those times," Peterson said. "This also seems to be a boom year for the Monarch population. At Nelson Lake Marsh, where I count butterflies, I saw more Monarchs this year than in any year since I began monitoring there in 1998." Peterson expects to see fewer Painted Ladies on site after the first frost because they do not survive the cold Chicago winters.

In other butterfly news, Doug Taron, the Curator of Biology at Chicago's Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, reports that the reintroduction of the Silver-bordered Fritillary to the Fermilab prairie has failed. Last October, Taron released 40 Silver-bordered Fritillary caterpillars into the fields to the east of the Fermilab Village, hoping that they would spawn a new colony of the rare species in the prairie. (FermiNews, November 1, 2002) The combination of the cold winter and lack of snow, which acts as a blanket for hibernating caterpillars, may have been one of the reasons why this first attempt did not work. Taron hopes to try again next year.

Budker Seminar
The next Budker Seminar is tomorrow, Tuesday, September 30 from 6-9 p.m. in the Users' Center's Music Room. The featured speaker is Ludovic Nicolasm and the title of his talk is "Accelerator Radiation Background and Beam Halo Studies." Pizza, beer & soft drinks will be served.

Time and Day Change for Onsite Optician
Starting Monday, September 29, the onsite optician will be at Fermilab on Mondays from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Fermilab Creative Writer's Club
The Fermilab Creative Writer's Club has extended the deadline for the Third Annual Writing Contest. The deadline for submissions now is October 5th, 2003. The are three categories: Poems, Short Stories and Short-short Stories.
more information

Scottish Country Dancing
Scottish Country Dancing will be held at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 30 ,at the Geneva American Legion Post. Contact 630-584-0825 or 630-840-8194 or folkdance@fnal.gov.

Upcoming Training and Development Classes
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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Fermilab Recreation Facility
2004 Recreation Facility memberships are available 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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