Fermilab TodayFriday, October 3, 2003  
Friday, October 3
3:30 pm Wine & Cheese- 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 pm Joint Experimental Theoretical Physics Seminar - 1 West
Speaker: M. Chen, Queen's University
Title: New Results from SNO with Enhanced Neutral Current Sensitivity

Monday, October 6
2:30 pm Theoretical Astrophysics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: A. Cooray, California Institute of Technology
Title: Occultation Studies of the Outer Solar System
3:30 pm Director's Coffee Break - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 pm All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II
Special Topics: NuMI/MINOS, CDMS

Friday, October 3
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Beef stroganhoff over egg noodles $4.25
Lemon pepper baked fish $4.75
Gourmet Sandwich of the day $4.75
The works burger $4.75

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Northern-Auger Workshop Meets at Fermilab Today
Pierre Auger Observatory A group of scientists from the Pierre Auger Observatory will meet at Fermilab today and tomorrow to discuss the building of a second cosmic ray observatory in the United States. The collaboration is searching for the mysterious origins of ultra high-energy cosmic rays. The experiment is currently building the Southern Observatory in Argentina, and its present size is the largest of its kind in the world. When construction is complete in 2005, the Southern Observatory will cover an area the size of Rhode Island.

The participants in today's workshop will discuss making a proposal to build the Northern Observatory, which will examine the northern part of the sky. The two proposed sites for the Northern Observatory are Utah and Colorado. "We have approximately 70 collaborators, or potential collaborators, attending the workshop at Fermilab," said Aaron Chou, a postdoc on the Pierre Auger experiment. "The purpose of the workshop is to get experts together to discuss the science objectives, figure out what we can afford and how to make our money go the furthest. Anybody at Fermilab is welcome to attend."

Thanks to education volunteers
(L-R) Chuck Schmidt, Roger Dixon and Marilyn Dixon at the reception for education volunteers.
(L-R) Chuck Schmidt, Roger Dixon and Marilyn Dixon at the reception for education volunteers
At a reception on Wednesday evening, Director Mike Witherell and the manager of the Education Office, Marge Bardeen, thanked employees and users who have supported science education at Fermilab in the past year. From giving tours to judging science fairs, from fixing hands-on exhibits to meeting students, many people contributed to education activities in FY 2003.

"We've had more people on our invitation list than ever before," said Bardeen, who had arranged for a buffet with snacks and home-made punch. "Last year we invited 200 people, and this year we are up to 250." Witherell commended all supporters: "It's nice that such a large fraction of scientists, engineers and employees of all trades participate. We really depend on free help, especially now that we have difficulty getting people on site other than through education programs."

In the News
From Physics World, October 2003
Science and society
There seems to be more science on our televisions and in our newspapers and bookshops than ever before. Can it be that the increased attention that the science community has paid to what was once called the "public understanding of science", and now goes by the more user-friendly name of "science and society", has actually paid off? It is difficult to say. One reason why there is more science in the media is simply that there are more hours of airtime and more newspaper (and web) pages to fill. The world may have become more scientific thanks to developments in medical science and information technology, but there is little evidence that public interest in science has increased relative to, say, that in sport or gardening.
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A Statement from Director Mike Witherell
Mike Witherell
Mike Witherell
Later today, I will meet with the URA Board of Overseers to let them know my intentions for my future as director of Fermilab. Before I meet with them, I want to share my plans with all of you in the Fermilab community.

I plan to continue to serve as Fermilab director through June 2005. By making my intentions clear now, I believe I will give the URA Board of Trustees and the Board of Overseers ample time to organize and carry out the time-consuming search for a new director well before that date. Until that time, you can be sure that I will continue to devote my full effort and energy to leading our laboratory through the challenges and opportunities of the next two years. We have much to accomplish at Fermilab in the months ahead, and our achievements will have a profound and lasting effect not only on Fermilab but on the entire field of particle physics. As director, I will spare no effort to ensure that we succeed. I also intend to push full steam ahead in planning for Fermilab's long-term future.

The job of being Fermilab director is unique. Perhaps no one who has not served as director of a national laboratory can fully appreciate its particular challenges and satisfactions. When I arrived at Fermilab in 1999, I expected to spend about six years as director, roughly the average term of service for national lab directors these days. Today I have defined the time limit of my term. With your help, I will devote myself to the important and exciting work ahead.

FermiNews - October 2003
The October issue of FermiNews is now available online. Hard copies are being delivered to all mail stations.

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 Fermilab Today.

Prairie Harvest Tomorrow
Join us as we work to revive the native grasslands that were destroyed during the area's settlement in the nineteenth century. Over 1100 acres of tallgrass prairie have been reconstructed at Fermilab, and the diversity of plants will continue to increase . . .with your help!
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Fermilab Offers Behind-the-Scenes Tour on 10/5
The two-hour program includes a 30-minute presentation by Fermilab physicist Erik Ramberg, a tour of an experimental assembly area, and a visit to the popular viewing area on the 15th floor of Fermilab's Wilson Hall. Fermilab employees are encouraged to bring family and friends! Register before noon on Friday!
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Missing your book?
The Fermilab library recently received a book, Reader's Digest "Faszinierende Forschung," that they did not order. If anybody in the lab ordered this book, please stop by the library on the third floor of Wilson Hall to pick it up.

Fermilab Association of Rocketry Monthly Club Launch
The Fermilab Association if Rocketry (FAR) is having it's next monthly club launch on October 4, 2003 from noon until 4pm.
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Silk and Thistle Scottish Dancers
Fermilab's Silk and Thistle Scottish Dancers present "Frolic on the Fox 8," an informal Scottish Ball,on Saturday, Oct. 3. Dancing begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Baker Community Center, 101 South Second Street in St. Charles. Entrance is $12 at the door, but non-dancers are welcome to observe and listen from the adjoining lounge for $2. There will be live music by "O'er the Border," a band that includes local flutist Susan Conant, plus Mike Briggs and Dave Mullen of Madison, Wis., as well as bagpipe music by Michael Fitak.

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