Fermilab TodayTuesday, October 7, 2003  
Tuesday, October 7
3:30 pm Director's Coffee Break - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 pm Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar - One West
Speaker: F. Garcia, Fermilab
Title: The Status of MiniBooNE

Wednesday, October 8
3:30 pm Director's Coffee Break - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 pm Fermilab Colloquium - Auditorium (NOTE LOCATION)
Speaker: N. Chomsky, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Title: The Aftermath of September 11

Tuesday, October 7
Curry rice and lentil soup
Red onion and garlic marinated flank steak grilled and sliced to order $4.75
Our homemade chili tossed w/elbow pasta, topped w/extra sharp cheddar and baked to perfection $3.50
A medley of marinated summer vegetables that have been oven roasted and wrapped in a fresh tortilla $4.75
Two jumbo golden dipped corn dogs $3.75

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3 Theorists Win 2003 Nobel Prize for Superfluids, Superconductors
Alexei Abriksov of
DOE's Argonne
National Laboratory
This year's Nobel Prize in Physics is awarded to three physicists who have made decisive contributions concerning two phenomena in quantum physics: superconductivity and superfluidity. Alexei Abrikosov (Argonne), Vitaly Ginzburg (Lebedev Institute) and Anthony Leggett (UI Urbana-Champaign) will share the prize money of $1.3 million.

Both superconductivity and superfluidity are quantum effects that occur at very low temperatures. Superconducting material is used, for example, for particle accelerators in physics and for magnetic resonance imaging in medicine. Knowledge about superfluid liquids provides deeper insight into the ways in which matter behaves in its lowest and most ordered state.
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Joel Greenberg, Author of A Natural History of the Chicago Region, Visits Fermilab's Prairie
Joel Greenberg (left) explores Fermilab's prairie with Bob Betz.
Joel Greenberg (left) explores Fermilab's prairie with Bob Betz.
Not so long ago, the space now occupied by Chicago hosted an untouched wilderness. Then the Europeans came, with their steel plows and their skyscrapers, and things quickly changed. The seeds for prairie preservation were planted early last century, and by 1975 they had inspired Fermilab's 1,100-acre prairie reconstruction effort.

Last week, Joel Greenberg - naturalist, lawyer, and author of the 2002 book, A Natural History of the Chicago Region - came to explore the Robert F. Betz Prairie in the center of the Tevatron ring. Betz himself acted as host; the two have been friends for years. Wearing his ubiquitous bird-watching binoculars, Greenberg pointed out budding flora, including an odorous plant named after a Native American word for skunk. (The word sounds like "Chicago," and provided the city with its name.) In his book, Greenberg notes how much progress Betz's prairies have made in a mere quarter-century.

Director's Corner
Mike Witherell
Mike Witherell
Good Morning!
Things are going well for the accelerator shutdown that began on September 8. With about six weeks to go, many important tasks have been completed and most others are well under way. As in every complex operation, there are temporary setbacks and unexpected problems, but we are making steady progress, and we are still on track to resume Tevatron operations in mid-November.

Now that we are nearing the home stretch, I want to take this opportunity to re-emphasize the importance of working safely. Thanks to your efforts thus far, there have been no serious injuries during the shutdown, although there have been a number of cuts, scrapes and strains. As the weeks pass and deadlines loom, I remind you that there is no greater imperative for the shutdown than to complete it safely. No deadline is so important that it justifies risking your own safety or the safety of those who work with you. In these final weeks, I ask you to redouble your efforts to plan and carry out the tasks ahead with the highest attention to safety, so that everyone goes home from every shift, not only in the tunnel but throughout the Laboratory, whole and without injury.

Accelerator Update
October 3 - October 6
- CUB turned on the 55-LCW system
- Start-up of Linac scheduled for next week
- Mussels discovered in Tevatron water system

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View the Tevatron Luminosity Charts

In the News
Press release, October 6, 2003
The 2003 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
Paul Lauterbur
Paul Lauterbur
Chemist Paul Lauterbur and Physicist Peter Mansfield were awarded the 2003 Nobel Prize in Physiology/Medicine for their discoveries concerning Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). Imaging of human internal organs with exact and non-invasive methods is very important for medical diagnosis, treatment and follow-up. This year's Nobel Laureates in Physiology or Medicine have made seminal discoveries concerning the use of magnetic resonance to visualize
Peter Mansfield
Peter Mansfield
different structures. These discoveries have led to the development of modern magnetic resonance imaging, MRI, which represents a breakthrough in medical diagnostics and research.
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Superconducting technology in medicine

Help the Fermilab Library
Please help the Fermilab library identify which experiments the following theses belong to: List of theses

Fermilab Arts Series - October 11
Tickets are still available for this six-member company performing fully costumed highlights of some of Gilbert & Sullivan's most beloved operettas including Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado, H.M.S. Pinafore, Patience and others!
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