Fermilab TodayWednesday, October 8, 2003  
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

Thursday, October 9
2:30 pm Theoretical Physics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: I. Low, Harvard University
Title: TeV Symmetry and the Little Hierarchy Problem
3:30 pm Director's Coffee Break - 2nd Flr X-Over

Wednesday, October 8
Garden vegetable soup
Oven roasted rich and moist turkey breast $4.75
Golden brown battered fish and chips $3.75
Hearty Italian hero w/a splash of Italian viniagrette $4.75
Half pound burger w/grilled onions, Swiss cheese and fresh tomato on grilled Bohemian rye $4.75
Tossed wild greens w/grilled vegetables, dried cherries and toasted almonds $3.75

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When Fire Strikes: Get Out! Stay Out!
Fire Safety Tips from the Fermilab Fire Department
Fire safety week logo It's late at night and you and your family are sound asleep. Suddenly, you are awakened by the piercing signal of the smoke alarm. Do you know what to do to survive?

Eight out of 10 fire deaths take place in the home. The keys to survival are early warning and quick action. The Fermilab Fire Department advises installing working smoke alarms on every level of your home, and developing and practicing a home fire drill, so you'll be prepared in an emergency. Taking these simple steps today can save your life if your home catches fire.

"Unfortunately, too few people realize how quick and how deadly a home fire can be," says Fermilab Fire Captain Chuck Kuhn. "In the home setting, you only have moments to survive a fire, so every second counts."
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100 Volunteers Help Out at Fermilab's Prairie Harvest
Prairie Harvest
(L-R) Dave Shemanske, Bob Lootens and Mike Becker of Roads & Grounds collecting seed at Saturday's Prairie Harvest
Sunny and in the mid-sixties - Saturday's weather was perfect for cheering on the Cubs at Wrigley Field. But if you couldn't get tickets, it was also the perfect weather for collecting seed in Fermilab's prairie. On Saturday, October 4, over a hundred people volunteered at Fermilab's annual prairie harvest. Mike Becker of Roads & Grounds reports that the majority of the volunteers were not Fermilab employees. The group focused on collecting seed from the flowering plants in the center of the Main Ring. "We got a lot of seed that we wouldn't normally get," Becker said. "Everybody had a great time, and the weather always makes the difference." If you missed this prairie harvest, mark your calendars because the next one will be on Saturday, November 1.
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In the News
From Science Magazine, October 3, 2003
10 Years After the SSC: Physics Tries to Leave the Tunnel
by Charles Seife
BATAVIA, ILLINOIS--A hair-raising electronic screech fills the control room. The technicians look up at the loudspeakers in disbelief and groan. As the operators frantically flick switches underneath banks of red alarm lights, a calm female voice intones, "The Tevatron is off."

Scientists, engineers, and technicians here at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) are struggling to make their finicky machine behave. It's no easy task. The Tevatron is the most powerful particle accelerator in the world, yet nagging technical problems have cast a shadow on its potential.
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Fermilab Buffalo Get Their Annual Check-Up
Annual buffalo checkup
What a good patient! One of Fermilab's buffalo, temporarily confined to a "squeeze chute," receives its vaccinations last week.
Colder weather is around the corner, which means that it is time to get your flu shot - Fermilab buffalo included! On Wednesday, October 1, the Fermilab Roads and Grounds Department conducted its annual buffalo round-up. Every year a veterinarian visits Fermilab to give the buffalo their annual check-up. As you can imagine, performing a physical on a buffalo is not an easy task. Each individual buffalo is corralled into a "squeeze chute" that allows the veterinarian to give them their vaccinations and worming medication and to take blood samples. Roads & Grounds is happy to report that all of the buffalo are in excellent health.

The annual round-up is also the first stage of auctioning off part of the buffalo herd. Later this month, 25 buffalo will be sold at the annual auction. Mike Becker of Roads & Grounds reports that the buffalo that will be sold are currently in large pens where buyers can come and observe them more closely. The rest of the herd has been returned to the pasture. "This annual auction is necessary to keep the herd size proportional to the pasture," Becker said.

Fermilab Colloquium: Chomsky Lecture Today
Noam Chomsky will speak in Fermilab's auditorium today at 4:00 p.m. Chomsky's talk, "The Aftermath of September 11," will focus on his book, 9-11. This colloquium is expected to draw a very large crowd from the outside community. Please plan to arrive early to get seats in the auditorium. There will be overflow seating in One West.

New Parking Area Open
The parking lot at the MuCool Enclosure Project is now open for parking. This area is located southwest of the Linac.

Bible Exploration for Lunch League (BELL)
We will review the eight steps to happiness today at noon in the Small Dining Room (WH-1SW). Additional information at 630-840-3607 or dykhuis@fnal.gov

Fermi Singers
Come join the Fermilab Singers! We rehearse in the auditorium at noon on Wednesdays. You bring the voice... we provide the music. If you have any questions, call or email Anne Heavey (x8039, aheavey@fnal.gov).

International Folk Dancing
International Folk Dancing will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, October 9, at the Geneva American Legion Post. Info at 630-584-0825 or 630-840-8194 or folkdance@fnal.gov.

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