Fermilab TodayTuesday, October 14, 2003  
Tuesday, October 14
Noon Cruisin' The Lab - Brown Bag Video Presentation - 1 West
Title: Fermilab Stories from Your Fellow Employees
3:00 pm Fermilab Long Range Planning Committee Open Session:Particle Astrophysics - 1 West
* Introduction (J. Frieman)
* Astrophysics Center & Theory (S. Dodelson)
* SNAP (P. Limon)
* Ultra-High Energy Cosmic Rays (A. Olinto)
* Dark Matter Searches (D. Bauer)
* Ground-Based Optical Projects (J. Annis)
* Other Possibilities & Discussion (J. Frieman)

Wednesday, October 15
11:00 a.m. Research Techniques Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: J. Freeman, Fermilab
Title: Highlights of the Erice Workshop on Innovative Detectors for Supercolliders
Noon Wellness Works Brown Bag Seminar - 1 West
Speaker: B. Deramus, Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Aurora
Title: The Illusion of 0% APR Financing and "Make No Payments Until..."
3:30 p.m. Director's Coffee Break - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. Fermilab Colloquium - 1 West
Speaker: M. Gibson, Argonne National Laboratory
Title: The Physics of the "Blues": Music, Fourier and Wave- Particle Duality

Tuesday, October 14
Broccoli and cheddar soup
Veal steak breaded w/Italian herbs and spices fried till golden brown and topped w/a rich marinara sauce $4.75
Rigatoni pasta topped w/a hearty bolagnese sauce filled w/sausage, sauteed carrots and onions $3.75
Baked ham and Wisconsin Swiss w/wild greens wrapped in a fresh tortilla $4.75
Buffalo dipped chicken breast w/jack cheese $4.75

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Chez Leon
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Bruce Worthel: The Face Behind the Accelerator Updates
Bruce Worthel
Bruce Worthel
Three times a week for almost two years, Bruce Worthel of Accelerator Operations has written over three hundred accelerator updates for Fermilab's website. Worthel goes out of his way to make the updates interesting. Readers have learned, among other things, about mice, snakes and even mussels that disrupt accelerator operations. "You have to keep the updates interesting to keep people reading," Worthel said. "Most technical writing has too many passive sentences, which put people to sleep. I try to take a different tack with the accelerator updates."

Worthel, who started working in 1983 as an Operator in Research Division Operations, has always had an interest in writing. "I have always liked doing creative things, so I started writing fiction in the mid-80's," Worthel said. "Somebody in the Research Division found out and asked me to do some technical writing for the department." In addition to writing the accelerator updates, Worthel manages the On the Job Training (OJT) program for all Accelerator Operators. "We generally hire people who are fresh out of school with a four-year degree in physics. We train them to be Operators in two years," Worthel said. "I spend most of my time writing, updating and editing the rookie books, which are essentially textbooks for operating the Tevatron." Outside his job, Worthel works on his creative writing, acts in local community theater plays, practices karate and, of course, roots for the Chicago Cubs.

Accelerator Update
October 10 - October 13
- ComEd's planned power outages
- The MiniBooNE experiment

View the current accelerator update
View the Tevatron Luminosity Charts

In the News
From The New York Times, October 12, 2003
Tongue-Tied by Physics: The Ineffable Lightness of Being
by George Johnson
George Johnson
George Johnson
It was sometime early in the 1920's when words began to fail us. Whether one spoke and thought with the sharp granularity of German or the mellifluousness of French — or in some hodgepodge like English — it was impossible to translate the strange new ideas of physics into language. Not even Japanese was spacious enough.
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FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News, October 9, 2003
Making the Case for High Energy Physics Facilities
Most of the recent machines for high energy physics research (LEP, LEP II, SSC, Tevatron Run II, and the LHC) have been "sold" to policymakers for the same purpose: seeking evidence of the Higgs boson and supersymmetry, Neil Calder of SLAC told the High Energy Physics Advisory Panel (HEPAP). As the research community begins to prepare for an international Linear Collider - which has been designated the highest priority for the U.S. particle physics program - the message "has to be different," Calder declared. Looking for new ways to generate policymaker and public support, and confronting hard choices on future construction projects, were the main issues on the agenda at a September 29-30 meeting of HEPAP.
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Director's Corner
Good Morning!
Mike Witherell
Mike Witherell
Last July I wrote in this space about the Department of Energy's review of our Run II accelerator plan. Dan Lehman chaired a team of 20 accelerator experts in that very important review. Last Wednesday, October 8, Dan led a much smaller group conducting a follow-up minireview, to measure the early progress.

The Fermilab presentation included an hour-long talk by Dave McGinnis on the operational status and plans for fiscal year 2004, plus shorter talks on management issues, the shutdown status, the Recycler effort, and the evolution of the upgrade plan.

At the end of the day, the reviewers delivered a brief report. They said:

  • that the core management team is working very hard and appears to be functioning well;
  • that the accelerator performance in the weeks before the present shutdown showed improved consistency;
  • that the shutdown work was well-planned and is progressing well;
  • that there was a generally good response to the technical recommendations from the July 2003 review;
  • that many of the manpower issues are still being worked on; and
  • that they were awaiting the amended upgrade plan, including a plan for commissioning the Recycler, at the next major review on February 24-26.
I am extremely pleased with the amount of work accomplished in the short period of time since the last review and with the evaluation of the reviewers. Sustained progress at this rate will mean a good year at the Tevatron.

"Cruisin' the Lab" Today at Noon
The Education Office shows the new video "Fermilab Stories" today at noon in One West. The 45-minute video shows 13 Fermilab employees telling anecdotes about the lab's past. Complimentary popcorn and soda will be provided. You are welcome to bring your lunch. An appetizer, the story of Felicia the Ferret, is on the Web. The video is part of the new "Cruisin' the Lab" series.

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New Fermilab Subscription to Science Magazine
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Scottish Country Dancing
Scottish Country Dancing will be held at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 14, at the Geneva American Legion Post. Information at 630-584-0825 or 630-840-8194 or folkdance@fnal.gov.

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