Fermilab TodayTuesday, October 21, 2003  
Tuesday, October 21
3:30 p.m. Director's Coffee Break - 2nd Flr X-Over

Wednesday, October 22
3:30 p.m. Director's Coffee Break - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. Fermilab Colloquium - 1 West
Speaker: M. Adams, Case Western Reserve University
Title: Genomics: Looking at Life in New Ways

Tuesday, October 22
Potato cheese soup
Egg noodles tossed w/tuna and mushroom cream sauce topped w/Japanese bread crumbs and baked golden brown $4.75
Chicken stir fry w/bok choy and Chinese vegetables topped w/peanut sauce or teriyaki ginger sauce $3.50
Roasted turkey w/pepper jack, sundried tomatoes and basil $4.75
Two jumbo golden dipped corndogs $3.75
Bananas Foster over moist pound cake topped w/whipped cream $3.25

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Genomics Expert Mark Adams Speaks at Fermilab Tomorrow
Mark Adams
Mark Adams
Mark Adams, of Case Western Reserve University, will speak at Fermilab's colloquium on Wednesday, October 22 at 4:00 p.m. in One West. Listed as an "unsung hero" in Science Magazine's February 16, 2001 issue, Adams is one of the key people who cracked the human genome. Although Adams' talk, "Genomics: Looking at Life in New Ways," will focus on biology, Colloquium host Dick Carrigan of the Beams Division believes that the human genome has an indirect yet tangible relationship to Fermilab. "Cracking the human genome is very important because it has potential for medical advances and a deeper understanding of the evolution of life. Cracking the code also involves lots of high powered computing," said Carrigan. Adams' talk is the first of four talks on this year's colloquium calendar that is related to the human genome. "Maybe at the end of the four talks, we will understand the mathematical basis of life better and the role that computing power like we have at Fermilab can play in the human genome," Carrigan said.

Fermilab press release, October 21, 2003
Public tour of Pbar Source on November 2
Elvin Harms in pbar source
Elvin Harms, shown
in the Pbar Source, helps
organize the November 2 tour.
Fermilab is offering a special "Antimatter Sunday" on November 2, at 1 p.m. The two-hour program includes a 30-minute presentation by Roger Dixon, head of Fermilab's Beams Division. After the talk engineers and scientists of Fermilab's Antiproton Source will be on hand to guide people through a section of the accelerator tunnel that is used to produce antiprotons. Since its start-up in 1985, Fermilab's Antiproton Source has produced just over 2.3 nanograms of antiprotons. Visitors will learn about the nature of antimatter and how scientists produce tiny amounts of antiprotons at Fermilab. Throughout the program scientists will be on hand to answer questions.
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In the News
From Newsday, October 18, 2003
Report: Japan Neutrino Reactor in Doubt
By Kenji Hall, Associated Press Writer
TOKYO -- A recommendation by a government panel not to fund an advanced physics research facility has drawn an angry outburst from a Japanese Nobel laureate and left the project's fate in doubt, media reports said Saturday.
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Director's Corner
Good Morning!
Mike Witherell
Mike Witherell
Communication is the lifeblood of an organization.

Last January, in an effort to improve our communication within the Fermilab community, about 100 employees took part in focus groups, led by the Public Opinion Laboratory at Northern Illinois University. People shared their views very frankly, covering everything from FermiNews to how managers communicate the laboratory's goals -- and how well we listen to each other. Although the number of employees was small, the results were clear: communication at Fermilab had room for improvement.

One result was the birth, last July, of Fermilab Today, our daily electronic newsletter -- and of the Director's Corner each Tuesday.

Now, in order to give all employees the opportunity to have their say on this important topic, we have asked the NIU Public Opinion Lab to develop the Fermilab Employee Survey on Communication. Later this week, you'll receive an email message from NIU (surveymaster@niu.edu) with the subject line, "Fermilab 2003 Employee Communications Survey," explaining how to complete the survey on line. It should take about 15 minutes.

As the introductory message will explain, your responses will not be shared with anyone but the independent researchers at the Public Opinion Lab. Employees will not be linked to their individual responses, and only summary results will be reported back to Fermilab. When the survey is complete, we will share the results with the Fermilab community. I hope you will take the time to complete the survey. I know I will. It's an opportunity for all of us to help improve communication at Fermilab.

Accelerator Update
October 17 - October 20
- Linac and Booster suffer from a few turn-on problems
- Main Injector has planned power outage

View the current accelerator update
View the Tevatron Luminosity Charts

Holiday Book Fair
Fermilab Recreation will sponsor its “Just in Time for the Holidays” Book Fair, hosted by Books are Fun, in the Atrium on Tuesday, November 4 from 10:00 AM until 6:00 PM and on Wednesday, November 5 from 7:00 AM until 3:00 PM.

Winter Basketball League
Play begins on November 13 in the Recreation Facility Gymnasium. Games begin at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday evenings, and you must be a current gym member to participate. For more information, contact Brian Neisman.

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