Fermilab TodayWednesday, October 29, 2003  
Wednesday, October 29
3:30 p.m. Director's Coffee Break - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. Fermilab Colloquium - 1 West
Speaker: M. Elvis, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Title: Solving Quasars (Part 1)

Thursday, October 30
1:30 p.m. Theoretical Physics Seminar (NOTE TIME) - Curia II
Speaker: J. Zupan, Technion
Title: Lattice QCD with Heavy Quarks: Quenching and Extrapolational Errors
3:00 p.m. Fermilab Long Range Planning Committee Open Session: Detector R&D - 1 West
* Meson Test Beam (E. Ramberg)
* Booster Irradiation Facility (J. Lackey)
* Possible Linac Irradiation Facility (K. Hoffman)
* Possible Neutrino Test Beam (J. Cooper)
* Technical Centers Review (R. Ray)
* ASIC and Other Electronics R&D (R. Yarema)
* Computing Division R&D (P. Cooper)

Wednesday, October 29
Split pea soup
Nachos supreme w/all the toppings $4.25
Bow tie pasta w/a hearty eggplant ratatouille $3.75
Reuben stacker w/seasoned sauerkraut & 1000 Island $4.75
Philly steak sliced thin topped w/grilled peppers and onions and melted Swiss cheese $4.75
Mediteranean chicken salad over wild greens $3.75
Chermole crusted salmon w/a balsamic glaze $5.25

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Chez Leon
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Four win Employee Performance Awards
Fermilab Director Michael Witherell (center) with EPRA winners (from left) Jeff Spalding, Keith Gollwitzer, Duane Plant and Ron Moore.
On Tuesday afternoon, Fermilab Director Michael Witherell presented Fermilab Employee Performance Recognition Awards to Ron Moore (BD-Tevatron Dept.) and Keith Gollwitzer (BD-Antiproton Source), for their work as Run Coordinators; Jeff Spalding (BD-Headquarters), for preparing and implementing the Run II plan; and Duane Plant (BD-Engineering Support), for his role in the reclamation of water from the NuMI underground enclosures for use in laboratory operations, saving 450,000 gallons a day. During the presentations, which included cake and coffee for the reception on the second floor crossover of Wilson Hall, Witherell congratulated the recipients and called the awards the equivalent of winning a medal for valor.
Helping Hands During the Shutdown: A Series of Profiles
During the current accelerator shutdown, many Fermilab employees have been helping out across organizational lines. Over the final weeks of the shutdown, Fermilab Today will highlight a few of the people who have pitched in for the shutdown. This article is the third in the series.

Business Services Meets PPD: Dennis McAuliff and Lauren Jones

Dennis McAuliff
Dennis McAuliff of Business Services
Together, they've worked here for 43 years. But they've only worked here together since the beginning of the current accelerator shutdown. Fate and physics brought Dennis McAuliff from Business Services and Lauren Jones from the Particle Physics Division together to work in Beams. Here they're responsible for logistics-getting supplies to workers in the Main Injector and servicing the work areas and buildings.

Lauren Jones
Lauren Jones of PPD
McAuliff comes from Shipping & Receiving, where he's worked for 16 years. Jones spent her first fourteen years at Fermilab scanning bubble chamber film, and then moved "all over the lab" as a tech for 13 years. Most recently, she has been working on the silicon detectors for BTeV. "I'll do anything I can to help out," says Jones. As for McAuliff, he likes the change of pace: "A little more running around is nice."

In the News
From The New York Times, October 28, 2003
Zillions of Universes? Or Did Ours Get Lucky?
By Dennis Overbye
David Gross
Dr. David Gross
is outspoken about
his disdain for
the anthropic principle.
CLEVELAND Cosmology used to be a heartless science, all about dark matter lost in mind-bending abysses and exploding stars. But whenever physicists and astronomers gather, the subject that roils lunch, coffee breaks or renegade cigarette breaks tends to be not dark matter or the fate of the universe. Rather it is about the role and meaning of life in the cosmos.

Cosmologists held an unusual debate on the question during a recent conference, "The Future of Cosmology," at Case Western Reserve University here.
read more

Computer Network Outage Tomorrow
Thursday morning, starting at 6:00 a.m., the core router in the Feynman Computing Center will be upgraded. The router maintenance involves a major hardware upgrade, including replacement of central processor, power supplies, and fan tray. The outage is expected to last for 30 minutes. The outage will affect a large part of the site network, including disrupting network access to FCC computing resources, as well as access to the rest of the site from CDF, D0, CMS User Facility, TD, the Fixed Target area, the Village area, and the Site 38/39 area.

International Folk Dancing
International Folk Dancing will hold a Halloween party at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, October 30, at the Geneva American Legion Post. Costumes and treats encouraged and newcomers always welcome! Info at 630-584-0825 or 630-840-8194 or folkdance@fnal.gov.

Bible Exploration for Lunch
'Making a Difference in the World' will be the topic of discussion today at NOON in the Snake Pit (WH-2NE). Meetings last 35 minutes. Additional information at 630-840-3607 or dykhuis@fnal.gov. Please note today's change in meeting location.

Fermilab 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).

Fermilab Discount Programs
SAMS Free One-Day Passes are available in the Recreation Office along with registration forms. Check out the Recreation Web page for other discounted services and products.

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