Fermilab TodayWednesday, November 12, 2003  
Wednesday, November 12
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. Fermilab Colloquium - 1 West
Speaker: A. Linde, Stanford University
Title: Inflation, Dark Energy, and the Fate of the Universe

Thursday, November 13
4:00 p.m. Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar - 1 West
Speaker: E. McCrory, Fermilab
Title: A Monte Carlo Model of Tevatron Collider Operations

Wednesday, November 12
Corn chowder
St. Louis style ribs slow cooked and falling off the bone $4.75
Elbow pasta tossed w/cheddar cheese, topped w/bread crumbs and baked till golden $3.50
Lean roast beef piled high w/pepper jack cheese and ranch dressing on fresh baked tomato foccacia $4.75
Golden brown catfish filet poboy w/cheddar cheese $4.75

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Press Release, November 12, 2003
Quest Begins to Unmask Dark Matter-and Perhaps Supersymmetry
Project manager Dan Bauer from Fermilab holds one tower of detectors as Vuk Mandic from UC Berkeley examines them. Each tower of detectors contains 1 kilogram of germanium for detecting dark matter and 200 grams of silicon to distinguish WIMPs from neutrons. Thin layers of silicon, aluminum, and tungsten covering the detector surfaces measure both the heat and charge released when a particle interacts inside.
Project manager Dan Bauer from Fermilab holds one tower of detectors as Vuk Mandic from UC Berkeley examines them.
Using detectors chilled to near absolute zero, from a vantage point half a mile below ground, physicists of the Cryogenic Dark Matter Search today (November 12) announced the launch of a quest that could lead to solving two mysteries that may turn out to be one and the same: the identity of the dark matter that pervades the universe, and the existence of supersymmetric particles predicted by particle physics theory. Scientists of CDMS II, an experiment managed by the Department of Energy's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory hope to discover WIMPs, or weakly interacting massive particles, the leading candidates for the constituents of dark matter-which may be identical to neutralinos, undiscovered particles predicted by the theory of supersymmetry.
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25 Fermilab Employees Receive 30-Year Service Awards
30-year service award
30-Year Service Award Recipients (click photo for larger version)
On Tuesday, November 11, Employee Relations honored 25 Fermilab employees with 30-Year Service Awards. Associate Director Bruce Chrisman hosted the luncheon for the honorees at Chez Leon.

The honorees in alphabetical order:
Bruce Brown, John Carson III, Robert Florian, Leo Jackson, Marvin E. Johnson, Shirley Jones, Thomas F. Kraus, Gregory J. Lawrence, Patrick Liston, Paul Mantsch, Craig Moore, Judith Nicholls, William Noe Jr., Terrence O'Brien, Roy Rubinstein, Keith Schuh, Susan Schultz, Earl Shaffer, Gary Smith, Willie Stitts, Albert Thomas Jr., Larry Thomas, Duane Voy, Armstard Waldon, Merle Watson

In the News
From University of Chicago Magazine, October 2003
If not the Higgs, then what?
The headlines held an air of defeat: “Smallest Particles Are the Biggest Challenge,” lamented the Chicago Sun-Times; “No Sign of the Higgs Boson,” cried New Scientist; “Below-par Performance Hampers Fermilab Quest for Higgs Boson,” sighed Nature. Although Fermilab began its quest for the Higgs—the subatomic particle that, in theory, gives other particles mass—in 2001, recent estimates show that the world’s most powerful accelerator won’t be able to squeeze out enough collisions to find or disprove the boson’s existence. At least six years’ worth of collisions were needed, at a rate of 5 million collisions per second, running 24 hours a day, every day of the year—factoring in downtime for repairs. In July Fermilab told the Department of Energy, which owns the lab, that the 20-year-old Tevatron accelerator is showing its age, and downtimes are stretching longer than previously expected.
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MIPP experimenters (left to right): Rajendran Raja, Holger Meyer, and David Miller
MIPP Collaborators Celebrate End of Preparation, Start of Data Taking
Last Friday afternoon, approximately 50 experimenters from Fermilab, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and 11 other institutions gathered to celebrate the start of the next phase of the Main Injector Particle Production experiment. From a Fermilab staff member who worked on the early designs for the MIPP experimental layout to the graduate students awaiting their first overnight shifts, all shared their excitement about the coming months. After almost three years of construction and preparation, MIPP will take its first data when the Tevatron resumes operations in mid-November.

The experiment will measure the identity, energy and angles of all particles emitted from the collisions of protons, pions and kaons with a wide variety of targets.
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Fermilab 2003 Employee Communications Survey
Last chance to fill out your employee communications survey! By now, every Fermilab employee should have received the 2003 Employee Communications Survey in their email from the NIU Public Opinion Lab. The survey only takes about 15 minutes to complete online. If you haven't filled out your survey yet, please complete it soon.

Health 4 the Holidays Program
The Recreation Office is sponsoring a Health 4 the Holidays Program, a 28 day program designed to help you enjoy the holidays in great health this year. The program will run from November 17-December 14. To sign up, complete the registration form and return it by November 14. Forms are available in the Recreation Office.
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Bible Exploration for Lunch
Discussion of 'Making a Difference in the World' will be concluded today at NOON in the Small Dining Room (WH-1SW). Meetings last 35 minutes. Additional information at 630-840-3607 or dykhuis@fnal.gov.

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).

International Folk Dancing
International Folk Dancing will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, at the Geneva American Legion Post. Info at 630-584-0825 or 630-840-8194 or folkdance@fnal.gov.

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