Friday, November 14|
9:00 a.m.- 6:30 p.m. de Sitter Days: alphavac to omegalambda
The Fermilab Workshop on Quantum Aspects of de Sitter Space
3:30 p.m. Wine & Cheese - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. Joint Experimental Theoretical Physics Seminar - 1 West
Speaker: O. Long, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center
Title: The Angles of the Triangle - Recent and Future Results from BaBar
7:30 p.m. Fermilab International Film Society - Auditorium
Double Feature: Alien and Aliens (NOTE TIME)
Tickets: Adults $4
Saturday, November 15
8:00 p.m. Fermilab Arts Series - Auditorium
Scrap Arts Music
Monday, November 17
THERE WILL BE NO THEORETICAL ASTROPHYSICS SEMINAR THIS WEEK
3:30 p.m. Director's Coffee Break - 2nd Floor X-over
4:00 p.m. All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II
Special Topic: MINOS
Friday, November 14|
Split pea soup
Chef's special $3.50
White fish baked in a Provencal sauce w/fresh basil $4.75
Specialty gourmet sandwich $4.75
Double patty burger topped w/cheddar cheese, grilled onions and a green olive mayo $4.75
Eurest Dining Center Weekly Menu
Run II Computer Farms at the Feyman Computing Center|
Computing Division Tape Robots Move 20 Terabytes of Data In One Day|
In physics, data is everything, and Fermilab has a lot of it.
Central storage systems at Fermilab have recently moved to and
from tape over 20 terabytes of data in a single day. But it was
not a one-time stunt. Supporting CDF, DZero and other experiments
continually requires a lot of data movement.
"This is the equivalent of reading
10,000 of the 8mm tapes used in Run I," said Don Petravick, Head of the
Computing Division's Computations and Communications Fabric department.
The lab now holds 1.1 petabayes of data in automated tape libraries.
Five robots in the Feynman Computing Center's storage "silos" grab tapes
and insert them into drives at the command of distant users. A lab-written
software package, called enstore, manages these libraries and supervises
the movement of the data between tape and the experiments' computer systems.
The lab will store even more data as Run II progresses, as activities
supporting CERN's Compact Muon Solenoid detector increase, and as other
elements of its experimental program move forward.
Fermilab Wins Employer Recognition Award from the Illinois
Department of Human Services|
On October 28, Dianne Engram, Equal Employment Office Manager since 1988,
accepted for Fermilab its second consecutive Employer Recognition
Award from the Illinois Department of Human Services' Office of
Rehabilitative Services. The Americans with Disabilities Act and our
obligations as a Federal contractor require ramps and other
accommodations for disabled employees. For going beyond
these requirements Fermilab earned what the ORS calls its "Extra Mile Award."
Engram's office coordinates the accommodations for disabled employees,
new office equipment and reconfiguration of workstations for the mobility
impaired. The lab has also provided internships for disabled
undergraduates and job coaching to help people learn new tasks
and refine old ones. This support improves efficiency for the
employees and their coworkers. Engram has worked in the office
for 24 years. "We've had some real successes," she said.
"These employees form an important facet of our diverse population."
From Nature, November 13, 2003|
Towards a clean collider
The high-energy physics community has grand plans to probe deeper into the structure of matter and space-time. The proposal for a multinational linear collider merits strong support.
Although the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is still years away from completion
at CERN in Geneva, the particle-physics community is already mobilizing to
push through the funding for its next project — a US$6-billion linear collider
to study collisions between electrons and anti-electrons.
Bob's Blackout Bulletin|
Power Outage Today at 10:00 a.m.
This morning at 10:00 a.m. Accelerator Operations Chief Bob Mau advises
that Fermilab will
experience a power outage for about 20 minutes. The outage will not
affect the Village,
the Main Injector or NuMI. Mau recommends that you shut down your computer and other
sensitive equipment before the power outage.
Windstorms Cause Damage, Power Outages on Fermilab's Site|
|Winds damaged the roof of the Geodesic Dome on Wednesday night.|
It's not called the Windy City for nothing. Windstorms with gusts
up to 60 mph swept through the Chicago area on Wednesday night,
causing power outages and damage throughout the region. Dave Nevin,
Head of FESS, reported that the wind damaged the Kautz Road power
line somewhere off site. "ComEd told us to shut down the Kautz Road
substation while they repaired the damage off site," said Nevin.
Fermilab switched from the Kautz Road substation to the main substation.
Sometime in the middle of the night, the situation got worse. The winds
threatened the only working power line by breaking the static line that
runs above the conductors. "We were in a very
difficult position," said Nevin. "We lost the only static line on the
only station coming into the site."
Fermilab remained on the problematic main power line until Thursday evening,
ComEd allowed the lab to switch back to the repaired Kautz Road power line.
This allows the lab to repair the damaged static line.
The high winds also caused damage near SiDet and Shipping & Receiving.
Leonard Nelson, of ES&H, reported that a section of the Geodesic Dome
blew onto Lab C. "One of the flat sections of the Geodesic Dome blew
off and flew onto to the adjacent building, Lab C," Nelson said.
"We took it down to prevent it from causing damage to cars and
other surroundings." FESS is currently getting an estimate to have
the roof repaired, but they don't know how long the repairs will take.
Roads & Grounds also reported that a very large weeping willow tree fell
down in front of the Receiving Building on Wednesday night.
High winds caused this copper and metal
section of the Geodesic Dome to fly onto Lab C before it was taken
off the roof.|
Prairie Burn Today|
Weather permitting, Roads & Grounds will burn a tract of prairie
in the southeast corner of the site near the prairie path at approximately
11:00 a.m. today. Roads & Grounds personnel on the prairie path will
keep cyclists away from the burn.
New Classified Ads on Fermilab Today
New classified ads have been posted on Fermilab Today.
The ads will remain posted for a week. A permanent link to the classifieds
is located in the bottom left corner of Fermilab Today.
Fermilab Film Society Tonight
The Fermilab Film Society will have a double feature on Friday, November 14 at 7:30 p.m. (Note the early start time.) The feature movies will be Alien and Aliens.
Fermilab Arts Series Tomorrow
Few tickets still available!
The Fermilab Arts Series presents Scrap Art Music on Saturday, November 15 at 8:00 p.m.
Fermilab Barn Dance
The first afternoon Fermilab Barn Dance of the season is
Sunday, November 16 at 2:00 p.m. Eric Zorn will call to the music of
the Money Creek Boys. This dance is being held in conjunction
with the Real Olde Tyme Storytelling event, featuring Mama
Edie Armstrong, the Double Deckers, and Gene Gryniewicz, which
starts at noon. You'll find us in the Warrenville Community
Building, 3S240 Warren Ave., Warrenville.