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Wednesday, November 19
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. Fermilab Colloquium - 1 West
Speaker: C. de Duve, Rockefeller University/ Christian de Duve Institute, Brussels
Title: Singularities in the Origin and Evolution of Life

Thursday, November 20
2:30 p.m. Theoretical Physics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: S. Wiesenfeldt, DESY
Title: Proton Decay in Consistent Supersymmetric GUTs
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar - 1 West
Speaker: L. Prost, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Title: The High Current Transport Experiment for Heavy Ion Inertial Fusion

Wednesday, November 19
Beef barley soup
Seasoned and slow roasted beef w/pan dripped au jus $4.75
Roasted chicken tossed w/a vegetable cream sauce and rice baked en casserole $3.50
Tuna Catalina stacker w/smoked applewood bacon $4.75
Half pound burger topped w/Wisconsin Swiss and smoked ham on a toasted onion roll $4.75
Wild greens w/roasted veggies, wild cherries and almonds $3.75

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Former Fermilab Employee Helps Education Go Virtual
Matt Wicks, who once managed the Fermilab Computing Division's Operating System Support Department, now expands educational opportunities through the Illinois Virtual High School, where students across
Matt Wicks
Matt Wicks
the state take classes in everything from algebra and chemistry to art history and psychology. The IVHS was created to "level the playing field" for all Illinois students, explains Wicks, now Director of Virtual Learning at the Illinois Math and Science Academy, which operates the IVHS for the Illinois State Board of Education.

Through IVHS, students can take classes that scheduling problems, insufficient funding, or a lack of qualified teachers would have prevented them from attending at their public or private high schools. Home-schooled students, those pursuing a GED, and students who aren't succeeding in a traditional high school have another choice for learning. "Personally, those types of situations are the most rewarding, when we can turn someone from a high school dropout to a high school graduate," says Wicks. Since January 2001, some 5,500 students have used the IVHS. Technology, foreign language and AP review classes are in high demand, with Web page design the most popular semester-long course.

In the News
From Daily Herald
November 18, 2003

Nobel winner talks to teachers
Lisa Smith, Daily Herald Staff Writer
Leon Lederman
Leon Lederman
Practically speaking, physics is the first science we learn.

Sucking a bottle teaches us about pressure; learning to walk teaches us about gravity.

Yet physics often is the last high school science course students take - of those students who opt to take it at all.

Nobel Prize-winning physicist Leon Lederman is leading a grass-roots campaign to change that, one school district at a time. He spoke to St. Charles school district science teachers at St. Charles East High School Monday afternoon.
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From BBC News, November 18, 2003
Scientists find mystery particle
By Dr David Whitehouse, BBC News Online science editor
Scientists have found a sub-atomic particle they cannot explain using current theories of energy and matter.

The discovery was made by researchers based at the High Energy Accelerator Research Organisation in Tsukuba.
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Additional Reading
X(3872): What is it?
10/2/03 Result of the Week - CDF Observe Mystery Meson

Nobel Prize Winner Christian de Duve Speaks at Fermilab's Colloquium Today
Christian de Duve
Christian de Duve
In One West at 4:00 p.m. today, Christian de Duve of Rockefeller University and the Christian de Duve Institute of Cellelar Pathology in Belgium, will give a talk entitled, "Singularities in the Origin and Evolution of Life." In 1974, de Duve, together with Albert Claude and George E. Palade, won the Nobel Prize in Medicine for their discoveries concerning "the structural and functional organization of the cell". De Duve is also the author of several well received popular books. "His 2002 book, Life Evolving, gives a wonderful perspective on what a top notch scientist thinks about and how a religious scientist copes with the dichotomy of science and religion," said Colloquium host Dick Carrigan of the Beams Division.
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Unix Users Meeting
There will be a Unix Users Meeting, Wednesday November 19, 2003 at 1:00pm. It will be at Curia II. The agenda:
- Hepix Report
- Fermi Linux Support:
Fermi Linux 7.1.x
Fermi Linux 7.3.x
Fermi Linux 9.0.x
Fermi Linux LTS 3.0.x
- First rolling release of Fermi Linux LTS 30 rolling
- Tips and Tricks:
Upgrading from 7.1.x to 7.3.x via yum
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International Folk Dancing
International Folk Dancing will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, at the Geneva American Legion Post. Newcomers are always welcome. Info at 630-584-0825 or 630-840-8194 or folkdance@fnal.gov.

Bible Exploration for Lunch
Explore the topic of 'Illumination' today starting at noon in the Small Dining Room (WH-1SW). Meetings last 35 minutes. Additional information at 630-840-3607 or dykhuis@fnal.gov.

Fermilab Association of Rocketry
The Fermilab Association of Rocketry is having their monthly club meeting on November 19, 2003 at 5pm in the lower level of the village barn. This will also begin our winter building sessions after the meeting. So if you have something you want to build bring it with you. Or just come, hang out and talk about rockets!
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Recreation Holiday Tip of the Day
Choose lower-calorie party foods. Raw vegetables with a small amount of dip--just enough to coat the end--are a good choice. Try boiled shrimp or scallops with cocktail sauce or lemon. Go easy on fried appetizers and cheese cubes. To help ensure there will be healthful treats, bring the raw vegetables (with low fat yogurt or cottage cheese dip) or a platter of fresh fruit.

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