Fermilab TodayWednesday, November 26, 2003  
Wednesday, November 26
3:30 p.m. - DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over

Thursday, November 27
Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 28
Lab Closed

Wednesday, November 26
Split pea soup
Chef's choice $3.50
Reuben stacker w/seasoned sauerkraut & 1000 Island $4.75
Philly steak slice thin topped w/grilled peppers and onions and melted Swiss cheese $4.75

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Chez Leon
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Argonne, Fermilab Project Managers and Engineers Conduct "Applications of LEED Principles" Workshop
LEED workshop
Project managers and engineers from Fermilab and Argonne participated in the workshop.
Last Friday, November 21, project managers and engineers from around the lab and from Argonne met to discuss "Applications of LEED Principles." LEED, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a points-based system designed to help architects and builders construct projects that are maximally efficient, comfortable and environmentally sound. Points can be scored by complying with any of 69 measures designed to increase the sustainability of the project. Projects that accumulate sufficient points may be awarded certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. Participants examined three of Fermilab's recent projects, Lab BEG, MuCool, and MI-31, in detail to determine our LEED scores for each of the projects. Discussion centered on the usefulness of this commercial system for use at DOE facilities and how we might modify the system to improve our own construction practices. The meeting was presented by the Brendle Group from Ft. Collins CO, and funded jointly by FESS, ES&H and Argonne National Laboratory.

In the News
From The New York Times, November 24, 2003
Switching Allegiances in Computers
By John Markoff
Two seemingly unrelated indicators - the fact that hotels in downtown Phoenix were sold out at the same time that there were no taxi lines in Las Vegas - point to subtle but sweeping changes under way in the computer industry.

Here in Phoenix, 8,000 people crowded into SC2003, the 15-year-old supercomputing industry trade show and conference that has traditionally been the exclusive province of some of the brainiest techies in the computer industry. Meanwhile, Comdex - long the computer industry's premier annual event - was a shadow of its former self at its 24-year-old home in Las Vegas.
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From the Chicago Tribune, November 25, 2003
Senate abandons effort on energy bill this year
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Senate late Monday dropped efforts to pass energy legislation this year after Republican leaders failed repeatedly to find the two additional votes needed to push the bill through Congress.

Top GOP senators could not produce the additional votes among farm-state Democrats, while House Republican leaders balked at a change in the bill that would have removed a provision protecting makers of a gasoline additive, MTBE, from pollution lawsuits.
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Terrence O'Brien
Terry O'Brien
So Long, Terry O'Brien
On December 1, Terry O'Brien will retire from Fermilab. He wore many hats during his more than 30 years here, working in meson operations, meson cryogenics, controls group and now the electrical engineering department of the particle physics division. In PPD, he designed embedded processors and data acquisition systems for DZero, CDF, Pierre Auger, CDMS II, the magnet test facility, and, most recently, SNAP, a proposed experiment for studying dark energy that he thinks "sounds pretty cool." O'Brien also served on the Auditorium Committee for the Fermilab Arts Series.

One of O'Brien's favorite things about the lab is that he has been able to move from department to department, always gaining new abilities. And he loves working on the cutting edge of technology.

O'Brien will stay in the Batavia area for a year or so. "I would like to thank all the great people I have worked with in the past years," he said. "Good luck to all."

Seasonal Decorations
Turkey From giant 8-foot tall inflatable turkeys or simple poinsettas, seasonal decorations are all around us. Over the next few weeks, Fermilab Today would like to feature different decorated areas of the lab from time to time. If you have decorated your office, send us a photo or ask us to take one, and we will put it in Fermilab Today. Send your photos to today@fnal.gov. Happy decorating!

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Charitable Contributions Due Today
As an employee of Fermilab, you have the opportunity to contribute annually by payroll deduction to one, two or three charities of your choice. To make a contribution in 2004, you must complete and return a Charity Enrollment form to Payroll by November 26, 2003. A Charity Enrollment form can be obtained from Fermilab's website. If you are unable to download this form, EOO located at WH15 SW will have them available. If you have questions, please call x3591, x4633, or x3415.

U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Conduct Toys for Tots Program at Fermilab
The mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys every year and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted. From November 3 to December 19, Fermilab will be collecting gifts for the Toys for Tots programs. Bins are located in Wilson Hall. Please be sure to donate unwrapped gifts. For more information, contact Charisse Malo at x6774.

Bible Exploration for Lunch
Join us 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.

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