Fermilab TodayTuesday, December 16, 2003  
Tuesday, December 16
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. Wang, Brookhaven National Laboratory
Title: Mechanism of Electron Multipacting and Trapping
6:00 p.m. Budker Seminar - Users' Center Music Room
Speaker: Sergei Seletskiy
Title: Electron Cooler at Fermilab
Pizza and drinks will be served.

Wednesday, December 17
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. Fermilab Colloquium - 1 West
Speaker: I. Shipsey, Purdue University
Title: Bringing Hearing to the Deaf - Cochlear Implants: A Technical and Personal Account

Tuesday, December 16
Vegetable beef soup
Authentic N'awlins chicken and sausage jambalaya $4.75
Penne pasta tossed w/a wild mushroom marsala sauce (contains no meat) $3.50
Imported Italian proscuitto and genoa salami on herbed foccacia w/provolone and Italin vinaigrette $4.75
The John Wayne: a 1/2 pound burger patty smothered in our homemade chili topped w/shredded cheddar and an onion ring. Served on grilled Texas toast $3.75
Roasted red potato salad w/gorgonzola and bacon on a bed of wild greens $2.50

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A Holiday Reminder from Fermilab's Computer Security Team
Feynman control room
The control room at the Feynman Computing Center
When the holiday season approaches, we often see an increase in attacks against our computers. These attacks range from wasteful chain letters and hoaxes to viruses and network attacks and even so-called "social engineering" attacks. Your computer security and incident response teams would like to take a moment to offer a quick refresher on digital self-defense.

  • Do not run unknown programs, even screensavers, that someone sends you, or sends you a link to.
  • Do not forward chain letters, petitions or even warning messages that you receive from non-authoritative sources.
  • NOBODY ever has a legitimate reason to ask you for your personal password, or to ask you to change it to something of their choosing. Such inquiries about passwords or any strange or unusual seeming requests for information related to security or operations at Fermilab should be reported immediately to x2345.
  • If your duties include changing passwords for others and you are asked to do so, be positive that you are communicating with the right person. Don't hesitate to require confirmation of their identity from a mutual acquaintance -- it's for their protection as well as yours.
Report suspected computer security incidents to: computer_security@fnal.gov. If it seems urgent, go straight to the helpdesk or operators at 840-2345.
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Fermilab's Accounting Department Decorates for the Holidays
Accounting Department's decorations
The toy soldier (right) has been a member of the Accounting Department for 20 years. Prince (bottom left) is Shirl Culhane's golden retriever.(Click on image for larger version.)
From garlands to winter villages to golden retrievers, Fermilab's Accounting Department is ready for the holiday season. Stop by the fourth floor of Wilson Hall to take a walk through a winter wonderland.
Accounting Department decorations
Seasonal decorations in Heather Kumlin's office (Click on image for larger version.)
Director's Corner
Good Morning!
Mike Witherell
Last week I wrote about the large quench that damaged a cryogenic element in the Tevatron, requiring a substantial shutdown to repair. This incident triggered fast action not only to fix the immediate problem but also to do other critical maintenance and repair jobs that require access to the accelerator tunnels.

The effort to use the access time well made special demands on people from many parts of the laboratory, just as happened recently during the annual shutdown. For example, a team of five technicians and one welder from the Technical Division replaced all ten of the conning towers in the warmed-up C-1 sector in less than three days. The alignment group from the Particle Physics Division was called on to work through a long list of urgent jobs throughout the accelerator complex. Various Tevatron experts worked with CDF operations to develop quickly a plan for moving magnets near the experiment in order to move the beam closer to the center of the detector. The magnet moves were done over the weekend, in time to start up the Tevatron today.

Many other people responded quickly to the crisis and the opportunity it provided to get critical work done. Thanks to all of them.

Long Term Parking Reminder
Employees or Users who are going out of town, or are for any reason, leaving their vehicles on site for several days or longer, are asked to park in the long term parking lot in the Village. This lot is the gravel lot located between Shabona and Blackhawk. Snow removal efforts are much easier during the night when these vehicles are not scattered throughout our parking lots. The long term parking lot also frees up valuable parking spaces during the day. Contact Roads & Grounds at x3303 with any questions. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

Accelerator Update
December 12 - December 15
- Conning Towers check out completed
- Tevatron start up began with studies
- First store estimated to be 48 hours away

View the current accelerator update
View the Tevatron Luminosity Charts

In the News
From the Chicago Sun-Times, December 16, 2003
Coalition's work to bring in federal money is crucial
...Formed in 1989, the power players at the coalition -- corporate CEOs, university presidents and entrepreneurs -- quietly work behind the scenes to make sure federal science and technology investments show up in Illinois.

That means funding for places such as Argonne National Laboratory and Fermilab, and grants for our local universities. The labs alone employ about 5,400, from clerical employees and maintenance workers to Nobel Prize laureates.

Those jobs are the tip of the iceberg. The inventions coming out of the labs can be an economic elixir for Chicago if we transform them into new products and businesses.
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Budker Seminar Tonight
The next Budker Seminar is December 16 in the Users' Center Music Room. Sergei Seletskiy will present his talk, "Electron Cooler at Fermilab." Pizza and drinks will be served at 6:00 p.m.

Unix Users Meeting Tomorrow
The next Unix Users' Meeting is tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. in Curia II. Linux updates are on the agenda.

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