Fermilab TodayMonday, December 22, 2003  
Fermilab Today will be on vacation starting December 24 and will resume on January 5. Season's Greetings!

Monday, December 22
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II

Tuesday, December 23
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over

Monday, December 22
Fried Chicken tenders coated with herbs and spices served with wedge potatoes $3.50
Oven roasted turkey breast with munster brushed with a wild cherry mayo on herb foccacia $4.75
Half pound burger with sauteed crimini mushrooms and melted swiss cheese $4.75
Baked salmon with pineapple cilantro salsa and chipotle mashed potatoes $4.75

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Chez Leon
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Change in Security Level
On Sunday, the United States Government raised the national threat level from an Elevated to High risk of terrorist attack - or from Code Yellow to Code Orange. The Department of Energy has requested that Fermilab change its security measures accordingly, from SECON 3 to SECON 2. Non-guided visitor programs and recreational activities are suspended.
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Science Magazine Breakthrough of the Year: Microwave mapping, SDSS data on dark energy
Microwave data observed by the WMAP satellite
Microwave data observed by the WMAP satellite
Science Magazine has announced its Breakthrough of the Year: the microwave mapping of the universe by the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP), which combined with data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey to declare that the universe is only 4% ordinary matter; 23% is exotic matter, dark mass that astrophysicists believe is made up of an as-yet-undetected particle; and the remainder, 73%, is dark energy.

"This year," writes Charles Seife, "thanks to WMAP, the SDSS data, and new supernova observations, cosmologists finally know for sure that the universe is made of dark matter and was blown apart by dark energy."
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22 Members of FESS Receive Employee Performance Recognition Awards
EPRA Award Recipients
EPRA Award Recipients (Click on image for larger version.)
Last Thursday, Mike Witherell presented Employee Performance Recognition Awards to 22 members of the Facilities Engineering Services Section for their hard work implementing DOE's Utilities Incentive Program at Fermilab. UIP allows utilities companies and DOE facilities to invest in energy-saving measures that will pay for themselves in 10 years or less. Since FESS joined the program in 1998, Fermilab has invested nearly $60 million in new infrastructure and other projects.
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Seasonal Decorations Galore from the Accelerator Division
Claudia Kowalik's office
Claudia Kowalik's office on the twelfth floor of Wilson Hall (Click on image for larger version.)
Monica Sasse's office
Monica Sasse's office on the twelfth floor of Wilson Hall (Click on image for larger version.)
Ken Domann's decorations
Ken Domann's fiber-optic tree on the twelfth floor of Wilson Hall (Click on image for larger version.)
Vacuum Failure Suspends Tevatron Operations
A vacuum leak in one of the superconducting magnets in section B1 of the Tevatron requires the shutdown of collider operations for approximately 12 days. The repair of the leak, which was detected after a quench on Saturday morning, requires the warm-up of B1 to room temperature, including the warm-up of the low beta quadrupole magnets. This adds additional time to the warm-up and cool-down.

In the days before the leak, Fermilab's accelerator complex set several records. The Tevatron achieved a record peak luminosity, and the Recycler and Main Injector rings, which are not affected by the shutdown, set efficiency records. The Recycler Ring transferred 8 GeV antiprotons to the Main Injector with 100 percent efficiency, and the MI accelerated the particles to 150 GeV with 100 percent efficiency.

Holiday Safety Tips from the Fermilab Fire Department
Holiday decorations The holidays can be a wonderful time of year for children and families alike. The following are just a few safety tips to keep the holidays safe. On behalf of the Fermilab Fire Department, we wish you a safe and happy holiday.

If purchasing a live tree, cut the base at a 45-degree angle and place in water. The needles should be hard to pull off and should not fall off when tapped on the ground. The branches should also bend easily. Place the tree in a wide base that would be difficult to tip over. Keep the tree away from all heat sources that may dry the tree out and start a fire. Also, keep it away from doorways and traffic areas. When the tree becomes dry, discard it immediately. Keep the tree well watered. If using chemicals in the water, keep pets and children away as these may cause vomiting.
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Accelerator Update
December 17 - December 19
- Operations established two stores during this period that delivered 38 hours and 5 minutes of luminosity.
- Recycler shot antiprotons to the Main Injector.

View the current accelerator update
View the Tevatron Luminosity Charts

Recreation Film Developing Holiday Schedule
There will be no film pickup or processed photo delivery on December 24-26 and December 31-January 2. The schedule will return to normal on Monday, January 5. During the holidays we realize many people shoot many rolls of film. If you have multiple rolls of film or cameras to develop and you do not want to write checks or have money orders for each envelope, follow the directions posted at the drop-off box or call the Recreation Office.

Recreation Discounts
Stars on Ice are coming to the Allstate Arena one night only, Saturday, January 31 at 7:30 PM. Stars on Ice continues its tradition of featuring the world's best skaters. Ticket order forms can be found in the Recreation Office. Deadline to order is noon on January 16.

Scottish Country Dancing
Scottish Country Dancing will continue through the holiday season, meeting at 7:30 p.m., on Tuesdays, Dec. 23, and Dec. 30 at the Geneva American Legion Post. Newcomers are always welcome. Info at 630-584-0825 or 630-840-8194 or folkdance@fnal.gov.

Recreation Adult Outing
There will be a recreation adult outing on Saturday, February 21, 2003 at the Pheasant Run Resort & Spa. A buffet dinner will be followed by the play, "The Underpants," by Carl Sternheim; Adaptation by Steve Martin; Directed by Karen Kessler. The deadline to order tickets is January 26. Call or stop by the Recreation Office x5427, x2548 to pick up a brochure and registration form.
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