Fermi National Laboratory

Volume 25  |  Friday, November 1, 2002  |  Number 18
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Website for Fermilab events: http://www.fnal.gov/faw/events.html

There are two Barn dances in November. Sunday, Nov.10 at 6:30 p.m., the music is by the Good Intentions Paving Co. with calling by Paul Watkins. Sunday, Nov.17 at 2 p.m. the music is by Danny Miller and Friends with calling by Paul Ford. Barn dances are held in the Warrenville Community Building and feature traditional square and contra dances. Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for age 12-18, and free for under 12 years old. For more information contact Dave Harding (x2971, harding@fnal.gov) or Lynn Garren (x2061, garren@fnal.gov) or check the webpage at http://www.fnal.gov/orgs/folkclub/.

The popular Ask-a-Scientist program has returned to the 15th floor of Wilson Hall, every Sunday from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Scientists will meet visitors to answer questions ranging from “What is dark matter?” to “How do you accelerate a particle close to the speed of light?” Visitors must use the Pine Street entrance, and obtain the special “Ask- A-Scientist” pass to proceed to Wilson Hall.

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Lecture Series


Bill Foster, Fermilab physicist
Friday, Nov.8, 2002
Admission: $5

Thirty-five years ago Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory began its transition from a marshy patch of farmland to the highest energy Particle Physics laboratory in the world. Under the brilliant direction of Dr.Robert R.Wilson, a group of hardy pioneers designed and constructed the world’s most powerful subatomic particle accelerator and the international laboratory to conduct experiments on its particle beams. This original endeavor, as audacious in retrospect as it was at the time, will be recalled in photographs,anecdotes, and a whirlwind tour of how accelerators work in Dr.Foster’s talk, Fermilab Accelerators: Past, Present and Future, taking place in Fermilab’s Ramsey Auditorium on Friday, Nov.8 at 8 p.m.

Admission to Fermilab Accelerators is $5. On the evening of the event, the box office opens at 7 p.m. and will-call tickets can be picked up, or available tickets purchased, at that time. At this time only the Pine Street Entrance (from Kirk Road in Batavia)is open.


Battlefield Band
November 23, 2002
Tickets - $19 ($10 ages 18 and under)
Inspired by their rich heritage of Celtic music, and fired by the strength of today’s Scottish cultural scene, the Battlefield Band mixes old songs with new material and performs them on a unique fusion of ancient and modern instruments.

Windham Hill’s Winter Solstice
Featuring Liz Story, Will Ackerman, and Samite of Uganda
December 7, 2002
Tickets - $25 ($13 ages 18 and under)
This collection of Windham Hill artists features pianist Liz Story, guitarist and Windham Hill founder Will Ackerman, and percussionist Samite of Uganda.

February 8, 2003
Tickets - $17 ($9 ages 18 and under)
Libana is now in its 23rd season of researching, performing, and celebrating songs, dances, and instrumental music of women from around the world.

Dragon’s Tale: Nai-Ni Chen Dance
March 8, 2003
Tickets- $19 ($10 ages 18 and under)
Bringing to life the culture and traditions of China, this full-length family show leaves children mesmerized at each enchanting, astounding dance, and adults equally caught up in the magic of it all.

Quartetto Gelato
April 5, 2003
Tickets - $21 ($11 ages 18 and under)
As the engaging innovators of a fresh approach to classical music, Quartetto Gelato has won the hearts of audiences worldwide since their remarkable 1994 debut season.

Orquesta Aragon
May 10, 2003 Tickets - $26 ($13 ages 18 and under)
Fermilab is pleased to provide a rare opportunity to see one of the most influential groups in Cuban music.

Gallery Chamber Series
Sunday afternoons at 2:30 p.m.
Three Concert Series - $36p
After a sell-out inaugural season, Fermilab is pleased to again present the Gallery Chamber Series, a set of three Sunday afternoon concerts taking place in the Fermilab Art Gallery on the second floor of Wilson Hall. This year’s series: the Chicago Chamber Musicians Brass on January 26; David Schrader, performing 16th and 17th century music for the Clavichord and Italian Harpsichord on February 16; the Scholars of Cambrai, an ensemble of two lutes, soprano and tenor, performing music of the Renaissance era on March 23.

Tickets for all Fermilab Events are available now. For further information or telephone reservations, call 630/840-ARTS weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Additional information is available at www.fnal.gov/culture.



Bob Bernstein

I see you’ve made a fix to INFN and CERN in your “Corrections ”(18 October 2002) but not to the substantive error about what NuTeV does — we don’t measure the W-mass. I’ve now mentioned it in e-mails and directly to your talented and lovely editor three times from the first time it was wrong in an issue last year. Inexplicably, you’ve never acknowledged the mistake or corrected it and I can only assume it’s a horrible quantum fluctuation. The original mistake is in www.fnal.gov/pub/inquiring/more/acronyms.html and you keep picking it up from there. NuTeV measures the ratio of neutral to charged current cross-sections in both neutrino and antineutrino deep-inelastic scattering, thereby extracting both the weak mixing angle and the relative strength of the neutral and charged current interactions. We can interpret the measurement as an indirect determination of the W mass. A discrepancy from the direct measurement may be interpreted as physics outside the Standard Model, and indeed we have an approximately three-sigma discrepancy (G.P.Zeller et al.,Phys.Rev.Lett.88:091802,2002.)


Bob Bernstein
NuTeV co-spokesperson

P.S.:If you look at the bottom picture on the Fermilab home page, Kevin McFarland, Geralyn Zeller, and Mike Shaevitz are pointing at this mistake.

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