Fermilab TodayMonday, February 9, 2004  
Monday, February 9
2:30 p.m. - Theoretical Astrophysics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: D. Semikoz, University of California, Los Angeles
Title: High Energy Neutrino Astrophysics
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II
Special Topic: Tevatron Magnet Reshimming

Tuesday, February 10
1:30 p.m. Computing Techniques Seminar - 1 West
Speaker: P. Spentzouris and J. Admundson, Fermilab
Title: Synergia: A Modern Tool for Accelerator Physics Simulation
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar - 1 West
Speaker: M. Sossong, University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign
Title: A Search for an Electric Dipole Moment of the Positive Muon

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Fermilab Users Go West
Members of the UEC and GSA examine BaBar during their visit to SLAC. (Click on image for larger version.)
On January 31, 2004, nine members of Fermilab's Users' Executive Committee and two members of Fermilab's Graduate Student Association traveled to Menlo Park, California to attend a joint meeting with SLAC's Users' Organization. Last year's joint UEC-SLUO meeting was held at Fermilab. The goal of these meetings is to foster cooperation between the two labs' users organizations and to learn the common experience of working at DOE funded laboratories.

SLAC Director Jonathan Dorfan joined the meeting. He shared his vision of SLAC and its future research program with the members of both communities. He also discussed the issue of health insurance for users, the outcome of a recent long range planning exercise and SLAC's experience with visa issues and heightened security surrounding foreign visitors. All of these are issues that resonated with members of the UEC.

Part of the meeting was devoted to plans for the upcoming joint visit to Washington by members of SLUO and the UEC. Every year members of both committees travel to Washington for discussions with the DOE, NSF, the Universities Research Association and the offices of our elected representatives. This year's visit is planned for the end of March.

After the more formal discussions, members of SLUO arranged tours for the UEC and GSA members of SLAC experimental facilities including the linear collider final focus testbeam, the BaBar experiment and the assembly area for the GLAST satellite. The UEC visitors would like to thank their SLUO hosts for running an impressive and efficient meeting. Fermilab looks forward to once again hosting members of SLUO at next year's meeting.

Accelerator Update
February 4 - February 6
- During this period Operations established one store. That store with an already existing store provided the experiments with thirty-six hours and thirteen minutes of luminosity.
- Store 3219 set a new record with an initial luminosity of 5.89x1031
- Two ComEd power glitches hit Fermilab on Wednesday. No serious harm done. View the current accelerator update
View the Tevatron Luminosity Charts

In the News
FYI: AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News, February 6, 2004
FY 2005 DOE Office of Science Budget Request: Selected Programs
Washington DC A total of $3,431.7 million was requested for the Department of Energy's Office of Science in President Bush's FY 2005 budget request. This represents a reduction of 2.0%, or $68.5 million, from FY 2004 funding of $3,500.2 million. However, according to Office of Science Director Ray Orbach, the cut reflects the elimination of $140.7 million in congressionally-directed earmarks in the FY 2004 appropriation for Biological and Environmental Research, which were not included in the FY 2005 request. Taking this into consideration, Orbach said, the request of $3,431.7 million would represent an increase of 2.2%, or $72.3 million, over the FY 2004 appropriation of $3,359.4 million for the Office of Science core programs.
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From Nature, February 5, 2004
Fusion meeting shelved as site decision slides
[PARIS] Ministers from the partners in ITER, a US$5-billion international fusion experiment, have postponed a meeting scheduled for this month to select a site for the project.

The delay has been caused by deadlock over the choice between France or Japan as host for the project, which would seek to prove the principle of creating fusion energy by heating plasma constrained by a magnetic field.
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Director's Corner
Cold-weather Threats: Frostbite, Hypothermia
At Fermilab, people with minor cases of cold injury-frostbite or hypothermia-should report to the Medical Department on the ground floor,
To prevent frostbite, wear
warm clothes and cover
susceptible areas of skin.
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west side of Wilson Hall. For serious cases, dial X3131 as you should for any emergency.

Frostbite: skin begins to freeze, becoming tingly, pale, and hard, most often in the hands, feet, nose and ears. As the area thaws, it becomes red and painful. Most cases are minor and heal completely, but serious cases can cause permanent damage.

Hypothermia: the body fails to maintain a normal body temperature. Symptoms usually appear slowly, involving a general loss of mental and physical abilities-drowsiness, weakness and loss of coordination, pale and cold skin, confusion, uncontrollable shivering, and slowed breathing or heart rate. The person experiencing hypothermia may be unaware of the problem. If not treated promptly, hypothermia can lead to shock, coma, cardiac arrest, and death.

Contributing factors: extreme cold; wet clothes; high winds; age (very young / very old); and poor circulation, which can be caused by tight clothing or boots, cramped positions, fatigue, certain medications (e.g., beta-blockers), smoking, alcohol, caffeine, or diseases that affect the blood vessels, such as chronic stress, diabetes, hypothyroidism, or Raynaud's phenomenon.

Get a cold injury victim to a warm, dry place. Remove constrictive and wet clothing. For frostbite, raise affected areas and gradually apply warm moist compresses. Do not rub frostbitten areas or apply direct heat. For hypothermia, warm the person with dry clothes, blankets, towels or your own body heat. Cover the victim's head. Keep the victim horizontal (flat) and still; too much movement may cause cardiac arrest. Give artificial respiration or CPR (if you are trained) as necessary.

Wear warm clothes and cover susceptible areas of skin. Be careful: it's cold out there!

Have a great day and let's work safely all week!
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