Fermilab TodayMonday, February 16, 2004  
Monday, February 16
2:30 p.m. Theoretical Astrophysics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: A. Kravtsov, University of Chicago
Title: The Tumultuous Lives of Galactic Dwarfs and the Missing Satellites Problem
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II

Tuesday, February 17
1:30 p.m. Computing Techniques Seminar - 1 West
Speaker: W. Brown and M. Paterno, Fermilab
Title: C++ Standards Committee: Progress and Plans
2:30 p.m. Special Theoretical Physics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: K. Matchev, University of Florida/Cornell University
Title: Potpourri
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK 2nd Flr X-Over

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MINOS Holds Appreciation Day for Ragnar Benson, Inc.
Gathering for the contractor appreciation ceremony at NuMI/MINOS. (Click on image for larger version.)
Workers gathered at the MINOS service building at 7:15 AM and 3:15 PM on Friday for NuMI contractor appreciation ceremonies, which included the presentation of commemorative coffee mugs. Ragnar Benson, Inc. is currently wrapping up 15 months of construction on the project done by 50 to 70 workers. Mike Andrews, Fermilab's ES&H Safety Coordinator, said: "We wanted to express our appreciation for the safety and quality of the work, and the fact that it was done on time." Other administrators joining in the appreciation were John Cassidy, Field Safety Coordinator; Rob Plunkett, Deputy Project Manager; Dixon Bogert, Deputy Project Manager of Civil Construction; and Elaine McCluskey, Service Buildings and Outfitting Construction Project Manger.

Accelerator Update
February 11 - February 13
- Operations establishes one store during this period of time. That store plus one that already exists provides approximately 42 hours and 39 minutes of luminosity to the experiments.
- A NuMI power supply trip glitches a feeder that trips off Recycler, which loses its stash.
- Booster suffers from many LCW problems.
- Antiproton Source quadrupole trip causes loss of stack.

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In the News
From The Guardian, February 12, 2004
Dark side of creation
Good news: cosmologists know what the universe is made of. And the bad news? Most of it is truly indescribable. And scientists still know absolutely nothing about it.

All the stars in all the galaxies - and planets, comets, asteroids, minerals, life forms and so on - across more than 13bn light years of space add up to only a tiny fraction of the whole shebang. Almost a quarter of the remainder is now called cold dark matter, mysterious heavyweight stuff that emits no light and leaves no bruises. You cannot see, touch or bump into it. But it must be there.
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From Timberjay, February 13, 2004
University shares details of proposed lab
By Tom Klein
Neutrinos, described as part of the building blocks of the universe, might help rebuild the area's economy if a proposed research station to study them is built near Ash River.

At a Feb. 5 meeting in Orr City Hall, University of Minnesota representatives outlined plans for the lab, which would house a second detector for the Main Injector Neutrino Oscillation Search (MINOS) project. The new device, known as an off-axis detector, would be about ten times the size of the one now in the Soudan mine.
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Director's Corner
Space Heater Sense
Space heater
Space heater too close to combustible materials
Space heaters can be a risky way to warm your area. Supplemental heating equipment was the leading cause of home fires in December, January and February. According to the National Fire Protection Association, space heaters trail only cooking equipment as the leading cause of home fires year-round.

Even though electric space heaters don't have an open flame, the heating elements of some types of electric heaters are hot enough to ignite flammable liquids and nearby combustibles like draperies, paper, clothing, and furniture. It is, therefore, important to check surrounding objects periodically to see if they feel hot. Keep space heaters at least three feet away from anything that might burn, including the wall.

To prevent electrocutions, always keep portable electric heaters away from water. Never use them in a bathroom or near a sink. If you must use an appliance near water, always use a ground fault circuit interrupter.

Have a great day and let's work safely all week!
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Upcoming classes
Feb. 17 - HTML, Level 2
Feb. 19 & 20 - Oracle Database 10g: New Features Overview
Feb. 24 - Access 2000 Advanced
March 2 - Excel 2000 Intermediate
March 16 - Cascading Style Sheets
March 17 & 18 - Dreamweaver XM
April 13 - Access 2000 Intro
April 27 & 29 - Authoring Tech Reports Using MS Word
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Women's Personal Protection & Self Defense Class
Due to it's tremendous success, the Recreation Office will be offering another Women's Personal Protection & Self Defense Class. The next 6-week class will be from April 7 - May 12. Classes are held on Wednesday evenings from 5:30-7:30 PM. Classes are held at the Kuhn Barn in the village. The cost for this class is $35.00 and is open to all Fermilab women, their mothers and daughters.
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Scottish Country Dancing
Scottish Country Dancing will be held at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 17, at the Geneva American Legion Post. Newcomers are always welcome. Info at 630-584-0825 or 630-840-8194 or folkdance@fnal.gov. Please note that next week's Scottish dancing will again be on Wednesday instead of Tuesday.

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