Fermilab TodayWednesday, February 25, 2004  
National Engineers Week 2004
Wednesday, February 25
9:00 a.m. Engineers Week - WH10NW - West Wing
Hugh Montgomery, Directorate
Long Range Planning Committee
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. Fermilab Colloquium - 1 West
Speaker: S. Wells, National Geographic Society
Title: The Journey of Man: A Genetic Odyssey

Thursday, February 26
9:00 a.m. Engineering Updates - WH10N - West Wing
Jim Volk, AD - Alignment Improvement to Tevatron
Vic Kuchler, FESS - Linear Collider Civil Design
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar - 1 West
Speaker: R. Talman, Cornell University
Title: String Formulation of Space Charge Forces in a Deflecting Bunch

Wednesday, February 25
Beef Barley soup
Lemon pepper red snapper w/wild rice and choice of vegetable $4.75
Spaghetti alla pomodoro $3.50
Chicken parmesan hero w/soup or fries $4.75
Smoked ham and Swiss wrap w/spinach and basil cream cheese served w/side salad $4.75

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National Geographic's Spencer Wells Speaks at Fermilab's Colloquium Today
Spencer Wells
Spencer Wells
Spencer Wells, of the National Geographic Society, will present "The Journey of Man: A Genetic Odyssey" in One West at 4:00 p.m. today. As a geneticist with a flare for anthropology, Wells focuses on how modern humans came to populate the planet. According to National Geographic, Wells and his colleagues analyzed the DNA of thousands of men living in isolated tribes around the world and discovered that all humans today can be traced back to a small tribe that lived in Africa 60,000 years ago. Wells is the first of two colloquia speakers who will focus on genetics and the origins of modern man. On March 17, Ajit Varki, of the University of California - San Diego will present, "Genetic Differences Between Great Apes and Humans: Implications for Human Evolution." Focusing specifically on Chimpanzees and Bonobos, Varki analyzes differences between apes and humans.
Read more about Spencer Wells
Read more about Ajit Varki

Calling All Golfers!
St. Andrews Golf League Has Openings
St. Andrews Golf League 2003 winners
(Left to Right) Dave Bulmahn, Mike Matulik, Patrick Liston and Bob Johnson have been playing as a team on the St. Andrews Golf League for over ten years. They finished the 2003 golf season in first place. (Click on image for larger version.)
It is not too early to think about the upcoming golf season! For the first time in many years, the St. Andrews Wednesday Golf League has openings for regular golfers and for golfers wishing to substitute. The St. Andrews league plays every Wednesday evening with scheduled tee times starting from 4:30 p.m. The league begins play on April 21 with an informal "fun night" and begins competitive play the following week on April 28th. The season lasts until August 18th and there is an "all league" final outing a few weeks after.

The league is co-ed and handicapped/90%. The cost to join the league is $20.00, and green fees are $20.00 for a twilight rate. Form your own team or sign up individually. To sign up or for more information, contact Patrick Liston x2332 or Mike Matulik x4091. You must be a Fermilab employee, retiree, visitor, student or contractor to join a Fermilab Golf league.

In the News
From Scientific American, February 18, 2004
Newly Discovered Galaxy Is a Record-Breaker
Astronomers have detected a galaxy located 13 billion light-years from Earth, making it the most distant such object on record. The find, described in a paper to be published in the Astrophysical Journal, should help scientists better understand the so-called cosmic Dark Ages, when the universe’s first galaxies and quasars transformed opaque hydrogen into the transparent cosmos that exists today.
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Press Release, Michigan State University, February 24, 2004
Nobel Laureate Lederman to speak at MSU
Leon M. Lederman, winner of the 1988 Nobel Prize for physics, will speak at Michigan State University on Thursday, Feb. 26.

Lederman’s talk is at 4:10 p.m. in Room 1410 of the MSU Biomedical and Physical Sciences Building. His talk, titled “It’s time for 21st Century Science Education,” will focus on the state of science education today, a problem he defines as a “prescription for disaster.”
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Why Those Long Lines in the Cafeteria?
DZero Collaboration 2001
DZero Collaboration
as of 2001 (Click
on image for larger
This week Fermilab is playing host to a DZero Collaboration Meeting. Four times a year, week-long meetings are scheduled to allow the entire 700-member collaboration to get together and get up to date on the status of the detector and its upgrades, the data, the computing, software and analysis, which together allow them to extract physics observations from the Tevatron's collisions. During this week's meeting, the collaboration has scheduled three full days (starting last Sunday) of presentations of physics analyses in progress. Many new and interesting results are being shown here for the first time, as a prelude to the spring physics conferences. Meetings like this allow the experiment to collectively discuss serious issues and set priorities and goals. They are also an opportunity to catch up with old colleagues and meet new ones. To ensure that this happens, the spokespersons traditionally buy the whole collaboration beer in the Users Center on Wednesday evening!

Craig Venter to Speak at Fermilab's Science Institute Day on Friday
On Friday, February 27, Craig Venter, president of The Center for the Advancement of Genomics and founder of Celera Genomics, will speak at 8:15 a.m. in Ramsey Auditorium. Venter is the keynote speaker for Science Institute Day. All employees are invited to attend the talks in Ramsey Auditorium. Look for more details about this event in tomorrow's Fermilab Today.
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URA Scholarship Deadline is March 1
Universities Research Association, Inc. (URA) offers a number of four-year scholarships to children of regular full-time employees of Fermilab. The scholarship award will be continued for a maximum of four years providing the student remains in a four-year program with satisfactory academic progress at college. The maximum scholarship award amount available for tuition and fees is $3,500 per year. Application forms for the URA scholarship are available and should be submitted by March 1, 2004.
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International Folk Dancing
International Folk Dancing will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, February 26, at the Geneva American Legion. Newcomers are always welcome. Info at 630-584-0825 or 630-840-8194 or folkdance@fnal.gov.

Bible Exploration for Lunch
Explore how the upcoming movie 'The Passion' compares to the book by joining us today in the Req Room (WH-4NW) at noon. Additional information at 630-840-3607 or dykhuis@fnal.gov

Join the Fermilab Singers Today
Our rehearsal will be in Ramsey Auditorium today at noon. We will begin to prepare for our summer concert. If you enjoy singing and having fun, plan to come and join us!
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Fermilab Engineers Week Activities
Don't forget to sign up for the Engineers Week Finale Luncheon by today. The deadline to sign up for the golf ball challenge is also today. Send an email to e-week@fnal.gov to reserve your place for the luncheon. More information and a schedule for Engineers Week can be found online.

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