Fermilab TodayMonday, March 1, 2004  
Monday, March 1
2:30 p.m. Theoretical Astrophysics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: R. Ellis, California Institute of Technology
Title: Using Gravitational Lensing to Explore the End of the Dark Ages
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II
Special Topic: Dynamic Effects in Tevatron Dipoles

Tuesday, March 2
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar - 1 West
Speaker: A. Diaz, Johns Hopkins University
Title: Novel Uses of Neutrons in Medicine and Radiobiology

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Tevatron Record
On Friday afternoon at 4:00 p.m., the Tevatron set another peak luminosity record of 67.8E30, a seven percent increase over the old record established on February 18.

CD: One million hours without injury
Vicky White and Mike Witherell with the safety award plaque
Vicky White and Mike Witherell with the safety award plaque.

On Thursday the Computing Division celebrated one million hours worked without work time lost due to injury. This corresponds to no reportable injuries in more than two years. About 200 CD employees gathered at the Kuhn Barn for a luncheon, and Fermilab director Mike Witherell presented a plaque to them. "This is part of a larger picture for the lab," Witherell said, pointing out that last year the entire lab achieved the best safety record yet. "The Computing Division has been leading the way."

Amy Pavnica, CD Safety Officer, has been teased by some friends about the record, including comments such as "No hangnails for a million hours, huh?" But Pavnica knows about the not-so-obvious safety hazards in the Computing Division. In addition to normal office and ergonomic concerns, CD workers deal with hazardous materials, high voltages, chemicals, combustibles, soldering and a machine shop. Their work also takes them all over the lab. "We have just about every hazard everybody else has," said Pavnica.

At the record celebration, CD Head Vicky White did her part to further promote safety. She thanked everyone for the efforts and encouraged continued success. Then she told the CD employees, "Watch your step, and go eat."

Amy Pavnica (left) and Jo Ann Larson with the safety-record cake
Amy Pavnica (left) and Jo Ann Larson with the "safety-record cake".

Accelerator Update
February 25 - February 27
- During this period, Operations established one store. This store along with one that had already existed provided approximately 21 hours and 41 minutes of luminosity to the experiments.
- The Meson Test experiment at MT6 gets some beam every day.
- TeV suffers a six-house quench on Thursday.
- TeV vacuum problems delays cryo cooldown at A4.

View the current accelerator update
View the Tevatron Luminosity Charts

In the News
From Science Magazine, Feb. 27, 2004
Dark Energy Stays the Course
by Charles Seife
The brightest objects in the universe are revealing the darkest mystery of the cosmos. In a press conference on 20 February, astronomers announced observations of distant supernovae that hint at the properties of the baffling "dark energy" force that pushes galaxies apart and stretches the very fabric of spacetime. The new observations, which include six of the seven most distant supernovae yet discovered, give the first glimpse of how a key property of dark energy is changing over time.
Read more

From Nature, Feb. 26, 2004
Time for Japan to shine?
ITER is easily the largest international scientific collaboration on the table at present and it should not be bogged down in geopolitics. But the deadlock of recent weeks can be broken.
Read more

Director's Corner
Merle Haldeman
OSHA developed its Lockout/Tagout standard to protect workers from machinery that starts up while an employee is working on it. At Fermilab, we have a great deal of machinery with stored energy that can harm an employee if the appropriate mitigative steps are not taken. These hazardous energy sources on site are varied and include electrical systems, pressurized fluids (some greater than 150 psig), mechanical equipment (pulleys, shafts, gears, belts), steam, hydraulic rams and forklifts, radiation, and spring loaded doors.

Since all employees may work in an area in which servicing or maintenance of equipment occurs, all employees have been identified as "Affected Employees". As such basic LOTO training was given to you as a new employee. As an affected employee you must respect the locks/tags of others, and understand that disciplinary action may result for violating Fermilab's LOTO standard. Further training is required if you will be locking out a piece of equipment. At that point you are designated as an "Authorized Employee". Affected employees are not authorized to participate in a LOTO activity.

We use Red locks and "Danger" tags to signify when LOTO has been applied to a piece of equipment. Other colored lock/tags do not signify LOTO and red locks cannot be used in other situations. The Danger tag identifies who placed the lock and why. In some unusual cases, it is impossible to apply a lock (older pieces of equipment). In that case only the Danger tag will be present. If you need to remove the lock and/or tag, contact the person who placed the lock. Only he/she is authorized to remove the lock.

Have a great day and let's work safely all week!
Safety Tip of the Week Archive

OSHA Inspection Begins on Tuesday
An OSHA Team begins its inspection at Fermilab on Tuesday, March 2. Approximately 25 OSHA inspectors will be combing through our buildings and ES&H programs to identify areas that are not in compliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards. If an inspector asks you a question, answer honestly. Tell them if you don't know an answer, and ask them for ES&H advice if needed. The inspectors are here to help.

URA Scholarship Deadline is Today
URA offers a number of four-year scholarships to children of regular full-time employees of Fermilab. The application deadline is today, March 1, 2004.
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Children's Summer Day Camp Registration
Registration for the Children's Summer Day Camp begins today and runs through March 30, at 5 p.m.. A lottery drawing for admittance into the program will be conducted on March 31. Registration form and more information.

Upcoming Training Classes:
March 2 - Excel 2000 Intermediate
March 16 - Cascading StyleSheets
March 17 & 18 - Dreamweaver XM
April 13 - Access 2000 Intro
April 27 & 29 - Authoring Tech Reports Using MS Word
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Scottish Country Dancing
Scottish Country Dancing will be held at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 3, at the Geneva American Legion Post, 22 S. Second St., Geneva. Newcomers are always welcome. Info at 630-584-0825 or 630-840-8194 or folkdance@fnal.gov.

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