Fermilab TodayMonday, March 15, 2004  
Monday, March 15
2:30 p.m. Theoretical Astrophysics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: G. Farrar, New York University
Title: Unified Explanation for Dark Matter and the Baryon Asymmetry
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II
Special Topic: Proton Source Plan

Tuesday, March 16
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar (NOTE LOCATION) Curia II
Speaker: R. Ischebeck, DESY
Title: Measurement of the Transverse Coherence at the TTF Free Electron Laser

Monday, March 15
Baked Tilapia Florentine with Rice and Choice of Vegetable $4.75
Chicken Paprikash Over Egg Noodles $3.50
Chef's Choice $4.75
Arturo's Authentic Grilled Rueben on Dark Rye served with Soup or Fries $4.75

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Chez Leon
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Update: Austere Budget Resolution Moves Through Congress
Washington ,DC The FY 2005 federal budget has now taken center stage in Congress. In early February, the President proposed an austere federal budget for domestic discretionary spending, modest increases for defense spending, additional tax cuts, and a record-setting deficit in the $500 billion range. Domestic discretionary spending is the category of the federal budget that provides annual funding for a wide range of important activities such as basic and applied research, education at all levels, highways and mass transit, environmental protection and clean up, housing, veterans' medical care, and job training – just to mention a few. Under the President’s proposal, funding for domestic discretionary spending would increase by one half of one percent (.5%). Within the domestic spending category, non-defense research (NIH, NSF, NASA, Energy, NOAA, etc.) is proposed to grow by 2.5%.
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Accelerator Update
March 10 - March 12
- During this 48-hour period Operations established one store. That store along with an existing store provided the experiments with approximately 18 hours and 1 minute of luminosity.
- The TeV suffered two quenches
- The Recycler loses its stash
- MCenter took beam
- The ten-day shutdown began on Monday at midnight

View the current accelerator update
View the Tevatron Luminosity Charts

In the News
From the Christian Science Monitor, March 11, 2004
How to turn a continent into a telescope
By Peter N. Spotts
HONOLULU – Ever since Galileo turned "telescopio" into a household word, tiny packets of light have helped inquisitive people unlock the mysteries of the universe. From radio frequencies to visible light to gamma rays, these photons have led to one stunning discovery after another.
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From the Interactions.org News Wire, March 11, 2004
Fred Kavli, Kavli Foundation donate $7.5 million to University of Chicago for cosmological physics institute
The University of Chicago will devote $7.5 million in donations from Fred Kavli and the Kavli Foundation of Oxnard, Calif., to studying some of the most puzzling scientific questions about the origin and evolution of the universe and the laws that govern it.

The funds will make permanent the Center for Cosmological Physics, established in 2001 by the National Science Foundation. The center will be renamed the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics. The new institute is one of seven being established by Kavli around the country and in Europe on brain science, nanoscience and cosmology.
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Director's Corner
When It Comes to Safety, Never Assume
Safety Tip of the Week
Demolition is a dirty job: a view of the area where the "near miss" occurred under the bubble chamber in Lab B. (Click on image for larger version.)
Three times in the past six months, in the course of demolition projects at DOE laboratories, employees have cut into energized electrical circuits. In all three cases, the employees assumed the circuits had been de-energized, but did not personally verify that for themselves.

Last week at Fermilab we had a similar incident in a demolition project at the 15-foot bubble chamber in Lab B. A technician was assigned to remove abandoned peripheral electrical equipment that had been previously disconnected from its power supply. Regrettably, there was a misunderstanding about what was to be removed. The technician exposed some 480-volt wires in an energized segment of conduit that was not slated to be removed until a later date. Expecting the wire to be de-energized, but without verifying it first, the technician cut the wires, which resulted in an immediate flash and loud bang as the circuit breaker tripped. The technician was wearing gloves, safety shoes and safety glasses; and was using an insulated tool when he cut the wire. It was the last -- and successful -- barrier to preventing injury in this instance. Clearly, a near miss.

Demolition is a dirty job and full of hazards. Experience elsewhere and here tells us that we need to plan demolition jobs very carefully and proceed cautiously as we begin to dismantle equipment. Demolition is not the time to hurry. Communication and coordination of work crews is critical to avoiding accidents and injuries in all types of work, but especially demolition. Never assume. Always verify that a wire is de-energized before beginning work.

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

Feedback on performance appraisal system: Deadline is today
In February, all employees received a memo from Director Michael Witherell with a paper copy of a questionnaire, asking for feedback on the new performance appraisal system . The deadline is today. Please fill out the form and mail it to M.S. 107. You may submit the information anonymously. Alternatively, employees can fill out an online form or send an email to feedback@fnal.gov. All feedback will be kept in strictest confidence.

Upcoming Classes and Free Seminar
March 16 - Cascading Style Sheets
March 17 & 18 - Dreamweaver XM
March 24 - Acrobat Seminar, One West, presented twice: at 11:30 - 12:30 and 12:30 - 1:30
April 13 - Access 2000 Intro
April 27 & 29 - Authoring Tech Reports Using MS Word
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New Book Purchase Suggestion Lists
New Book purchase suggestion lists for the week of March 12 are now available online. These include Majors book lists in four subject areas. There is also an Amazon suggestion list in the form of a shopping cart, viewable by entering the password "library." Please review the list of books in your area of interest and send your book purchase recommendations, either from these lists, or from other sources to Sandra Lee.

Scottish Country Dancing
Scottish Country Dancing will be held at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 16, at the Geneva American Legion Post. Newcomers are always welcome. Info at 630-584-0825 or 630-840-8194 or folkdance@fnal.gov.

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