Fermilab TodayMonday, March 29, 2004  
Monday, March 29
2:30 p.m. Theoretical Astrophysics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: E. Baltz, Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics, Stanford
Title: Diffuse Emission from Annihilations in Galactic Satellites
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II

Tuesday, March 30
2:00 p.m. Computing Techniques Seminar - Curia II (NOTE LOCATION)
Speaker: G. Nawrocki, The Globus Alliance
Title: The Globus Toolkit and the OGSI - WSRF Evolution
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over

Monday, March 29
BBQ Chicken with your choice of two sides $3.25
Penne Pasta with a meat sauce with Garlic Bread $3.50
Assorted gourmet sandwiches and panini $4.75
Half pound Fermi burger with mushrooms, pepperjack cheese and hot sauce $4.75
Classic chef salad $4.25

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"Witty" Worm Attacks Fermilab Computers
Late on the night of Friday, March 19, the so-called "Witty" worm was let loose on the Internet and attacked Windows computers running the BlackIce personal firewall software. This event represents an escalation of the computer virus threat in two ways. First, the attack came less than two days after the vulnerability (and the patch) were publicly disclosed. Second, this attack was designed to destroy random data on victim machines.

The attack, being automated, developed in minutes, while incident reponse, by experts from Business Services and Computing, moved on a human timescale of hours. Sixty-nine seconds after the attacking packets began to cross the site border, the first Fermilab machine fell and joined the attack. The final count of infected systems was 84. Our network defenses worked as designed, stemming the intensity of the attack somewhat, and greatly reduced the impact of our infected systems on the rest of the lab computers. Thanks to the dedicated employees who spent Friday night and the weekend to fix the affected systems.

Accelerator Update
March 24 - March 26
- ComEd power glitch hit Linac, Booster, Pbar. Pbar held on to its stack.
- Alignment technicians finished aligning TeV components in CDF.
- Recycler stashed antiprotons

View the current accelerator update
View the Tevatron Luminosity Charts

In the News
From Wired Magazine, April 2004
The God Particle and the Grid
200 feet underground, a proton does 17-mile laps at nearly the speed of light. Guided by powerful magnets, it zooms through a narrow, circular tunnel that straddles the Switzerland-France border. Then a tiny adjustment in the magnetic field throws the proton into the path of another particle beam traveling just as fast in the opposite direction. Everything goes kerflooey.

This will happen 10 million times a second inside the Atlas detector, part of the Large Hadron Collider now under construction at CERN, the famed European particle physics lab outside Geneva. When the LHC is finished in 2007, it will be the largest accelerator in the world. Massive superconducting magnets cooled to near absolute zero by liquid helium will bend 20 micron-wide beams of protons into precise trajectories and crash them into each other.
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Director's Corner
Safe Bicycle Riding
Wearing a bicycle safety helmet is a great way to protect yourself from injury when riding a bike. (Click on image for larger version.)
A number of Fermilab employees ride their bikes to and from work on a regular basis. With warmer weather on the way, we can only expect these numbers to increase. Riding a bike is a great way to have fun exercising, and it is an environmentally-friendly form of transportation. Even though Fermilab is often described as a "bicyclist's paradise" because of its well-maintained paths and low motor vehicle traffic, bicycling can also be an easy way to get hurt.

Every year in the United States, more than 580,000 bicyclists receive emergency room treatment, 20,000 are admitted to hospitals, and 900 are killed. Motor vehicles are involved in 90% of bicyclist deaths. Defensive riding behaviors and use of safety equipment are the keys to safe biking.

Wearing a bicycle safety helmet is probably one of the best things that you can do to protect yourself from injury. (The hat-head goes away after a little while.) Also, obey all traffic signs and signals -- Fermilab's site is no exception. Some other bicycle safety tips to keep in mind are:

  • Be seen and be heard
  • Ride on the right
  • Ride in a predictable fashion
  • Avoid dangerous roads

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

Need to Find a Job in Particle Physics?
The Fermilab Library runs the HEPJobs database of jobs in high-energy physics. Nine jobs have been added in the past week!

Upcoming Classes
April 13 - Access 2000 Introduction
April 20 - Outlook 2003 Intermediate
April 27 - Outlook 2003 Advanced
April 28 & 29 - Authoring Tech Reports using MS Word
May 3-7 - AutoCAD, two sessions
May 11-13 & May 20-21 - Java Introduction
May 18 & 19 - Access 2000 Application Development
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Women's Personal Protection & Self Defense Class The next 6-week class will be from April 7 - May 12, and there are still openings. Classes are held on Wednesday evenings from 5:30-7:30 PM. Registration deadline is April 2. No Recreation membership is needed.
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Day Camp Registration Deadline Tomorrow
The deadline to register for Fermilab's day camp is tomorrow, March 30 at 5:00 p.m. Registration forms can be found in the Recreation Office or on the Recreation web page.

Scottish Country Dancing
Scottish Country Dancing will be at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 30, 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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