Fermilab TodayTuesday, March 30, 2004  
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

Wednesday, March 31
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. Fermilab Colloquium - 1 West
Speaker: R. Cook, University of Chicago
Title: Operating at the Sharp End: Accidents and Human Error in Complex Systems

Tuesday, March 30
Garden Vegetable soup
Greek gyros w/batter dipped fries $3.50
Chicken cordon bleu w/a light wine cream sauce over wild rice $3.25
All American sub sandwich served w/a side salad $4.75
Polish sausage basket w/fries, cole slaw and 16 oz. fountain drink $4.75
Blackened chicken Caesar salad $3.75

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Spring Birds Visit Fermilab
Long-tailed duck
Long-tailed duck (Image courtesy of the Indiana Audubon Society)
On Wednesday morning, March 24, Peter Kasper spotted a bird that hasn't been sighted at Fermilab in at least 17 years. One male Long-Tailed Duck was swimming with a group of Lesser Scaups in Main Ring Lake.

"Seeing Long-Tailed Ducks inland is very unusual," said Kasper, an Accelerator Division staff member and avid birdwatcher. "One was seen on the Fox River last year and it created a lot of excitement."

Sandhill Cranes, a species threatened in the state of Illinois, have also been spotted recently. The cranes often fly over Fermilab as they migrate from wintering grounds in Florida and Texas to breeding grounds in the north. Occasionally they can be seen landing on site.

"March is an excellent month for seeing waterfowl at Fermilab," said Kasper. March is Fermilab's peak month for spring migrations of waterfowl such as Long-Tailed Ducks. The best places to spot birds on site in March and April are Main Ring Lake and Lake Law.

Accelerator Update
March 26 - March 29
- During the period Operations established two stores that provided approximately 27 hours and 29 minutes of luminosity to the experiments.
- On Friday afternoon a Pbar power supply tripped off and aborted the stack.
- The TeV suffered three quenches during studies this weekend.

View the current accelerator update
View the Tevatron Luminosity Charts

In the News
From the Daily Herald, March 28, 2004
Getting to know Fermilab
By Amanda Vinicky
There are a lot of myths about Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. One is that nuclear warheads and missiles secretly come in by the truckload overnight. Another suggests that "mole people" live in subterranean tunnels beneath the Batavia facility.

Edi Eckley, a former hairdresser whose Warrenville home backs up to the lab, has heard them all. She didn't necessarily believe them. A client who worked at Fermilab had assured Eckley she was "not going to be radioactive," but Eckley didn't know exactly what did go on at the U.S. Department of Energy lab.

"Most people don't know anything about (Fermilab) at all. They just know it's a good place to ride their bikes," Eckley said.
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Director's Corner
Good Morning!
Mike Witherell
Mike Witherell
Earlier, I wrote about the four most important annual laboratory reviews-all held within a period of 30 days this spring. Now that they are over, I want to report to you on the outcome. In brief, they went well. I cannot do justice to the results here, but I'll call out some of the main points.

The DOE Facility Operations Review, March 16-18, was the first of its kind for us. The review covered most of our operations: accelerators, research, business and finance, infrastructure and ES&H, and management. The accelerator subcommittee found that "priorities are properly established" and the "focus of the laboratory is consistent with priorities." The management subcommittee said "improvements in Run II operations are encouraging" and that "the Run II organization is quite effective."

The reviewers agreed with us that the main risks to future success are aging infrastructure and the effects of flat budgets. The committee gave special praise to safety practices throughout the laboratory and the "strong safety culture at FNAL."

The DOE Annual Program Review, March 23-25, reviewed all aspects of the scientific program, with an agenda similar to the URA Visiting Committee review two weeks earlier. The Program Review made use of the findings of the preceding reviews of Run II and of facility operations and affirmed many of the points they had made. The reviewers toured the NuMI project and gave credit to NuMI's leadership for bringing that difficult project to the present status, only months from completion. The committee also praised the research done by Fermilab staff, from theoretical physics and astrophysics to accelerator R&D.

Collectively, the review committees gave great credit to the dedication of the Fermilab staff and to the high quality of work across the laboratory-in other words, to you.

WGN AM Radio
The Cosmos: A Tour of the Distant Horizons

WGN AM Radio presents "The Cosmos: A Tour of the Distant Horizons," featuring Brian Greene, tonight at 9:00 p.m.

Spring Muscle Toning Class
The spring muscle toning begins April 13 - May 20. The cost is $45.00 for this 6-week session. Deadline to sign up is April 9.

Coed Softball League
Softball season is almost here. Games start on 5/5/2004 and take place in the village on Wednesdays or Thursdays starting at 5:15 pm. Captains meeting in the cafeteria at noon on 4/14/2004. Contact Dave Hockin if you're interested in playing. Entire teams or individuals, all are welcome.

Day Camp Registration Deadline Today
The deadline to register for Fermilab's day camp is today at 5:00 p.m. Registration forms can be found in the Recreation Office or on the Recreation web page.

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