Fermilab TodayMonday, April 12, 2004  
Monday, April 12
2:30 Theoretical Astrophysics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: D. Merritt, Rutgers University
Title: Dark and Luminous Matter Interactions with Supermassive Black Holes
4:00 All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II
Special Topic: Beam Spot Measurements at D0

Tuesday, April 13
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar - One West
Speaker: W. Wittmer, University of Technology, Graz, Austria
Title: Luminosity Optimization by Adjusting the Beta-Function in the Interaction Point at LHC and RHIC

Monday, April 12
Baked beef and noodle casserole $3.25
Chef's Choice $3.50
Six inch American sub with a side salad $4.75
Polish sausage basket $4.75

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Fermilab Design: Past, Present and Future
Fermilab Signs of the Times
New Fermilab Welcome Sign
Steve Whiteaker (left) and Joe Pygott, who worked on the new entrance signs last July. (Click on image for larger version.)
Over the past year, employees, users and visitors have seen a change in the way they are welcome to Fermilab and directed to places on site. The signs subcommittee of the Design Task Force worked with Roads and Grounds employees to design and install new signs at all laboratory entrances. The new site entrance signs, installed in July 2003, use the Fermilab core color NAL blue, the logo as specified in the Fermilab Graphic Standards, and an updated format to emphasize a friendly greeting. There are also new directional signs across the site.

"The new directional signs are based on Illinois Department of Transportation standards," said Fred Ullrich, manager of Visual Media Services and a member of the sign subcommittee. "Eventually all directional signs on site will be replaced using the new standards."

The directional signs feature IDOT color standards such as green for directions and roads; blue for places and buildings; and brown for recreational spots. The new signs have been grouped together more efficiently to reduce the total number of sign posts at Fermilab.

Next: The Fermilab Graphic Standards

Accelerator Update
Spring Flowers in the Wilson Hall Atrium
Flowers in Wilson Hall Atrium
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Accelerator Update
April 7 - April 9
- During the time period Operations established one store. That store along with an existing store provided the experiments with approximately 43 hours and 59 minutes of luminosity.
- Booster expert repair collimator.
- MI RF pond water algae causes strainer problems

View the current accelerator update
View the Tevatron Luminosity Charts

In the News
Institute of Physics Press Release, April 5, 2004:
Public don't know the difference between quarks and DNA
A survey commissioned by the Institute of Physics (IoP) has found that a staggering 98 percent of UK adults don't know what the world around us is made of. Just under two percent of those asked gave the right answer, quarks, the basic building blocks of all matter in the universe. The survey asked over 500 people what makes up the nucleus of an atom, and reveals a surprising lack of knowledge of nuclear physics which generates almost 25% of the UK's electricity supply, and provides the isotopes used in over 27,000 medical procedures every day.
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Director's Corner
Goose Alert
A Canada Goose
A Canada Goose. (Click on image for larger version.)
Poet Alfred Lord Tennyson said, "In the Spring a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love." Well, why should Canada Geese be any different? All around the lab at this time of year, goose pairs are tending to mates and nests full of eggs. Their responsibilities include protecting against all threats, real or imagined. Those perceived threats often come from Fermilab employees.

Each year, a few employees sustain minor injuries in altercations with exuberant goose parents. Almost all of these mishaps occur because of the humans' own exuberance in avoiding or attacking geese rather than any evil intent on the part of the birds. The best way to avoid problems with geese during spring time is simply to stay away from them. Use an alternate door for the few weeks the geese will be attached to the nesting spot, or just take a few seconds to walk around the area rather than "challenging" their territory.

The lab has a limited ability to prevent problems in critical areas, such as temporary fences between nests and walkways, or deterrent chemicals to grassy areas where geese forage. In some highly sensitive areas, such as the Daycare Center, we can evict badly behaving nesters forcibly.

We should always keep in mind that we are justifiably proud of Fermilab's friendly relationship with nature. And nature is not always as convenient, pristine, or safe as we might like.

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

Coed Softball Captains Meet 4/14
Softball season is almost here. Games start on 5/5/2004. Games are played 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 at hockin@fnal.gov if your interested in playing. Entire teams or individuals are welcome.

Register for CDF Tour
The Cruisin' the Lab program offers people at the lab a tour of CDF on April 20. Registration is required and takes place on a first come, first served basis. More information

Authoring Technical Reports with Word
On April 28 & 30, Training and Development is offering a Microsoft Word class tailored to authors of scientific and technical reports. Content of class: format reports using Word templates and styles; inserting figures, graphics and equations; creating PostScript and PDF documents.

Upcoming Classes:
April 13 - Access 2000 Introduction
April 20 - Outlook 2003 Intermediate
April 27 - Outlook 2003 Advanced
April 28 & 30 - Authoring Tech Reports Using MS Word
May 3-7 - AutoCAD (AM+PM session)
May 11-13 & May 20-21 Java Intro
May 18 & 19 - Access 2000 Application Development
June 15 & 17 - HTML Intro, Intro to Web Publishing (two half days)
June 16 - Accomplishment Report Writing
June 21 - 25 LabView Intermediate I: Successful Devl. Prac. (AM+PM session)
June 29 & July 1 - HTML Intermediate, Enhanced Layout (two half days)
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