Fermilab TodayTuesday, June 1, 2004  
Tuesday, June 1
Noon Summer Lecture Series - 1 West
Speaker: L. Lederman, IMSA/Fermilab
Title: A Selection of Historic Experiments
3:00 p.m. Alvin: The Symposium - 1 West
Speaker: V. Shiltsev, Fermilab
Title: The Tevatron Now
Speaker: G. Punzi, INFN/Pisa
Title: The CDF Silicon Vertex Trigger
Speaker: J. Annis, Fermilab
Title: The Dark-Energy Survey Project

Wednesday, June 2
8:30 a.m. Users' Annual Meeting Registration - Auditorium Lobby
8:50 a.m. Users' Annual Meeting - Auditorium

Tuesday, June 1
Golden Broccoli and Cheese Soup
Hickory Smoked BBQ Pork $4.75
Japanese Breaded Pork Cutlet $3.75
Hawaiian Marinated Chicken w/ Grilled Pineapple $3.75
Toasted Almond Chicken Salad $4.75
Portabella Mushroom Baked Pizza Wrap $3.75
Chicken Fajita Tacos $4.75
Wilson Hall Cafe Menu
Chez Leon
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Utica Rescue Effort Helped by Fermilab Employees
Electrical Engineering Division technician Mike Cherry was at his part-year residence in a yacht club near Utica, IL when the tornado hit on April 20.
Mike Cherry
Mike Cherry
Working cell phone in hand, he went door-to-door, retracing the tornado's route, to see if anyone needed help. He spent the rest of the evening and early morning at an intersection east of Utica's downtown, first keeping people away from downed power lines and later assisting with traffic control.

"All other ways into the town were blocked, so the county sheriff and I were in charge of the emergency route in and out of Utica," said Cherry.

Ryan Lambert, a member of the Fermilab and North Aurora Fire Departments, was eating dinner with his family when he was paged to go to Utica with the Division 13 Technical Rescue Team. About 35 members of the team,
Ryan Lambert
Ryan Lambert
composed of specially trained firefighters, EMTs and paramedics, traveled to the disaster site to carry out search and rescue efforts. The team spent most of the next 13 hours in the collapsed Milestone Tap bar, looking for survivors and recovering bodies of the victims so that they could be returned to their families.

"It was a physically and emotionally straining day," said Lambert, "but from the time we got there to the time we left, the community really came together. These people had just had everything ripped away, but they were coming up and offering us food and water and asking if there was anything else we wanted."

So Long, Dwaine Foster
Dwaine Foster
Dwaine Foster
Dwaine Foster retired May 31 after 22 years at Fermilab. He arrived at the lab in 1982 and worked for one year in the Beams Division, and then spent the next 21 years in Business Services, first as a storekeeper in Warehouse 1 and then as a property clerk in Warehouse 2.

"In Warehouse 2, I dealt with excess materials--computers and components," said Foster. "We'd reuse materials that the lab bought, rather than just throwing them away. We'd get the maximum use out of them; some items were turned over three, four or five times."

Foster, originally from New Albany, Mississippi, moved to Aurora in 1959. After a very brief stint at a car dealership, he worked for Austin Westin and Caterpillar before arriving at Fermilab. He plans to spend his retirement years in Mississippi in a house with enough land for vegetable gardening, and looks forward to spending more time doing lay ministry for the Baptist Church.

In the News
FYI: AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News, May 27, 2004
Recommendations for Strengthening the U.S. Innovation Infrastructure
"Unfortunately, the U.S.'s ability to adapt, compete and innovate alongside emerging workforces in countries such as China and India is threatened by a systematically weak education system, a dearth of R&D funding, visa policy that discourages the brightest foreign minds and a business climate heavy with regulatory and tax burdens." This is the conclusion of a new report by the Electronic Industries Alliance (EIA), an alliance of approximately 2,500 electronic and high-tech companies and associations. "The best hope for the U.S. to maintain its edge against rising global competition is by fostering and expanding our most prized intellectual asset: innovation," the report says. "If we want to ensure that successive waves of innovation begin in the U.S., and that U.S. workers are first to benefit from ‘the next big things,' we have to have the necessary innovation infrastructure in place."
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Director's Corner
Good Morning!
Mike Witherell
Mike Witherell
The Annual Users' Meeting is being held on Wednesday and Thursday this week. At that meeting we will hear about some of the accomplishments of the last year. The collider program has delivered about 300 pb-1 of integrated luminosity to each experiment in that time, and we are just above the design plan. In the last few weeks, records were set for initial collider luminosity and for the most protons on target for MiniBooNE. In addition, as we see from the Result of the Week, new, important physics results are coming out of the Fermilab program continuously.

We look forward to another very good year for the Fermilab accelerators. We will add a powerful new instrument to the world's investigation of neutrinos when the MINOS experiment starts operation early in 2005. The collider program will also get another boost as the Recycler is integrated into operation.

Thanks to all of the people, both Fermilab staff and users, who have contributed to the recent successes. We all look forward to the exciting physics ahead.

Updating the Fermilab Phonebook
Last week, Fermilab Today requested all Fermilab employees to update their information in the phone directory using an online form. Please disregard this request. Business Services will mail a paper copy of a form to all Fermilab employees in June. We regret any confusion.

Accelerator Update
May 26 - May 28
Record store in Tevatron!
Power glitch ends Record store prematurely.
Tevatron recovery almost complete with Holiday weekend to follow.

View the current accelerator update
View the Tevatron Luminosity Charts

Change in Users' Meeting Schedule
Due to a last minute schedule change, on Wednesday, June 2, the Users' Meeting will start at 8:50 a.m. instead of 9:00 a.m.

Sitewide Emergency Warning System Testing Today
The Sitewide Emergency Warning System is scheduled for testing today at 10:00 a.m. All components and voice interfaces for CDF, DZero, FCC and Wilson Hall will be tested. The test will begin and end with the announcement, "This is a test of the sitewide emergency warning system." Any questions or problems should be reported to Bill James at x8901.

Upcoming Classes June 15 & 17 HTML Intro, Intro to Web Publishing (two half days)
June 21-25 LabView Intermediate I: Suc. Dev. Prac. (two sessions AM & PM)
June 29-July 1 HTML Intermediate: Enhanced Layout (two half days)
June 30 Excel Intro
July 8, 21 Accomplishment Report Writing
July 30 Excel Intermediate
August 4, 12 Goal Setting
August 10 Access Intro
August 24 Word Intro
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Accelerated C++ Short Course
On June 7,Fermilab will offer "Accelerated C++: A Short Course in Practical Programming by Example." This course is an extended professional development experience that emphasizes computer programming in modern standard C++. No tuition is charged; the only cost is for the required textbook (a URA subsidy is available for qualifying graduate students). Walter Brown, one of Fermilab's representatives to the international C++ standardization effort, is the course instructor. He is a member of the Computing Division's CEPA department.
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Scottish Country Dancing
Scottish Country Dancing will be held at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 1, at the Geneva American Legion Post. Newcomers are always welcome. Info at 630-584-0825 or 630-840-8194 or folkdance@fnal.gov.

Fermi Singers Summer Concert
Mark your calendars! See your friends in action! The Fermi Singers will be holding their Summer Concert on Wednesday, July 7, 2004 in the Ramsey Auditorium at noon. Treats to follow.. more to come as we get closer to the concert.

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