Fermilab TodayWednesday, June 9, 2004  
Wednesday, June 9
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. Fermilab Colloquium - 1 West
Speaker: C. Martin, California Institute of Technology
Title: The Galaxy Evolution Explorer: Results from the First Year

Thursday, June 10
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over

Wednesday, June 9
Italian Wedding with Meatballs
Diner Style Patty Melt $4.75
Mediterranean Style Baked Fish $3.75
Roasted Turkey & Dressing $3.75
Greek Chicken Panini with Feta Cheese $4.75
Sicilian Style Pizza $2.75
Grilled Chicken Bowtie in a Tomato Cream Sauce $4.75
Wilson Hall Cafe Menu
Chez Leon
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Graduate Students Present Research at New Perspectives 2004
GSA New Perspectives
Graduate students discuss their posters on June 3 as part of the New Perspectives conference. (Click on image for larger version.)
A Thursday afternoon poster session in the Wilson Hall Atrium kicked off New Perspectives 2004, the ninth annual conference for Fermilab graduate students organized by the Graduate Student Association, held on June 3 and 4. A dozen graduate students discussed their research with attendees and fellow students during the evening wine and cheese event.

The conference continued Friday with a series of talks by graduate students on topics ranging from neutrino oscillations to RF cavities. In addition to the ten graduate student speakers, invited speakers Leon Lederman and David Hertzog spoke on funding for basic research and the g-2 experiment at Brookhaven. At the conclusion of the talks, the poster presentation prizes were awarded in honor of George Michail, a graduate student killed by a drunk driver in 1996. First prize went to Vyacheslav Krutelyov, second to Mohammad Al Sharo'a and third to Kohei Yorita. The conference ended on a festive note Friday evening with a barbeque in the Kuhn Barn.

"We were really pleased," said Martin Griffiths, one of the conference organizers. "It was quite hard work to organize, but everything ran really smoothly and we got a lot of people. The turnout for the barbeque was so high that we had to send out for extra burgers."

In the News
From The New York Times, June 8, 2004
The Baby Universe's First Cry: A Million Years in 5 Seconds
DENVER, June 2 -If the universe is created with a bang but no one is around to witness it, does it still make a sound?

Some 13.7 billion years later, Dr. Mark Whittle, a professor of astronomy at the University of Virginia, says yes.

Sound has played an important role in research on the Big Bang, the explosive birth of the universe. In 1963, trying to track a mysterious hiss generated by their microwave antenna, Arno Penzias and Robert Wilson of Bell Labs discovered the cosmic microwave background, a faint glow of photons left over from the Big Bang.
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Eagle Scout Researched Fermilab History
Bryan Hybki, a member of Boy Scout Troop 0715, was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout in a ceremony May 16 in Oglesby, Illinois. To complete
Bryan Hybki
Bryan Hybki
one of the 21 merit badges required to attain the rank of Eagle Scout, Hybki completed a research project on Enrico Fermi and the history of Fermilab. The research project, completed in 2002, won him a "first" ranking at both his school's history fair and the regional history fair in DeKalb. He then went on to compete in the state history fair in Springfield, receiving a "second" rank.

In addition to earning merit badges, Eagle Scouts complete a number of community service hours and organize a service project that will have a lasting impact on the community. Hybki re-landscaped the area around the sign in front of his local junior high school, collecting donations of time and money from local organizations and supervising volunteers.

"I enjoyed it," said Hybki. "I liked the last day, where we actually put the project together."

Hybki has been a member of the Boy Scouts since first grade. He is an honor student at LaSalle-Peru Township High School, where he will enter tenth grade in the fall.

Accelerator Update
Venus Transit
The transit of Venus as seen from Wilson Hall yesterday at sunrise. (Photo courtesy of Joao Guimaraes da Costa) (Click on image for larger version.)
Venus transit
The transit of Venus as seen in Batavia yesterday at 6:10 a.m. (Photo courtesy of Peter Garbincius) (Click on image for larger version.)
2004 Users' Meeting Streaming Videos
Audio and video of presentations made at the 2004 Users' Meeting are available online through Visual Media Services. Thanks to all for making the 2004 Users' Meeting a great success.

International Folk Dancing
International Folk Dancing will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 10, 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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