Fermilab TodayMonday, August 9, 2004  
Monday, August 9
Noon Summer Lecture Series - 1 West
Speaker: D. Bauer, Fermilab
Title: Direct Detection of Dark Matter
1:00 p.m. The Tevatron Connection - Auditorium
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II

Tuesday, August 10
9:00 a.m. The Tevatron Connection - Auditorium
10:30 a.m. Academic Lecture Series - Curia II
Speaker: L. Lyons, Oxford University
Title: Practical Statistics for Physicists: Goodness of Fit and Hypothesis Testing
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over

Monday, August 9
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Savory Roasted Chicken Quarters $4.75
Lasagna Bolognaise $3.50
Chicken Ranch Wrapper $4.75
Sausage Alfredo Pizza $2.75
Szechuan Style Pork Lo Mein $4.75
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The Tevatron Connection Kicks Off Today
On August 9 and 10, CDF, DZero and MiniBooNE will present their newest experimental results at the Tevatron Connection, a series of discussions between experimenters, theorists, and curious Fermilab employees.

"CDF and DZero are always producing new results, but up until now there hasn't been a really good way of sharing them with the Fermilab community," said John Womersley, DZero spokesperson and
Tevatron Connection
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one of six Tevatron Connection organizers. The main goal of the Tevatron Connection is to facilitate communication inside the lab, but it will also help presenters to hone their presentations for the upcoming conference in Beijing. Unlike at larger conferences, graduate students and post-docs will also be able to present their results.

"In the past, each experiment would try to jam all of its results into a 45 minute seminar, but, of course, only managed to scratch the surface," Womersley said. "The Tevatron Connection will allow longer discussions, and give us an idea of what issues we need to explore in more depth."

Discussion topics include B physics, QCD, precision measurements in electroweak physics, and searches for supersymmetry and the Higgs boson. On Monday night, attendees can enjoy food and drinks organized by CDF, DZero, and the Theory Group, with support from URA.

"If the Tevatron Connection is successful, we'll try to make it a regular conference that will attract physicists from outside the lab community," Womersley said. "It should be a good time, and everyone's invited. Show up and bring your brain."
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Accelerator Update
August 4 - August 6
- During this 48 hour period Operations established one store that provided approximately 20 hours and 3 minutes of luminosity to the experiments.
- Pbar had stacking trouble
- TeV store 3711 established by Mix Antiproton Mode
- CHL struggled with unstable D1 cryo system
- Feeder 32 tripped off

View the current accelerator update
View the Tevatron Luminosity Charts

In the News
From Vietnam News Agency, August 6, 2004
"Rencontre du Viet Nam" - an opportunity for young physicists
Rencontres participants visited the President of Vietnam, Tran Duc Loung, (head of the table) in the Presidential Palace last Friday. Fermilab's Boaz Klima (right) was one of the participants. Ho Chi Minh is the bust in the background. (Click on image for larger version.)
Ha Noi (VNA) - More than 250 physicists have gathered in Ha Noi for a six-day workshop entitled "Rencontre du Viet Nam" which opened on Friday.

They are from Viet Nam and 31 other countries and territories all over the world, including the United States, France, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Russia, Germany, China, Australia, Malaysia, Thailand, the Republic of Korea, Norway, Denmark, the Republic of South Africa, Iran, Israel, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh.
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Safety Tip
Attentiveness Explained
Ouch! Owwww! Doh! Did you ever do something really stupid but did not know why? The fact is that attentiveness is a major factor in more than half of all accidents. Unfortunately, urging people to simply "pay more attention" seldom has a significant or lasting effect. As a coping mechanism, we all develop "mental shortcuts" to selectively block out unnecessary information.
Unfortunately, these shortcuts are imperfect and some of the information needed to prevent accidents can be blocked as well.

Like other characteristics, people vary in their ability to pick out and use the information that is presented to them. Level of vigilance is a quality that should be considered when selecting workers for specific tasks. Also keep in mind that vigilance can be diminished in a number of ways: fatigue, poor health or drugs. After repeating a task, people develop an expectation about how things work. This has the benefits of reducing stress and improving efficiency. Expected outcomes, however, can also increase the likelihood of an accident if something unusual occurs. On occasion, people will even ignore obvious signs that things are going wrong and behave, incorrectly, as if all is normal. Mental workload is another factor that affects attentiveness. This is a case where too much or too little are both bad. Too much work can tax abilities, while too little can produce complacency. The latter is a concern, especially, in automated processes that are an increasingly common feature at Fermilab.

Have a great day and let's work safely all week!
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Upcoming Classes
August 10 - Access Intro
August 24 - Word Intro
August 25 - Adobe Acrobat 6.0 Prof. - Forms, Security & Accessibility (one half-day)
August 31 & Sept. 2 - Cascading Style Sheets (two half-days)
Sept. 14 - 16: JavaScript Programming
October 5 - Excel Intermediate
October 6 - Access Intermediate
October 19 - Word Advanced
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Village Pool August Schedule
Due to the lack of staffing, the village pool will adopt the following schedule for August:
August 1 - 22, the pool will be open it's normal scheduled times and days.
August 23 - 27, the pool will be open for Adult Swim Only from 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM and 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM. The pool will be closed from 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM.
August 28, the pool will be open from 9:30 AM - 7:00 PM for Family Swimming.

Recreation Office Schedule Next Week
Due to unforseen circumstances, the Recreation Office will be closed Tuesday, August 10 and Wednesday, August 11. All other Recreation sites will be open as usual, such as the Village Pool, Day Camp and the Recreation Facility.

Fermilab Barnstormers Meeting Wednesday
The Fermilab Barnstormers, Model Aeronautic Club, will have its next meeting on Wednesday, August 11 at 5:30 p.m., at the Frelo Flying Field. Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month. The club will meet in the Users Center if it rains. New members welcome! Current members fly, control line, R/C gas and electric planes. The club also has members who fly helicopters! Try out the trainer club plane, bring something to fly, or come and watch.
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Free English Classes
NALWO-sponsored free English language classes for beginning and advanced levels are Mondays at the Users Center from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Scottish Country Dancing
Scottish Country Dancing will be held at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, August 10, at the Geneva American Legion Post. Info at 630-584-0825 or 630-840-8194 or folkdance@fnal.gov.

Wilson Hall Interior Window Washing Starts Today
The cleaning crew will start washing the interior windows in Wilson Hall today. Please remove any papers that are taped to the windows in your office. Please move any papers or other items on your desk that are near the windows. For questions, contact Enixe Castro at x2798. The windows will be cleaned according to this schedule:
August 9: 15th, 14th, 13th floors
August 10: 12th, 11th, 10th floors
August 11: 9th, 8th, 7th floors
August 12: 6th, 5th, 4th floors
August 13: 3rd, 2nd, 1st floors
August 16: Ground floor and mezzanine
August 17-18: Atrium

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