Fermilab TodayMonday, November 8, 2004  
Monday, November 8
9:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m. Special Seminars (NOTE LOCATIONS) Curia II (a.m.) 1 West (p.m.)
Speakers: L. Ortiz, Ortiz & Lopez, PLLC (Patent Counsel) J. Zeilinski and C. Snider, Western Suburban Technology Enterprise Center
Title: Technology Transfer - Developing An Idea
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II
Special Topic: Main Injector Accomplishments in FY04

Tuesday, November 9
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar - 1 West
Speaker: F. Le Pimpec, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center
Title: Beam-Surface Interactions: A Vacuum Point of View

Monday, November 8
French Quarter Gumbo
French Dip w. Horseradish Cream Sauce $4.75
Honey Garlic Pork Chop $3.75
BBQ Roasted Quartered Chicken $3.75
Italian Panini with Provolone $4.75
Pizza $2.75
Sweet n' Sour Chicken with an Egg Roll $4.75

Wilson Hall Cafe Menu
Chez Leon

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PPD's Sten Hansen Receives Director's Award for Contributions to Pre-College Education
Sten Hansen
Sten Hansen (left) accepted the award from Director Mike Witherell on Thursday night. (Click on image for larger version.)
At the annual Director's Reception for educational volunteers on Thursday evening, Sten Hansen of PPD received a Director's Award for his "outstanding contributions to pre-college education." Director Mike Witherell personally handed Hansen the award, which consisted of a plaque and $1,000. "I'm certainly taken aback, and very honored," Hansen said.

Witherell also gave certificates of appreciation to the eight other people who were nominated for the award by the Office of Education: Orlando Colón, Curt Danner, Geoff Eargle, Terry Kiper, Don Lincoln, Paul Nienaber, Arnold Pompos, and Jerry Zimmerman.

The director spoke of the relevance of science education as a national issue, and said it's important that the laboratory "do what we can do" at the local level. He also said outreach is important for the laboratory's standing with the surrounding communities.

"How lucky Fermilab is to have a large group of scientists and engineers who are willing to do this work, and education specialists like Marge [Bardeen] who make sure students get the most benefit from it," Witherell said.

In her thank-you address to volunteers, Office of Education head Marge Bardeen said, "Fermilab's educational programs have been rated world-class, most recently in the lab's peer review, and that's because of you."

The Director's Award, established this year, is supported by an anonymous donor to the Fermilab Friends for Science Education fund.

Anyone who is interested in volunteering -- which can mean anything from mentoring to spending a half hour answering visitors' questions -- should contact x3092.

For DOE Labs Flu Vaccines Go a Long Way
Flu Shot
A flu shot
You may be wondering what happened to the 800 doses of flu vaccine that were delivered to Fermilab in late September. It looks as though our vaccine will wind up protecting at risk employees from three DOE labs instead of just one.

You will recall that a nationwide vaccine shortage arose in early October. As a result, Fermilab management took a strong position to observe public health recommendations and limit vaccinations to those at greatest risk. The number of Fermilab flu shot clinics was subsequently reduced from three to one and overall 300 Fermilab employees were inoculated.

Since Argonne National Lab was unable to obtain flu vaccines this year, Fermilab sold them the remaining 500 doses. Like Fermilab, Argonne also limited vaccination to those in greatest need. About 200 vaccinations were administered at Argonne in clinics held on October 28 and 29. Additional opportunities for inoculation were scheduled for the following week. If Argonne has any vaccines left over, they will sell it to Brookhaven National Lab, who were also unable to obtain flu vaccines this year.

In the News
From The Daily Herald, November 5, 2004
Batavia staring at deficit budget
By Gala M. Pierce Daily
For 2005, the city of Batavia faces a $73.8 million budget with about a $1 million deficit.

...The city has budgeted roughly $5 million for various electrical-related costs, including the transmission substation project with Fermilab and several power line extensions.
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Safety Tip
Heat Gun Shock
Heat Gun
Looking up at the bottom of the heat gun, the inset shows the brush, spring and cap. Note that the access hole can shock the user if the cap falls out. (Click on image for larger version.)
On October 28, a Fermilab employee received an electric shock to his right index finger while operating a heat gun. He immediately dropped the gun which stopped the shock. The worker sustained a small burn on his finger. Investigation revealed that a motor brush cap became unscrewed from the tool body. This allowed an energized motor brush spring to contact the worker's finger. Current flowed from the spring, through the worker's finger, and into a non-insulated part of the tool body. The shock was limited to the worker's finger because the tool body was properly grounded via a three-conductor power cord, three-prong plug, and correctly wired outlet. Further investigation revealed that both of the plastic brush caps were brittle. Both fractured upon re-insertion.

The type of heat gun involved in this incident is widely used at Fermilab. This particular tool was a Master Appliance Corporation model HG-751B. It was manufactured about 10 years ago and is not the subject of any product recall or safety notice program. Fermilab's Electrical Safety Subcommittee recommends that brush assemblies for heat guns be periodically checked for tightness and wear. In addition, use of a GFCI would have prevented the shock and small burn to the worker.

These recommendations can be extended to a wide variety of other electrically-powered hand tools. Check your tool to make sure it is in good operating condition and use a GFCI as added protection.

Have a great day and let's work safely all week!
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November 16 & 17: Behavioral Interviewing (Talent Selection) two consecutive half-days
December 13 - 17: Advanced Linux Administration
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January 10 - 14: Advanced Linux Administration
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Scottish Country Dancing
Scottish Country Dancing will be held at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, November 9, at the Geneva American Legion Post. Info at 630-584-0825 or 630-840-8194 or folkdance@fnal.gov.

Fermilab Barnstormers Meeting Wednesday
The Fermilab Barnstormers Model Aeronautic Club will have its next meeting Wednesday November 10 at 5:30pm at the Users' Center Music Room. Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month. Current members fly R/C gas planes, electric planes, control line planes, and helicopters.
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