Fermilab TodayMonday, November 22, 2004  
Monday, November 22
2:30 p.m. Particle Astrophysics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: N. Dalal, Institute for Advanced Study
Title: Probing Dark Matter with Gravitational Lensing
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II
Special Topics: Momentum Mining in the Recycler and MINOS Near Detector Commissioning

Tuesday, November 23
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over

Monday, November 22
Wisconsin Cheese Soup
Corned Beef Reuben $4.75
Chicken Provencale $3.75
Shepherd's Pie $3.75
BBQ Panini with Pepper Jack Cheese $4.75
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Wilson Hall Cafe Menu
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Led Oddone to Physics

Pier Oddone
A native of Peru, Pier Oddone decided that he wanted to pursue physics when he was in high school after reading about Berkeley Lab in the newspaper. (Click on image for larger version.)
Around 1960, high school student Pier Oddone made the choice of his lifelong career by reading newspapers in his native Peru. His imagination was captured by physics and physics research.

"I had never known a physicist," Oddone said during his introductory press conference on Friday. "All I knew was what I was reading in the press about people doing such fantastic things at places like the Rad Lab [now Berkeley Lab]. I decided, while not knowing what a physicist was, that I wanted to be a physicist. My mother said, 'If you want to be a physicist, you have to get out of here.' I applied to all the famous schools, and my parents put me on a boat and shipped me north to M.I.T."

Arriving at the Boston campus, Oddone was intimidated by a roommate who discoursed on differential equations. He studied night and day out of fear that he was out of his depth. At the end of the year, his roommate dropped physics and transferred to the humanities. "He said if physicists had to work that hard all the time, he didn't want to be a physicist," Oddone recalled.

The roommate remained Oddone's lifelong friend, and is now a prominent intellectual property lawyer in Boston. Oddone wasn't all work at M.I.T., however; he met his future wife, Barbara, who was a Wellesley College student. They are approaching their 40th wedding anniversary. Their daughter, Alessandra, is a senior at Wellesley majoring in Business and Spanish; their son, Gian Michele (with wife, Julie) is a postdoc in Chemical Engineering at the University of California-Davis.

Barbara S. de Oddone, a native of Berkeley, Calif., was recently named one of the top 10 labor lawyers in the San Francisco Bay area. She described the natural beauty of the Fermilab site as "astounding," and welcomed the change of moving to the Midwest.

"Many of us who come here from other places have Midwestern roots," she said. "My grandmother was born in a sod house on the Kansas prairie. But when we went back there, there was no prairie left. But you have a prairie here…You have all been great stewards of this site, and I'm looking forward to learning all the flora and fauna."

Beth Witherell and Barbara Oddone
Beth Witherell (left) and Barbara Oddone look on as Pier Oddone is introduced as the new Director of Fermilab. (Click on image for larger version.)
Pier Oddone, Named Fermilab's Fifth Director, Returns To "The Field I Come From, The Field I Love"
Pier Oddone
Pier Oddone addresses the Fermilab community at the all-hands meeting on Friday. (Click on image for larger version.)
Pier Oddone was recently notified that he will be awarded the prestigious Panofsky Prize in physics in 2005 for inventing the asymmetric B factory. But he was clear on Friday that being named the next Director of Fermilab was a prize in and of itself.

"In the last few years, we've learned how ignorant we are-dark energy, dark matter, we know nothing of them, yet it's all connected," said Oddone, who will become the lab's fifth director on July 1, 2005. "In nature, we see the wings of a butterfly, we see supernovas, we see back to the big bang-Fermilab is the place where we ask the most important questions about them, like the origin of mass, how many dimension are there, how did the universe evolve. Now I am re-engaged in the field that I come from, the field that I love."

Oddone, 60, has been Deputy Director of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory since 1991, with responsibility for scientific programs in a multidiscipline lab with a $500 million annual budget. He was selected as Fermilab's director after a search of more than six months, culminating in a meeting with, and approval by, Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham just over a week ago.

"He is the best combination we could imagine," said Don Hartill of Cornell University, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Universities Research Association, Inc., which operates Fermilab under contract with the Department of Energy.
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Pier Oddone
(Left to Right) Mike Witherell, Pier Oddone and Robin Staffin at the press conference on Friday. (Click on image for larger version.)
Safety Tip
Until the EMTs Arrive
Fermilab Fire Department
Fermilab's Fire Department demonstrates how to rescue someone from a car using the Jaws of Life. (Click on image for larger version.)
Fermilab is fortunate to have its own fire department. A particular advantage is that Emergency Medical Technicians can be anywhere onsite within three to 10 minutes via the x3131 system. But what should you be doing while you wait for the EMTs to arrive? Fermilab's Fire Captain Neil Dal Cerro offers the following advice for medical emergencies, whether onsite or offsite.

Stay calm and reassure the victim. Make a point of remembering the times that things occur so you can brief emergency responders. When was the last time you talked to the person? How long has the victim been unconscious?

If the victim has no pulse and is not breathing, provide Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) if you are trained. (Note that this life-saving technique should only be applied by trained personnel.) If there is severe bleeding from an open wound, apply direct pressure. Avoid contact with blood to minimize your risk of infection. Use gloves and/or other barriers. See FESHM Chapter 5072 for additional information on bloodborne pathogens.

Keep the victim warm and make them as comfortable as possible. Do not move them unless there is an immediate threat to safety. Gather all medications that the victim may be taking to help emergency responders assess their medical history. Move obstacles out of the way so there is easy access to the victim. Keep pets secured away from all the activity. Above all, protect yourself so you don't become an additional victim.

Have a great day and let's work safely all week!
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In the News
From Crain's Chicago Business, November 19, 2004
New director for Fermilab By Paul Merrion
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia has a new director: Piermaria Oddone, 60, currently deputy director of Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory in California.

He will replace Michael Witherell, who announced in October that he would step down from his post next June.
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Archived Streaming Video of All-Hands Meeting
An archived streaming video of Friday's All-Hands meeting is available online.

Upcoming Classes
December 13 - 17: Advanced Linux Administration
December 14 & 15: Behavioral Interviewing (Talent Selection) two consecutive half-days
January 10 - 14: Advanced Linux Administration
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2005 Charitable Giving Campaign
Fermilab employees have the opportunity to contribute annually by payroll deduction to one, two or three IRS approved charities of their choice. To participate, a contribution of at least $52.00 on an annual basis for one charity or $78.00 for two or more can be pledged. If you would like to participate in the Charitable Giving Campaign in 2005, employees must complete and return an enrollment form to payroll by December 1, 2004. For more information, contact Fermilab's Equal Opportunity Office at x3591, x4633 or x3415.

Christmas Schooner, December 4
The Fermilab Arts Series presents "The Christmas Schooner," performed by the Bailiwick Theater. Saturday, December 4, 2004, at 8 p.m. in the Ramsey Auditorium. Tickets - $20 ($10 for ages 18 and under). For reservations call x2787.

The Dawn of X-ray Astronomy, December 10
The Fermilab Lecture Series presents "The Dawn of X-ray Astronomy," presented by 2002 Nobel Prize winner Riccardo Giacconi. Friday, December 10, 2004, at 8 p.m. in the Ramsey Auditorium. Tickets are $5. For reservations call x2787.

Scottish Country Dancing
Scottish Country Dancing will be held at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, November 23, at the Geneva American Legion Post. Info at 630-584-0825 or 630-840-8194 or folkdance@fnal.gov.

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