Fermilab TodayMonday, February 14, 2005  

Monday, February 14
2:30 p.m. Particle Astrophysics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: P-S. Corasaniti, Columbia University
Title: Recent Developments in the Quest for Dark Energy
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II
Special Topic: Superconducting Module Test Facility (SMTF)

Tuesday, February 15
12:00 p.m. Wellness Works - Brown Bag Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: J. Springsteen, Women's Osteoporosis Program of Kane County Health Department and Women's Health Coalition
Title: Building Better Bones
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over

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Monday, February 14
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
Meat Lovers Pizza $2.75
Kung Pao Chicken wtih Peanuts & Scallions $4.75

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Fermilab Celebrates
National Engineers Week 2/21 through 2/25

Engineers Week 2004
Last year's Engineers Week had a a contest to develop a multi-step "Engineer's Way" to putt a golf ball. (Click on image for larger version.)
The Fermilab Engineering Policy Committee announces that Fermilab will recognize National Engineers week February 21 through February 25 with a series of brown bag presentations and tours.

National Engineers week officially recognizes all engineers' contributions to society from all engineering disciplines. This week is specifically intended as a visible outreach to promote the engineering profession to students of all age groups across the nation. "This year Marge Bardeen of the Education Office will speak about the ways Fermilab engineers can get involved with the many programs that are available at the Lederman Center," said FESS' Vic Kuchler, Chair of the Engineering Policy Committee.

You can learn more about the week's activities around the nation and throughout the year on the National Engineers Week Web site. Watch for more information on the Fermilab presentations and tours next week in Fermilab Today. The activities are designed to be of interest to all lab employees and not just engineers. "All Fermilab employees are encouraged to attend the talks each day at noon because they are not exclusively for engineers," Kuchler said. "I would also certainly welcome any and all participation in the planning of National Engineers week in 2006."

If you have ideas for possible activities or want to get involved with the planning of future engineering events, please e-mail e-week@fnal.gov. Stay tuned to the Fermilab e-week Web site for a complete agenda of activities.

Accelerator Update
February 9 - February 11
- During this 48 hour period, Operations provided approximately 21 hours and 30 minutes of luminosity to the experiments.
- Main Injector work continues

Read the Current Accelerator Update
Read the Early Bird Report
View the Tevatron Luminosity Charts

In the News
From Science Magazine, February 11, 2005
Caught in the Squeeze
by Jeffrey Mervis
Many U.S. science agencies would have to make do with less under the president's 2006 budget request, which aims to cut the deficit, boost military and antiterrorism spending, and make tax cuts permanent.

President George W. Bush has proposed a flat budget for U.S. science next year. And the spinning has begun in earnest.

John Marburger, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, calls it "a pretty good year" for research, given the Administration's priorities of fighting terrorism, defending the homeland, and reducing the federal deficit. He says that the proposed 1% decline in the $61 billion federal science and technology budget for 2006--which excludes the Pentagon's even larger weapons development budget--would have been much worse but for the fact that "the president really cares about science."

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Safety Tip
Speak Up, Again
Last week's Safety Tip discussed the process for delivering cautionary statements when something doesn't look quite right. This article provides personal perspectives from two of Fermilab's Senior Safety Officers.

Today Rich Ruthe is the SSO with the Technical Division. In 1990, before Ruthe joined
Rich Ruthe
Fermilab, he was the Safety Manager for a chemical company. Ruthe recalls a catastrophic incident from that time which could have been easily prevented through the sharing of precautionary information. The company had a confined space that used nitrogen to inert the atmosphere during a chemical reaction. Two weeks before the incident, Ruthe reviewed the entry procedures with the operator. Nonetheless, the operator stood by and said nothing while he observed a coworker enter the enclosure to retrieve a tool that had fallen inside. The coworker was pronounced dead at the scene. Plant employees were demoralized, OSHA conducted an extensive investigation, and the operator was ultimately fired.

Greg Mitchell is the SSO with FESS and BSS. Mitchell believes that many people
Greg Mitchell
Greg Mitchell
are hesitant to approach fellow employees because they do not want to offend them or get them in trouble, when in reality they would be helping them. People may also hesitate because they are unsure about specific safety requirements. He believes, however, they should feel empowered to approach a worker if something doesn't seem right. Greg reiterates that the main point is to take responsibility for your safety and the safety of those around you.

Have a great day and let's work safely all week!
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Upcoming Classes
March 15 - Access 2000 Intro
March 16 - Excel 2000 Intro
March 22 - Access 2000 Intermediate
March 23 - Excel 2000 Intermediate
March 29 & 30 - Behavioral Interviewing (two consecutive half-days)
April 5 - Access 2000 Advanced
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Brown Bag Seminar on Tuesday
There will be a Brown Bag Seminar on Tuesday from noon to 1:00 p.m. in Curia II. Jody Springsteen, a nurse with the Kane County Health Department, will present "Building Better Bones."

URA Scholarship Applications Now Available Online
URA Scholarship Applications are available online. The deadline to apply is March 1. Scholarships will be awarded in early April. URA Scholarships are awarded on the basis of SAT scores to children of regular, full-time Fermilab employees. Questions about the program may be directed to Jeannelle Smith of Human Resources, x4367.
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Fermilab Arts Series
The Fermilab Arts Series presents the Festival of Four: A World of Music on a Single Stage on February 19 at 8:00 p.m. in Ramsey Auditorium.
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