Fermilab TodayMonday, March 21, 2005  
Monday, March 21
2:30 p.m. Particle Astrophysics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: T. Wiseman, Harvard University
Title: Black Holes and Extra Dimensions
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II
Special Topics: CDF Silicon Detector Damage Update and DZero Luminosity Measurement

Tuesday, March 22
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over

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Monday, March 21
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Tevatron Achieves New Record Luminosity
On Friday at 1:20 p.m., accelerator operators achieved a record peak luminosity of 113.4 E30 cm-2sec-1. The last record of 107.4 E30 cm-2sec-1 was set on February 24. DZero recorded a luminosity over 100.0 E30 cm-2sec-1 for the first time ever, measuring 105.9 E30 cm-2sec-1.

Wanted: Summer Mentors
for Science Teachers

Len Bugel
TRAC teacher Len Bugel (right) works on the MiniBooNE horn with Eric Zimmerman. (Click on image for larger version.)
Every year a dozen or so teachers, most from local Chicago schools, spend 8 to 12 weeks at Fermilab, to participate in TRAC, a summer research program for high school science teachers. From silicon detectors for DZero to fans for CDF, in the past, teachers have worked with a Fermilab scientist on a wide range on projects, many related to the BTeV experiment. But with the recent cancellation of BTeV, finding mentors may be harder than usual this year, and the TRAC program is looking for additional mentors and projects.

"Finding mentors is the hardest thing to do," said PPD's Ron Ray, who has been the TRAC coordinator for the past several years. "The teachers pay their own way to come here, and PPD pays them a weekly stipend. Being a mentor does not cost your experiment anything."

The goal of the TRAC program is to provide outstanding high school science teachers with professional scientific and engineering experiences through summer research opportunities. By working in the scientific field at Fermilab, teachers gain an increased understanding and enthusiasm for particle physics research, which they then take back to their classroom in the fall. "The teachers really love being here," Ray said. "They don't care what they do, and they really go home and tell people what a great place Fermilab is."

Harry Cheung, of PPD, has been a mentor for students and teachers for the past ten years."Giving back to the community feels very good," Cheung said. "If we get teachers excited about the science we do here, they will take it back to their kids in the classroom." One of the teachers that Cheung mentored actually brought his class of 26 students back to Fermilab for a tour after he spent a summer here.

Fermilab employees, postdocs and users are all eligible to be mentors. If you have a summer opportunity in your experiment that would be appropriate for a TRAC teacher, contact Ron Ray or Maxine Hronek by April 15.
- Elizabeth Clements

Accelerator Update
March 16- March 18
- During this 48 hour period Operations established one store that combined with an existing store provided the experiments with approximately 30 hours and 36 minutes of luminosity
- DZero tested new luminosity counter
- NuMI intensity increasing

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

In the News
From Interactions News Wire, March 21, 2005
MICE to go ahead
In the quest to unravel the characteristics of the mysterious neutrino particle, millions of which pass through us undetected every day, scientists from several international universities have joined forces with UK research colleagues to build a unique engineering technology demonstrator at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire. Known as MICE [Muon Ionisation Cooling Experiment] the experiment will prove one of the key requirements to produce intense beams of neutrinos at a dedicated Neutrino Factory to be built later this decade.

Announcing funding for the experiment Science and Innovation Minister, Lord Sainsbury said, "It is a testament to the UK's world class science and facilities that leading experimental physicists from across the globe have supported conducting a project of this calibre in the UK. The Government's investment in this experiment will provide a unique showcase of UK scientific and engineering technology.The support for using the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire is a further demonstration of the UK's position as a leading base for scientific research and innovation."
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Safety Tip
Break Down Your Work Assignments
Safety Tip
An effective tool toward eliminating mishaps is to routinely think through your assignments. Break them down into individual components, think about what could go wrong, and take steps to make sure they go right. The questions below are provided to help you develop the thought process needed to accomplish this.

Task understanding - Has the task been "scoped out?" Does everyone understand their part? Are there formal procedures that should be reviewed? Have you considered a "dry run" for non-routine and high-risk activities?

Hazard evaluation - Have potential hazards been evaluated? Are precautions established? Have authorizations been secured?

Worker qualification - Are the people involved in the task properly trained and medically qualified? Does anyone have a medical condition that might prevent them from safely participating (e.g., bad back, seasonal illness, medications)?

Proper tools - Are the tools well-matched to the task? Many injuries result from trying to "make do" with whatever is convenient (e.g., short ladder). Tool selection is best done during initial scoping phase.

Safety equipment - It is likely that some safety equipment is specified in the hazard evaluation. Is it being used properly? Was something missed or has something changed that would indicate the use of different equipment or additional safety equipment?

Bystander safety - Is it OK for uninvolved people to approach the work area unimpeded? Would they be placing themselves and/or you at additional risk? Could they damage the equipment you are working on? When the task is complete, will the work area be left in a safe and functional condition?

Have a great day and let's work safely all week!
Safety Tip of the Week Archive

Yesterday's article "Dark Matter Search Marks Return of Bubble Chamber" incorrectly stated Roger Hildebrand's age. He is a young 83.

Calling All NCAA Basketball Fans
Last year, Fermilab Today ran an article about the results of the NCAA basketball tournament among experiment collaborations, and we plan to do the same thing this year. After the championship game, Fermilab Today invites collaborators to send their results to Eric Bland.

ICW Supply System at Casey's Pond
On Monday, March 21, the ICW Supply System at Casey's Pond will be reconfigured to operate on the 100hp pump backup system for approximately three days. This reconfiguration is necessary to allow for an electrical supply upgrade to the primary 400hp pumping system. This change will take place at 7:45 a.m. on Monday , March 21 and should be transparent to all ICW users.

Upcoming Classes
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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International Astronomical Union Circulars
The Fermilab Library offers subscriptions to the electronic version of the International Astronomical Union Circulars. If you are not currently subscribed, and would like to be, please send email to sllee@fnal.gov.
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Building Better Bones
Back by popular demand, Building Better Bones will be offered on March 23 at noon Curia-II. A brief lecture on Osteoporosis will be followed by a free bone scan for any woman attending the lecture. Jody Springsteen, BSN, CRRN cover osteoporosis risk factors, diagnosis and prevention.

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