Monday, June 27
3:30 p.m. Director's Coffee Break -
2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. All Experimenters' Meeting -
Special Topics: Tevatron Tune Tracker
PARTICLE ASTROPHYSICS SEMINARS WILL RESUME IN THE FALL
Tuesday, June 28
12:00 p.m. Summer Lecture Series -
Speaker: J. Lykken, Fermilab
Title: Extra Dimensions
3:30 p.m. Director's Coffee Break -
2nd Flr X-Over
THERE WILL BE NO ACCELERATOR PHYSICS AND TECHNOLOGY SEMINAR TODAY
Monday, June 27
Chicken & Mushroom Cheese Steak $4.85
Baked Chicken Enchiladas $3.75
Pot Roast $3.75
BLT Ranch Wrap $4.85
Assorted Slice Pizza $3.00
Chicken Stir Fry $4.85
The Wilson Hall Cafe now accepts Visa, Master Card, Discover and
American Express at Cash Register #1.
Wilson Hall Cafe Menu
is now open. Call x4512 to make your
Toasts Go To the Tevatron As Fermilab Bubbles Over
Director-designate Pier Oddone and Accelerator Division Deputy Head Peter Garbincius share in the monumental milestone. (Click on image for larger version.)
The Tevatron has advanced from shutdown and upgrades to a consistent run for the money, culminating in Friday
afternoon's champagne-and-brownies celebration in the Atrium for achieving one inverse femtobarn (1 fb-1)
of integrated luminosity in Run II. Director-designate Pier Oddone marked the official, no-doubts-about-it milestone
with a hand-lettered sign citing Store 4223 at 3 p.m. on Friday.
"It's like getting a Nobel Prize for a lifetime of work when you celebrate integrated luminosity," said Oddone,
who assumes the directorship officially on July 1. "I can only imagine the years of dedicated work, the sweat, the
tears, the curses that went on over the years."
Oddone followed by reading a congratulatory message from Robin Staffin, DOE Associate Director for High Energy Physics,
Office of Science. The message began with "We," to which Oddone riposted: "That means, 'I, Robin Staffin.'" The full
message from Staffin read: "We note this important milestone with great pleasure. It's an achievement that everyone
at the lab, and the users too, can be very proud of. We look forward to the physics results that will come from this
huge dataset. We also hope the lab has plenty of champagne available, because with the Tevatron running so well, the
milestones for two, three, four inverse femtobarns are going to start coming quickly over the next couple of years."
Oddone responded: "My reply to Robin was to keep the money coming, and we'll keep the champagne cold."
Alvin Tollestrup, part of the original Tevatron effort a quarter of a century ago, grins
as he addresses the audience.
(Click on image for larger version.)
Pier Oddone (right) looks on as CDF co-spokespersons Young-Kee Kim (left) and Rob Roser address the crowd (Click on image for larger version.)
IMSA Student Experiments
at Fermilab, Wins the Gold
Sherry Yu stands with Emanuela Barzi and the team of
physicists that helped perform the experiment. (Click on image for larger version.)
Fourteen year old Sherry Yu just finished her sophomore year at Illinois Math and Science Academy,
but she has already completed the major research project required of graduating seniors.
Working with the Head of the Superconductor R&D lab Emanuela Barzi and her team, Yu tested the
superconductivity of a YBCO pellet (Yitrium, Barium, Copper, and Oxygen.) The physicists of the
Development & Test Department of the Technical Division helped her immerse the sample in liquid
nitrogen and vary the temperature to observe changes in conductivity. Working at the lab was
"fun and stressful," said Yu. Grateful for Barzi's help, she joked, "They created everything for
me. All I had to do was dunk it in liquid nitrogen."
Although she enjoyed her work at the lab, Yu is not sure what field she would most like to enter.
"I'm hoping to keep up with sciences," she said, but noted that she was still far from even
choosing a university. Her partner in the experiment, Susan Dittmer, helped write up and prepare
the project for the state science fair in Champaign this May. Yu and Dittmer won the gold prize
and will travel to St. Louis in February 2006 for the Nationals.
Already an accomplished student, musician and athlete, Yu will move to the front of the classroom
this summer as she teaches 8th and 9th graders—some older than herself—about current scientific
problems in America. The students will outline a plan to make the U.S. independent of foreign
oil in the next 25 years.
Watch out for humidity! It increases the Heat Index (HI) and the probability
of sun stroke, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and fatigue. (Click on image for complete chart.)
This summer is turning out to be hotter than normal. You have probably noticed the excessive
number of 90 degree days. On the other hand, you probably missed the fact that the average
temperature at Fermilab's weather station is running four degrees ahead of last year for the
months of May and June.
The National Weather Service devised the Heat Index (HI) to predict the combined impacts of
relative humidity (RH) and air temperature (see above table). It is important to note that
the HI assumes shady, light wind conditions. In addition, exposure to direct sunshine can
increase HI values by as much as 15°F. Strong winds with hot dry air can also increase the
Here are some general precautions to help you avoid heat stress:
- Drink plenty of water.
- Wear light, loose-fitting, breathable
- Take frequent short breaks in air-
conditioning or cool shade.
- Eat smaller meals before outdoor
- Avoid caffeine, alcohol and large
amounts of sugar.
- Be aware that some health conditions
and/or medications can increase your
susceptibility to heat stress.
- Be aware that some kinds of protective
equipment such as respirators or work
suits can increase heat stress.
Have a great day and let's work safely all week!
Safety Tip of the Week Archive
From The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News,
June 23, 2005
Senate Appropriators Send DOE Science Funding Bill to Floor
The Senate Appropriations Committee has sent its FY 2006 Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill to the floor. Senate Report 109-084 accompanying H.R. 2419 includes a strong statement regarding the government funding of the physical sciences, and provides the committee's recommendations for various physics-related programs.
The Senate bill's recommendation for the Office of Science is $36.6 million higher than the
Scottish Country Dancing
Scottish Country Dancing will meet Tuesday, June 28, in Wilson Hall's Ramsey
Auditorium, the air-conditioned summer location.
Instruction begins at 7:30 p.m. and newcomers are always welcome. Most
dances are fully taught and walked through, and you do not need to
come with a partner. Info at 630-840-8194 or email@example.com.
Housing assignments 2005/06
July 1 is the deadline for requests for onsite housing (houses, apartments,
and dormitory rooms) for the Fall/Spring of 2005-2006. Requests can be made for
any period and need not commence on any particular date. To make reservations,
please contact the Housing Office at 630-840-3777 or
firstname.lastname@example.org, or use the Online Housing Request form.
Requests for multiple housing units are best handled by email.
New SciTech Exhibit
The SciTech Museum in downtown Aurora presents a new traveling exhibit,
"Masters of the Night: The True Story of the Bats." Learn more about these
flying mammals and the hundreds of species that exist. The exhibit runs
through September 11. Admission is $7 and includes the Outdoor Science Park.
To obtain a $1-off coupon, visit the SciTech website.