Fermilab Today Monday, September 19, 2005  
Monday, September 19
2:30 p.m.Particle Astrophysics Seminar-Curia II
Speaker: S. Burles, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Title: The SDSS Lens+ACS (SLACS) Survey for Strong Galaxy-Galaxy Gravitational Lensing
3:30 p.m. Director's Coffee Break -
2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. All Experimenters' Meeting-
Curia II

Tuesday, September 20
11:00 a.m.Computing Techniques Seminar-FCC1
Speaker: M. Branco, CERN
Title: Developing a Data Management System for the ATLAS Experiment
3:30 p.m. Director's Coffee Break -
2nd Flr X-Over
Note: There will be no Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar today

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Colloquium Demonstrates
Physics Through Football

Football Helmet
Props for Wednesday's "Football Physics" colloquium.
Using a helmet, a football and a horde of athletic terms, Tim Gay gave Fermilab employees a lesson on Wednesday about reaching an audience more interested in tailgating than physical theories. For five years, Gay, a physics professor at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, conducted a series of one-minute physics lessons to the 78,000 fans who attended the Nebraska Cornhuskers home football games. During a pause in the action, the stadium's big-screen cameras focused on Gay, who demonstrated Newton's laws, projectile motion and other physics basics through tackling, blocking, running and punting.

Gay played some of his clips to the colloquium audience, emphasizing that although scientific ideas are simplified by squeezing them into one-minute spots, he hopes his efforts helped raise scientific literacy. "It's important for a working physicist to try to communicate to the public why what we're doing is exciting, why it's important and why they should be interested as well," he said.

Before the first big-screen physics lessons ran, Gay said he experienced a "Carl Sagan phobia" about popularizing science. "There was a concern I had that if I started doing this, people would stop taking me seriously as a physicist," said Gay, whose research is focused on electron scattering. The stadium physics lessons ended in 2003, after seasons of support from the crowd and his colleagues.

Gay continues to make "Football Physics" demonstrations to groups of cub scouts and other organizations, using a melon and a football to show impulse and a runner's mass and acceleration to demonstrate force. "When I do this with cub scouts, probably 90 percent of them understand 20 percent of what I say," he said. "But that's OK, because we got them thinking."

—Kendra Snyder

Fox Valley Bicycle and Ski Club
Time Gay addresses colloquium guests. (Click on image for larger version.)

In the News
From MSNBC online, September 14, 2005:
Massive black hole spotted without galaxy, Scientists puzzled by strange cosmic setup

In a strange reversal, astronomers have detected a massive black hole but can find no traces of the surrounding galaxy that should be feeding it.

At the center of most large galaxies, our own Milky Way included, are extremely dense black holes that have masses hundreds of millions times that of the Sun.
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Safety Tip
Aggressive Driving
David Cathey
Aggressive driving can be characterized by excessive speed, frequent or unsafe lane changes, failing to signal, tailgating, failing to yield the right of way, disregarding traffic controls, driving impaired as well as the ever-popular, rude gesturing. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration estimates that one-third of traffic crashes and two-thirds of resulting deaths can be attributed to aggressive driving. Small wonder that the public has identified it as the number one problem on the nation's roadways.

There are some basic things that you can do to reduce your chances of ever getting involved in an aggressive driving incident. First, observe common courtesy and consciously avoid actions that can provoke other drivers. Second, take measures to reduce your own stress so that you are less likely to feel aggressive yourself. You can also try to adjust your attitude about why other drivers are behaving the way they are. Finally, keep your emotions in check and think about the consequences of your behavior before you react. Aggressive driving on your part only leads to more aggressive driving by others.

When confronted with an aggressive driver you can take the following steps:

  • Get out of the way
  • Put your pride in the back seat
  • Avoid eye contact
  • Ignore gestures

Safety Tip of the Week Archive

- Thomas Golaszewski, ES&H, 9/16/05

Accelerator Update
September 14 - 16
- During this 48 hour period Operations established two stores that combined with an existing store provided the experiments with approximately 41 hours and 39 minutes of luminosity
- Pbar losses on Recycler stash
- H- Source problems

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

Note the Change in Date for World Year of Physics Classroom Presentations
Brown Bag Orientation has been rescheduled for September 19, from 12:00-1:00 pm, Curia II.

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