Fermilab TodayTuesday, October 11, 2005  

Tuesday, October 11
3:30 p.m. Director's Coffee Break -
2nd Flr X-Over
8:00 p.m. Einstein's Big Idea - WTTW-TV Channel 11
Note: There will be no Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar today

Wednesday, October 12
3:30 p.m. Director's Coffee Break -
2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. Fermilab Colloquium-1 West
Speaker: J. Gardner, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Title: Galaxy Formation with the Hubble and James Webb Space Telescopes
Note: There will be no Fermilab ILC R&D meeting this week

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Tuesday, October 11
- Tomato Bisque
- Pesto Marinated Chicken Breast
- Burgundy Beef Tips
- Baked Fish Creole over Rice
- Grilled Chicken Caesar Wrap
- Supreme Pizza
- Rio Grande Taco Salads

The Wilson Hall Cafe accepts Visa, Master Card, Discover and American Express at Cash Register #1.

Wilson Hall Cafe Menu

Wednesday, October 12
-Catfish with Roasted Peppers
-Lemon Grass Rice
-Vegetable of the Season
-Ginger Plum Turnovers

Thursday, October 13
- Shrimp Bisque
-Quail w/Garlic Rosemary Sauce
-Mashed Roots
-Green Beans w/Bacon & Balsamic Vinegar
-Chocolate Hazelnut Souffle

Chez Leon Menu
Call x4512 to make your reservation.

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CDF's Lockyer Part of Panofsky Prize Team
CDF's Nigel Lockyer will receive the 2006 W.K.H. Panofsky Prize in
Nigel Lockyer
Nigel Lockyer
Experimental Particle Physics along with Bill Ford, of the University of Colorado, and John Jaros, of SLAC. Their work at SLAC's MAC and Mark II experiments led to the 1983 measurement of the unexpectedly long lifetime of B mesons.

Jaros designed a high-precision vertex detector for the Mark II, initially focusing on the lifetimes of tau leptons and charm particles. But Ford, with the MAC detector, and Lockyer, with the Mark II detector, pursued what many physicists of the time thought was impossible - the lifetime analysis of B mesons. "It was thought to have an extremely short lifetime and there was no chance of measuring it," Lockyer said. "I decided to try it." Analysis by Lockyer and Jaros, along with Berkley colleagues including Mark Nelson, showed a long lifetime, causing the scientists to assume an error in the data. "We spent a year of our lives trying to determine what was done wrong and in the end, it was the right answer," he said. Ford's analysis at MAC reached the same conclusion.

The discovery led to an understanding of the CKM hierarchy, paved the way for B factories and ultimately, the observation of the top quark, Lockyer said. Lockyer was CDF co-spokesperson from 2001-2003 and currently is a physics professor at the University of Pennsylvania, working on CDF and the International Linear Collider.

The American Physical Society's Panofsky Prize recognizes outstanding achievements in experimental particle physics. Fermilab Director Pier Oddone won last year's prize for his work with asymmetric B factories. The prize includes $5,000 for travel to the award ceremony, scheduled for April in Dallas.
—Kendra Snyder

'Einstein's Big Idea' Airs Tonight with URA Backing
Universities Research Association, Inc., is a participating sponsor of tonight's NOVA dramatization Einstein's Big Idea: The story behind the world's most famous equation, telecast nationally by PBS. The program is based on the book by David Bodanis, E=mc2: A biography of the world's most famous equation. URA will join a list of sponsors including the Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Google, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the American Physical Society. NOVA is telecast in the Chicago area by WTTW-TV Channel 11. You can also check out the Quantum Diaries Blog to find out more about this NOVA program. Once there, you can ask a Quantum Diarist any Einstein-related question.

More About Badges
Two weeks ago, Fermilab Today reported on a new, mandatory government-wide standard for secure and reliable forms of identification for all federal employees and contractors. In response, several employees and users sent questions about the new federal standard. Fermilab has created a Web site with the original article as well as answers to frequently asked questions about the new directive.
—Kurt Riesselmann
In the News
From Computerworld: October 10, 2005
Planet-Scale grid: A particle collider leads data grid developers to unprecedented dimensions.

In 2007, scientists will begin smashing protons and ions together in a massive, multinational experiment to understand what the universe looked like tiny fractions of a second after the Big Bang. The particle accelerator used in this test will release a vast flood of data on a scale unlike anything seen before, and for that scientists will need a computing grid of equally great capability.

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Director's Corner
Hidden Battles
Some of the battles we fight are very visible,
Pier Oddone
Pier Oddone
and when victory follows the celebration is immediate. A recent example of such a victory is the world record luminosity achieved by the Tevatron, thanks to the superb efforts of the accelerator team. Many other battles that are critically important for the laboratory are hidden from view. Victories in such battles often pass quietly.

Today I want to highlight one such battle, still ongoing, but by all appearances headed for victory. Two weeks ago we came within two weeks of shutting the accelerators down for lack of cooling water. As most of you probably know, we rely on several of the ponds at Fermilab for the accelerator cooling water (ICW). The fact we even had two weeks of reserve was the result of an enormous effort to manage the water systems within the site during the unprecedented drought that has affected our area. Many individuals in FESS have contributed to this effort, from laying pipe, installing pumps, gathering data, moving water from storage ponds into active ones and managing the river flows to ordering and installing parts.

The drought has lowered the flow of the Fox River for most of the summer to below the minimum level that would allow us to pump water to make up our usage losses. The recent rainfall has provided a welcome respite. But we are not just waiting for the kindness of Mother Nature. We are bringing some of the wells on site into production so that they, together with the water we pump to keep NUMI/MINOS dry and the make-up water from the Fox River, will enable us to be much more resilient when faced with a lingering drought.

Accelerator Update
October 7-10
-During this 72 hour period, one store provided 29 hours and 38 minutes of luminosity.
-Booster LCW leak

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

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Winter Leagues are Forming
- Winter Coed Volleyball League Play begins November 7 on Monday and Friday evenings. A captain's meeting will be held at Noon in the Cafeteria on October 31. Interested persons and teams should contact the league representative, Elizabeth Gallas at gallas@fnal.gov.

- Soccer League play is on Wednesday and Fridays. Contact representative is Sandor Feher, fehers@fnal.gov.

- Doubles Tennis League play is on Sunday evening. Contact representative is Don Flynn, flynn@fnal.gov.

- Singles Tennis League play is on various days at various times. Contact representative is John Yoh, johnny@fnal.gov.

- Basketball League play is on Thursday evenings. Contact representative is Brian Niesman, niesman@fnal.gov.

All winter league participants must be current Recreation Facility members.

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