Fermilab Today Monday, February 20, 2006  
Monday, February 20
2:30 p.m. Particle Astrophysics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: L. Grisa, New York University
Title: Resonance in Asymmetric Warped Geometry
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. All Experimenters' Meeting
Special Topics: Shutdown Plans; ICW Shutdown Flushing Plan - Curia II

Tuesday, February 21
11:00 a.m. Academic Lecture Series Speaker: S. Parke, Fermilab
Title: The New World of Neutrino Physics - Part II (1st Lecture)
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar
Speaker: R. Thurman-Keup, Fermilab
Title: Monitoring Abort Gap Beam Intensity in the Tevatron Using Synchrotron Radiation

*** Announcement ***
Heartland Blood Centers will be here for the Fermilab Blood Drive on February 20 and 21 from 8:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. in the Wilson Hall Ground Floor NE Training Room. Appointments can be scheduled on the web or by calling Lori at x6615.

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Monday, February 20
-Potato Au Gratin
-Monte Cristo
-Savory Roasted Chicken Quarters
-Lasagna Bolognaise
-Chicken Ranch Wrapper
-Assorted Pizza Slices
-Szechuan Style Pork Lo Mein

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Wednesday, February 22
-Asian Marinated Flank Steak
-Jasmine Rice
-Pea Pods & Water Chestnuts
-Orange Flan

Thursday, February 23
-Steamed Mussels
-Pork Tenderloins w/Madeira Sauce
-Sweet Potatoes

Chez Leon Menu
Call x4512 to make your reservation.

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Engineersí Week Gearing Up
Representatives of Fermilabís engineering community gathered for National Engineers Week in 2005. (click image for larger version)

The 283 members of Fermilabís engineering community will mark the 55th annual National Engineers Week beginning today. Featured is a presentation to the labís engineers by Fermilab Director Pier Oddone on Wednesday, February 22 at 3 p.m. in One West.

Engineers Week was established in 1951 by the National Society of Professional Engineers, and reaches thousands of schools, businesses and community groups across the US through its supporting association of engineering, education and cultural societies and more than 50 corporations and government agencies. Engineers are major contributors to Fermilab outreach efforts, and any engineers who would like to join outreach activities are encouraged to contact the labís Education Office (X3092).

Butterflies in February?
They Call Fermilab Home
Mourning Cloak
The Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa) overwinters as an adult butterfly. (Image courtesy of Tom Peterson; click for larger version.)

Where do butterflies go in the winter? While a few species, like Monarchs, migrate to warmer climates, the majority of species spend winter wherever they are, in a metabolic state similar to hibernation called diapause. More than 50 butterfly species regularly call Fermilab home and most of them are here even now, just not in the form you may imagine. Butterflies have four stages in their life cycle--egg, larva, pupa, and imago (adult butterfly)--and while you might think they would spend winter as pupae in a cocoon or chrysalis, you'd be only partly correct.

"Actually, all four stages are out there right now," said cryogenics engineer Tom Peterson, the lab's resident butterfly expert and newly appointed ELM committee chair. "While every species typically has one pattern and overwinters in the same stage every year, right now, there are even adult butterflies sitting in the woods, hiding in trees." Local species that overwinter as imago include the Eastern Comma and Mourning Cloak. Both have cryptic coloring, which camouflages them and is the only real way an animal in diapause can avoid predators

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—Dawn Stanton

What's Happening at CMS?
Installing the Cables: International crews from the collaborating institutions are working on cable installations on the sections of the CMS detector. Click here for the most up-to-date status of CMS construction at Point 5 via live webcam. (Photo courtesy of Slawomir Tkaczyk; click image for larger version.)

In the News
National Geographic News,
February 13, 2006:

Dark Matter Properties "Measured" for First Time, Study Says
If you're a researcher at Cambridge University's Institute of Astronomy in England, the answer is: Use painstaking calculations and a really big telescope.

With the help of data from the world's most advanced optical array, Cambridge scientists announced last week that they may be a step closer to identifying properties of dark matter.

This mysterious yet pervasive substance could be the "cosmic glue" that keeps rotating galaxies from spinning apart.

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Safety Tip
Water cooler bottles
Although lifting water bottles is a likely source of back injuries, very few cases have been reported to Fermilab's Medical Department.
A Fermilab employee recently sustained a minor back injury from lifting a 5-gallon water bottle. This seems like it should be a fairly common injury. A full 5-gallon bottle weighs 48 pounds and Procurement's Bob Johnson noted we use about 310 bottles per week. However, the recent injury is the first such case to be entered into the Lab's occupational injury database. Pretty remarkable since these data go back more than 20 years and include over 4500 cases.

Bob explained that safety was a major factor in selecting Ice Mountain as our current vendor. They provide handles on their 5-gallon bottles. We can also get 3-gallon bottles, but not with handles. Though often suggested as a fix, the smaller container has not caught on at Fermilab. Ice Mountain representative Tracie Dempsey commented that she finds the handles make a big difference. A 5-gallon container with a handle is like a 3-gallon container without a handle. FESS's deputy head, Randy Ortgiesen, points out that the Lab's domestic water system is now fed from Warrenville's municipal system. It is likely that opportunities exist to discontinue bottled water use resulting in reduced cost and less risk of injury. Other tips to consider:

  • Do not lift beyond your limits.
  • Designate qualified individuals.
  • Consider a two-person approach.

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Accelerator Update
February 15 - 17
- One special 1x1 store provided 40 hours and 20 minutes of low luminosity.
- Booster suffered from a vacuum leak and RF problems.
- Linac also had RF trouble.

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


Blood Drive
Heartland Blood Centers will conduct the Fermilab Blood Drive on February 20 and 21 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Wilson Hall Ground Floor NE Training Room. Appointments can be scheduled on the web or by calling Lori at x6615.

Neutrinos on TV
On Tuesday, February 21, at 8 p.m. WTTW Channel 11 will broadcast "The Ghost Particle," showing how "a 40-year hunt for solar neutrinos leads to a new understanding of matter itself." The program includes interviews with numerous neutrino scientists, including Fermilab's Boris Kayser. More information is at the NOVA Web site.

Add Your Name to NALWO Mailing List
Women can have their names added to the NALWO mailing list by contacting Kathy Johnson at kjohnson@fnal.gov, by mailing contact information to NALWO, c/o Kathy Johnson, MS111, or in person at Kathy's office in Wilson Hall, first floor. They can also subscribe through the NALWO webpage at by using the on-line form.

URA Scholarship Application
Every year, the University Research Association awards scholarships to children of regular, full-time Fermilab employees with high SAT scores. Applications are available online now through March 1. Questions about the program may be directed to Jeanelle Smith at x4367.

GSA Formal Winter Ball
Tickets for the Graduate Student Association's first Formal Winter Ball, to be held on Sat., Feb. 25, at 8 p.m., are on sale. Cost to attend the ball is $5 per person and all are welcome. For more information, please visit the Web site. To purchase tickets, please contact GSA representatives Leah Welty-Rieger, x3853 or lwelty@fnal.gov, or Tuula Maki, x8414 or tmaki@fnal.gov.

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