Fermilab Today Monday, April 24, 2006  
Monday, April 24
11:00 a.m. Academic Lecture Series - Curia II
Speaker: S. Dodelson, Fermilab
Title: The Clumpy Universe - Course 6b (1st Lecture)
2:30 p.m. Particle Astrophysics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: L. Sparke, University of Wisconsin
Title: Bars in Bars and Rings Around Stars
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over

Tuesday, April 25
12:00 p.m. Wellness Works Brown Bag Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: P. VanHam (Licensed Clinical Social Worker)
Title: Retirement: What To Do With The Rest Of Your Life
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over

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Monday, April 24
-French Quarter Gumbo
-French Dip with Horseradish Cream Sauce
-Santa Fe Pork Stew
-BBQ Roasted Quartered Chicken
-Turkey Breast on Homemade Fococcia
-Sweet n' Sour Chicken with an Egg Roll

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Wednesday, April 26
-Salad Niciose w/Fresh Grilled Tuna
-Chocolate Pecan Tart

Thursday, April 27
-Spring Rolls
-Lemon Grass Beef
-Jasmine Rice
-Salad of Bean Sprouts, Cucumber & Carrots
-Mango Flan
Chez Leon Menu
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Argonne and Fermilab sign agreement, anticipate State funding
IDCEO Director Jack Lavin (right) presents Argonne Director Robert Rosner (left) and Fermilab Director Pier Oddone with a copy of the Particle Accelerator Day proclamation at a ceremony last Friday. (Click for larger version.)
To increase the cooperation on numerous R&D projects, including the proposed International Linear Collider, Fermilab and Argonne National Laboratory signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Friday, April 21. Highlighting the State's support of research, the signing ceremony took place at the James R. Thompson Center, site of the Governor's Chicago office. In recognition of the labs' role as world leaders in accelerator technology, Governor Rod Blagojevich issued a proclamation declaring the day as "Particle Accelerator Day" in Illinois.

"Illinois has been recognized as an international leader in accelerator technology thanks to these laboratories," said Jack Lavin, director of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, who read the proclamation and signed the MOU as witness for the State. He emphasized the State's commitment to supporting accelerator research, helping the U.S. Department of Energy to "win the Olympic gold medal in the international [ILC] competition" and bring the ILC to Illinois. The Governor's proposed budget for the next fiscal year includes $3 million to begin the construction of an Illinois Accelerator Research Center at Fermilab, which would strengthen the ability of Fermilab and Argonne to compete successfully for accelerator projects such as the ILC.

"There are so many opportunities [for research projects] for the State of Illinois," said Argonne director Robert Rosner. "We are not going to miss these opportunities. We are going for them. The ILC is one of them." The State of Illinois has committed $82.7 million in funding for projects at Argonne since 2003.

Fermilab director Pier Oddone welcomed the support of the State, citing it as a crucial element in hosting the ILC in Illinois. Pointing out the importance of accelerator research for applications beyond particle physics, such as light sources, he said, "There will be no accelerator in the future that will be untouched by this project."

A press release provides comments by Speaker Hastert, Repr. Biggert and DOE Office of Science Director Orbach on the signing of the MOU.
--Kurt Riesselmann

Proteus 7 to play April 29
Cha Cha
Proteus 7 will play the music of Bernstein, Mancini, Bach, Piazzolla and selections from their album, Cha Cha Lounge. (Click for larger version.)
If you go to Saturday's Proteus 7 concert, expect a classical-contemporary mixture of trumpets, flugelhorns, woodwinds, trombone and percussion. "This is a tremendously exciting young group," said Virginia's WTVF radio music producer J. Seth Williamson. "Proteus 7 communicates directly both to younger demographics and older classical music fans." The group features Grammy and Emmy Award winning musicians who have performed with renowned ensembles such as the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Pops, and Bela Fleck and the Flecktones.

Tickets are just $19 ($10 for ages 18 and under). For further information or telephone reservations, call 630/840-ARTS (2787) weekdays between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

In the News
From FSU News,
April, 2006:

U.S. Department of Energy recognizes FSU high-energy physicist

A faculty member in Florida State University's department of physics has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) as one of the nation's top young high-energy physicists.
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Safety Tip
Hand safety
Looking over the past 25 years of Fermilab's work injury data, one thing that stands out is the number of hand injuries. Of the 4650 total injuries, 32 percent involved fingers, thumbs, hands or wrists. Lacerations and contusions figure prominently with hand cases at 38 percent and 13 percent respectively. The immediate causes of most hand injuries include using the wrong tool for the job and not wearing the appropriate kind of hand protection, as well as periods of inattention. Here are some things to remember to help prevent injuries to your hands.

Make use of specialized cutting tools. A common cause of lacerations is the use of a pocket knife or scalpel rather than specialized tools for tasks such as stripping wires or removing tie-wraps. These tools can improve productivity as well as safety.

Wear appropriate hand protection. Fermilab provides gloves to its employees to reduce the likelihood of injury. However, care must also be taken to avoid entanglement where such risks exist.

Make sure you have the right tool for the job and you understand how to use it correctly. Enthusiasm and creativity are appreciated and certainly have their place at the Lab. However, ignoring safety is not an acceptable cost for taking a short cut in getting work done.

Safety Tip of the Week Archive

Friday's story on a 2000-ton magnet mentioned the new muon building as its original location at Fermilab. The magnet first came from the University of Chicago synchrocyclotron to Fermilab between 1972 and 1973, and a different building, now referred to as the old muon lab, was built around it. The New Muon lab was built in the 1980's, and the magnet was moved there later. A story on the history of the magnet will appear in Fermilab Today at a later time.
Batavia Road entrance to close for renovation
The Batavia Road entrance will be closed for renovation, tentatively scheduled for May 9. The project will take approximately 14 days. During this time, the City of Warrenville will be repaving roadways near Route 59 and Batavia Road. Delays are expected to continue until early June, even after the entrance will have re-opened. Pine and Wilson Street entrances should be used during this time.

Spring Fling Book Fair, April 26, 27
Check out the fair on April 26 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and April 27 from 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. in the Atrium. Proceeds from the book fair go toward subsidizing some of our recreation programs.

Children's Swim Lessons
The Aurora YMCA will soon offer children's swim lessons at the Village Pool. Lessons are open to children of employees, users, and approved contractors ages 4 yrs. to 12 yrs. Cost for pre-school lessons is $40.00 and $45.00 for all other classes. Lessons are taught in two-week sessions, Monday through Thursday with Friday as a makeup day. The session dates are: Session 1-Weeks of June 19 & June 26, Session 2-Weeks of June 3 & July 10, Session 3-Weeks of July 17 & July 24 and Session 4-Weeks of July 31 & August 7. More information can be found on the web or in the Recreation Office.

Season Pool Passes
The Village Pool opens May 27, Memorial Day weekend. Season pool passes go on sale in the Recreation Office beginning May 1. A family pass (2-4 members) is $85.00 and $8.00 for each additional family member. A single pass is $45.00. Season passes are available to Fermilab employees, visitors, on-site contractors, their immediate families and retirees. More information and registration forms can be found in the Recreation Office or on the website.

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