Fermilab Today Monday, March 26, 2007

Mon., March 26
2:30 p.m.
Particle Astrophysics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: V. Pavlodou, University of Chicago
Title: Deciphering the GeV Sky: Gamma-Ray Astronomy in the Era of GLAST
3:30 p.m.
4:00 p.m.
All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II

Tue., March 27
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-Over
4:00 p.m. Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar - 1 West
Speaker: M. DiCastro, CERN
Title: Measurements and Data Analysis in LHC Superconducting Magnets

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Wilson Hall Cafe
Monday, March 26
- French quarter gumbo
- French dip w/horseradish cream Sauce
- Smart cuisine: Santa Fe pork stew
- Tandori chicken
- Turkey breast on homemade fococcia
- Assorted slice pizza
- Sweet n' sour chicken w/egg roll

Wilson Hall Cafe Menu

Chez Leon

Wednesday, March 28
-Stuffed fillet of sole
-Green rice
-Steamed asparagus
-Apple raisin turnovers

Thursday, March 29
-Clam chowder
-Filet mignon
-Vegetable of season
-Potato dauphinois
-Chocolate soufflé w/frangelico cream anglais

Chez Leon Menu
Call x4598 to make your reservation.


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Recycling in the Village

Large bins like these will be used to recycle glass, metal, plastic and paper in the Village.

Beginning this week, residents in the Fermilab Village will be able to recycle everyday glass, metal, plastic and paper from their houses and dormitories. The recyclables will be picked up in designated green bins from residents' backyards every Thursday, which will also be the new trash pickup day. "We want to make it as easy as it would be in your own home," said Eric Mieland of ES&H.

Since last summer, a subset of Fermilab's Environmental Protection committee, along with experts from several areas of the lab, has been developing a plan to improve waste disposal on site. Although the lab has traditionally recycled scrap metal, paper products, and a variety of other items, this program is the first to implement a comprehensive personal waste recycling program. The recent renewal of the lab's contract with Allied Waste includes provisions for recycling clean metal, glass, paper and plastic (with recycling codes 1 through 5) in the same bin; no sorting will be required in the Village.

Jack Hawkins of Accommodations is anticipating changes in the way people dispose of their waste. "The size of the trash bins might go down as we start to recycle more. There will certainly be adjustments as we move along," he said.

Mieland said an upcoming challenge will involve making the program work across the entire site. The new initiative will include recycling bins installed in the Wilson Hall cafeteria over the next few weeks. Over the next year, the laboratory will conduct monthly meetings with the Custodial Department and representatives from each division and section, to explore the most effective ways to expand this recycling program across other buildings on site.

"We've reached a critical mass," said Mieland. "People really want this to happen."

--Christine Buckley

In the News

From MSNBC, March 23, 2007:

Elegant physicist makes string theory sexy

Brian Greene does theoretical physics ... and Hollywood as well

If you're trying to impress the geeks, being a professional string theorist would have to put you pretty high up on the coolness scale. And if you're a string theorist with books, movies and TV shows to your credit, so much the better.

By those measures, Columbia University physicist Brian Greene has already achieved superstring stardom: His book about string theory, "The Elegant Universe," broke onto bestseller lists and spawned a "Nova" documentary series by the same name (which you can watch online). He has consulted with - and taken cameo roles in - movies ranging from "Frequency" to "Deja Vu" to "The Last Mimzy" (which opens Friday). He's made the talk-show circuit, from "Nightline" and Letterman to "The Colbert Report." And as if all that wasn't enough, he's also organizing a World Science Festival in New York City.

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Trash talk

Enixe Castro is the We-Clean onsite representative for Fermilab.

Earlier this month, one of Fermilab's hazardous waste technicians received a minor cut from a disposable knife blade that had poked through a plastic bag of regulated waste. The blade should have been wrapped several times in heavy adhesive tape or placed into a polyethylene bottle with a cover.

Enixe Castro, the Site Manager for We-Clean Inc., the Lab's janitorial contractor, has worked at Fermilab for five years and supervises 35-40 personnel. She offers some key points about trash bag safety:

Waste in its place: Most people should be aware that regular trash, recyclable materials, and hazardous wastes are each handled differently. Check with the building manager if you are unsure what goes where.

Don't over pack: Heavy bags can be difficult to handle. We-Clean uses a 40 pound limit, but Enixe advises dividing contents whenever a bag feels too heavy to handle safely.

Don't hug the bag: Contrary to basic safe lifting principles, waste bags should be held away from the body to minimize the risk of contact injury. This precaution further increases the need to minimize bag weights.

One thing at a time: Handling a full bag of waste can be demanding. Add a second task and you may be asking for trouble. We-Clean personnel have been injured lifting a dumpster lid with one hand while tossing a bag with the other.

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Accelerator Update
March 21 - 23
- Two stores provided 36 hours and 55 minutes of luminosity
- Pbar continues with stack tail equalizer studies
- TeV quench
- New MTest experiments (T950 & T964) begin taking beam

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View the Tevatron Luminosity Charts


Workshop: Finding the right investment strategy
Rodney T. Weems from Fidelity Investments will hold a workshop titled, "Finding the Right Investment Strategy" on Monday, March 26. There will be two sessions: one at 10:00 a.m. and the other at 1:30 p.m., both in Wilson Hall 1 West. Each session will provide an overview of the investment options offered by Fidelity. To reserve your space, please call 1-800-642-7131. Since the meeting is during working hours and will last for an hour, you will need your supervisor's approval to attend. If you have any questions, please call Wilma Cardona at x6800.

Weight Watchers at Fermilab
The Recreation Office needs one more person to register for Weight Watchers in order to continue the classes. Please contact the Recreation Office x2548 if you want more information or would like to register. Deadline is Monday, March 26, at noon.

Professional Development
New classes are always being added to the professional development schedule. For the most up-to-date course offerings, visit the professional development web page.

Scottish Country Dancing
Scottish Country Dancing will meet on March 27 at Kuhn Barn on the Fermilab site. 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 630-584-0825 or folkdance@fnal.gov.

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