Fermilab Today Monday, August 13, 2007

Mon., Aug. 13
12:30 p.m.
Special Lunch Seminar - The Dark Side, WH6W
Speaker: Andrew Jaffe, Imperial College, London
Title: Gravitational Waves from Super-Massive Black Holes
3:30 p.m.
4:00 p.m.
All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II

Tue., Aug. 14
3:30 p.m.

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Wednesday, August 15
- Chinese Chicken
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Thursday, August 16
- Smoked Salmon Napoleon
- Tournedos of Beef w/Madeira Sauce
- Cauliflower Gratin
- Vegetable of the Season
- Bourbon Walnut Pie

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Butterfly researchers come to Fermilab for rare species

Butterfly researchers Paulette Haywood and Sara Bright look for a Gray Comma butterfly with TD's Tom Peterson, Fermilab's resident butterfly expert.

Scientists usually come to Fermilab in search of particles, but two researchers recently came from Alabama in search of something else - a rare species of butterfly called the Gray Comma.

The Gray Comma is a woodland butterfly, found at Fermilab in the "Big Woods" (ELM-24) on the western part of the site.

Butterfly researchers Paulette Haywood and Sara Bright have spent 12 years working on a book about the 125 butterfly species of the Southeastern U.S., and the Gray Comma was one of the last 10 species they needed to document. The Gray Comma has been seen at Fermilab by Technical Division engineer and butterfly expert Tom Peterson for several years. After finding Peterson's butterfly website and learning more about the laboratory's natural environment, Haywood and Bright thought Fermilab would be the ideal place to search. "The Gray Comma would have been difficult to find and document in the Southeast," said Haywood. "So for us to be able to come to Fermilab and knock another species off our list was huge."

When Bright and Haywood arrived at Fermilab, Peterson was able to guide them directly to the area where Gray Commas are usually seen. "It would be great if more places would take on the type of attitude and responsibility toward the environment that Fermilab does," Bright said.

Peterson, who has watched butterflies at Fermilab for 31 years, was happy to share the lab's prairie with other butterfly enthusiasts. "We've been careful in our management of the land here at Fermilab to restore it in a way that's friendly to nature," Peterson said. "And certainly that's reflected in the variety of butterflies, birds and plants we find here."

Haywood and Bright hope their book will help people understand how interconnected nature is and the importance of taking care of the environment. "People love to look at beautiful butterflies," Haywood said. "But they have to understand that to see those beautiful butterflies, there have to be places like Fermilab for them to live and thrive."

Peterson will hold a butterfly walk at Fermilab on Tuesday, August 14, 4:30 p.m. at the Interpretive Trail off of the Pine Street exit road. Anyone is welcome.

Gray Comma is a woodland butterfly, found at Fermilab in the "Big Woods" (ELM-24) on the western part of the site.

-- Amelia Williamson

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Watch your speed - literally

Fermilab Security has implemented a radar speed sign to deter speeding. The sign appeared on the curve of Kautz Road on Friday afternoon; Security will move it around the site to remind drivers to obey the speed limit.

In the News

August 10, 2007

Gravity stumps scientists

The wimpiest force in the universe is tough to explain

In the deepest depths of space, gravity tugs on matter to form galaxies, stars, black holes and the like. In spite of its infinite reach, however, gravity is the wimpiest of all forces in the universe.

This weakness also makes it the most mysterious, as scientists can't measure it in the laboratory as easily as they can detect its effects on planets and stars. The repulsion between two positively charged protons, for example, is 1036 times stronger than gravity's pull between them - that's 1 followed by 36 zeros less macho.

Physicists want to squeeze little old gravity into the standard model - the crown-jewel theory of modern physics that explains three other fundamental forces in physics - but none has succeeded. Like a runt at a pool party, gravity just doesn't fit in when using Einstein's theory of relativity, which explains gravity only on large scales.

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Safety Tip of the Week

Stress and safety

Prolonged stress can impare your ability to stay safe at work.

Stress is a disruption of normal body processes due to psychological or physical factors. The resulting fight or flight reaction produces a state of heightened awareness and abilities that can serve us well albeit infrequently in our "civilized" world. However, pressures that are too intense or too long-lasting can cause an overload. In addition to direct health consequences, the risk of accidents is increased due to the following behaviors displayed by a stressed person.

  • Hurried - Rushes through tasks. May neglect safety precautions.
  • Irritable - Increase in anger and violence. May not consider consequences of actions.
  • Inflexible - Insists on doing work "their way" to regain sense of control, regardless of risk. Defensive. May not accept constructive input.
  • Awkward - Muscles become tense, increasing risk of injury. Reduced coordination results in clumsiness.
  • Dazed - Many have difficulty concentrating, while some become overly focused. Either way, hazards could go unnoticed.

Are you feeling stressed out? You may first want to try some of the self-help measures such as those found on the internet, in a library or bookstore. Typical solutions include setting realistic goals, maintaining a positive outlook, getting regular exercise, keeping a normal schedule, and participating in enjoyable activities. If this doesn't work, you can take advantage of Fermilab's Employee Assistance Program or make an appointment with a personal medical provider. If the stress is such that your job performance is suffering, it is up to you to take action: talk to your supervisor, call the EAP, investigate self-help options . whatever it takes to alleviate any stressors. The good news is that with a little help and encouragement, we can all take control of the stressors in our lives.

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Congratulations to the 2007 Fermilab summer basketball title winners, the PBars, who won the season's final game Thursday night, August 9. BSS's Brian Niesman lead all scorers with 28 points. Winter season starts November 30.

Accelerator Update
August 6 - 10
- Shutdown work begins, first of ten weeks
- A large crane will be taking up 20 parking spots next week while it assists in the MTA beamline installation just off of Linac

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University of Chicago Tuition Remission Program for Children of Fermilab Employees
The Fermilab Research Alliance (FRA) announces the tuition remission program at the University of Chicago. Dependent children of regular, full-time employees of the lab are eligible for this benefit. If your child is accepted and enrolls as an undergraduate student at the University of Chicago, this benefit allows you to pay only half of the undergraduate tuition for your child. You must be the legal guardian and claim the child as a dependent for federal income tax purposes. The maximum benefit is twelve quarters. More information is available by calling Nicole Gee at x3697 or online.

Bowling League season starts Sept. 4
The Fermilab Tuesday Night Mixed Bowling League 2007-2008 season will begin on September 4 at Valley Bowl in North Aurora. It is a USBC-sanctioned league. Start time is 6 p.m; $13 covers three games and prize fund. Individuals or four-person teams can sign up. Contact Keith Dillow x5605, Jackie Coleman x3027, or Greg Mitchell.

Additional DreamWeaver CS3 intro class
An additional DreamWeaver CS3 introductory class has been scheduled for September 18 and 19. Learn to use DreamWeaver to design and develop a Web Site. Learn more and enroll

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