Fermilab Today Monday, September 10, 2007

Monday, Sept. 10
2:30 p.m.
Particle Astrophysics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: D. Hooper, Fermilab
Title: Dark Matter Annihilations and the WMAP Haze
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II
Special Topics: ILC Vertical Cavity Test Facility; New Run of COUPP (T-945)

Tuesday, Sept. 11
3:30 p.m.

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Wilson Hall Cafe
Monday, Sept. 10
- French Quarter Gumbo
- French dip w/horseradish cream sauce
- Smart Cuisine: Santa Fe pork stew
- Tandoori chicken
- Turkey breast on homemade focaccia
- Assorted slice pizza
- Sweet n' sour chicken with an egg roll

Wilson Hall Cafe Menu

Chez Leon

Wednesday, Sept. 12
- Stuffed summer vegetables
- Fresh ginger cake

Thursday, Sept. 13

Chez Leon Menu
Call x4598 to make your reservation.


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Service awards

On Aug. 17, service awards were given out for 10, 20, 25, 30 and 35 years of service to the laboratory.

10 Year Service Award: From left: Jeffrey Appel (Directorate), Christine Ader, Brian Niesman, Nina Ronzhina, Todd McGowan, Tanya Levshina, Emanuela Barzi.

20 Year Service Award: From left: Jeffrey Appel (Directorate), Jody Federwitz, John Pratscher, John Holm, Vytautas Grigaliunas, Anthony Leveling, Reidar Hahn.

25 Year Service Award: From left: Jeffrey Appel (Directorate), Alan Flowers, Regina Rameika, Lauren Curry, Alfred Moretti, James Biggs.

30 Year Service Award: From left: Jeffrey Appel (Directorate), Eugene "J.J." Schmidt, Roger Dixon, Bruce Lambin, Glenn Smith.

35 Year Service Award: From left: Jeffrey Appel (Directorate), Jackie Coleman, Fred Krueger, Nancy Penson, John Urish.

In the News

Ray Orbach discusses DOE's science and research efforts

From The Business of Government Radio Hour, Sept. 9, 2007

The Business of Government Radio Hour, hosted by The Center for the Business of Government's Managing Partner Albert Morales, featured a conversation on Sept. 9 about DOE's science and research efforts with Ray Orbach, under secretary for science and director of the Office of Science at DOE.

Listen to the interview

Read the radio transcript

In the News

Buying time at Fermilab

From Kane County Chronicle, Sept. 8, 2007

BATAVIA - Young-Kee Kim believes that the team at Fermilab can find the prized Higgs boson - and the public relations boost that would accompany the discovery of the prized subatomic particle.

But the deputy director of the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, as it is formally known, said the facility's main tool in the search for the Higgs - the Tevatron particle accelerator - might need a little more time.

For years, physicists working at Fermilab have watched the days tick away, drawing the facility ever nearer to the date in 2009 when the Tevatron is scheduled to cease operation.

But Kim said Friday that Fermilab recently has entered discussions to potentially grant the Tevatron - and the search for the Higgs boson at the Batavia facility - another year of life.

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Safety Tip of the Week

Rx safety eyewear

Fran Gilkerson is the onsite representative for Fermilab's prescription safety eyewear vendor, Aearo Technologies.

To protect your vision at work, you may want to make sure you have up-to-date, well-fitting prescripton safety eyewear. Fran Gilkerson can help. As the onsite representative for Aero Technologies, Fermilab's prescription safety eyewear vendor, Gilkerson places orders, dispenses, and fits delivered eyewear, and takes care of repairs. You can find her on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. next to the East Wilson Hall elevators on the mezzanine level.

Procedures for obtaining prescription safety eyewear, including a copy of the request form, and an online appointment scheduler can be found here. Be sure to have an eyewear prescription that is less than a year old before scheduling your appointment. You can view available frame styles at AOSafety's Occupational Prescription Eyewear Web site.

Gilkerson offers the following advice, collected during the 30 years she has been dispensing eyewear:

  • Get an annual eye exam. Being able to see well enough to avoid accidents is a good enough reason to get one, although the detection of underlying health conditions, such as high blood pressure or diabetes, can be even more important.
  • Electricians should never get metal frames because of the shock hazard.
  • It may take as long as two weeks to adapt to a new prescription. As you adjust, be careful since your hands and feet may not appear to be where you expect them. Pay special attention walking down stairs with your first pair of bifocals.
  • To avoid damage to your glasses, remove and clean them properly. Most frame damage comes from falling asleep with glasses on or from rapidly pulling on one temple to remove them. Most lens scratches come from cleaning by dry wiping.

Safety Tip of the Week Archive

Accelerator Update
August 31 - September 7
- Linac: I- Dome power trouble
- Booster: Cable pulls done
- Recycler: New DCCT section installed and under vacuum
- NuMI: Drain cleaning complete in all underground areas
- MuCool: Shielding under hatch complete

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


Have a safe day!

Register for ALCPG07
The joint meeting of the American Linear Collider Physics Group and ILC Global Design Effort will take place at Fermilab Oct. 22-26. The deadline to register is Oct. 12. A block of rooms has been reserved for meeting attendees at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles. This block of rooms only will be held until Sept. 19. Meeting attendees are encouraged to book your rooms soon. Questions? Contact Cynthia M. Sazama. More information

TIAA- CREF financial education seminar
On Sept. 13, 2007, TIAA-CREF will hold a financial education seminar titled "Your Retirement Income Options." The seminar will be presented by Chad Stein and will focus on several types of available income options. Attendees will obtain a basic understanding of how to select income options to fulfill your needs upon retirement. Enroll online here and review the information about the seminar here.

FNAL GSA elections close Monday
The FNAL Graduate Student Association will be closing elections for the 07-08 officers on Monday September 10 at midnight, and announcing winners on Wednesday, Sept. 12. Candidate and voting information can be found here.

Tuesday is Computer Security Awareness Day
Tuesday, Sept. 11 is Computer Security Awareness Day. Presentations on computer and Internet security will be held between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. in the Wilson Hall Atrium and One West. See the poster for presentation schedule.

Buffalo Fest on Friday
This Friday, Sept. 14, from 4 to 6 p.m. Buffalo Fest will take place on the Users' Center patio. Buffalo burgers and sausage will be served for $5 each; hot dogs will be 2 for $5. All sandwiches will be served by chips.

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