Fermilab Today Monday, October 29, 2007

Monday, Oct. 29
2:30 p.m.
Particle Astrophysics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: D. Cumberbatch, Oxford University
Title: Sterile Neutrinos as Subdominant Warm Dark Matter
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II
Special Topic: High Power Tests of Novel Fast Phase Amplitude Modulators for HINS

Tuesday, Oct. 30
11 a.m.
Academic Lecture Series - Curia II
Speaker: B. Dobrescu, Fermilab
Title: Physics in Extra Dimensions - Part 3
2:30 p.m.
Special Particle Astrophysics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: S. Koushiappas, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Title: Dark Matter Physics and Astrophysics with GLAST
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Special Joint Experimental-Theoretical Physics Seminar - One West
Speaker: A. Chou, Fermilab
Title: New Results from the Pierre Auger Observatory

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Wilson Hall Cafe
Monday, Oct. 29
- Potato au gratin
- Monte cristo
- *Savory roasted chicken quarters
- Lasagna bolognaise
- Chicken ranch wrapper
- Assorted slice pizza
- Szechuan style pork Lo mein

Wilson Hall Cafe Menu

Chez Leon

Wednesday, Oct. 31
- Skeleton's bones
- Monster's eyes
- Vampire's wishes
- Ghost delight

Thursday, Nov. 1
- French onion soup
- Grilled halibut w/tarragon white butter sauce
- Grilled new potatoes
- Green beans w/lemon zest
- Chocolate soufflé w/hazelnut crème Anglais

Chez Leon Menu
Call x4598 to make your reservation.


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Early, open communication highlighted for ILC sites

Craig Jones, a member of the ILC Citizens' Task Force, speaks at the ALCPG07 Colloquium Wednesday.

Craig Jones once debated egging DOE buses in the area for a talk about a proposed giant high-energy physics experiment in Illinois in the late 1980s. He led an opposition group bent on stopping the Fermilab's bid to build the Superconducting Super Collider.

"The mantra: 'You people don't matter. Only the physical characteristics of the site matter.' I can't tell you how often I heard that," Jones told a crowd of about 200 Wednesday at Fermilab as part of the ALCPG07 conference.

In the end, Texas won the bid to host the SSC. Now, Jones, a Campton Township resident and member of Fermilab's ILC Citizens' Task Force, is advising the laboratory on how to avoid the same pitfalls with the ILC. "The difference between then and now is openness," he said.

In preparation for picking a nation and community to host the ILC, scientists want to examine what has worked and what hasn't for past large-scale research projects. Christian Mrotzek, of DESY in Germany, and Nobu Toge, of KEK in Japan, offered insight to ALCPG07 members and echoed Jones's call for connecting with the neighbors. The speakers stressed the importance of reaching out to potential ILC neighbors as early as possible.

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View streaming video of the colloquium here.

-- Tona Kunz

Craig Jones, ILC Citizens' Task Force member, Christian Mrotzek of DESY and Nobu Toge, of KEK in Japan.

In the News

String theory: Back to basics

From Nature, Oct. 17, 2007

Long touted as a theory of everything, it seems that string theory may at last succeed as a theory of something very specific - the interactions of particles under the strong nuclear force.

Whether string theory can live up to its claim of being a 'theory of everything', and whether it will ever produce a falsifiable prediction as such, remain hotly debated questions. Meanwhile, developments in a quieter side-alley1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 indicate that the theory might be about to deliver something of its original promise: helping us to understand the physics of interactions mediated by the strong nuclear force.

String theory was born in the 1960s, when physicists tried to put order into a bewildering wealth of phenomena appearing at subnuclear distance scales. Here, the strong interaction dominates the other three fundamental forces of nature: gravity, electromagnetism and the weak nuclear interaction. Scattering experiments in high-energy particle accelerators had revealed a stunning proliferation of resultant particle-like excitations - 'resonances' - at particular energies, amounting to an ever-growing zoo of particles that could not possibly all be elementary (that is, indivisible).

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Safety Tip of the Week

Got a tough ES&H problem?

Employees and users can make suggestions via the ES&H managed suggestion box.

Most ES&H issues can be readily resolved within your work group. Involving your supervisor or division or section ES&H personnel is also a good idea since these folks are usually aware of your exposures and know how to deal with them. But what about those few problems that do not yield to the standard approach? One option is to use a reporting tool on the ES&H Section Web page. First click on the Quick Link called Report ES&H Concern, then select Safety Concern or Suggestion Box. Safety Concerns are managed by the CD Help Desk. You must provide your identity, but this allows you to be kept informed of progress addressing your concern. The Suggestion Box is managed by the ES&H Section, and issues can be anonymously submitted -- an option that could prove useful if you fear reprisal or embarrassment.

Over the past year, Fermilab personnel used these tools about twice each month. About half of the submissions concerned traffic issues such as blocked views, bicycles, aberrant vehicle operation and surface maintenance. The rest were a variety of complaints and suggestions, such as fire alarms that are too loud and the labeling of doors. Interestingly, there was only a single anonymous submission. For a complete discussion of Fermilab's ES&H Concerns Program, see FESHM chapter 1060.

Safety Tip of the Week Archive

Accelerator Update
Oct. 25-26
- FESS switched Pbar 95 LCW pumps
- Meson MTest had safety walk through
- Pbar reported good stacking efficiency

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Have a safe day!

Project X Accelerator Physics and Technology workshop Nov. 12-13
Fermilab will host a workshop to discuss the accelerator physics and technology issues of Project X. The workshop will also explore possible areas of overlap and interest among various particle accelerator laboratories and universities. For more information or to register, see the Accelerator Physics and Technology Workshop for Project X Web site.

Project X physics workshop Nov. 16-17
Fermilab will host a user's workshop Nov. 16-17 to discuss the physics of Project X. The group will meet at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 16, in One West. A wine and cheese talk by Michelangelo Mangano runs from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The Saturday session will be partly in One West, but also will include parallel sessions in different rooms. Streaming video of the sessions will be provided. The agenda can be found here. You should register if you plan to attend in person or via streaming video. Online registration is available.

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Update your information by e-mail
Records@fnal.gov is the new email address to use when making changes to your records. Use it to update your address, phone number, mail station and your work location.

EAP office hours temporary change
The EAP office will be open Tuesday, Oct. 30, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. but will be closed on Wednesday, Oct. 31, and Friday, Nov. 2. It will be open again on Tuesday, Nov. 6, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. but will be closed Wednesday, Nov. 7, and Friday, Nov. 9. The EAP office will resume the regular schedule on Wednesday, Nov. 14. The EAP is available 24/7 by calling (800) 843-1327.

Scottish Dance Halloween party Tuesday
Scottish Country Dancing will hold a Halloween Party on Tuesday, Oct. 30, in Kuhn Barn. Costumes are encouraged but not essential. 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. Call (630)840-8194 or (630)584-0825 or email folkdance@fnal.gov.

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