Fermilab Today Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Layoff Information

New information on Fermilab layoffs, including an up-to-date Q&A section, appears on the layoff Web pages.

Furlough Information

Information on the furloughs at Fermilab, which stopped May 31, 2008, is available on the furlough Web pages.


Tuesday, July 1
Summer Lecture Seminar - One West
Speaker: W. Fisher, Fermilab
Title: Collider Experiments
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar - One West
Speaker: M. Danuso, Fermilab
Title: Limits and Prospects of Nb3Sn Accelerator Magnets

Wednesday, July 2
11:15 a.m.
All-Hands meeting - Ramsey Auditorium
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Fermilab Colloquium - One West
Speaker: W. McDonough, University of Maryland
Title: Geoneutrinos and Heat Production in the Earth: Constraints and Implications

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Wilson Hall Cafe
Tuesday, July 1
- Creamy turkey vegetable
- Chili dog
- Beef & vegetable lo mein
- Chicken cacciatore
- Italian Panini w/provolone
- Assorted slice pizza
- Super burrito

Wilson Hall Cafe Menu

Chez Leon

Wednesday, July 2
- Poached salmon w/scallion sauce
- Lemon orzo w/pine nuts
- Summer vegetable medley
- Chocolate Kahlua flan

Thursday, July 3
- Closed

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Special Announcement

All Hands meeting 11:15 a.m. Wednesday in Auditorium

Fermilab Director Pier Oddone will hold an All-Hands Meeting on Wednesday, July 2. Thanks to savings from voluntary separations and additional funding in the supplemental funding bill passed by Congress last week, Oddone expects to announce the end of involuntary layoffs. DOE Acting Deputy Secretary Jefferey Kupfer, Illinois Senator Dick Durbin, Congresswoman Judy Biggert and Congressman Bill Foster will speak. The meeting will begin promptly at 11:30 a.m. Please plan to be in your seats by 11:15 a.m. There will be overflow seating in One West.


Local teachers get physics education from Fermilab

Public school teachers Peggy Mroz and Joshua Norton use Helmholtz coils to measure the charge-to-mass ratio of electrons.

As summer began, a group of public school teachers put down their sticks of chalk and dry-erase pens and rolled up their sleeves for a week of particle physics experiments at Fermilab.

During the week-long course at the Summer Secondary Science Institute, a group of six teachers experimented with optics, constructed a cloud chamber and observed particle behavior using Helmholtz coils.

"Fermilab identifies great science teachers and gives them opportunities to share their physics knowledge and teaching strategies with their colleagues," said Spencer Pasero, education program leader in the education office.

Fermilab Friends for Science Education organized the institute to help local teachers share tips and expand their skills and curriculum.

"It was a chance to conduct experiments we've read about, but have never been able to perform," said Joshua Norten, a physics instructor at Cary-Grove High School. Norten was a physics major at Northern Illinois University and interned for three summers at DZero.

"As far as high-energy physics goes, Fermilab is the place to be," Norton said. "But the workshop is also an opportunity to find out what works and doesn't work in other teachers' classrooms."

Peggy Mroz, a middle school teacher at St. Alexander's Middle School in Palos Heights attended the workshop because she hopes to introduce physics into her science curriculum. Mroz comes from a humanities background and hasn't taught physics.

"Dangling participles I can handle," Mroz said. "Teaching seventh-graders about electrons? I'll need a bit of help with that!"

--Jennifer L. Johnson

In the News

Funding re-energizes Fermilab

From Beacon News, July 1, 2008

New federal dollars save jobs, restart projects

As President Bush signed a supplemental budget resolution Monday, securing millions more for scientific research, employees at Fermilab breathed a sigh of relief.

For more than six months, the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory has been dealing with the effects of a 2008 budget that saw the lab's Department of Energy funding cut by about $22 million from 2007 levels. The lab instituted rolling furloughs, forcing employees to take unpaid days off, and started a voluntary separation program, with the goal of reducing its workforce by 10 percent, or about 200 people.

And lab officials halted work on major projects, including their neutrino experiment, NoVA, and their research into the International Linear Collider, a massive underground particle accelerator they hope will be built under Fermilab.

For at least the next few months, the hard times are over, according to Kurt Riesselmann, spokesman for the lab. The new budget resolution, asked for and supported by Sen. Dick Durbin, Rep. Judy Biggert and Rep. Bill Foster, guarantees $62.5 million to the DOE's Office of Science, to be spread among its labs.

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Director's Corner

Safety achievements

Pier Oddone
Pier Oddone

This year's rate of injuries among our staff is much lower than last year's. All of you are responsible for this good performance, and I salute you.

We keep track of all injuries, from minor first aid cases to much more serious cases such as those requiring days away from work or resulting in job-limiting medical restrictions (DART cases). Our goal is zero injuries. We have not achieved that yet, but what we can celebrate is our progress towards this goal.

A week ago I celebrated with the Computing Division the more than three million hours of work done in the division without any DART cases. Your colleagues achieved this record by having no DART injuries for more than six years! This is roughly equivalent to the whole laboratory going without a DART case for a full year. I presented to the Division Director Vicky White the award conferred by the National Safety Council in recognition of the division's impressive achievement.

For the laboratory as a whole, nine months into the fiscal year, we have recorded two DART cases. One was a result of lifting something heavy and the other resulted from a fall on ice. Their injuries remind us that we owe it to ourselves, our families and our colleagues to put safety first.

While this record is evidence that we use good safety practices, the laboratory as a whole is not yet at the level established by the Computing Division. Nevertheless, the rate is a vast improvement over last year's rate that was four times higher.

In another sign of real progress we have decreased significantly the number of recordable cases (TRCs). A recordable case is an injury that requires medical treatment beyond first aid but does not require time away from work or job-limiting restrictions. Last year our rate for these injuries was nearly three per month. This rate is now about one per month, and we have had no recordable injuries in the last three months. This is a remarkable achievement in which we all share. Let's keep up the vigilance and keep improving!


Fermilab pool opens today

The Fermilab pool will open today.
Summer pool hours:
Tuesday to Friday: 11:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., with adult lap swim 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 1 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Information on swimming lessons will be available soon.

Daily admission to the pool is $5. Memberships are payable only by cash or check and are available at the pool through Sunday, July 6. If you have questions about the pool please contact either Kevin Pitts or Kirsten Tollefson of the UEC.

Accelerator Update

June 27-30
- Four stores provided ~ 63 hours and 3 minutes of luminosity
- Water group prepares TeV for next round of heat exchanger cleaning
- Experts put TeV sector C3 cryo system into JT mode to adjust wet engine

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


Have a safe day!

No tour Wednesday
Due to scheduling conflicts with the All-Hands meeting, the regular "Get to Know Fermilab Guided Tour" will not take place tomorrow. The tour will resume Wednesday, July 9.

Performance reviews due
It is the time of year to reflect on our past year's performance. Please note that completion of the following portions of the review process must occur in July 2008:

You will also set goals for the 2008-2009 review period after your initial discussions with your manager in July. If you have any questions about the performance review process, please contact the Employee Relations department

Scottish Country Dancing Tuesday
Scottish Country Dancing will meet in Ramsey Auditorium Tuesday, July 1. 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. For more information call (630) 840-8194 or (630) 584-0825 or e-mail.

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