Fermilab Today Wednesday, July 2, 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.


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

Thursday, July 3
1 p.m.
Physics and Detector Seminar - West Wing, WH-10NW
Speaker: A. Para, Fermilab
Title: Developments in Dual Readout Calorimetry
3:30 p.m.

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a weekly calendar with links to additional information.




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Wilson Hall Cafe

Wednesday, July 2
- Shrimp gumbo
- Pizza burger*
- Bistro salmon steak
- Mongolian beef
- BLT wrap
- Assorted slice pizza
- Chicken Cajun pasta

*Carb Restricted Alternative

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

Chez Leon Menu
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Special Announcement

All-Hands meeting 11:15 a.m. today in Auditorium

Fermilab Director Pier Oddone will hold an All-Hands meeting today, July 2. All Fermilab employees and users are encouraged to attend. Thanks to savings from voluntary separations and additional funding in the supplemental funding bill passed by Congress last week, Oddone will announce the end of involuntary layoffs. DOE Acting Deputy Secretary Jeffrey Kupfer, Illinois Senator Dick Durbin, Congresswoman Judy Biggert and Congressman Bill Foster will speak. The meeting will begin promptly at 11:30 a.m. The Auditorium should fill up fast. Please plan to be seated no later than 11:15 a.m. There will be overflow seating in One West.

To celebrate the good news, Fermilab employees, users and contractors are invited to an ice cream social at 12:30 p.m. in the Wilson Hall atrium.

Photo of the Day

NuMI horn replaced

Technicians use a crane to lift NuMI horn 2 out of the chase area in the Target Hall. The horn, which developed a leak in the suction line during the last week of May, was replaced with a new horn. NuMI was shut down during the first week of June for the replacement and will come back online sometime next week.


Fermilab pool to offer children's swimming lessons

Fermilab employees and users can now enjoy the Fermilab pool. The pool opened yesterday and will soon host swimming lessons for both youth and pre-schoolers.

The Naperville YMCA will offer three sessions of swimming lessons between July 7 and Aug. 11. Swimming lesson registration information and forms are available at Fermilab daycare and daycamp. Registration forms for the first session must be turned in by noon on Thursday, July 3. These forms can be placed in deposit boxes at both daycare and daycamp locations. For more information on lessons please contact Peter Wilson (pjw@fnal.gov, x2156).

Swimming lesson sessions:
Session I: Weeks of July 7 and July 14
Session II: Weeks of July 21 and July 28
Session III: Weeks of Aug. 4 and Aug. 11

Schedule for each session:
9:00 - 9:40 a.m. - Youth lessons
9:50 - 10:30 a.m. - Youth lessons
10:00 - 10:30 a.m. - Preschool lessons
10:40 - 11:10 a.m. - Preschool lessons

The pool hours are as follows:
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 - 6:30 p.m.

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. For information about the pool and memberships please contact Dee Hahn (dhahn@fnal.gov, x2354).

In the News

Lay-offs at Fermilab set to be reversed

From Physicsworld, July 1, 2008

Six months of lobbying brought some success for the American physics community yesterday when President George W. Bush signed a $186bn "supplemental" spending bill. The bill, which continues funding for military campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan, also includes $338m for government agencies that support science research.

The extra funds become available immediately and will go part of the way to compensating for severe cuts in funding for US physics that were announced last December. In particular, the new money could allow the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory near Chicago to reverse a decision to lay off 140 staff. However, physicists think that serious problems with the US science budget remain.

Read more


The great outdoors

Randy Ortgiesen, head of the Facilities Engineering Services Section, wrote this week's column.

Randy Ortgiesen

I talked to a friend over the weekend who had recently picked raspberries on the Rock River. As he described the river and the beautiful scenery, it reminded me of how much I appreciate the Fermilab landscape and the contributions from the not-for-profit group Fermilab Natural Areas.

Most of our visitors and neighbors know we conduct basic scientific research. But many probably don't know the role our laboratory plays as the steward for Fermilab's 6,800 acres of diverse ecosystems. Most probably don't know that the Ecological Land Management Committee, a dedicated group of volunteers, oversees and makes recommendations for managing and facilitating the restoration of wetlands, grasslands, forests and savanna on site. Thanks to the many volunteers over the years, the laboratory's natural areas are a resource enjoyed by all. As we define the future mission for the laboratory, land management will become even more significant.

Our dedicated volunteers also recognized that boosting the preservation and restoration efforts required more participation, a broader range of projects and more funding. They formed a not-for-profit group, Fermilab Natural Areas, which helps to restore, manage and conserve Fermilab's natural landscape.

The experts who make up the FNA Board of Directors have identified important future projects including: oak savanna restoration, prairie interpretive trail upgrades, wetland upgrades, prairie restoration enhancements and native plant shoreline restoration. Obtaining funding for these projects is a critical next step, and I am impressed with the plan developed by FNA to aggressively pursue grants and to seek support from the local business community, individual donations and membership. You can get more information on these efforts and how to participate on the FNA Web site.

I enjoy the natural beauty of the great outdoors, and appreciate the majesty of a white oak and the feel of a mellow summer morning. I thank our Roads and Grounds department, FNA and all other volunteers for their many contributions to help preserve our natural areas for future generations. If you enjoy nature as much as I do, you may want to get involved too.

Safety Update

ES&H weekly report, July 1

This week's safety report, compiled by the Fermilab ES&H section, lists two minor first-aid injuries, both non-recordable. Fermilab has not had a reportable injury for almost three months. Find the full report here.

Safety report archive


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.

TIAA CREF counseling Thursday
Chad Stein from TIAA CREF will conduct individual counseling sessions at Fermilab on Thursday, July 3. Please make your appointment by calling 1-800-842-2005 x5602 or via the TIAA CREF Web site

International Folk Dancing Thursday
International Folk Dancing will be held in Ramsey Auditorium Thursday, July 3. Dancing begins at 7:30 p.m. with teaching and children's dances earlier in the evening and request dancing later on. There may be a break in the evening to view area fireworks from the 15th floor. Info at (630) 584-0825 or (630) 840-8194 or folkdance@fnal.gov.

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