Fermilab Today Monday, March 23, 2009

Monday, March 23
2:30 p.m.
Particle Astrophysics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: Steven Hsu, University of Oregon
Title: Curved Space, Monsters and Black Hole Entropy
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II
Special Topics: DZero Triggering at High Luminosity; Installing MINERvA Curia II

Tuesday, March 24
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar - One West
Speaker: Alvin Tollestrup, Fermilab
Title: What Happens in a Gas Filled RF Cavity When Beam Goes Thru It?

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Wilson Hall Cafe

Monday, March 23
- *Potato leek soup
- Monte cristo
- *1/2 roasted chicken
- Alfredo tortellini
- Chicken ranch wrapper
- Assorted sliced pizza

*Carb restricted alternative

Wilson Hall Cafe Menu

Chez Leon

Wednesday, March 25
- Rouladen
- Spaetzel
- Glazed baby carrots
- Apple German chocolate cake

Thursday, March 26
- Coquilles Saint-Jacques
- Veal saltimbocca
- Spinach fettuccine
- Amaretto soufflé w/frangelico crème Anglais

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Director welcomes FY09 budget at all-hands meeting

Click on the image to view Fermilab Director Pier Oddone's slideshow presentation on the laboratory's future.

Though funding remains tight, the FY2009 budget largely erases the monetary problems Fermilab faced in 2008 and will allow the Tevatron to continue operation at least through 2010, according to Director Pier Oddone.

Oddone said at an all-hands meeting on Friday that he hopes Fermilab can keep the Tevatron running through 2011, especially considering how well the accelerator has been operating as the world waits for the Large Hadron Collider to restart.

"No machine that can double luminosity in two years should be shut down prematurely," he said.

The FY2010 budget is not yet public, Oddone said. But he said he expected tight budgets to continue.

At the Intensity Frontier, Fermilab is moving forward with the NoVA Project, MINERvA and MicroBooNE. A proposed future Fermilab accelerator, Project X, could eventually connect to a future linear electron-positron collider or a muon collider. At the Cosmic Frontier, Fermilab experiments CDMS and COUPP search for dark matter, while Pierre Auger investigates high-energy cosmic rays. Fermilab is building the Dark Energy Camera for the Dark Energy Survey and has proposed to operate the science operations center for the Joint Dark Energy Mission.

Fermilab is also taking multiple steps to improve current operations.

A group of Fermilab engineers are developing an engineering manual to standardize engineering practices and documentation across the laboratory. The laboratory is also conducting a review of quality assurance activities in order to refine and reform standards.

In an upcoming all-hands meeting, Oddone will discuss the results of a study, conducted by an outside consultant, in which about 10 percent of employees from all parts of the laboratory gave their feedback on topics such as diversity in the workplace, management and performance evaluation.

View Fermilab Director Pier Oddone's slideshow presentation

-- Kathryn Grim

In the News

Senate confirms Holdren as new OSTP director

From AIP FYI, March 20, 2009

John Holdren was confirmed yesterday by the Senate as the new Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy. Holdren's confirmation was expected last month, and the delay in the Senate floor vote illustrates the unpredictability of the governing process.

The nomination was literally put on hold because of a disagreement about a change in U.S. policy on Cuba. The only relationship between Holdren's nomination and Cuban policy was the coincidence of timing: both were on the Senate's agenda at about the same time. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), wanting to gain the attention of the Senate leadership, put a hold on the nominations of Holdren and Jane Lubchenco who had been nominated to head the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Other senators reportedly put holds on the nominations. These holds were lifted last week, and senators approved both nominations by voice vote yesterday without debate.

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In the News

Energy secretary serves under a microscope

From New York Times, March 22, 2009

As a physicist, Steven Chu has seen atoms suspended in a powerful laser beam and DNA stretched out in a vacuum chamber.

But in his new job as energy secretary, Dr. Chu is observing phenomena he never saw in the science laboratory.

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ES&H Tips of the Week - Computer Security Health

SPAM isn't just in your Inbox

Spam isn't just in e-mail inboxes. Don't give out information on an unsolicited phone call.

Computing Division employee Anita (fictitious name) was home one evening when her phone rang. Her husband took the call. The caller asked for her by name and would not leave a return number. When they called again Anita took the call, and the caller knew, or guessed, that she was running Windows XP on her computer. They stated they were from the Microsoft support center and had received an automated diagnostic message from her computer that indicated it was running slowly. They wanted to help her fix the problem.

When Anita asked for more information about the message, such as a date stamp or error code, the caller changed the subject and indicated that Anita had downloaded malicious software and they needed to remove it or her hard drive might become corrupted. The caller gave her a Web site to connect to so she could download the fix.

Anita did not visit the Web site and relayed her story to the computer security team. This is a good example of someone trying unsuccessfully to use social engineering on Anita to direct her to a malicious Web site that would attempt to compromise her machine.

What are the lessons from Anita's experience? People have access to information about you that can make their claims sound legitimate. Once they gain your confidence they will try to convince you to do things you normally wouldn't do, such as download software from a suspicious Web site. So keep your guard up when you're reading e-mail and when you get unsolicited phone calls offering to help you fix your computer problem.

--Mark Leininger, Fermilab's computer security manager



The article about Peggy Macnamara's art work in Friday's issue of Fermilab Today, mistakenly referenced her as Patricia. Fermilab Today staff members regret the error.

Accelerator Update

March 18-20
- Three stores provided ~37.25 hours of luminosity
- Vacuum experts access TeV
- Linac and Booster experts access and conduct maintenance
- FESS finds chilled water leak
- Booster off for MP03 repairs

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


Have a safe day!

Free step aerobics class in March

Blackberry Oaks Golf League

Sustainable Energy Club

Goodrich Quality Theater and AMC Theater tickets

WDRS researches transit benefit program

NALWO "Meet the Teacher" English class - March 23

Child care program offered - March 24

Discount tickets to "Dora the Explorer Live" - March 26-29

Kyuki Do classes - March 30

Muscle toning classes - March 31

Publisher 2007: Intro class April 1

Conflict management & negotiation skills class offered April 1

English country dancing, April 5

COMSOL Multiphysics workshop April 6

Outlook 2007 new features class April 8

Harlem Globetrotter employee discount - April 13

MathWorks Seminar - April 21

Coed softball season begins May 13

Discount tickets to "1964"...Beatles tribute - June 6

SciTech summer camps

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