Fermilab Today Friday, March 27, 2009

Friday, March 27
3 p.m.
4 p.m.
Joint Experimental-Theoretical Physics Seminar - One West
Speaker: Sasha Pronko, Fermilab
Title: Searching for New Physics with Light
8 p.m.
Lecture Series - Ramsey Auditorium
Speaker: Dr. Pier Oddone, Fermilab
Title: The Future of Particle Physics and Fermilab
Tickets: $5

Monday, March 30
2:30 p.m.
Particle Astrophysics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: Tom Crawford, University of Chicago
Title: Recent Results from the South Pole Telescope Initial Survey
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II

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Wilson Hall Cafe

Friday, March 27
- New England clam chowder
- Popcorn shrimp
- Tuna casserole
- Smart cuisine: Dijon meatballs over noodles
- Bistro chicken & provolone panini
- Assorted sliced pizza
- *Carved top round of beef

Wilson Hall Cafe Menu

Chez Leon

Wednesday, April 1
- Cheese fondue
- Marinated vegetable salad
- Amaretto pears

Thursday, April 2
- Crab cakes
- Stuffed flank steak
- Orzo w/ pine nuts & parmesan
- Lemon neapolitans

Chez Leon Menu
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Special Announcement

Fermilab Director Pier Oddone gives public lecture tonight

The Fermilab Lecture Series presents a public lecture titled "The Future of Particle Physics and Fermilab" this Friday (March 27) at 8 p.m. at Fermilab's Ramsey Auditorium in Batavia, Illinois. Fermilab Director Pier Oddone will talk about the search for the Higgs particle and dark matter as well as Project X, a proposed particle accelerator for Fermilab. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased by calling 630-840-ARTS weekdays between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. More information


Turn off lights for Earth Hour, reduce energy use

Fermilab will shut off all nonessential lights in Wilson Hall between 8:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday, March 28, as part of Earth Hour.

Join Fermilab and thousands of organizations, businesses and individuals around the world and shut off lights in your office and home on Saturday between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

Earth Hour, a global movement dedicated to delivering a powerful message about the need for action on global warming, will encourage an hour without light Saturday night.

Please remember that in Wilson Hall and some other buildings on site, all nonessential lights will shut off on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. If you need to work during that time, turn on necessary lights. Shut them off before you leave.

While shutting off lights for an hour makes a statement in support of the fight against global warming, you can continue to help the environment year round without living in constant darkness. Here are some tips for reducing energy and resource use at work and at home.

At work:

  • Before leaving for the night, remember to power off your personal computer and any lights in your workspace.
  • Unplug cell phone or laptop chargers when not in use.
  • Print double sided to reduce paper consumption. When printing e-mails, print only the pages you need, or copy only the needed sections into a text document and print.


At home:

  • Switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs to help save money and reduce emissions. This type of bulb use 75 percent less energy than an equivalent incandescent bulb.
  • Wash clothes on cold to save the energy required to heat water. If possible, dry clothes on a clothesline.
  • Take quicker showers. By spending one minute less in the shower, you'll save both water and electricity.
  • Turn off appliances, electronics and lights not in use. When you leave a room, turn off any electronic devices not currently in use.

From iSGTW

Global virtual communities: opportunities versus barriers

With over a decade of development, the vision of a global research community connected through a distributed computing infrastructure is increasingly becoming reality. But what makes this research environment, called e-Infrastructure, and these communities, called Virtual Organizations, successful? And to what extent do scientists from diverse communities experience this transition and contribute to it?

Addressing this question is the goal of eResearch2020, a newly launched collaboration between the University of Chicago/National Opinion Research Center, the Oxford Internet Institute, the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland and empirica Communication and Technology Research (Germany). Tasked by the European Commission, Directorate General Information Society and Media to complete its assessment by the end of the year, the study will propose strategies to enhance e-Infrastructure uptake and use in different fields of science.

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In the News

Weather underground

From University of Minnesota News, March 24, 2009

Predicting weather 10-15 miles up from half a mile underground

One just doesn't expect cosmic rays streaming in from outer space to predict weather disturbances 10 to 15 miles above our heads. But they did, even though the gizmo detecting those rays lies under half a mile of rock.

This odd result emerged from work by a large international team of researchers, including several University of Minnesota physicists, studying cosmic rays hitting an underground detector in the University-operated Soudan Underground Laboratory, located half a mile deep in an old iron mine in northern Minnesota.

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Spring book fair

Fermilab club & league fair

Blackberry Oaks Golf League

Sustainable Energy Club

Goodrich Quality Theater and AMC Theater tickets

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Argentine Tango classes

Kyuki Do classes - March 30

Muscle toning classes - March 31

Conflict management & negotiation skills class offered April 1

English country dancing, April 5

COMSOL Multiphysics workshop at Fermilab - April 6

Outlook 2007 new features class April 8

Harlem Globetrotter employee discount - April 13

Changes to participating pharmacies Blue Cross Pharmacy Program

Artist within - employee art show '09

MathWorks Seminar - April 21

Coed softball season begins May 13

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

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