Fermilab Today Monday, April 19, 2010

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Monday, April 19
2:30 p.m.
Particle Astrophysics Seminar - (NOTE LOCATION) Curia II
Speaker: Kumiko Kotera, University of Chicago
Title: Ultrahigh Energy Cosmic Rays, Neutrinos and Gamma Rays: A Multi-Messenger Approach to Astroparticle Physics
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II
Special Topics: New INSPIRE Database; T-992: SLHC Sensors at MTest


Tuesday, April 20
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar - Cancelled

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Wilson Hall Cafe

Monday, April 19
- Croissant sandwich
- *Potato leek soup
- Monte Cristo
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- Alfredo tortellini
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- Assorted sliced pizza
- Szechuan style pork lo mein

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Wednesday, April 21
- Thai chicken sautÚ
- Macaroon shortcake w/roasted pineapple

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Register now for the annual Users' Meeting June 2 and 3

Mikko Antero Voutilainen presents on the inclusive jet cross section measurement at DZero at the 2009 Users' meeting. Presentations about results achieved and progress made by Fermilab experiments will also take place at the annual meeting.

Registration for this year's annual Users' Meeting is now open. The meeting, which takes place June 2 and 3, will provide an opportunity for users and Fermilab employees to learn about Fermilab's current experiments and efforts as well as the laboratory's future plans.

All Fermilab employees are invited to attend. This year's highlights will include presentations of the URA Thesis and Tollestrup award presentations and talks and talks by Steven Koonin, Department of Energy under secretary for science and Dennis Kovar, associate director for High Energy Physics in the DOE Office of Science.

Energy Secretary Steven Chu will give the public lecture in the evening of Tuesday, June 2.


Tevatron sets new initial luminosity records

The Tevatron broke Fermilab's initial luminosity record twice on Friday, April 16. That morning store number 7737 reached 378.1 Áb-1/s, breaking the previous record, 377.4 µb-1/s, which was set on April 12. On Friday evening store number 7747 reached 402 µb-1/s. The unit of measurement Áb -1/s is roughly equivalent to 70,000 proton-antiproton collisions per second.

Special Announcement

DASTOW 2010 set for Thursday, June 24

Save the date: The annual Daughters and Sons to Work Day at Fermilab will take place on Thursday, June 24. DASTOW '10 will offer many of the always-popular events along with some new additions. Read Fermilab Today in coming weeks for more details.



Curtis Owen, a former employee, died March 18. Owen was a group leader in the Linac. He came to the laboratory as it was beginning in the late 1960s and was involved in the creation of the Linac. You can read Owen's obiturary here.

Photos of the Day

Pleasant pheasant

PPD's Barb Kristen submitted these photos of a male pheasant that stopped by Lab BEG.
In the News

Astrophysicists cast doubt on link between excess positrons and dark matter

From Physorg.com, April 16, 2010

Astrophysicists are looking everywhere - inside the Large Hadron Collider, in deep mines and far out into space - for evidence of dark matter, which makes up about 25 percent of the energy density of the universe.

Despite the recent tantalizing observation of excess high-energy positrons - thought to be due to dark matter - UC Irvine researchers say we're not quite there yet.

Models predict that when dark-matter particles collide, they'll annihilate some of the time into electrons and positrons, said Manoj Kaplinghat, physics & astronomy associate professor. Scientists working on a satellite experiment called PAMELA recently identified a large excess of positrons, causing a flurry of excitement about having detected dark matter.

Read more

ES&H Tips of the Week - Safety

Watch out for each other: speak up for safety

Most of us use ladders from time to time: at our worksites, in the office or at home. Yet few of us stop to review the basic rules for working with ladders. Many of these rules can be found as cautionary warnings right on the ladder.

If you are walking through the laboratory and see a coworker climbing on the top of a ladder or the step just below it, warning bells should sound in your mind. The person has put him or herself in an unsafe position and could easily fall. But what should you do about it?

Previous ES&H Tips have discussed the benefits of watching out for each other. But to truly avoid injuries, we must do more than just watch; we must take action. Speak up when you see a coworker engaging in risky behavior. Get involved. Don't let them learn the hard way.

For most of us, noticing an unsafe action and determining that the person needs help comes naturally. But deciding to act, identifying what action to take and following through is more difficult.

In most cases reminding a person to act safer only requires a verbal cautionary statement. Remember, it is in everyone's best interest to avoid mishaps. That may mean approaching another worker about unsafe conditions or behaviors, and your efforts will be appreciated.

Here are some tips for providing feedback:

  • State observations rather than interpretations. The former have a more factual and less critical tone than the latter.
  • Deliver your message directly and in a nonjudgmental tone.
  • Show concern. This can rapidly de-escalate any tension that may arise from the encounter. For example, when approaching or confronting someone who is engaging in a risky behavior, try saying, "I think it's great that you are working so hard, but I just don't want to see you get hurt."

If something more than a cautionary statement is required, ask yourself whether helping will place you at personal risk. No one expects you to injure yourself while assisting a coworker.

-- John Dawson, ES&H

Safety Tip of the Week Archive

Accelerator Update

April 14-16

- Two stores provided ~23 hours of luminosity
- New record luminosity store
- Tevatron cool down problems
- Main Injector RF 3 way valve problem
- Bad MI-8 line shunt regulator
- Linac buncher problems

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


Thursday Phillips Park golf league

Celebrate National Humor Month

Weight Watchers Open House April 21

Heartland Blood Center needs blood types A-, B+, B- as reserves are very low

Fermilab blood drive today and Tuesday

Ask HR - 15th floor comes to Site 38 Conference Room on Tuesday, April 20

National Lab Day 2010

AutoCAD Intermediate classed offered June 22 - 24

AutoCad Fundamentals class offered June 6 - 8

FORE! The 2010 golf season is about to hit you

SciTech summer camps start June 14

Butts & Guts class - sign up now

Blackberry Oaks Monday night golf league

Employee Discount at Batavia Rosati's

Country House Discount for Fermi Employees

Qi Gong, Mindfulness and Tai Chi Easy for Stress Reduction

Argentine Tango thru April 28 - Student Discount Available

Calling all softball players

Fermilab Management Practices Seminar classes begin in April

ANSYS Mechanical Application classes offered in May

Interaction Management class offered May 5, 12, & 19

Performance Review class offered May 26

Fermilab Functions class offered June 2, 8, & 10

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