Monday, April 18, 2011

Monday, April 18
2:30 p.m.
Particle Astrophysics Seminar - One West
Speaker: Sarah Miller, University of Oxford/California Institute of Technology
Title: Rotation Curves of Galaxies to z~1 and Implications for Dark Matter
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II
Special Topics: Windows 7 Upgrade; T-1011: Rad-Hard Si Microstrip Sensor Tests at FTBF

Tuesday, April 19
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
Accelerator Physics and Technology Seminar - One West
Speaker: Anna Grassellino, TRIUMF
Title: Investigation of Field Dependent Losses in Superconducting Radio Frequency Niobium Resonators

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Wilson Hall Cafe
Monday, April 18
- Breakfast: Croissant sandwich
- Italian minestrone soup
- Patty melt
- Chicken cordon bleu
- * Herb pot roast
- Chicken melt
- Assorted sliced pizza
- Szechuan green bean w/ chicken

*Heart healthy option

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Wednesday, April 20

- Masala poached mahi mahi
- Gingered mango cucumber raita
- Coconut rice
- Cinnamon crepes w/ fresh berries

Friday, April 22
- Closed

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Fermilab celebrates Earth Day with week of events

Fermilab employees plant trees in 2010 in honor of Earth Day/Arbor Day.

Fermilab will offer a series of opportunities this week for employees to get their hands dirty in honor of Earth Day.

“We decided to group together some of the environmental and land management events that we do throughout the year to send a message about how important it is to be a good land steward,” said Ryan Campbell, Roads and Grounds environmental consultant.

Between Tuesday, April 19, and Friday, April 22, Fermilab will host tree and seed plantings, clean-up opportunities, an ES&H Fair and a talk about the impact that Fermilab Natural Areas, a not-for-profit group, has made on the site.

Typically, Fermilab only celebrates Earth Day in combination with Arbor Day by hosting a tree planting event in May. That event will still take place this year on May 3.

A schedule of events is below.

Tuesday, April 19
Director's Woods native-tree planting
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: Meet at the lower level east side entrance to Wilson Hall for bus to Director's Woods.
This event will help to fill in the slight gaps created by felled ash trees.

Wednesday, April 20
Prairie-seed planting
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location: Meet at Interpretive Prairie Trail, westbound Pine Street

Thursday, April 21
ES&H Earth Day Fair
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Location: Wilson Hall atrium

Third Thursday Clean-up
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: Meet at Wilson Hall's eastside entrance. Cleaning gear provided, picnic lunch served afterward.

Friday, April 22
Earth Day talk: “FNA as a Restoring Force”
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: Fermilab's Wilson Hall, One West conference room
Roads and Grounds environmental consultant Ryan Campbell will discuss the impact the group has had on the Fermilab site.

For more details on these events, please click on the items in the Fermilab Natural Areas calendar.


Borexino announces solar neutrino flux measurement

The Borexino collaboration announced the direct measurement of the 7Be solar neutrino flux with total uncertainty smaller than 5 percent. The day/night asymmetry of the 7Be solar neutrino flux was also measured with a total experimental uncertainty of 1 percent.

The new Borexino results are the most precise measurement of low energy solar neutrinos to date, and they represent an important step in understanding the phenomenon of neutrino oscillations, one of the main discoveries in elementary particles physics of the past decade. These observations also provide a sharper image of the workings of nuclear fusion reactions that sustain the Sun.

Borexino is a liquid scintillator unsegmented detector, running at the Gran Sasso underground Laboratories (LNGS) in the Italian Appennines. Thanks to its unprecedented low level of radioactive contamination, Borexino currently is the only experiment able to perform a real time measurement of solar neutrino interactions below few MeV.

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Sleep apnea a costly condition

How well you sleep can affect your work.

Snoring can kill you or someone else. Well, not snoring itself, but the condition it can indicate: sleep apnea.

The problem is so widespread that a question about snoring and sleep apnea has been put on the commercial driver’s license test. A number of drowsy driver accidents, including the death of a parked car full of teens struck by a semi-truck, drove the addition of the question.

At work, a lack of good sleep can cause problems by making you more prone to injury through accidents, decreasing your ability to learn new tasks and increasing your chance of making errors.

Those with untreated obstructive sleep apnea experience intermittent airway blockage from soft tissues in the mouth and throat, causing a person to snore, stop breathing and suffer frequent sleep interruptions that may escape notice but are unmistakable on brain wave studies. An Australian study found that after about 17 hours of wakefulness your response times equate to a blood alcohol content of .04.

If you or someone you know has had loud snoring, night-time breathing pauses, fatigue, stubborn high blood pressure or morning headaches it might be OSA. It’s definitely worth exploring. OSA is diagnosed with a nighttime brain wave test. What you don’t know can kill you. Because of the increase in associated illness, individuals with untreated sleep apnea have double the risk of dying and about double the medical bills.

Sleep apnea afflicts men more often than women but anyone is at risk if they have one of the following:

  • Body mass index greater than 30
  • Neck circumference greater than 17.5 inches
  • Loose tissue at the back of your throat

Post-menopausal women are also at risk.

--Brian Svazas

Accelerator Update

April 13-15

- There was no delivered luminosity for this period due to Tevatron kicker work
- Linac and Booster personnel conducted Neutron Therapy Facility beam studies
- Tevatron kicker work completed on Thursday night (4/14/11)
- MuCool experiment took some beam

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


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2010 Flexible Spending Account deadline April 29

Barn dance - April 17

Weight Watchers begins April 27

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ACU offers $1,000 scholarship deadline - April 25

Fermilab Arts & Lecture Series - Nagata Shachu Taiko drumming - May 7

Windows 7 Introduction course - May 19

Word 2010: Transition from 2003/2007 course - May 25

Excel 2010: Transition from 2003/2007 course - May 25

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