Monday, Sept. 26, 2011

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Monday, Sept. 26
2:30 p.m.
Particle Astrophysics Seminar - One West
Speaker: Pat Scott, McGill University
Title: New Results from Dark Matter Minihalos: Limits on the Spectrum of Cosmological Perturbations, Reionization and Dark Stars
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
All Experimenters' Meeting - Curia II
Special Topics: HTS Power Cable with Low AC Losses

Tuesday, Sept. 27
3:30 p.m.

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Wilson Hall Cafe

Monday, Sept. 26

- Breakfast: Croissant sandwich
- French Quarter gumbo soup
- French dip w/ horseradish cream sauce
- Santa Fe pork stew
- Smart cuisine: Country-baked chicken
- Popcorn shrimp wrap
- Assorted sliced pizza
- Sweet 'n sour chicken w/ egg roll

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Chez Leon

Wednesday, Sept. 28
- Oven-roasted trout w/ lemon dill stuffing
- Fresh green beans
- Café au lait cake

Friday, Sept. 30

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New associate director of the Office of High Energy Physics

Jim Siegrist

The Department of Energy has announced the appointment of Jim Siegrist as the new associate director of the Office of Science for the Office of High Energy Physics on Sept. 19. Siegrist’s appointment will go into effect on Oct. 1.

“We have a lot of exciting results coming up soon,” said Siegrist, mentioning Fermilab’s move toward the Intensity Frontier. “There will be quite a few technical developments that will change the direction of the program.”

According to Pat Dehmer, the Office of Science deputy director for science programs, Siegrist will be responsible for strategic program planning for high-energy physics, budget formulation and execution, program integration with other Office of Science activities and with the DOE technology offices, and interagency integrations. With an annual budget of almost $800 million, the Office of High-Energy Physics is the nation’s leading supporter of fundamental research and facilities for particle physics.

Siegrist joins the Office of High Energy Physics from the University of California, Berkeley, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). For the past 15 years, Siegrist was the Director of the LBNL Physics Division and for the past 12 years the Associate Laboratory Director for General Sciences, which encompasses the Physics, Nuclear Science, Accelerator and Fusion Research and Engineering Divisions.

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Special Announcement

Commemorative Tevatron
t-shirts for sale this week

Fermilab’s Education Office will sell commemorative t-shirts from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26 through Thursday, Sept. 29, and from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 30, in Wilson Hall. T-shirts cost $10 for sizes small – XL and $15 for 2XL.

Wellness Feature of the Month

October wellness offerings, fitness classes and discounts

This month, the Wellness Office
will sponsor the following free events:

  • Health & Wellness Fair on Wednesday, Oct. 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in WH15 crossovers.
  • Lunch & Learn: How to save $$ on prescriptions: Pros and cons of generics on Tuesday, Oct. 25 in WH2W, Curia II from noon to 1 p.m.
  • Qigong, Mindfulness & Tai Chi Easy® for Stress Reduction classes from 7 to 8 a.m. on Wednesdays in Ramsey Auditorium; and from noon to 12:45 p.m. on Fridays in Ramsey Auditorium.

Employee clubs:

  • Creative Writers Club: noon to 1 p.m. on Thursdays, Oct. 6 and 20 in WH4SE Abacus.
  • Toastmasters: noon to 12:50 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 6 in WH1N and Oct. 20 in WH7 Racetrack.
  • Amateur Radio Club: noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 26 in WH2C.

Open gym:

  • Open basketball: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays and from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday evenings at the gym. Membership to the gym is required.
  • Open badminton: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays and 4 to 6 p.m. on Fridays at the gym. Membership to the gym is required. For more information contact Aaron Chou at
  • Open volleyball: 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays at the gym. Membership to the gym is required.

Employee discounts:

  • Six Flags Great America,, Jazzercise, AMC/Regal/Goodrich movie tickets, Great Wolf Lodge and Rosati’s of Batavia. More information can be found online.

ES&H Tip of the Week:

Breast cancer awareness

This year marks the 25th year of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. An estimated 40,000 women in the U.S. die of this disease annually, but early identification can lead to better outcomes. Screening is important, as well as knowledge of your risks and which risks you can modify.

One of the difficult tasks in preventive medicine is making population recommendations while recognizing varying risks for the individual. This can create confusion for the patient.

There are recommendations of annual or biennial mammograms beginning at age 40. But recently the U.S. Preventive Medicine Task Force unveiled a set of recommendations that appeared to push the age for a first mammogram to age 50. Yet, if you look closer, these same recommendations emphasize that a woman might need to receive a mammogram at a younger age, depending on her medical history. The interval between mammograms is also a subject of debate. Again, it is important to have that conversation with your physician, since the timing is influenced by your medical history.

A question the Medical Office receives often is if we do BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 testing. These tests can tell if there is a mutation in a gene coding for tumor suppressor proteins preventing cancer of the breast or ovaries. Those with a deficiency in the gene are at increased risk for these cancers. We do not perform the tests in the Medical Office, since these tests and their interpretation are best performed with the aid of a genetic counselor. The PBS TV production “In the Family” provides an informative treatment of this topic.

Hopefully, this article has raised your awareness of breast cancer. Now is the time to take action, for yourself or a loved one. Have the conversation, get the screening and improve or lengthen your life.

—Dr. Brian Savazas

In the News

"Faster than light" particles may be physics revolution

From Reuters, Sept. 23, 2011

Leading scientists said on Friday the discovery of sub-atomic particles apparently traveling faster than light could force a major rethink of theories on the makeup of the cosmos if independently confirmed.

Jeff Forshaw, a professor of particle physics at Britain's Manchester University, told Reuters the results if confirmed would mean it would be possible in theory to "send information into the past". "In other words, time travel into the past would become possible...(though) that does not mean we'll be building time-machines anytime soon."

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Accelerator Update

Sept. 21-23

- Three stores provided ~40.25 hours of luminosity
- A new meson FTBF experiment T-1017 began taking beam
- MI and instrumentation personnel tested new BPM software
- NuMI personnel completed a low intensity scan of their newly installed target
- Tevatron personnel conducted a study using two high-intensity proton bunches

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View the Tevatron Luminosity Charts


Latest Announcements

Lunch & Learn: Supermarket Survival - Sept. 27

Fermilab Cafeteria closed at 12:30 p.m. - Sep. 30

Commemorative t-shirts on sale in Wilson Hall - through Sept. 30

Martial Arts classes - Sept. 26

Visa Office closed - Sept. 26-30

Introduction to LabVIEW course - Sept. 27

Special Tevatron Chez Leon dinner - Sept. 29

Shuttle buses - Sept. 30

School's day out - Oct. 7 and 10

International Folk Dancing Thursday evenings in Kuhn Barn

Scottish country dancing meets Tuesday evenings in Kuhn Village Barn

August blood drive - 75 units collected

OrgPlus URL change

Web query (crystal reports) server name change

Weight Watchers at work

Accelerate to a Healthy Lifestyle Program continues

Athletic leagues: Outdoor soccer Tuesdays and Thursdays

Bowlers wanted for 2011/2012 bowling season

Open badminton

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