Fermilab Today October 01, 2012 - October 05, 2012

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Prescription Safety Eyewear Notice
Attention Prescription Safety Eyewear Customers: please be advised that the eye technician will not be on-site Wednesday, October 10. Normal service will resume on Wednesday, October 17

DNS appliance software upgrade on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 6 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Network Services will upgrade the Infoblox DNS server software to improve service stability and security on Tuesday, Oct. 9, from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. 1. If your computer is centrally managed and is properly configured, this upgrade should be transparent to you. 2. If your computer is not centrally managed or is not properly configured, you may experience a 5- to 10-minute service disruption when your machine’s primary DNS server is being rebooted. If you have any questions about this upgrade, please contact the Service Desk.

NALWO - Bulb and plant exchange event - Oct 11, 12 noon - 1 p.m.
Do you have bulb flowers which are ready to be divided? Did you end up with too many bulbs to plant? Do you have small shrubs in the wrong place? Would you like to try some new plants without a lot of cost? We have the solution. Come to the User's Center parking lot on Thursday, Oct 11, from 12 noon to 1 pm. Plants and bulbs can be given away ot exchanged; nothing can be sold. Please include some basic information with your bulbs/plants: color or flowers, shade or sun-loving, how tall when grown, etc. Please, spread the word! Hope to see you at the event! Rain date: Friday, October 12.

Abri Credit Union - Money Just Got Cheaper
Abri Credit Union is having a personal loan sale with rates as low as 6.9% APR*. You can get what you want like a big screen TV, a luxury vacation, new appliances, consolidate debts in one payment and much more all with a great interest rate. Visit our website http://www.abricu.com/home/accounts/loans/personal/loans or stop by our branch on the ground floor of Wilson Hall. Hurry offer ends November 15. *Annual percentage rate based on applicant’s personal credit history. This offer does not apply to existing ACU loans or VISA® Credit Card accounts.

Upcoming changes to VPN client software
An upgrade to new VPN hardware is expected to occur soon. A new version of the VPN client software, which is what you use to connect to the Fermilab network from off site, is required to work with the hardware. Further information about the upgrade is available for Mac users at https://fermi.service-now.com/kb_view.do?sysparm_article=KB0010605 and for Windows users at https://fermi.service-now.com/kb_view.do?sysparm_article=KB0010617.

C2ST public lecture: Exploring the Universe, Oct. 11
The Chicago Council on Science and Technology offers the public lecture "Exploring the Universe from the Bottom of the World," presented by Professor John Carlstrom, University of Chicago, on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012. School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 112 South Michigan Ave., Chicago. Reception & Registration at 5pm. RSVP required. Presentation at 6pm. Free and open to the Public. More information at http://chicagocouncilonscienceandtechnology.shuttlepod.org/Default.aspx?pageId=353495&eventId=525327&EventViewMode=EventDetails .

Prairie Harvest
FNA and FRA are inviting you to come and help us collect Prairie seed on Saturday October 6. We will start at 10:00 am and end at 2:00 pm. No experience is necessary please dress accordingly. The harvest will be held in the Maing Ring Savanna, as you come on site we will have signs to direct you there. We will serve a small lunch, water and soft drinks. Any questions please call Roads & Grounds at (630)840-3303.

Winter volleyball begins soon
The winter volleyball league will be held in the Fitness Center on Mondays from 6-9pm. To subscribe to the fnal_volleyball email list: Send an email to listserv@fnal.gov. Leave the subject blank. In the body of the message you will type - subscribe fnal_volleyball The web page is https://plone4.fnal.gov/P1/Main/Orgs/Volleyball.

Muscle Toning begins October 4
The next session of Muscle Toning will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, October 4 - December 18 (no class November 15 & November 22), at the fitness center from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Fee is $100/per for 20 classes. For more info call Jeanne in the Wellness Office at x2548 or http://wdrs.fnal.gov/wellness/classes.html..

Applications being accepted for Wilson Fellowship
The Wilson Fellowship at Fermilab seeks applications from Ph.D. physicists of exceptional talent with at least two years of postdoctoral experience. The fellowship is awarded on a competitive basis and is intended to support strong, assistant professor-level physicists early in their careers. Additional information and application details are available at the Wilson Fellowship Web page at http://www.fnal.gov/pub/forphysicists/fellowships/robert_wilson/..

Accelerate to a Healthy Lifestyle update
30 minutes of exercise, three days a week, is all it takes to participate in the Accelerate to a Healthy Lifestyle program at Fermilab. We are entering our final four weeks of the program. We encourage current participants to continue their efforts, and we remind participants that anyone can retroactively log hours. We also invite everyone still considering the program to visit the ES&H website and sign up today. Lastly, don't forget to stop by WH7E to retrieve your participation awards. It's never too late to commit to be fit!

The Eerie Silence: E.T., Where Are You? - Fermilab Lecture Series - Oct. 12
Whether or not we are alone in the universe is one of the oldest questions of philosophy. About 50 years ago it became part of science when astronomers began sweeping the skies with radio telescopes in the hope of picking up a message form an extraterrestrial civilization. After half a century of nothing but an eerie silence, what can we conclude? Lecture on Friday, Oct. 12 at 8 p.m. in Ramsey Auditorium by Paul Davies, a theoretical physicist, cosmologist, astrobiologist and best-selling author. For info & to order tix call (630)840.ARTS(2787) http://www.fnal.gov/culture.

The In the Footsteps of Django - Fermilab Arts Series - Oct. 27 at 8 p.m.
In The Footsteps Of Django brings together the best of the new Gypsy Jazz masters of Europe —LULO REINHARDT, a third generation German master, whose group the Latin Swing Project combines Gypsy Jazz with Latin rhythms. Lulo Reinhardt is the foremost authentic and distinctive musical voice in Gypsy music today. The performance opens with the gifted SEBASTIEN GINIAUX on guitar. Says Mission, "Sebastian Gineaux is one of the greatest young guitarists in this style in Paris, and therefore probably one of the best in the world. Call (630)840.ARTS or get info or order online at http://www.fnal.gov/culture.

Heartland Blood Drive
Fermilab will host a walk-in only Heartland Blood Drive October 8 & 9 8am-2pm in the WH ground floor training room. Anyone who donated on Tuesday, Aug.14 will not be able to donate Monday, Oct. 8 but may on Tuesday, Oct. 9. DRC appointments can be reserved by contacting Diana x3771. Unscheduled DRC's may be available by checking with HBC staff. Appointments will help collect the most units possible for those in need. Donors will receive a special edition t-shirt. The August drive collected 73 life saving pints of blood. Your donation can save 3 lives. Flu shots won't defer donors, please give.

Main Site ICW Flushing
FESS/Ops will be performing the annual ICW flushing process (excluding the Village) beginning Monday, October 1 through Friday, October 5, during the hours of 8:00am-4:00pm daily. Any further questions or comments may be directed to John Pollock at x5253 cell (630)659-6211 or email pollockj@fnal.gov and or Steven Shirley at x3007 cell (630)951-5300 or email shirley@fnal.gov

Abri Credit Union’s Shred, Recycle & Donate Event at Romeoville Branch
Help the Environment. Attend Abri Credit Union’s Shred, Recycle and Donate Event Saturday, October 6 from 10 a.m. to noon, ONLY at the ROMEOVILLE BRANCH (corner of Renwick and Weber Roads). Bring your personal documents, old cell phones, computers, printers, cameras, as well as gently used, clean clothing and shoes. There is no limit on how much you can shred. Tax receipts will be provided. Also, get a chance to win a personal shredder and much more. Visit http://www.abricu.com for more information.

Mac users: Upcoming changes to VPN client software.
An upgrade to new VPN hardware (VPN is what you use to connect to the Fermilab network from offsite.) is expected to occur in early October. In order for your VPN client software on your computer to work with the new hardware, a new version of the client software is required. All centrally managed Mac OSX laptops that are communicating correctly with Casper have been updated with the correct version. See https://fermi.service-now.com/kb_view.do?sysparm_article=KB0010605 for more information on what action, if any, you need to take to ensure continued access to the network from offsite.

Professional development courses

Invitation to Administrative Staff: Writing for Results: Email and More October 30, 8:30 a.m. to Noon
Sponsored by the Office for Professional Development and the Diversity Council. If you write more than five emails or memos a day, this class will help you write better communications in less time and with more confidence:

  • Learn strategies to improve every email or memo you write
  • Learn how to build on your strengths
  • Never waste another moment of your time on an email message that fails to deliver the results you need
During class, taught by Dr. Jane Curry, author of "Be a Brilliant Business Writer," you'll receive one-on-one instruction time and have the chance to participate in a Q&A session. Class size is limited to 20. To enroll, visit http://www-esh.fnal.gov/pls/default/schedule.show_course_details?cid=7359.

Word 2010: Advanced class - Nov. 7. This class will cover:
* Using Word 2010 with Other Programs
* Collaborating on Documents
* Managing Document Versions
* Adding Reference Marks and Notes
* Simplifying the Use of Long Documents
* Securing a Document
* Creating Forms
For more details or to enroll visit http://www-esh.fnal.gov/pls/default/schedule.show_course_details?cid=7282

Excel 2010: Intermediate course - Oct. 11. Thisclass will cover:
* Creating Data with Advanced Formulas
* Organizing Worksheet and Table Data
* Presenting Data Using Charts
* Analyzing Data Using PivotTables, Slicers and PivotCharts
* Inserting Graphic Objects
* Customizing and Enhancing Workbooks and the Excel Environment
For details or to enroll visit http://www-esh.fnal.gov/pls/default/schedule.show_course_details?cid=7280

Excel 2010: Advanced class - Nov. 11. This course will cover:
* Streamlining Workflow
* Collaborating with Others
* Auditing Worksheets
* Analyzing Data
* Working with Multiple Workbooks
* Importing and Exporting Data
* Using Excel with the Web
* Structuring XML Workbooks
For details of more informaiton visit http://www-esh.fnal.gov/pls/default/schedule.show_course_details?cid=7283

Word Tips, Tricks, and Techniques class - Nov. 13.
This class is packed with information using Word to enable your work-day to proceed in a timely fashion. Learning these tips and shortcuts will enhance your ability to perform your tasks and create better looking documents. Learn to use Word¿s Help System when you need more information about a particular subject. Find out what the EXTRA sections contain. For detail or to enroll visit http://www-esh.fnal.gov/pls/default/schedule.show_course_details?cid=3632

Excel Shortcuts class - Nov. 15. Learn the quickest way to navigate among worksheets. Create your own toolbars to help customize your worksheets and job functions. Learn shortcut menus, the most efficient ways to enter text and many, many formatting tips. Spend time working with numeric formats, creating codes, working with Styles. Learn the shortcut techniques available with the AutoFill function, how to customize AutoFill and work with ranges. Develop your calculation and formula skills. For details or to enroll visit http://www-esh.fnal.gov/pls/default/schedule.show_course_details?cid=3631

Interpersonal Communication Skills - Nov. 14. Increase your awareness of your communication skills and personality type. Assess your communication strengths and weaknesses; understand the differences between passive, assertive and aggressive communication; learn how to speak with more enthusiasm, expressiveness and clarity; become a more effective listener; learn how non-verbal messages affect communication; learn how to work and communicate more effectively with different personality styles; and set specific communication goals. http://www-esh.fnal.gov/pls/default/schedule.show_course_details?cid=2865

Access 2010 classes scheduled . The Professional Development office has scheduled Access 2010 classes for this fall. Click on the link provided for details or to enroll:
Access 2010: Intro - http://www-esh.fnal.gov/pls/default/schedule.show_course_details?cid=6801
Access 2010: Intermediate - http://www-esh.fnal.gov/pls/default/schedule.show_course_details?cid=7281
Access 2010: Advanced -http://www-esh.fnal.gov/pls/default/schedule.show_course_details?cid=7284 .

Atrium work updates
Follow the progress of the Wilson Hall atrium construction with updates from FESS here http://fess.fnal.gov/atrium_construction.html.