Fermilab Today October 08, 2012 - October 12, 2012

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Talk: Flying Curiosity to Mars: Delivering NASA's Rover - today
On the night of Aug. 5, the Curiosity rover touched down safely on the surface of Mars. NASA's Curiosity had begun rolling across the floor of Gale Crater and investigating its surroundings with a variety of instruments. In a special seminar on Friday, Oct. 12 at 5 p.m. in Curia II, Steve Collins will discuss "Flying Curiosity to Mars: Delivering NASA's Rover." For many years Collins, an altitude control engineer at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, has participated in the operation of interplanetary spacecraft. Most recently his team shepherded Curiosity to its destination.

Giorgio Bellettini presents exhibit dedicated Fermi's life - Oct. 15
Fermilab's Giorgio Bellettini will present an exhibit dedicated to the life of Enrico Fermi on Monday, Oct. 15 at 6 p.m. at the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago. Through images taken from the photographic albums of Laura Fermi and Enrico Persico, many of which are unpublished, the Institute presents an exhibition of panels highlighting Fermi's biography. A video will also be shown. For more information or to RSVP, visit http://efermi.eventbrite.com/#.

Guest caller at English country and Barn dance special event Sunday, October 14
Colin Hume, a noted dance caller and choreographer on tour from England, will call a special day of dance Sunday, October 14, at Kuhn Village Barn. While in Britain the styles are mixed, he will call English country dances from 1 to 5 p.m. and Barn dances from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. with a potluck supper in between. Live music will be provided by the Cosmic Otters with guest Martha Edwards from St. Louis in the afternoon, and Heather, Chris and Evan in the evening. Suggested donations are $5/ afternoon, $6/ evening ($3 seniors, teens). More info at (630)584-0825 or x2061 or folkdance@fnal.gov.

Sit and Knit in celebration of I Love Yarn Day - Oct 12
In celebration of "I Love Yarn Day" come and join fellow knitters/crocheters between 11:30 and 12:00pm on Friday, October 12 in the Wilson Hall cafeteria. We will be sitting at one of the tables with our needles.

NALWO Playgroup Halloween Party
This year's Playgroup Halloween Party is set for Friday, October 26 beginning 5:00pm at Kuhn Barn. ALL Fermilab employees, users, and their families are invited to join us for some ghoulish games, freaky fun, and frightening food. Children and their parents are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes and have a good time. Bring a dish to share or pay $10 per family to cover the cost of food and beverages. Please visit the playgroup website at http://www.fnal.gov/orgs/nalwo/playgroup.html to RSVP by October 24.

Argentine Tango Classes starting Wednesday, October 17
Argentine Tango Classes start Wednesday, October 17, in Ramsey Auditorium with Daniel Noce of Tango Che.Class Time: 7:00 to 8:30 PM. For more information, please contact noyes@fnal.gov.

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

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.

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.

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.

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: Advanced class - Nov. 8 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 information 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.