Monday, Oct. 15, 2012

Have a safe day!

Monday, Oct. 15

10:30 a.m.
Presentations to the Physics Advisory Committee - Curia II

2:30 p.m.
Particle Astrophysics Seminar - One West
Speaker: Chris Morrison, University of California, Davis
Title: The Universe Under a Magnifying Glass

3:30 p.m.


Tuesday, Oct. 16

8 a.m.
Presentations to the Physics Advisory Committee - Curia II

10:30 a.m.
Research Techniques Seminar (NOTE LOCATION) - One West
Speaker: Mykhaylo Filipenko, University of Erlangen
Title: Tracking and Barium Tagging: The Chance to Achieve a Background-Free Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay Experiment?

3:30 p.m.


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Monday, Oct. 15

- Breakfast: oatmeal raisin pancakes
- Bourbon Street gumbo
- The Fermi Burger
- Veal parmesan
- Smart cuisine: country baked chicken
- Classic club sandwich
- Assorted pizza
- Cantonese sweet and sour chicken

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Chez Leon

Wednesday, Oct. 17
- Cheese ravioli with tomato basil sauce
- Caesar salad
- Peach Melba

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Enforcing fire safety awareness with a hint of fun

Lieutenant John Babinec and firefighter Eliseo Anaya, aka Sparky, teach children at the Fermilab Daycare Center the importance of fire safety awareness. Photo: Jessica Orwig

A clear blue sky dawned the morning of Oct. 9 when fireman Lieutenant John Babinec quizzed a group of eager children at the Fermilab Daycare Center on their knowledge of fire safety.

"What are the three things you need to do if your clothes catch fire?" Babinec asked.

"Stop, drop and roll," the children shouted in unison as the Fire Department's mascot, Sparky the Dalmatian – enacted by firefighter Eliseo Anaya – demonstrated the three steps.

"The fact that the children can answer basic fire safety questions means we must be doing something right," said Fire Chief Chuck Kuhn, who first suggested the idea that the Fire Department give annual fire safety presentations at the daycare.

Now in its 18th year, the 45-minute talks and demonstrations have become tradition. Firemen discuss a variety of safety topics, including when to call 911 and what to do in the event of a fire. The firemen also give a demonstration where one of the team members suit up in full uniform so that children can see what a fireman looks like when fighting fire.

After this year's suit-up subject, firefighter Eric Poss, got into full uniform, he got down on all fours and crawled around the children, asking through his mask, "Is anyone there?" He did this to show children what a fireman might do if he were looking for someone in a burning building.

"One of the main points we want the children to learn is to not be afraid of us," Kuhn said. "If we're looking for a child inside of a burning building, we don't want them hiding in fear of us."

After the presentation, the children got a chance to sit inside a fire truck and experience, if only for a few seconds, what it's like to be a fireman. The step up into the truck is a bit high for a five-year-old, so the children get a helpful hand from the firemen.

"The firemen really make the children here a priority," said Patricia Hedrick, who heads the daycare center. "I think the children enjoy the visits from the firemen, and they learn a lot."

As some of the team waved goodbye and drove away, a little girl asked Chief Kuhn, "Where's Sparky?"

"He's probably off chasing a cat," Kuhn said, and the little girl went back inside. "Honestly, I think we have more fun with these presentations than the children," he said with a smile.

Jessica Orwig

Firemen and children get together for a photo to commemorate the day's success. Photo: Jessica Orwig

Health and Wellness Fair - tomorrow on 15th floor

Fermilab employees visit various vendor booths at least year's Health and Wellness Fair. Photo: Cindy Arnold

On Tuesday, Oct. 16, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the Wilson Hall 15th-floor crossovers, WDRS will host their annual Health and Wellness Fair. The fair features vendors, giveaways and drawings for prizes.

If you have any questions about the fair, contact Jeanne Ecker at x2548 or at

Special Announcement

Upcoming power outages

These upcoming power outages will limit your ability to work in many areas and require you to shut down your computer:

Master Substation power outage
On Monday, Oct. 22, from 7 to 7:30 a.m. there will be a power outage to reconnect the Master Substation back-feed to its normal line. With the exception of the Main Injector and the Village, this affects all of Fermilab.

Kautz Road Substation power outage
On Monday, Oct. 29, from 7 to 7:30 a.m. there will be a power outage to install jumpers. This outage will only affect the Main Injector.

Accelerator Division computers and network services outage
On Friday evening, Nov. 2, controls personnel will take down the AD computers and network services in preparation for the Saturday power outage. These systems won't be back online until noon on Monday, Nov. 5.

Feeder 40 power outage
On Saturday, Nov. 3, from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. there will be a power outage to conduct feeder maintenance. This outage will affect the Linac, cross galleries, the Main Control Room and the AD computer room.

Feeder 44 power outage
On Sunday, Nov. 4, from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. there will be a power outage to conduct feeder maintenance. This outage will affect those areas in Wilson Hall not powered by the emergency generator, including WH5NW and WH8E. The LHC Remote Operations Center will have power, but won't have a network. "Ask a Scientist" will be moved to CDF.

Central Utility Building power outage
On Sunday, Nov. 4, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. there will be a cooling outage due to a CUB system outage. This lack of cooling will affect Wilson Hall, Linac gallery, cross gallery, Booster gallery and towers, all the accelerators and the AD computer rooms. FESS personnel will provide temporary cooling for the MCR, Mac room, dispatch, telecom and a few other areas.

Tip of the Week: Health

Preventing infection by bloodborne pathogens

You can never be too careful around a blood or bodily fluid spill - the fluids could be biohazardous.

I was working in Silicon Valley in the 1970s and '80s when employers were coming to grips with the then swelling number of reported HIV-AIDS infections in the community. I attended a conference where, to my initial surprise, San Francisco-based Levi Strauss announced their "no-policy policy" on bloodborne pathogens (BBP) and AIDS. (Think of the sharp objects involved in denim jean manufacturing.) With this policy, the company sent the message that if you treat all blood and body fluid as potentially infectious, you don't routinely have to worry about the source.

I found this approach to be a sound practice. There is never a good reason to be complacent, even if you regard someone as "low risk," and not everyone knows whether he or she is carrying a disease. Also, if you don't allow a route for entry, there is no risk of infection.

If you encounter a blood or body fluid spill, avoid it, and keep others away as well.

The Fermilab Fire Department at x3131 is available around the clock to help in such situations. Response time is no more than three to five minutes from anywhere on site and they have all the tools to attend to the injury safely and effectively.

You can also call custodial services at x2798. They are equipped and trained to perform a clean-up and have hospital-grade disinfectant that is effective in cleaning up spills on hard surfaces.

Nearby safety personnel may clean up spills in high-traffic areas. Every contaminated item needs to go into a special waste stream. Your safety professional can facilitate the safe transfer of these items.

If you feel you must render immediate aid to an injured co-worker, the ubiquitous nitrile gloves are a good barrier to BBPs. If there is a spray of blood or body fluid, take precautions to keep the spray from contacting your eyes, nose, mouth or open cuts. This may be as simple as altering your position from out of the line of fire or, better yet, donning safety glasses or a face shield if available. View this video to learn the proper equipment and method of use.

If you need to do a clean-up at home, use a 1-to-100-ratio mixture of household bleach and water to neutralize the risk of infection from a contaminated hard surface.

Be careful never to place yourself at risk when you encounter blood or body fluids. It could lead to a bloodborne pathogen event.

Brian Svazas, M.D., M.P.H.

Photo of the Day

Congressman Hultgren receives Champion of Science Award from Science Coalition

On Friday in Ramsey Auditorium, The Science Coalition honored Congressman Randy Hultgren with its Champion of Science Award in recognition of his strong commitment to funding the basic research that keeps the United States and the state of Illinois at the forefront of scientific discovery and technological innovation. University of Illinois President Robert Easter presented the award to Congressman Hultgren. From left: Robert Easter, University of Chicago Deputy Director of Federal Relations Matthew Greenwald, Congressman Hultgren, Fermilab Director Pier Oddone. Photo: Cindy Arnold
In the News

A look at sequestration: potential cuts to federal R&D in the first five years

From AAAS Science & Policy, Sept. 27, 2012

Sequestration — the large, automatic, across-the-board reductions in federal funding set to begin in January of 2013 — remains a major concern for many inside and outside Washington. The cuts, established in the Budget Control Act (BCA) of 2011, amount to $55 billion less in defense discretionary spending and up to $38 billion less in nondefense discretionary spending. Cuts of this magnitude could no doubt have significant impacts on federal funding of science, research, and innovation. They also come at a time when federal R&D has already declined by 10 percent in real dollars since FY 2010. This brief attempts to illuminate the size of these potential cuts by estimating budget impacts for most key R&D agencies, and the funding ramifications by state, over the next five years. A summary version follows, with tables appended.

Sequestration was put in place by the BCA in August 2011. This law was meant to reduce discretionary spending, which accounts for about a third of the federal budget, and includes almost all federal R&D.

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G. Bellettini presents exhibit on Fermi's life - today

Argentine tango classes - begin Oct. 17

NALWO Playgroup Halloween party - Oct. 26

In the Footsteps of Django - Oct. 27

Prescription safety eyewear notice

Applications being accepted for Wilson Fellowship

Abri Credit Union - money just got cheaper

Winter volleyball begins soon

Accelerate to a Healthy Lifestyle update

Mac users: upcoming changes to VPN client software

Professional development courses

Atrium work updates