Fermilab Today January 5 - 9, 2015

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Scottish country dancing Tuesday evenings at Kuhn Barn
Silk and Thistle Scottish country dancing is held every Tuesday evening from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at Kuhn Village Barn. The group is taught by Doug Jensen. Newcomers are always welcome and are paired with experienced dancers -- no need to come with a partner. Winter cancellations are announced by email the afternoon of the dance. To get on the list, or for more information email folkdance@fnal.gov or check http://www.fnal.gov/orgs/scottishdance/ or call 630-840-8194 or 630-584-0825.

Muscle Toning Registration Due January 15
The next Muscle Toning session will be held on Tuesdays & Thursdays, January 22 March 17 at the Fitness Center Exercise Room from 5-6pm. Fee is $82/person. Register by January 15 in the Wellness Office, WH15W. For more information http://wdrs.fnal.gov/wellness/classes.html or contact Jeanne in the Wellness Office at jecker@fnal.gov or x2548.

Barn Dance January 11
The Fermilab Folk Club presents a Barn Dance on Sunday, Jan. 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the Kuhn Village Barn with music by Jonathan & Chris and calling by Meg Dedolph. Everyone is welcome. You don't need to know anything, just come and have fun! Admission is $6, children under 12 are free, 12 to 18 year olds and people over 65 are $3. More info and directions at http://www.fnal.gov/orgs/folkclub/.

2015 FRA scholarship applications accepted until April 1, 2015
Fermi Research Alliance, LLC (FRA) offers a number of four-year scholarships to children of regular full-time FRA employees. The scholarship award continues for a maximum of four years provided the student remains in a four-year undergraduate program and maintains satisfactory academic progress. The maximum scholarship award amount available for tuition and fees is $5,000 per year. Applications are being accepted through April 1 for the 2015 FRA scholarship awards. For more information or to obtain an application please visit http://wdrs.fnal.gov/train-dev/FRA_scholarship.html. If you have questions, contact Karen Karlix by emailing karlix@fnal.gov.

GSA updated the Mileage rate to 57.5 cents for 2015
The Internal Revenue Service and the General Services Administration have issued the 2015 standard mileage reimbursement rate for non-Government owned vehicles. It is 57.5 cents per mile, effective January 01, 2015.

Writing for Results: Email and More on February 27
This half-day course is for anyone who writes more than five emails or memos a day and who wants to write better communications in less time and with more confidence. Never waste another moment of your time on emails that fail to deliver the results you need. You will learn the strategies and objective benchmarks you need to improve every email or memo you write. You'll also learn how to address any weaknesses in your writing and how to build on your strengths over time. For more information and to enroll visit http://www-esh.fnal.gov/pls/default/schedule.show_course_details?cid=7359

Fermilab Lecture Series Presents Revealing the Nature of Dark Matter - Jan. 16
Over the past several decades, astronomers and cosmologists have built an extremely compelling case that most of the matter in our universe is not made of atoms, but instead consists of some other substance (or substances) that does not significantly reflect, radiate, or absorb light. For lack of a better name, this material is simply known as "dark matter." But what is this dark matter made up of? Recently, however, a signal of gamma rays has been observed from the center of the Milky Way, and may be the breakthrough that we have long been waiting for. Dan Hooper is member of Fermilab's theoretical astrophysics group. Friday, Jan. 16 at 8 - Tickets are $7 - 840.ARTS or fnal.gov/culture.

Free Health Screenings for Active Employees...Sign up NOW!
Health Screenings for Active Employees January 13 & 14 at Training Center. This screening offers active employees an opportunity to have their cholesterol, blood glucose, blood pressure and body composition checked. You will meet with a Health Coach to review results, ask questions, and discuss health and wellness resources. Register at https://www.hsscreeningreg.com and enter username login (fermi) and password (healthy). A reminder e-mail will be sent to you. Employees that signed up last year should sign in as an Existing Customer. This 25 minute health screening is voluntary, confidential and offered at no charge to active employees. For info contact Jeanne in the Wellness Office x2548.

Register for ELBNF collaboration meeting - Jan. 22-23
The first collaboration meeting for the experiment at the long-baseline neutrino facility will be held from Jan. 22-23 at Fermilab. The meeting will be hosted by Fermilab and chaired by interim Institutional Board Chair Sergio Bertolucci, who will have recently presented the LBNF letter of intent https://indico.fnal.gov/internalPage.py?pageId=0&confId=9090 to the Fermilab Physics Advisory Committee. All interested researchers are invited to view the LOI and register for the meeting https://indico.fnal.gov/conferenceDisplay.py?confId=9209. Telephone participation will also be possible; details will be posted along with the agenda.

The Take Five Challenge/Poster Winter 2014/2015
The Take Five Challenge has been posted, so here is your opportunity to win a safety prize and also become more familiar with safety signs, especially the new Globally Harmonizes System (GHS) which are new guidelines for signs. Just go to our Take five website http://www.fnal.gov/pub/takefive/challenge/challenge-008.html and match each of the signs, in our challenge puzzle, with its correct message. The top five scorers will be drawn from a raffle and the winners will be notified of their prizes. To participate, complete the online form on the ESH&Q Take Five for Goal Zero website or, print and submit it to the ESH&Q Section in person, or mail to Mail Station-119.

Goal Setting in FermiWorks on January 13, 2015
This two hour session is for all Fermilab employees to learn how to enter your performance goals in FermiWorks. Bring the goals you discussed with your manager. You will also receive guidance on how to set SMART goals that are: specific, measurable, action-oriented, and time-oriented. Enroll here http://www.esh.fnal.gov/pls/default/schedule.show_course_details?cid=8840.

Fox Valley Fitness Offers Employee Discount
Located at 1996 S. Kirk Road, Geneva. Take advantage of a special month-to-month discounted rate of $19.99/month. Fox Valley Fitness is equipped with a variety of standard and ADA accessible strength-training machines and equipment incuding treadmills, upright and recumbent bikes, elliptical trainers and free weights; group fitness classes for various exercise preferences and fitness levels, personal fitness assessments and training options. Call (630)866-2270 for more info or http://www.fviafitness.com/.

OS X 10.10 Yosemite certified for use
Desktop Engineering and the Fermilab Computing Security Team has released Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite certified for use after a thorough evaluation. If you wish to upgrade to OS X 10.10 Yosemite, beginning Dec. 19, you must submit a Service Desk request to have Desktop Support staff evaluate your computer to determine whether the hardware will support the upgrade and, if so, to perform the upgrade. Be aware that recent changes to the Kerberos infrastructure may require you to perform actions before upgrading to Yosemite. See the Kerberos Upgrade FAQ at https://fermi.service-now.com/kb_view.do?sysparm_article=KB0011452 for more information.

Charitable donations through payroll deduction
Donate to certain charitable organizations, including those that support education and environmental activities at the lab, through payroll deduction. Your post-tax donation is withheld from your pay throughout the calendar year and is given to the charity as one payment in January of the following year. Note: Payroll does not provide employees with a donation receipt; it is up to the employee to retain check stubs for tax filings. Visit Charitable Deductions under the Employee Self Service site to donate: https://hrweb.fnal.gov:8021/psp/FermiSelfServicePRD/?cmd=login&languageCd=ENG& . See also: http://www.fnal.gov/pub/today/archive/archive_2011/today11-10-05_FinanceSectionReadMore.html.

Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) end of life January 12, 2015
On January 12, 2015, any Apple Computer running Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) will be blocked from accessing the Fermilab network. This operating system is no longer supported by Apple and therefore, no longer receives security updates. Fermilab-owned computers, by laboratory policy, must run vendor-supported operating systems to avoid security risks. If your Fermilab-owned computer is running Mac OS X 10.7, please contact the Service Desk immediately by calling x2345 or via the web interface at https://fermi.service-now.com/fsc/ to determine whether your computer can be upgraded. Computers that cannot be upgraded must be excessed or removed from the Fermilab network.

Scottish country dancing Tuesday evenings throughout December and into January at Kuhn Barn
Scottish country dancing is held Tuesday evenings in Kuhn Village Barn from 7:30 to 10 p.m. and will take place without a break through December 2014 and into January, as they prepare for the New Year's Ball Weekend January 16-18 in St. Charles, with nationally famous musicians Earl Gaddis and Karen Axelrod. The group is usually taught by Doug Jensen. Newcomers are always welcome and are paired with experienced dancers -- no need to come with a partner. Occasionally there is live music. For more information contact folkdance@fnal.gov or 630-840-8194 or 630-584-0825 or check http://www.fnal.gov/orgs/scottishdance/ .

2015 Float Holiday
As in previous years, the 2015 Float Holiday will not be available for use on your January 2015 timecards. You will be able to select and use it beginning Feb. 1, 2015. If you plan on using your 2015 float holiday in January 2015 please e-mail the Payroll Manager at lsmith@fnal.gov before you complete your timecard and the hours will be manually set up for your use on the timecard.

International folk dancing holiday party, Thursday Dec. 18, then break till Jan 8
International folk dancing will hold a Holiday Party on Thursday, Dec. 18, 7:30 p.m. at Kuhn Barn. In addition to international favorites, there will be some special dances for Hanukkah and Christmas. The group will then not meet until Thursday, Jan. 8, resuming weekly Thursday dancing then. Newcomers are always welcome. There is instruction and dances for children and newer dancers early and request dancing later on. The group dances year- round, moving to Ramsey Auditorium if the Barn is not available. To get on the email list, or for more information contact folkdance@fnal.gov or 630-584-0825 or 630-840-8194 or check http://www.fnal.gov/orgs/folkdance/.

Indoor Soccer
Indoor Soccer is on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm in the Gym at the Village. Gym membership is required. Please contact O'Sheg Oshinowo for more information.

Fermilab Arts & Lecture Series Presents Chicago Harp Quartet
The Fermilab Gallery Chamber Series kicks off on Sunday, January 11 at 2:30 with the Chicago Harp Quartet-reception follows. Since its formation in 2012, the Chicago Harp Quartet has presented unique and charismatic performances on the concert stage across the country. Harpists with the CHQ have performed with some of the world's greatest ensembles including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Minnesota Orchestra, and the symphonies of Baltimore, Milwaukee, Symphony, St. Louis and Toronto, just to name a few, as well as festivals such as Ravinia and Aspen. Tickets are $17/$14 if you buy the entire Gallery Series. For tix or info go 840.ARTS or www.fnal.gov/culture.