Fermilab Today January 12 - 16, 2015

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New eBook available: CRC Handbook of Mechanical Engineering
The CRC Handbook of Mechanical Engineering is available site-wide at: http://www.crcnetbase.com/isbn/9781420041583. This upadated edition provides the practicing engineer in industry, government, and academia relevant and up-to-date information on the most important topics of modern mechanical engineering. Updates include new references and information on related computer technology. New topics covered include: nanotechnology, MEMS, electronic packaging, global climate change, electric and hybrid vehicles, and bioengineering. CRCnetBASE is an engineering and science eBook platform. The library library@fnal.gov adds books to this platform as they are requested.

Maternity Closet
The Maternity Closet, located in the Daycare Center in the Village, offers a selection of gently used maternity clothes which are available to all employees or users and their partners. So dressing comfortably and fashionably—both at work and at home—is possible without spending too much money. If you have maternity clothing to donate, The Maternity Closet gladly accepts clothing contributions. Please call Susan at Daycare, x3762 if you would like to shop for or donate clothing. WDRS thanks you in advance for helping fellow working parents.

Windows 8.1 approved for use
Desktop Engineering has approved the Windows 8.1 operating system for use across Fermilab. From Thursday, January 15, users will be able to submit a Service Desk ticket to request Windows 8.1 for use on their current equipment, or request Windows 8.1 to be installed when they receive new hardware. Please submit a Service Desk ticket if would like to request Windows 8.1 or you have any questions.

Barn Dance January 18
The Fermilab Folk Club presents a Barn Dance on Sunday, Jan. 19 at 2 p.m. in the Kuhn Village Barn with music by John Lane on fiddle and Brandon Cummings on guitar. Chanel Lane calls. 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/.

Vaughan Athletic Center Membership Rates Effective Feb. 3
The Vaughan Athletic Center, located at 2121 W. Indian Trail, Aurora, is teaming up to offer Fermi members another year of discounted rates effective February 3, 2015. If you already have a membership its time to renew. If you are interested in joining the Vaughan Athletic Center now is the time. $25 Enrollment Fee for New Members. Fitness Membership: $25/month or $300/year/person. All-Inclusive Membership: $37/month or $444/year/person. Membership Forms are available in the Wellness Office, WH15W. For more info call the membership desk at 630-907-9600 or for info on the facility http://www.foxvalleyparkdistrict.org/facilities/vaughan-athletic-center/.

Managed print upgrade Sunday, Jan. 25
The Managed Print Service (MPS) software will be upgraded on Sunday, Jan. 25 from 3 to 5 p.m. Printing will be unavailable during this time period. Any print jobs submitted will be held and released once the upgrade is complete. Previously, the upgrade was scheduled for Jan. 18.

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 Oshinowo@fnal.gov for more information.

International folk dance special workshop Jan. 22: Balkan and Beyond with Lee Otterholt
Fermilab international folk dancing is pleased to bring back master teacher Lee Otterholt for a workshop Thursday, Jan. 22, at 7:30 p.m. at Kuhn Barn (at the usual time and place of the group's weekly dancing). Lee will present dances from the Balkans and Beyond. A Norwegian-American, Lee has traveled extensively in the Balkan and is a clear and engaging teacher. Newcomers as well as long-time dancers are welcome at the workshop and at weekly dancing. For more information, email folkdance@fnal.gov or call 630-584-0825, or go to http://www.fnal.gov/orgs/folkdance/.

Fermilab Functions scheduled on March 3, 5, and 11, 2015
Fermilab Functions is a three half-day series of presentations from subject matter experts throughout the Lab. They provide an overview of their functions, roles and responsibilities, and will identify your complimentary role and responsibilities as a supervisor. Topics include: Project Management, Compensation, Employment, ES&H, Medical, Site Security, Computer Security, Procurement, Budgeting, FMLA and Benefits, EAP, Visa, and Audit. To enroll please visit http://www-esh.fnal.gov/pls/default/schedule.show_course_details?cid=3733

Managing Conflict on March 24
This course is for individuals who want to boost their conflict management skills. You must first complete the Interpersonal Communication Skills as a prerequisite. For more description of the course and to enroll please visit http://www-esh.fnal.gov/pls/default/schedule.show_course_details?cid=1865.

Interpersonal Communication Skills on March 10
This course is for employees that would like to increase awareness of their communication skills and personality type. It will help the participant develop the skills for more productive work relationships. For more information and to enroll please visit http://www-esh.fnal.gov/pls/default/schedule.show_course_details?cid=2865

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.

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.

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.

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.

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/ .