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Retirement gathering for Barry Barnes - RSVP by April 22

MS Excel 2013: Introduction offered two half days - April 28 and 30

2014 FSA deadline is April 30

MS Word 2013: Introduction offered two half days - May 5 and 7

Managing Conflict (a.m. only) on June 10

Interaction Management course (three days) scheduled for June 28, July 9, July 28

Performance review training for managers and supervisors - Aug. 4, 5, 6

PowerPoint template and FermiMail signature options available

Fermilab Board Game Guild

Yoga registration due soon

Players needed for 2015 Fermilab co-ed softball league

Indoor soccer

Scottish country dancing Tuesday evenings at Kuhn Village Barn

International folk dancing Thursday evenings at Kuhn Barn


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In Brief

Accelerator stewardship pilot program launches at Fermilab - Tuesday, April 28

On Tuesday, April 28, Fermilab will host the Midwest launch of the Accelerator Stewardship Test Facility pilot program. Both Fermilab and Argonne National Laboratory will present the pilot.

The DOE Office of Science national laboratories are opening their doors to potential users of their world-class accelerator research infrastructure and test facilities.

The labs would like to reach new potential partners with this event, with particular interest in R&D executives from industrial firms in the Midwest who might be able to leverage Argonne and Fermilab's infrastructure for new or improved applications of accelerator technology and components.

If you know someone outside the laboratories' traditional network of partners who could benefit by attending this event, please encourage them to visit the pilot program website.

Video of the Day

Complex dark matter

U.S. CMS Education and Outreach Coordinator Don Lincoln discusses how dark matter might have a very complex set of structures and interactions. While this idea is entirely speculative, it is an interesting hypothesis and one that scientists are investigating. View the nine-minute video. Video: Fermilab
In Brief

Fermilab rolling power outage - tomorrow, April 21

Tomorrow, April 21, Fermilab is moving electrical load for much of the site from the Kautz Road Substation to Master Substation.

A rolling power outage to accommodate the switch will take place across the site tomorrow, and power will be briefly shut off to a number of buildings. See outage details to find out when your building may be affected.

Please turn off all electrical devices before leaving work today.

Contact your building manager with questions.

Photo of the Day

Raindrops on windows

The rain on panes stays mainly on one plane. This photo was taken in an office at the Industrial Center Building. Photo: Judy Nunez, TD
Tip of the Week: Sustainability

Earth Week is this week

Learn how you can be a better steward of the Earth at any of the planned activities this week.

Earth Week is here! April 22 is the 45th anniversary of the first Earth Day. It is celebrated worldwide to remind us that we all share the same planet and are responsible for its well-being.

Fermilab is hosting a few activities to help you celebrate our Earth:

Today: Hike with Fermilab's ecologist and learn how to identify spring wildflowers found on site. Meet at noon at the interpretative trail prairie parking lot just off the north side of Pine Street. Wear outdoor shoes, and bring a camera and a notebook. Contact Ryan Campbell at x3303 for more information.

Tuesday: Join Fermilab Natural Areas and the Fermilab Roads and Grounds crew to plant native trees at the annual Arbor Day tree planting. The event takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. See the Sustainability website for more details.

Wednesday: Reserve your spot to tour the LEED gold-certified IARC Office, Technical and Education Building. This building is still under construction in some areas, but you can get a sneak peek as engineers guide you on the tour and highlight the environmental attributes that led to its LEED gold certification. Please email me for more details or to RSVP. Reservations are required by 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21. Participants will meet at 11:15 a.m. in the Wilson Hall atrium.

Thursday: Stop by the atrium between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to learn about topics such as public transportation, eco-friendly stock room items, Abri Credit Union's green services, solar energy or composting. If you have any old keys, children's books or textbooks at home that you would like to discard, SCARCE organization will be there collecting these items for recycling and reuse. New this year is an office supply swap table with gently used office supplies such as binders or file racks. Please feel free to drop off your excess items or take what you need to be used in your office at Fermilab.

Remember that every day should be treated like Earth Day. Whether you are purchasing a new appliance, choosing landscaping to plant or tossing out waste, make the smarter choice for the Earth and its inhabitants.

Katie Kosirog

In the News

Dark matter may not be completely dark, new study concludes

From Forbes, April 16, 2015

Imagine you've got two guns pointed at one another from a great distance away. If the guns are filled with bird shot, most of the little pellets are going to completely miss one another, simply passing through the space separating them, with only the occasional pellet bouncing off of another. If the guns are instead filled with liquid foam, the foam will stick together when the guns are fired at each other. And finally, if all you had was something immaterial, like a gun that fired neutrinos, whatever you fired would simply travel through space, unperturbed by anything it encountered.

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