Fermilab TodayWednesday, August 6, 2003  
Wednesday, August 6
3:30 pm Director's Coffee Break - 2nd Floor Crossover
4:00 pm Fermilab Colloquium - 1 West
Speaker: A. Burgasser, University of California, Los Angeles
Title: Cloudy with a Chance of Iron: Weather on Brown Dwarfs

Thursday, August 7
2:30 pm Theoretical Physics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: A. Falkowski, University of Warsaw
Title: 4D Techniques of Calculating Loop Corrections in Higher Dimensions
3:30 pm Director's Coffee Break - 2nd Floor Crossover

Wednesday, August 6
Soup: Chicken Gernelli
Roast Pork Loin $4.75
Pasta with Ratatouille and Fresh Herbs $3.75
Smoked Salmon on Sourdough $5.50
Bacon Cheese Burger $4.75
Classic Chef Salad $4.75

Eurest Dining Center Weekly Menu
Chez Leon
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Meson Lab Welcomes First Main Injector Beam
Meson Lab
The distinctive roof of the Meson Building consists of half-sections of steel culverts.
Beam has been sent from the Main Injector to the scallop-roofed, 30-year-old Meson Building, which hosted more than 130 fixed-target experiments before 1999. The transmission marked the first time the Main Injector has been used in fixed-target mode other than for antiproton production.

Last week the Meson Test group of Erik Ramberg, Chuck Brown and colleagues achieved fast-extracted beam of 38 GeV pions and 120 GeV protons to MT6, as reported in Monday's All-Experimenters' Meeting.

Erik Ramberg
Erik Ramberg works on a particle identification system at the Meson Test Beam Facility.

"It's the final step to take full advantage of the Main Injector's capabilities," Ramberg said. "The Main Injector is going to fulfill its promise of supporting a fixed-target program."

In the News
From Physics Today, August 2003
Science Fashions and Scientific Fact
Michael Riordan

As an MIT graduate student and postdoc during the 1970s, I took part in a series of experiments that ended up discovering quarks. The leaders of the MIT-SLAC inelastic electron-scattering experiments--Jerome Friedman, Henry Kendall, and Richard Taylor--shared the 1990 Nobel Prize in Physics for this breakthrough, while collaboration members basked in reflected glory at an unforgettable Stockholm reunion.
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From the Daily Herald, August 3, 2003
Boundary closer for airport neighbors
By Jake Griffin Daily Herald Staff Writer

It's a lot of work to get a line drawn on a map. For more than 10 years, the cities of West Chicago and Geneva have wrangled over where to place a development boundary between the two municipalities. Both West Chicago Mayor Michael Fortner and Geneva City Administrator Philip J. Page said the two sides are "making progress." But other insiders are saying the invisible line that now exists soon could be colored in.
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Egret and Heron
Great egret (left), with great blue heron. Photo by Ed Dijak, from Birds of Fermilab website.
Great Egret an elegant visitor
The large white bird with a four-foot wingspan, fishing in Fermilab's ponds, is the Great Egret (Casmerodius albus), a summer visitor to the lab.

Physicist and bird expert Peter Kasper said the Great Egret's Illinois status was upgraded from "endangered" to "threatened" in 1994, and then removed from the list. Kasper said the bird has occasionally bred in the heron rookery in the Main Ring, but primarily breeds in big colonies at Lake Renwick to the south and at Crab Tree nature reserve to the north.

"Birds from these colonies fly to Fermilab every day to feed and they will stay here all day," Kasper said. "I have seen flocks of 70 or so hanging out at the south end of A.E. Sea in the fall."

Birds of Fermilab Web site

Power Outages:
--Wednesday, August 6: 8:30 am to 4:30 p.m., NS7 service building including NM2, PL17, 17A, 17B
--Thursday, August 7: 8:30 am to 12:30 pm, NEB (NL8)

NALWO Coffee Morning:
The Housing Office cordially invites Fermilab women, guests and visitors to a Coffee Morning on the Aspen East Patio (weather permitting) on Thursday, Aug. 21, 10:30 am to Noon. Children are most welcome. RSVP 630-840-3082. For those attending without a Fermilab ID card, please enter Pine Street entrance with photo ID and stop for a pass.

Performance Appraisal Training
The Training and Development Department has scheduled four additional classes for the Performance Appraisal Workshop: Conducting the P. A. Discussion:
August 27: 8:30 - 12:30
Sept. 16: 8:30 - 12:30
Sept. 17: 8:30 - 12:30
Sept. 17: 1:00 - 5:00
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Fermilab Softball League
Wednesday night's game features Euro Trash vs. D0 Nuts at 5:30 pm, and Thursday night's game features Final Force vs. Springfield Isotopes at 5:30 pm. Both games are in the Village.

International Folk Dancing
International Folk Dancing will be held at 7:30 pm on Thursday, Aug. 7 at the Geneva American Legion Post, 22 South Second St., in downtown Geneva, one block west of Route 31 and one block south of Route 38, across from the Public Library. Info at 630-584-0825 or folkdance@fnal.gov

Bible Exploration for Lunch The topic "Being a Peacemaker" will discussed today, Weds., Aug. 6 at Noon in the Small Dining Room. All are welcome. Additional information at 630-840-3607 or dykhuis@fnal.gov

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