GCC Tour Volunteers Several division members volunteered to assist with tours of GCC Saturday, August 16th for students attending the CERN-Fermilab Hadron Collider Physics Summer School. Over 100 students visited the facility. Volunteers, left to right are: Ruth Pordes, Dennis Box, Lisa Giacchetti, Glenn Cooper and Adam Walters, head of Facility Operations Department. Not pictured: Fang Wang and David Ritchie, organizer of the tours. View more tour photos.
Division News

Liz Buckely-Geer has recently been appointed co-head of the Strong Lensing Study Group in DES. Her co-leader is another DES collaborator, Martin Makler from the Centro Brasileiro de Pesquisas Fisicas, Brazil.

Strong gravitational lensing refers to the distortion of light rays from distant source galaxies by matter lying between the observer and the distant galaxy. Studying these systems can tell us how the mass in the universe is distributed. In addition, if the source galaxy is at high redshift, we can learn about galaxies in the early universe by studying its properties.

Keith Coiley is the new division representative for the Fermilab Lab Safety Committee. The committee reviews safety and security policies and programs, reporting to the laboratory director. It also responds to requests from the director, the laboratory ES&H section head, division and section heads, and members of subcommittees and other members of the Lab Safety Committee.

From Fermilab Today: You did NOT receive a greeting card. The latest e-greeting card mass-emailed to Fermilab employees resulted in a couple of machines being infected by a virus. It was clicked on by a lot of people. Suggestions for preventing infection by Mark Leininger, Computer Security Manager:

  • Read the Fermilab Today article
  • Don't open cards sent to you by yourself
  • Don't open .exe files
  • Don't read your email in HTML and don't display images inline

Help Desk message changes: On Tuesday, September 2nd, the division will no longer use the off hours contact company, TelAssist, to contact the Help Desk on call to route off-hours tickets. Instead, off-hours calls to the x2345 will directly page the off-hours Help Desk primary.

In preparation for this switch, we are testing new daytime and off-hours messages and we would like your input to helpdesk-admin@fnal.gov.

Please dial the test line at x6750 to listen to the messages; 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. for the daytime message, 4:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. for the off-hours message. Choosing one of the options will not cause a call to be transferred or a page to be placed. Text of the phone messages are also available in DocDB (access with password or certificate).

The test line will remain in place for future testing as well.


IEEE Conference on Web Services
Beijing, China
September 23-26, 2008

XXIV Linear Accelerator Conference
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
September 29 - October 3, 2008

2008 Nuclear Science Symposium & Medical Imaging Conference
Dresden, Germany
October 19-25, 2008

More Conferences


Job Anniversaries this Month
(5, 10, 15 & 20+ years)

Rick Thies - 34 years
Stu Fuess - 27 years
Rick Kwarciany - 25 years
Paul Lebrun - 25 years
Eileen F Berman - 23 years
John Chramowicz - 22 years
Rick Van Conant - 22 years
Vyto Grigaliunas - 21 years
Rick Snider - 10 years

New Faces

Matthew Brichacek (SCF/FEF)

From Bob Tschirhart: Frontiers
Bob Tschirhart

Near the end of World War II, president Roosevelt asked a leading engineer named Vannevar Bush to advise the US government about the future role of science in the nation. Bush responded with a visionary report entitled Science—The Endless Frontier (1945), which called for a continuing strong partnership between government and the scientific community, a new and unusual idea for that day. Bush's advice, largely accepted, ultimately led to the creation of the National Science Foundation and the Atomic Energy Commission, which later evolved into the Department of Energy. Bush's report lives on today in more recent studies about the importance of this partnership that has the attention of our current president and the US Congress.

Bush also foresaw the computing revolution in a landmark essay for the Atlantic Monthly (July, 1945), where he envisaged the development of complex electronic logic machines and the functionality of the World-Wide-Web: “Wholly new forms of encyclopedias will appear, ready made with a mesh of associative trails running through them, ready to be dropped into the memex and there amplified.”

Of course, Bush did not live to see the computing revolution unfold--a revolution that drives the science at our laboratory today, the existence of which is due to Bush's vision.

Bob Tschirhart

For much of this year, I have been involved in the Particle Physics Projects Prioritization Panel (P5) a scientific body that recommends the future roadmap of US particle physics experiments and projects to pursue. You may have seen the brightly colored graphic from the P5 that illustrates the three interlocking scientific frontiers that drive particle physics today and that seems to be gaining traction with US funding agencies and Congress.

Fermilab figures prominently in all three frontiers, and we in the Computing Division are right to be proud of our leading roles at these frontiers. Energy: Run-II, CMS, the LHC and future colliders. Intensity: The current and future neutrino experiments and future rare decay experiments. Cosmic: The SDSS, DES, SNAP, COUPP, AUGER and other emerging initiatives.

This graphic further articulates a vision of scientific inquiry that is greater than the sum of its parts, analogous to the interlocking emerging technologies foreseen by Vannevar Bush that led to the world we live in today. Our division is likewise greater than the sum of its parts, where administration, computing, engineering, information technology and science weave together the fabric that will be critical to realizing the P5 vision for Fermilab.

I am confident that we together are up to the challenge!

Cheers, BobT

Topical Matters in DocDB

DocDB is currently a supported tool for storing documents related to the division's business. We want to help you find documents related to a particular activity or topic more easily. That's what topics and keywords are for!

Documents include files that need to be kept as a record or for reference later, files to which access should be restricted to a particular set of people or that are to be shared, conference presenations, papers or posters, journal articles and procedures and manuals. When you put documents into DocDB, paying attention to the topics and keywords you select is a real aid to people who will need to find your documents or a set of related documents later. In fact, it will help as we add new technologies and repositories. We in the Communications & Outreach group can help guide you on new topics and templates in person or via email.

We're working on a FAQ-style manual for standards and best practices for using topics and keywords. In order to make the manual useful, we need input from YOU.

How do I know which topic to use?

Topics should be broad categories based on work that is being done, not on the organization you are a part of. The right topic for your document might not exist yet! Please don't choose a topic that doesn't fit. Email docdb-adm@fnal.gov with questions.

Ideally, categories with many documents should be divided into subcategories. You can easily have a web page link to all documents within a particular topic.

Please take a moment to look at the list of topics. Do the topics listed reflect the work you're doing? Do any topics need subcategories? Once again, please email your suggestions and questions to the DocDB administrator.

What's the deal with keywords?

Keywords can help refine a set of documents. We think they should be used sparingly and thoughtfully. In fact, the best time to use them is when you need to define a set of documents that are used to collaborate among a small group of people, while the keywords used are communicated to these people.

Keywords in DocDB may be official or unofficial. Official keywords are those that appear in the keyword list (the same as the “keyword chooser,” which is the pop-up window you can use to select your official keywords when you're adding or updating a document in DocDB). These must be added by the DocDB administrator. They can be displayed as a list in DocDB and the keyword field is searchable via the advanced search function in DocDB.

Unofficial keywords are keywords you enter yourself when you're adding/updating a document. They don't appear in the keyword list, but they ARE still a searchable in the keyword field in the database.

Topics can be nested or combined with keywords to refine a collection of documents and aid in searchability.

As an example, the sub-topic “Education and Outreach” contains over seventy documents. By using the keyword, Supercomputing , I'm able to get a subset of these documents (now, only nine). It may not make sense to make Supercomputing a subtopic of the Education and Outreach topic because documents relating to Supercomputing may be found in many topics within DocDB.

As mentioned above, the COM group wants to work with you to make the document repository as useful as possible, so please don't be shy about contacting us.

~ Marcia Teckenbrock

First Kane Case of West Nile

The Kane County Health Department is reporting that a 28-year old woman from Aurora has been diagnosed with West Nile Virus, the first case in Kane Conty this year, and the first in Illinois. The woman became ill at the end of July but was not hospitalized.