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Mon., March 12                              The first gurgling of spring                         Back works
10:00 a.m. Research
                                            First in a series of four articles on lab ecology.
Techniques Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: M. Goncharov, Texas
A&M University
Title: Calorimeter Timing
System at CDF
2:30 p.m. Particle
Astrophysics Seminar - Curia II
Speaker: H. Peiris, KICP
Title: Understanding Cosmic
Accelerations: Connecting
Theory and Observation                      Male woodcocks show up in the Main Ring in
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S                                                             Judi Andersen is a physical therapist with
                                            March and April to form mating-display arenas
COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr X-                   known as "leks."                     Back Works Joint & Spine Rehabilitation
Over                                                                             Specialists. Over the ten years that she has
4:00 p.m. All Experimenters'  It's getting more obvious everyday: spring is      been under contract to Fermilab, Judi has
Meeting - Curia II            here. But what are the very early, less obvious probably trained every employee on back
                              signs around the lab that most of us miss?
Special Topics: Sloan Survey II                                                  care. Her triennial Back Works refresher on
(E-949) Status and Future                                                        March 1 contained a wealth of practical
Plans;                        "I've got one word for you: sex," said Fermilab advice. Here are some of the key points from
Modeling of the Booster Beam  ecologist Rod Walton. "Everything has to do        the experience.
                              with mating and getting out there early." Those
Tue., March 13                of us who hurry to our cars in this brisk          Maintain the "S": Viewed from the side, a
3:30 p.m. DIRECTOR'S          weather may not have noticed the wood frogs healthy back makes a subtle "S" shape. Most
COFFEE BREAK - 2nd Flr        mating in the snow. And the geese have             of back health comes down to maintaining this
Crossover                     started pairing up, too. Two weeks ago, a pair shape as we go about our business.
4:00 p.m. Accelerator Physics of Canada Geese reportedly hung out around
and Technology Seminar - 1    the auditorium, eyeing an area near the            Stay fit: Strengthen back, abdominal and
West                          entrance for nesting. "We'll watch them and        gluteal muscles. Include activities that impose
Speaker: D. Li, Lawrence      fence the area off it looks like they are going to rhythmic up-and-down forces on the spine.
Berkeley National Laboratory  nest there," said Dave Shemanske of Roads          Don't remain in one position longer than 20
Title: Normal Conducting RF   and Grounds. "It's not good if the birds settle    minutes. Avoid obesity and smoking since
Cavity R&D for Neutrino       in near doorways, as geese have hostile            they contribute to disk degeneration.
Factory or Muon Collider      reactions when people approach their nest."
                                                                                 Helpful postures: When standing, try to rest
Click here for NALCAL,        A sign of spring you will hear but not see are     one foot slightly higher than the other. When
                                                                                 sitting, bend hips and knees to 90 degrees
a weekly calendar with links the rust and gray Sandhill Cranes that fly high
                              above Fermilab. As they migrate west from          and place feet flat to the floor. Pivot with your
to additional information.
                              Indiana, their gurgling-trumpeting call carries    feet rather than twist your back.
                              for miles. "You'll be walking along and hear it,
                              but won't see anything because they are way Judi added that she is seeing an increasing
        Mostly Cloudy 55°/45° up in the distance," said Fermilab birder (and number of back problems associated with
                              physicist) Peter Kasper, who heard the first       prolonged use of computers and electronic
                              gurgling of the spring last Thursday.              games. The difficulty is that people are simply
Extended Forecast                                                                sitting in one poor posture for prolonged
Weather at Fermilab           More obvious signs have also popped up:            periods. Instead, they should use good neutral
  Current Security Status     Mallards swim in pairs, cardinals make what        positions and move around at least 2-3 times
                              Kasper's wife, Penny, calls a "guinea pig          per hour.
Secon Level 3                 sound," and two weeks ago, the chickadees
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                              switched from their classic namesake call to a
                              plaintive, two-note, "dee-deeee" whistle.

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  Wilson Hall Cafe                          Kasper has not seen the woodcocks yet, but            Special Announcement
                                            he expects them soon. The long-beaked,
Monday, March 12                            neckless woodcocks spend the dusky hours
                                            from March to April inside the Main Ring.
                                                                                                 String Theory in two minutes
Wilson Hall Cafe Menu                                                                            Discover magazine is hosting a contest for two-
                                            Though woodcocks rarely vocalize, their
 Chez Leon                                  specially adapted wings make plenty of noise.        minute videos on string theory. The winning
                                            "The males make a 'beep beep' sound just             video will be selected by Columbia University
Wednesday, March 14                         before they take off," said Kasper. "Then they       physicist Brian Greene, best-selling author of
Lunch                                       make a roller coaster flight high in the air, and    The Elegant Universe and The Fabric of the
-Beef Fajitas                               as they dive, they make a 'whoo whooo                Cosmos, and broadcast on the homepage of
-Pico de Gallo                              whooo' noise from their tail and spiral back Deadline to submit is March 16;
-Rice and Beans                             down with a series of chirping noises. It's one      find more details online.
-Rum Pecan Cake                             of these semimystical things." Still, his favorite    Accelerator Update
                                            sign of spring comes from the red-winged
Thursday, March 15
                                            blackbirds: "You know that spring is here when       March 7 - 9
                                            you hear that first 'koo-koo-ree.' "                 - Two stores provided 44 hours and 44
-Fontina and Prosciutto Crepes
-Scampi with Fettuccine                                                                          minutes of luminosity
                               --Siri Steiner
-Apricot Tart                                                                                    - Pbar conducting reverse protons studies
                               You can learn more about recent bird                              - NuMI conducting 11 batch slipstacking
Chez Leon Menu                 sightings, and find links to organized bird                       studies
Call x4598 to make your        outings, here.                                                    - Feeder work on Monday will hold off beam in
reservation.                     Photo of the Day                                                TeV
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Result of the Week                                                                          Attention Fermilab Hiring Managers
                                                                                            It is time to consider your summer
Safety Tip of the Week                                                                      employment hiring needs. The Summer
                                                                                            Employment Request form is now available
                                                                                            online. Simply complete the online form, print
ILC NewsLine                                                                                out for signatures, and return to the
                                            Speaking of birds: Tim Koeth sent this          Employment office at MS 124. Completed
                                            picture of a hawk on Friday. He writes: "Last   requisitions received by March 30th will
  Info                                      night I caught this Red-tailed Hawk looking for receive priority.
                                            dinner near the F4 and A0 buildings."
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suggestions to:                             March 11, 2007:                                 calling by Paul Tyler. More information online.                              Out There
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