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From Fermilab Today: Students report on the importance, design of proposed linear collider

Peter Garbincius speaks to Rotolo Middle School students in Batavia about the physics, design and goals of current and future accelerators.
Members of the latest group exploring the proposed International Linear Collider lack physics degrees. In fact, they donít yet have high school diplomas.

To teach 35 eighth-graders about particle physics, Batavia Rotolo Middle School teachers Macy Felter and Elizabeth Selander had them study the ILC, the proposed next-generation particle accelerator.

-- Rhianna Wisniewski


Upcoming meetings, conferences, workshops

Budker INP, Novosibirsk, Russia
25-30 May 2008

XXII Symposium on Photonics and Electronics for Accelerators and High Energy Physics Experiments
Warsaw University of Technology Resort, WILGA
26 May - 1 June 2008

GDE Meeting - ILC Conventional Facilities and Siting Workshop
JINR, Dubna, Russia
3-7 June 2008

International Linear Collider ECFA Workshop (ECFA 2008)
Warsaw, Poland
9-12 June 2008

Polarized Positron for Linear Colliders Workshop (Posipol 2008)
Hiroshima University, Japan
16-18 June 2008

European Particle Accelerator Conference (EPAC'08)
Genoa, Italy
23-27 June 2008

Upcoming schools

The second Trans-European School for High Energy Physics (TES-HEP)
Buymerhovka, Sumy region, Ukraine
3-9 July 2008

Third International Accelerator School for Linear Colliders (2008 LC School)
Oak Brook, Illinois, USA
19-29 October 2008

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Feature Story
On the costing trail
Project Management office plans the future of the cost estimate

Flipcharts, spreadsheets and debates Ė the cost management group met at DESY in May.
Hamburg isn't exactly known for its good weather and hours of sunshine per year. So when the sun is out and nature is exploding with spring leaves and early summer blossoms, Hamburgers go to every length to spend those precious times outside. Spending a day in a conference room darkened for better presentations, hunched over microphones to listen to colleagues at the other end of the world doesn't normally rank high on the list of things to do in Hamburg when the weather is nice. Nevertheless one of the participants of last week's cost management meeting described their three days as "very enjoyable", meaning it. One has to work on the ILC to appreciate the spirit...

-- Barbara Warmbein

In the News
From Fermilab Today
20 May 2008
Code crackers wanted
A little more than a year ago, the Fermilab Office of Communication received a curious letter in code.

From Guardian
20 May 2008
Should the golden triangle get all the research cash?
Scientists in the north-west are angry at losing out on funding to southern universities. Natasha Gilbert reports

From The Engineer
19 May 2008
Bottling the big bang
The air of anticipation around CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research near Geneva, is palpable.

From Science
16 May 2008
PHYSICS: Fermilab Sends Energy Department Final Plan to Lay Off 7% of Staff
... The budget cuts specifically targeted funding for research and development on the proposed multibillion-dollar International Linear Collider;
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Director's Corner
Common fund approved by FALC Resource Group

Richard Wade, Chair of the FALC Resource Group.
The ILC Global Design Effort (GDE) is made up primarily of in-kind R&D contributions done in the partner countries, mostly at the large laboratories that are developing the technologies and design towards a real ILC machine. Our primary mission in the GDE is to coordinate and guide this programme. This requires financial contributions by the countries who are involved in the project to support a central infrastructure, called the common fund. It was created by the Funding Agencies for Large Colliders (FALC) a couple of years ago, and is monitored and approved by their subcommittee, the FALC Resource Group, chaired by Richard Wade of STFC in the UK.

-- Barry Barish

Director's Corner Archive

Image of the Week
The world under control

A new remote control room opened its sliding doors this week at DESY. Initiated by the CALICE collaboration and built for generic ILC detector R&D, it lets detector experts run shifts and monitor the data taking even when their detector prototype sits in a test beam half a world away. This is the case right now: calorimeters sit in Fermilab's Meson Test Beam Facility. The new remote control room has a web-based secure global desktop, a conference system with a permanent video link between remote and on-site shifts, and many more features that the first remote 'shifters' have already started to use. (Photos: Alexander Kaukher)

Brian Foster elected Fellow of the Royal Society
Congratulations to European Regional Director Brian Foster: He was made Fellow of the UK's renowned Royal Society last Friday. Read the press release.


Dubna travel arrangements
The organising committee of the GDE meeting in Dubna has made the agenda available on the meeting website. In order to be able to organise transport from and to the airport they ask all participants to submit their flight times and numbers. More info from the second news bulletin.

ILC Note
Photon Collider Technology Readiness and Near Term Plans

arXiv preprints
Two-particle kinematic distributions from new physics at an electron-positron collider with polarized beams