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Friday – March 3, 2006

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Seeking Globie Nominations

Do you know somebody who has made a difference? SLAC employs many wonderful people that we enjoy working with, and who make our lives better by being here. To formally recognize these people, SLAC Employee Recognition Awards ("globies") are given each year to employees and users who you nominate.

This year's awards are now open for nominations through March 27. You may nominate up to three people (please submit separate forms for each person nominated), and nominations may be submitted online

These awards are about people promoting a positive, respectful and harmonious work environment. It is about good citizenship and making people around them enjoy being here at SLAC. Learn more...

Colloquium Monday

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In Monday’s colloquium, UC Berkeley Professor Bernard Sadoulet will discuss how researchers seek to understand dark matter. Dark matter appears to comprise nearly a quarter of the universe and thus deciphering its nature has great scientific importance.

After a brief description of CDMS II’s recent results, Sadoulet will outline the role that SLAC could play in this SuperCDMS program.

The colloquium will take place at 4:15 p.m. on Monday, March 6 in Panofsky Auditorium. All are invited to attend.

Learn more...

Tabletop Synchrotron

(Photo - Ron Ruth)SLAC's Ron Ruth announced yesterday that the Compact Light Source (CLS) prototype designed by his company has just produced its first X-ray beams.

Unlike the stadium-sized synchrotron light sources, the Compact Light Source will fit into a typical university x-ray lab. The reduction in scale and cost is a factor of 200 and is made possible by using a laser beam instead of the "undulator" magnets of the large synchrotrons.

The advance could transform numerous fields of biomedical research by vastly improving access to a key resource for studying the properties of molecules.

"We believe that the Compact Light Source will completely transform the practice of protein crystallography and significantly broaden the reach of state-of-the-art x-ray science across the board," said Ruth.

Learn more at EurekAlert

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