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Particle Physics Committee to Unveil 15-Year Plan
People Today: Welcome to Elizabeth Caplun-Cochrane
B Factory Undergoes Operations Review
Donate to the Stanford Food Drive this Friday

SLAC Today

Wednesday - April 26, 2006

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Einstein holds a mock EPP2010 report (Image courtesy of symmetry)

Particle Physics Committee to Unveil 15-Year Plan

Tomorrow, a committee of leading scientists, industrialists and educators will unveil a 15-year plan for the future of U.S. particle physics.

Dubbed the National Academies Committee on Elementary Particle Physics in the 21st Century (EPP2010), the committee will release its final report accompanied by a live webcast press conference at the Keck Center of the National Academies in Washington, DC. The report will identify the most compelling questions in elementary particle physics and recommend a prioritized plan to address them.

EPP2010, which has held six meetings since November 2004, builds on the work of the High Energy Physics Advisory Panel, which advises the Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation; the National Research Council; and the Department of Energy's Office of Science.

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Welcome to Elizabeth Caplun-Cochrane

(Photo - Elizabeth Caplun-Chochrane) Elizabeth Caplun-Cochrane recently joined the Photon Science Directorate as Head of Administration. She comes to SLAC after four years as Associate Director of the Research Compliance Office at Stanford. Before that, Caplun-Cochrane was the manager of Stanford's Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences.

She also worked for 10 years as business and outreach officer for the White Mountain Research Station, a multi-disciplinary research facility managed by the University of California. Originally from Belgium, she has lived in the United States for the past 20 years.

"It's a wonderful time to join the Photon Science Directorate as it begins its rapid transition and growth here at SLAC," says Caplun-Cochrane.

Caplun-Cochrane is excited for the future of photon science.  She notes that the user and in-house scientific programs and accelerator performance are thriving at SPEAR3, the PULSE center for ultrafast science is rapidly evolving, and materials science activities are increasing. 

"In addition, the LCLS Ultrafast Science Instruments (LUSI) project is taking off and LCLS operations will commence in 2008," she says. "It is a privilege to be involved at SLAC in so many exciting and challenging projects, and to join the team."

B Factory Undergoes
Operations Review

A cross-sectional view of an e+e- collision in the BaBar detector.

The annual B Factory Operations Review takes place today and tomorrow in the Redwood Rooms (ROB, bldg. 48).

Conducted by a panel composed of ten DOE and National Lab employees, the review seeks to evaluate the past year's performance as well as the resource requirements and management practices needed to effectively support operation of the B Factory over the next two years.

The review will include an assessment of the performances of the B Factory accelerator complex and the BaBar detector over last year. It will also evaluate improvement plans.

"Maintaining the high level of operational performance from PEP-II and BaBar is a challenge, particularly in view of near-term plans for substantial further growth in machine currents and luminosity," said David MacFarlane, BaBar spokesperson. "We welcome the opportunity to explain our plans and get advice from reviewers in optimizing the scientific potential of the B Factory."

Donate to the Stanford Food Drive this Friday

(Image - Canned Food)Please join the Stanford food drive for this year's Community Partnership Day on Friday, April 28th.

Collections will go to benefit the 2nd Harvest Food Bank, which provides food to over 300 organizations in the bay area including the Urban Ministries of Palo Alto and the Clara Mateo Alliance, whose cupboards are just about bare.  Learn more...

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