Challenges to Development in India
On Monday, May 1, Los Alamos National Laboratory's Dr. Rajan Gupta will present the colloquium
"Challenges to Development in India: The Role of Education."
In this talk, Gupta will focus on his experiences with issues in development and education in India.
He will begin by describing how HIV/AIDS education and awareness lead to a program of
"students as agents of change" through the creation of multimedia presentations on societal issues.
This will lead into a discussion of how teaching health to village outreach workers led to an understanding of adolescent migration
from villages to towns in search for jobs and the specter of alcoholism.
Finally, Gupta will talk about how teaching health
to sex workers in Kolkata led to an understanding of their closed world.
The colloquium will take place at 4:15 p.m. on Monday, May 8 in Panofsky
Auditorium. All are invited to attend.
Electrical Safety Tip: Plug It In
Many times a day we have to plug appliances, equipment and instrumentation into a wall socket. This
activity can use a little planning, just like any other job done at SLAC.
Before plugging in, inspect
the plug and the outlet, looking for defects.
Don't use equipment that you know is damageda shortcut is not worth an electrical shock, or worse.
Make sure the power is off before plugging in equipment and when you are done, turn the equipment off
before unplugging it to protect yourself and the next user. And finally, when you remove the plug from an
outlet, pull on the plug, not the cord.
Harold Shapiro's Talk Now Available Online
to view a Real Media file of Shapiro's talk.
If you are a SLAC employee and do not have Real Media Player installed on
your machine, you can download it
Second to None
Which of these is not like the other?
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A single mark created a new first author of a classic paper.
The paper in question is "The Universe
in Expansion." It was written by Georges-Henri Lemaitre,
a Belgian monk who earned his doctorate in 1920 and was ordained as a priest in 1923. His title, l'Abbé,
is the French term for Abbot.
His name on the 1933 paper appeared as M. l'Abbé G. Lemaitre. Somewhere along the line, a comma snuck into
his title after l'Abbé. SPIRES, the SLAC database that keeps track of literature on high-energy physics,
identified it as two separate authors.
David Wiltshire, senior lecturer in the department of Physics and Astronomy at
the University of Canterbury,
New Zealand, spotted the oversight.
Luckily, this mistake did not mislead anyone: no one cited the paper has having two authors. Travis Brooks,
who manages SPIRES, suggests two reasons why M. l'Abbe never slipped into the "literature cited" section
of any SPIRES user. "Classic references are typically reproduced by a 'cut and paste' from previously
published works," he says. Either that or Lemaitre's work has become common knowledge. Says Brooks,
"You don't cite Newton when you talk about gravity."