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Public Lecture: Whispers of the Big Bang
SLAC Summer Wellness
SLAC Logowear: More Than Skin Deep

SLAC Today

Friday - June 23, 2006

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Public Lecture: Whispers of the Big Bang

The faint radio signal that fills our universe is the echo of the beginning of the universe. This signal, called the Cosmic Microwave Background radiation, was first detected by accident in 1964 but has since been measured in detail by a number of experiments. These measurements provide a rich information set that enables us to determine how the universe began, how galaxies formed and what the eventual fate of the universe might be.

In next Tuesday's public lecture, Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology (KIPAC) astrophysicist Sarah Church will describe how these observations are made, what we have learned from them and what we expect to learn from future experiments. The event takes place at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 27th, in Panofsky Auditorium. All are welcome to attend.

SLAC Summer Wellness

(Photo - Kerry Spear teaches Pilates at SLAC) The Summer Health Improvement Program (HIP) schedule of classes starts next week. There are several programs that take place at SLAC and many others at Stanford.

The full HIP schedule is available on the Stanford HIP website. A list of classes offered at SLAC can be found on the SLAC Medical Wellness website. Please register soon if you are interested in any of these courses.

Because exercise and stretching can help reduce ailments including back pain, many of the available exercise classes are authorized for the use of Staff Training Assistance Program (STAP) funds and are therefore free to SLAC employees with supervisory approval. Please indicate on the Stanford HIP registration form if you would like to use STAP funds.

HIP Classes currently offered at SLAC:

Cardio Dance Fusion - Aerobics (Mon./Wed. 12:00-1:00 p.m.)

Cardio Dance Fusion - Aerobics (Tues./Thurs. 5:15-6:15 p.m.)

Cross Training, Healthy Back ◊◊STAP
(Mon./Wed. 11:00 - 11:55 a.m.)

Pilates ◊◊STAP
(5:15 - 6:15 p.m. Mon. or Wed.)

Walk for Wellness ◊◊STAP
(Wed. 12:10-12:55 p.m.)

Yoga  ◊◊STAP
(Friday 12:00-1:00 p.m.)
This class is STAP funded if taken in conjunction with the "Take a Deep Breath: Introduction to Breathwork and Relaxation" class on 6/28 12:00-1:00 p.m. in Building 24, Room 200.

SLAC Logowear:
More Than Skin Deep

(Photo - Friends 
	of the Linear Accelerator) (Click on image for larger version.)

SLAC t-shirts, hats and mugs look good, spread SLAC spirit and now they've raised $6,000.

Yesterday morning, a small knot of SLAC employee volunteers gathered outside the Central Lab Building to present the lab with a $6,000 check. This donation represents the proceeds from the past six years of SLAC logo item sales.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of all SLAC logo items are held by the "Friends of the Linear Accelerator" (FOLA) organization, and are given back to the lab in one form or another.

"For every SLAC t-shirt, polo shirt, or mug we sell through the SLAC Guest House, FOLA makes about a dollar or so," said Doug Kreitz, who volunteers his off-hours to managing the production and sales of SLAC logo items. "The time has come to give that money back to the lab employees."

Several years ago, some proceeds were used to purchase the large glass case to display SLAC logo items in the Panofsky Auditorium Breezeway.

SLAC's Lee Lyon has agreed to form a disbursements committee to solicit ideas and decide on how to spend this recent donation of $6,000, and any future proceeds from FOLA. Currently, ideas include a custom-made oak bench to go outside the cafeteria or perhaps an awards case for the auditorium lobby.

"Whatever they decide on, it will be something tangible for everyone at SLAC to enjoy," says Kreitz.   Read more...

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