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Stanford Poised to Address Grand Challenges in Physics, National Report Indicates
Safety Today: Beating the Heat
DOE Golf Challenge

SLAC Today

Tuesday - July 25, 2006

Stanford Poised to Address Grand Challenges in Physics, National Report Indicates

Operating with ultra-fast pulses, LCLS will take images of molecules dropped into the x-ray beam, giving scientists a way to make 3D models of molecules that cannot be studied any other way. (Image courtesy of Terry Anderson, InfoMedia Solutions. Click on image for larger version.)

Science now stands at the edge of not only finally understanding the principles of quantum mechanics, but of utilizing those principles to benefit humankind in unprecedented ways, according to a report issued yesterday by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). Authored by a panel of top U.S. physicists, the report, titled AMO2010: Controlling the Quantum World, puts forth a vision for America's research future in the cutting-edge field of atomic, molecular and optical (AMO) science. The study details priorities for deepening our understanding of quantum mechanics and exploiting those findings.

The panel's aim is to guide research in the sub-atomic realm of the ultra-small and ultra-fast over the next 10 years. The AMO2010 report maps the future of quantum research in non-technical language that underscores the fundamental impact this research could have on society in the next 10 years. By refining new tools and techniques for manipulating matter on the atomic scale and smaller, the United States and the world can look forward to continued and rapid advances in medicine, materials science, computing and national security.  Read more...

(Column - Safety Today)

Beating the Heat

The current heat wave means it is time to watch for symptoms of heat stress in the form of heat stroke, sunstroke, heat exhaustion, heat rash or heat fatigue.

Heat stress results from exposure to high temperatures, lack of fluids, restrictive clothing, and heavy workloads.

Preventing Heat Stress
- Proper hydration: Drink plenty of   water throughout the day.
- Proper clothing: Choose clothing   that allows cooling while
  protecting you from the sun.
- Your specific health needs:
  Schedule work according to how
  your specific health needs may
  be at issue during hot weather.

Employees are in the best position to know the early warning signs of heat stress and take appropriate action. Supervisors should also be alert to the signs of heat stress affecting employees and take action before a problem develops.  Read more...

DOE Golf Challenge


The 2005 DOE Golf Challenge included (from left to right): B. Olson, N. Queral, F. Albaniel, D. Britt, A. Davis, D. Arnett, K. Ltem, A. Jones, P. Cutino and M. Hogaboom.

This year's 19th annual Department of Energy (DOE) Golf Challenge will be hosted by the Contra Costa Country Club on Monday, September 11. Last year, 92 golfers from local DOE labs (SLAC, Lawrence Livermore National Lab, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, Sandia National Lab and the DOE Office) had a great time at the club. SLAC was represented by 17 golfers, and organizers hope for even more this time around.

The DOE Golf Challenge was started by John Lee from the Oakland DOE Office to introduce laboratory employees to colleagues from other labs. Past challenges have been held at Harding Park, Presidio, Poppy Ridge, Mira Vista, Hiddenbrooke, Oakhurst and Wente Vineyards.

The deadline to register for this event is August 18 and organizers request a $110 fee to cover expenses. For more information or to register, please contact Ben Smith (x2638, bens@slac.stanford.edu). 

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