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Spectacular Physics from BaBar at ICHEP06
Dorfan Today: From Moscow
New Website Compiles All Labwide Policies

SLAC Today

Monday - July 31, 2006

Spectacular Physics from BaBar at ICHEP06

The major summer conference for particle physics, the 33rd International Conference on High Energy Physics (ICHEP06), began last Thursday morning in Moscow. Early last week, the usual frenzy of preparations at BaBar gradually subsided as the flood of physics results completed the internal review process, speakers finished up their talks and rehearsals, and the delegates sped off to Moscow. Just about everyone in the collaboration of 600 played an important role in these preparations, which rest foremost on the dedicated efforts of the PEP-II accelerator team and the BaBar operations crew. Satisfaction and excitement were running high. "We've been working day and night to finish up our summer results, complete the rigorous internal review of each, and then prepare the many talks," said BaBar Physics Analysis Coordinator Riccardo Faccini.

Even by BaBar standards, this year has been an unusually productive one. A total of 109 contributed papers are being submitted to the conference, up substantially from the 69 in 2004 and 72 in 2005. Of these conference contributions, the majority are final results: 69 papers have been or will be submitted to journals shortly. The remaining 40 contributions are fully developed analyses, which are ready for presentation to the wider particle physics community.  Read more...

(Director's Column - Dorfan Today)

Дορφан Today

Москвả 2pm, July 31, 2006—
Overlooking the Moscow River at Leninsky Avenue 32A stands an immense, modern building that houses the Russian Academy of Sciences. At 8:45 a.m. this morning, its main entrance was clogged with 1100 particle physicists eagerly making their way to the first morning session of the XXXIII International Conference on High Energy Physics (ICHEP06). Accompanying family members and significant others queued up for the busses that took them on today's excursion.

It is the fifth day of the conference, which has been expertly and warmly hosted by our Russian colleagues. The first three days were devoted to countless sessions, held in parallel, where individual physicists presented their and their colleagues' work in a forum optimized for sharing the details and nuances of their research. Such smaller, focused sessions promote pointed questions and substantive debate regarding the new results. But for the final three days, starting this morning, the format switches to plenary sessions, with all attendees gathering in the massive Main Hall, where pre-selected speakers sequentially summarize sub-topics of the vast landscape that comprises high energy physics. Each summary speaker draws on the material presented in the parallel sessions, highlighting the most exciting results and making connections, as appropriate, between them. Read more...

New Website Compiles All Lab-wide Policies

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A new online access point for SLAC policies, procedures and all-hands memos is now available. Under the direction of SLAC's Policy Steering Committee (PSC) and with technical support from Ruth McDunn, the repository was developed to ensure that lab-wide policies are developed, reviewed, approved, disseminated, and maintained in a uniform manner, and, most importantly, are easy-to-understand and readily accessible to everyone. For a more detailed background, click here.

The PSC hopes that the new policy repository will generate significant benefits for SLAC by enabling everyone to find the consistent, up-to-date information they need to support their work. The repository will be updated as new policies or revisions to existing policies are approved by the Lab Directorate.

The policy repository website replaces the "Policies and Procedures" section of the online SLAC Gateway. Initially, a web link will be maintained for people who go to the Gateway to find policies and procedures.

If you have comments, suggestions or questions, please contact Frank Topper, Policy Coordinator, at x3024 or

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