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Exploratorium Webcast Features Archimedes Manuscript
Kevin Carroll Visits Lab
SLAC Welcomes New Employees

SLAC Today

Friday - August 4, 2006

Exploratorium Webcast Features Archimedes Text

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Hosts Mary Miller of the Exploratorium and Neil Calder of SLAC will be joined by a variety of guests during today's webcast. Live footage will be broadcast from both the Exploratorium soundstage (above) and SSRL.

The world is watching SLAC. The Archimedes Palimpsest research currently underway at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory (SSRL) has provoked a whirlwind of media coverage. This afternoon at 4:00 p.m., you too can watch the writings of legendary mathematician Archimedes emerge from the pages of an ancient manuscript for the first time since the 13th century.

Presented by the Exploratorium in San Francisco, the webcast will be broadcast directly from the x-ray imaging facility at SLAC and will include a conversation with the scientists and researchers who have made this historic discovery possible. Visit the Exploratorium website to learn more.

Kevin Carroll Visits Lab

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Kevin Carroll (center) with SLAC's Anders Nilsson (right). (Click on image for larger version.)

Kevin Carroll, Staff Director for the House Subcommittee on Energy, visited SLAC yesterday.  After Persis Drell gave an initial introduction to the lab and its research, Carroll enjoyed a full tour of the facility.  As luck would have it, he arrived at SSRL Beamline 6-2 at exactly the same moment as a new geometric figure emerged from the ancient Archimedes text. The tour then continued on to BaBar, the linac and the Kavli Institute.

"The trick to this tour was keeping it on schedule because Kevin had so many questions," said Director of Communications Neil Calder.  "He is a person who is truly engaged in science."

SLAC Welcomes
New Employees

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SLAC welcomed eleven new employees yesterday at orientation. From left to right, they are: Darlene Ford, Toshiko (Miho) Matias, Ann Xu, Jamode Caldwell, David Fritz, Danielle Sanzone, Oscar Guerra, Yoko Tahara, Lee Anne De Wan, Michael Przybylski and Andrew Fisher.

School Drive a Success

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This was another successful year for the SLAC annual Back-to-School Backpack Drive. Each of the 20 donated backpacks and two boxes of supplies will help a local underprivileged student in the bay area go back to school with the tools needed to succeed. A warm thank you to everyone who made this year's drive a success!

The backpack drive is a partnership between The Family Giving Tree and Resource Area for Teachers. This year they hope to reach 15,000 low-income children.

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