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33rd SSRL Users' Meeting Kicks Off Today
Profile Today: John Galayda: From Turtles to Electrons
Travelport: New Website for Travel Booking
New Issue of symmetry

SLAC Today

Wednesday - October 11, 2006

33rd SSRL Users' Meeting Kicks Off Today

(SSRL 33)
The SSRL33 Users' Meeting
runs October 11-13.

The 33rd annual Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory (SSRL) Users' Meeting officially begins today and runs until Friday, October 13.

"Users' meetings are milestones in SSRL's history," said Joachim Stohr, Director of SSRL. "They allow us to come together annually to exchange ideas, share exciting results and make plans for the future."

The users' meeting provides a forum for the presentation and discussion of research activities from SSRL and the synchrotron community. New data, developments and plans for the future will be shared through talks, poster presentations, and workshops.

SSRL33 will include presentations on new opportunities for imaging and ultrafast science, structural biology, and science highlights from the last year. There will also be a special keynote presentation on the legacy and vision of Bill Oosterhuis. Several workshops are offered in conjunction with this annual meeting, many jointly arranged between SSRL and the Advanced Light Source (ALS).

More information about SSRL33 is available here...

(Weekly Column - Profile)

John Galayda: From Turtles to Electrons

(Photo - John Galayda)
John Galayda and his 1987 Pontiac Fiero (Click on image for
larger version).

John Galayda knows long-term commitment. Just ask his pet turtle, Opie, who's 20. Fortunately, for the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) project at SLAC, Galayda also knows physics.

"I was a Sputnik kid," said Galayda, who became a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 1996. "When I was growing up I never considered any other career besides science."

Galayda's abiding fascination with science at the dawn of the space age has led him to the forefront of 21st Century physics, as director of the LCLS project, now under construction at SLAC.

Galayda's qualifications as LCLS project director stem from an entire career building particle accelerators. While working as a physicist for Brookhaven National Laboratory's National Synchrotron Light Source, Galayda had a hand in all aspects of accelerator construction, from magnet and RF cavity design to electron beam control systems. In 1989, Galayda and his team received an R&D100 award for their innovative system for stabilizing the electron beam within Brookhaven's storage ring. Read more...

New Website for
Travel Booking

October 3 marked the launch of Travelport as Stanford’s new online system for travel booking. The previous system, Stanford TRIP, is no longer available.

Along with its user-friendly interface, Travelport offers a broad range of travel options, making it easier for users to find low trip fares. The system also flags flight, hotel, and car rental options that do not fit within SLAC’s travel policies.

“The new system should make travel planning easier,” says travel reimbursement manager Alison Twombly.

Staff who wish to use Travelport first need to register online. To access the Travelport website for registration or booking, go to the SLAC travel website, and then click on Reservation and Online Booking.

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