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SLAC Collaborates with SCI-ARC on Innovative Architecture
Colloquium: POWs: Physicists on Wall Street
SLAC Personal-Use Cell Phone Discount
Change a Light Campaign Ends Tuesday
ILC NewsLine: ILC Detectors in the Making: Silicon Detector (SiD)

SLAC Today

Friday - October 27, 2006

SLAC Collaborates with SCI-ARC on Innovative Architecture

SCI-ARC student Matthew Majack conceptualized the dynamic behaviors of two sets of generic "strands." In this image, as the strand ends move to within a determined radius from one another, they lock into coupled sets and create a dense visual event.

As backhoes, excavators and tunnelers take the first steps toward LCLS construction, a group of graduate students are designing a completely different type of space for SLAC.

This fall, students guided by Professor Jean Michel Crettaz from the Southern California Institute of Architecture-Los Angeles (SCI-ARC) are collaborating with SLAC researchers to develop architectural design processes that draw their inspiration from modern physics. Through conversations with SLAC researchers, Crettaz's students gain a deeper understanding of topics including supernovae, black holes and neutrino oscillation. Based on their newfound scientific knowledge, students are currently developing novel architectural approaches.

"Architecture is reflective of prevailing cultural values and innovative work depends on identifying and integrating these values into contemporary conceptions of space and material," said Crettaz. "The collaboration between SCI-ARC and SLAC seeks to convey new understandings of our universe through architectural strategies."

The project will culminate in a number of designs for a hypothetical new visitor's center and computing building, among others. Although these designs will not necessarily be constructed at SLAC, the exercise offers the opportunity to reflect on how contemporary physics can inform a new understanding of the built environment. The experimental designs will be completed by the end of the year, and will be presented and exhibited at SLAC in early 2007.  Click here to see initial design concepts...

Colloquium Monday

Physicists on Wall Street

Quantitative financial modeling seems to employ both the language and techniques of physics, but how similar are the two disciplines in theory and practice?

In next week's colloquium, Professor Emanuel Derman of Columbia University will discuss his move from physics to finance, the nature of financial modeling and its deceptive similarity to theoretical physics, and what it's like to work in the financial arena.

The colloquium takes place Monday at 4:15 p.m. in Panofsky Auditorium. All are invited to attend.

SLAC Personal-Use
Cell Phone Discount

You may not realize it, but SLAC employees and their families can order cellular phone equipment and services for personal use from T-Mobile and Cingular at discounted prices.

To receive the employee discount pricing for T-Mobile, order your phone and service through the T-Mobile employee benefit program. These promotions change quarterly. Call 1-(866)-464-8662, option 3, and reference promotional code 4281GETMOR, to take advantage of the current promotional offer.

As a Stanford employee, you also qualify for special discounts from Cingular Wireless. Information is available on the Stanford website  (requires a SUNet ID). Or visit the Cingular site for Stanford.

A complete guide to cell phone usage and regulations at SLAC can be found here.

Take the Pledge!

There are just three days left in the Change a Light campaign. Make a pledge now! To date, the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science has achieved 85% of its total goal of 2,744 pledges. Visit the Change a Light website and pledge to change your incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs on behalf of the DOE Office of Science.

ILC NewsLine: ILC Detectors in the Making: The Silicon Detector

Standing at 12 meters tall, 12 meters wide and 12 meters deep, the Silicon Detector (SiD) is a compact International Linear Collider detector concept. As the only detector concept to use silicon technology exclusively for particle tracking and calorimetry, naming this detector concept SiD seemed very natural for the international collaboration of approximately 150 scientists. Silicon technology is an expensive commodity, however, making it important to keep the detector as small and cost effective as possible.

"We are trying to build in cost consideration from the very beginning," said one of the SiD Design Study Coordinators, John Jaros, a physicist at SLAC. "As you increase the physics performance, the cost also increases. We're looking for the optimal balance. It is the integrated physics performance that matters and that pushes us hard to think about system integration from the very start."  Read more...

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