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LARP Lends a Hand to "Dream Machine"
Michael Gordon: SLAC's New CIO for Non-Scientific Computing
SLAC Holiday Party

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Friday - December 8, 2006

LARP Lends a Hand to "Dream Machine"

LARP members Eric Doyle and Steve Lundgren wind a copper cooling tube around a copper spool piece as they work out the manufacturing process for an LHC collimator prototype. (Image courtesy of Gene Anzalone.)

Building the world's most powerful particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), requires the work of many hands and a whole lot of brain power. Fortunately, "the whole world wants to participate in this," says SLAC physicist Alex Chao, "because it's a unique accelerator and a unique program."

Among those already involved in the development of the LHC, which is on track to begin full operations in 2008, is a group of SLAC scientists belonging to the U.S. LHC Accelerator Research Program (LARP). LARP provides accelerator science and technology support to the LHC project, and its efforts promise to benefit both SLAC and CERN, the European laboratory that houses the accelerator.

Along with SLAC, three other national laboratories—Brookhaven, Fermilab, and Lawrence Berkeley—participate in LARP, with each contributing its own expertise to the project. SLAC's current focus, under the direction of Tom Markiewicz, is on designing a prototype collimator, a device that defines the size and shape of a particle beam. SLAC scientists have previous experience developing collimators for the proposed International Linear Collider.  Read more...

Michael Gordon:
SLAC's New CIO for
Non-Scientific Computing

Prodigious amounts of computing power go into keeping SLAC at the forefront of science. This power relies on the lab's impressive non-scientific computing infrastructure.

To ensure the continued strength of this resource, Michael "Gordy" Gordon has been named the lab's new Chief Information Officer for non-scientific computing.

"It's exhilarating to be working at SLAC," said Gordon, who arrived in his new position in early November. "I'm looking forward to orchestrating an inclusive IT vision for the whole lab; but in this quintessential collaborative environment, I need the engagement and cooperation of all of the organizations here at SLAC."

Gordon stresses that in order to successfully update the lab's IT systems, he will need to rely on employee and user feedback. Because computing affects all individuals at the lab, everyone is encouraged to contact him with comments or suggestions for improving SLAC's non-scientific computing.

Gordon is well prepared to understand the technical needs of individuals in a large scientific organization. He comes to SLAC with extensive commercial sector management experience here in the Silicon Valley. Read more...

SLAC Holiday Party


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It's that time of year again—you are cordially invited to SLAC's Red & White Holiday Bash on Thursday, December 14, 2006 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Dress in your most festive attire! Small prizes will be awarded for those who show the most holiday spirit.

The buffet runs from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. in the cafeteria, with three entree choices: roasted turkey breast with cranberry sauce, sliced ham with pineapple sauce, and stuffed acorn squash. At 11:30 a.m. the movie Over the Hedge will begin in Panofsky Auditorium, and at 1:00 p.m. a drawing will take place on a stage just outside the Breezeway. Raffle tickets will be distributed in the lunch lines. You must be present to win, unless you work on owl or swing shift.

Seating will be available in the auditorium and in a tent on the East side of the cafeteria.

More information is available at the holiday party webpage.

Hope to see you there!

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