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Dorfan Today: It's Great to be Back!
Blood Drive Wednesday
SLAC's DOE Regional Science Bowl Crowns Winner
Reminder: Prescription Drug Benefit Change
Safety Firsts

SLAC Today

Monday - February 12, 2007

Director's Column: It's Great to be Back!

It's great to be back! The break was very restful and I thoroughly enjoyed it, but I am itching to get back to work. It is when you have the opportunity to stand back from the daily business of the lab and view it from outside, as I have over the last few weeks, that you realize what an extraordinary group of people work together here and what an exceptional and refreshingly broad scientific program we are pursuing. I am exhilarated to be re-immersing myself in the excitement of running one of the world’s greatest science laboratories.

I would like to thank everyone who took over my responsibilities while I was away, absorbing the extra load with no relief from their normal overburdened days. My particular thanks to Keith Hodgson who did such an excellent job as Acting Director.

I return thrilled to see that 2007 has gotten off to a great start. Both of our accelerator-based facilities are running smoothly, providing our users with excellent data. SPEAR3 recently completed 3 years of operation and, as Keith described in last week's Director's column, it has been a period of remarkable achievement. The extensive upgrades to PEP II and BaBar were successfully completed and once again the B Factory is producing voluminous amounts of data. We can thus anticipate that 2007, like 2006, will produce a plethora of high quality journal publications in photon science and particle physics. Read more...

Blood Drive Next Week

(Logo)SLAC will host a blood drive in the Panofsky Auditorium Lobby on Wednesday, February 21, from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. This drive is open to all members of the SLAC community and the general public.

One out of every two donors will receive a ticket to a Golden State Warriors basketball game.

To donate blood, you must:
- Be at least 17 years of age
- Weigh at least 110 pounds
- Be feeling healthy
- Be well hydrated
- Eat before donation

To schedule an appointment online, log onto the Stanford Blood Center website and click on "Find a Mobile." Below the list of cities, next to "Search by Sponsor Code," enter SLA5323. Click on the date of the drive and then follow the prompts to schedule your appointment.

Appointments will be given priority, but walk-ins are always welcome!

Please contact Lauren Barbieri with questions.

Safety Firsts

We are probably overly-familiar with the many simple safety rules that apply to the activities we do on a daily basis—rules such as fastening seat belts, wearing goggles, and holding onto stair railings. Can you name one unique safety rule that if broken will almost certainly result in debilitating injuries or death? (It is sometimes called the 2:00 p.m. rule.)

Homestead High Wins SLAC's DOE Regional Science Bowl

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Homestead High won SLAC's DOE Regional Science Bowl on Saturday. (Image courtesy of Diana Rogers.)

Brimming with intellectual energy and competitive spirit, high school students from around the Bay Area gathered at SLAC on Saturday to compete in the Department of Energy's Regional Science Bowl.

"The competition was fierce," said event organizer Melinda Lee. "It's amazing to see what these students are capable of."

Homestead High beat runner up The Harker School in the 10th round of competition. The teams first met in the 7th round, when Homestead High won in an overtime tiebreaker. Homestead High will go on to compete in the National competition in Washington, D.C., later this spring.

Reminder: Prescription Drug Benefit Change

Starting this year, SLAC prescription drug benefits are provided by the lab's various medical plans. Click here to learn more about getting your prescription drugs.

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