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BaBar Collaboration Meeting to Begin Tomorrow
Dorfan Today: Educational Outreach
Public Lecture to Focus on Renewable Energy
Safety Firsts

SLAC Today

Monday - February 26, 2007

BaBar Collaboration Meeting to Begin Tomorrow

Viola Sordini and Ian Nugent in the BaBar control room. (Click on image for larger version.)

Tomorrow marks the start of a busy week for BaBar with the opening session of this year's winter collaboration meeting. From Tuesday through Saturday, about 300 BaBarians will meet at SLAC for several days of intensive review, discussion, and planning.

"This is normally a time for BaBar collaborators to review the 'Winter Harvest' of physics results that will soon be presented at conferences," said BaBar spokesman Hassan Jawahery. "We will spend the week discussing the status of the detector after the completion of the LST upgrade last fall, start of Run 6 and preparing for upcoming conferences."

The week will be filled from dawn to dusk with plenary sessions covering topics of broad interest to collaborators, parallel sessions to allow detailed review and discussion of everything from hardware operations to physics working groups, and additional meetings related to the actual management and organization of the collaboration itself.

(Director's Column - Dorfan Today)

Educational Outreach

"Rising Above the Gathering Storm," released by the National Academy of Sciences in Fall 2005, poignantly describes the challenges the U.S. faces for economic prosperity and national security in a fast-paced economy. Key recommendations are to "vastly improve K-12 science and math education" and "to strengthen the nation's commitment to long-term basic research." To address these concerns, the SLAC Education Task Force committee, led by Mike Woods, assessed our current educational outreach programs. The Education Task Force Report contains specific recommendations to engage SLAC scientists with students and teachers to improve K-14 science education.

The Education Task Force strongly recommended creating an Office of Education within the Communications Department. I am pleased to announce the recent hiring of Susan Schultz to lead this new office as the SLAC Education Officer. Susan completed a PhD in Science Education at Stanford in 1999 and has extensive experience in conducting teacher professional development workshops, designing curriculum, teaching strategies to promote student learning, and evaluating science programs. She will be supporting and strengthening SLAC’s existing educational programs, implementing many of the committee’s recommendations, and collaborating with the newly formed Stanford K-12 Initiative.

The primary goal of the K-12 Initiative is to form interdisciplinary collaborations that bring the university's deep knowledge in many disciplines together with the School of Education's knowledge about teaching and schools to undertake programs to improve K-12 education.  Read more...

Public Lecture to Focus on Renewable Energy

(Public Lecture Poster)
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As dependence on foreign oil increases and concerns about global climate change rise, the need to develop sustainable energy technologies is becoming increasingly significant. Worldwide energy consumption is expected to double by the year 2050, as will carbon emissions. Indisputable scientific evidence indicates significant and extensive changes in the global climate have already occurred due to carbon emissions, and will become even more extreme in coming years. The impacts of climate change and the resulting atmospheric warming will result in environmental, economic, socioeconomic, and geopolitical issues.

In tomorrow's public lecture, "Hydrogen: Fueling the Future," Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory's Jennifer Leisch will discuss how we can offset the projected increase in fossil energy with renewable energy production. She will focus specifically on hydrogen as an option for energy storage and transport, and will highlight recent research at SLAC in hydrogen production, fuel cell catalysis and hydrogen storage.

The lecture takes place at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 27, in the Panofsky Auditorium. All are welcome to attend. Learn more...

Safety Firsts

One of my children, to whom I would provide unwanted basketball advice, would say, "I'll run hard when it's important." My response of course was that you had to run hard all the time, since you could never tell in advance when it would be critical. Do any of you fall into this same trap with respect to safety?

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