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Nuclear Weapons: Security or Insecurity?
SLAC Celebrates 10 Year Service Awards
Outstanding Mentor Award Presented to Adesanya, Kirby
InfoMedia Solutions Visualizes Science
Reminder: Daylight Savings Time Begins

SLAC Today

Friday - March 9, 2007

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Nuclear Weapons: Security or Insecurity?

In next Monday's Colloquium, Nuclear Weapons: Security or Insecurity?, Director Emeritus Pief Panofsky will present his views on U.S. nuclear weapons policies.

"Many decisions concerning nuclear weapons are pending, but the U.S. policies governing these decisions are overly broad and are obsolete relics of the Cold War," writes Panofsky. "Only one justifiable mission for U.S. nuclear weapons remains: to deter the use of nuclear weapons by other states. At the same time, many risks of nuclear weapons remain: accidental release, regional conflict and nuclear terrorism. As a result today the insecurity generated by nuclear weapons greatly exceeds their value to U.S. security."

Panofsky will discuss the reasons behind these statements and steps to redress this problem next Monday at 4:15 p.m. in Panofsky Auditorium. All are invited to attend. Learn more...

SLAC Celebrates 10 Year Service Awards

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Congratulations to all those who celebrated 10 years of service yesterday! Click here to view the Award Ceremony booklet (pdf).

Outstanding Mentor Awards Presented to Adesanya, Kirby

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Jonathan Dorfan (front left) and Aundra Richards (front right) present Robert Kirby (center left) and Yemi Adesanya (center right) with Outstanding Mentors awards. Looking on are Susan Schultz, Helen Quinn, Keith Hodgson, John Galayda, Hanley Lee, and John Cornuelle. (Click on image for larger version.)

SLAC's Yemi Adesanya and Robert Kirby have been named "Outstanding Mentors" for the DOE's Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) 2006 program at SLAC.

In addition to plaques signed by U.S. Secretary of Energy Samuel Bodman commemorating their achievement, Adesanya and Kirby received the encouraging and appreciative words of Acting DOE Site Office Manager Aundra Richards and Jonathan Dorfan.

"By working with young people, you are inspiring the future of science," Richards told the honorees. "On behalf of the Department of Energy, I would like to express my highest appreciation and thanks."

The SULI program selects 25 students from traditionally underrepresented groups and provides opportunities for them to collaborate with SLAC scientists on state-of-the-art research. These scientists generously contribute their time and expertise to cultivate their students' appreciation of the discipline, to enable students to experience the rigors of research and to ultimately foster the next generation of scientists.

InfoMedia Solutions Visualizes Science

(Image - JBC cover)For nearly 23 years, Terry Anderson has made visual magic for presentations and publications at SLAC in what is now InfoMedia Solutions. During those two decades, Anderson has seen his creations among the pages of Scientific American, Popular Mechanics, the Washington Post, and the journal Science, to name only a few. Now, Anderson and InfoMedia have scored another success with the cover design of the March 9 issue of the Journal of Biological Chemistry (JBC).

The paper in JBC details a recent advance in research into the mechanism of photosynthesis in plants. Scientists at SSRL have been investigating the role of a special molecule composed of four manganese atoms and one calcium atom (Mn4Ca) that drives the water-splitting reaction that is the cornerstone of photosynthesis. The new result is the product of a new x-ray technique being developed at SLAC and is another piece of the puzzle in understanding the structure of this important molecule. (See SLAC Today article here.)

Helping researchers and their audiences visualize science is one of InfoMedia's specialties. "Science is so exacting," Anderson said. "Sometimes it really enhances the process to have the expertise of graphic artists." The JBC cover image created by Anderson and InfoMedia Solutions is based on a conceptual drawing provided by the paper's authors, and represents their discovery with a diagram of the molecule detailed behind a magnifying glass.

If you have an upcoming paper or presentation, visit the InfoMedia Solutions website for more information on how to take advantage of their resources and expertise.

Reminder: Daylight Savings Time Begins

This Sunday marks the beginning of daylight savings time.  Don't forget to set your clocks an hour ahead!

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