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Bruno Touschek and the Art of Physics
Al Ashley Fellowship Applications Due
Bridging the Digital and Scientific Divide
Snakes on a Plain

SLAC Today

Friday - June 8, 2007

Bruno Touschek and the Art of Physics

(Photo - Bruno Touschek)

Anyone interested in the history of particle physics, and in particular the evolution of particle colliders, should not miss the opportunity to see the outstanding film Bruno Touschek and the Art of Physics on Monday, June 11 at 4:15 p.m. in the Panofsky Auditorium.

Using rare archival footage and interviews with some of the leading physicists of the post-war period, the film outlines the outstanding but ultimately tragic career of Bruno Touschek. The film concentrates on the planning and construction of the AdA and Adone electron-positron colliders at Frascati in Italy. Touschek's impact on machine physics and theory has made a unique contribution to the development of particle accelerators.

The movie has plot, character, suspense and physics. Don't miss this SLAC premiere!

Al Ashley Fellowship Applications Due

(Photo - Al Ashley)Don't forget! Applications for the Alonzo W. Ashley Career Development Fellowship are due on June 15, 2007. Details can be found at SLAC's Human Resources website.

Bridging the Digital and Scientific Divide

Today, Marco Zennaro of the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP)will present Bridging the Digital & Scientific Divide ICTP-Trieste in Building 50's third floor conference room at 3:00 p.m.

ICTP-Trieste seeks to foster advanced studies and research in developing countries, and one of their current projects is to promote the internet as a channel for the dissemination of science. ICTP has pioneered the implementation of internet technologies to help with the transfer of knowledge to remote areas.

In this seminar, Zennaro will describe ICTP's efforts to assist in bridging the Digital and the Scientific Divide, including the center's training activities, promotion of free scientific journals, automatic recording of lectures, and more.

Snakes on a Plain

Employees working in Sector 3 of the Klystron Gallery had an unexpected visitor last week: a 14-inch, two-button rattlesnake. Although 14 inches is not large for a rattlesnake, the small snakes are still dangerous and venomous.

The snake was found in the bottom rail of a sliding door in the building. Luckily, nobody stepped on it, and the correct protocol was followed: security personnel at the main gate were called, and the snake was caught and released back to the wild at Jasper Ridge.

Snake encounters occur more frequently in the hot, dry months of summer, so anyone working outdoors should keep a watchful eye. And be sure to take extra care around noisy environments where the sound of a rattlesnake may not be heard.

When confronted by a snake, remember to keep a distance of at least six feet, call the main gate (x2551), and warn others of the danger, if you feel comfortable enough to stay in the area. Stick to clearings and paths, since snakes are often found in tall grass and other debris. But if you have to enter such areas, make lots of noise and shuffle your feet to warn any snakes of your presence.

Avoid putting your hands into dark places in areas with easy outdoor access. Make sure to inspect these spots first with a flashlight. Encourage any snakes found on the roads to move out of harm's way by poking their tails with a long stick. But never, under any circumstances, pick up a snake, whether living or dead. Remember, snakes are protected animals on Stanford grounds.

If you are bitten by a snake, however, stay where you are and have a coworker call 9-911 for assistance. Lie down and try to keep the wound elevated. To avoid further bites, do not try to kill the snake for identification.

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