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Register Now for Kids Day 2007
Dorfan Today: PAC '07
LCLS Tunneling Video and Photos Now Online
Construction Alert: Sidewalks at Main Gate

SLAC Today

Monday - July 2, 2007

Kids Day participants are introduced to the instruments at SLAC's state-of-the-art metrology lab, where highly precise measurements can be made. (Image courtesy of Diana Rogers.)

Register Now for Kids Day 2007

SLAC's annual Kids Day is right around the corner! At 8:00 a.m. on Monday, August 20, more than 100 volunteers will be ready to teach and entertain at 18 workshop stations. Now all they need are the kids.

"Because Kids Day has been such a success, we've expanded to accommodate 300 kids this year," said Kids' Day Organizer Stephanie Carlson. "And unlike in previous years, the 12 to 16 year olds will also now have their own workshops and sessions so that they can delve deeper into the science."

This year's workshops include magnetics, hydro-rockets, trebuchets, metrology, astrophysics and optics. Kids Day will also include science talks by Nobel Laureate Martin Perl and Stardust researcher Sean Brennan. The event is open to any child sponsored by a SLAC employee or user, so long as they register before Monday, July 30.

"Please do register your kids online as soon as possible," said Carlson. "Due to safety issues, we really will not be able to take any walk-ins at all."

(Director's Column - Dorfan Today)

PAC '07

Accelerator science is a vibrant, burgeoning field, as demonstrated by this past week's Particle Accelerator Conference (PAC '07), held in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The conference attracted more than 1,000 participants from the U.S., Europe, Asia and beyond. This year's meeting was so rich with new information that four parallel sessions were needed to fit it all in.

SLAC was very well represented at PAC '07 by more than 20 talks and 100 posters presented by our personnel. Over 50 additional talks and posters were based on research and papers with contributions from SLAC scientific and technical staff.

Over the past few decades, accelerators have become crucial research tools in a broad range of sub-disciplines in both the physical and life sciences. The DOE Office of Science's priorities mirror this broad spectrum of accelerator-based science. The Office of Science operates major facilities for photon science, particle and nuclear physics which serve a user base in excess of 20,000 scientists. This diversity of accelerator-based facilities was reflected in the PAC meeting with the SLAC-based efforts centered on photon sources like SPEAR3 and the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS), particle physics machines like PEP-II, the Large Hadron Collider and the International Linear Collider (ILC), and concepts for the far future like plasma wakefield acceleration and laser acceleration.

LCLS Tunneling Video and Photos Now Online

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John Galayda (left) with Fermilab Director Pier Oddone at the tunneling breakthrough ceremony.
(Image courtesy of Diana Rogers.)

SLAC celebrated a major construction milestone for the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) last Wednesday when tunneling crews broke through the final few inches of the Undulator Transport Hall into daylight, after nearly three months and 560 feet of digging. Video and still images from the event are now available online.

Construction Alert: Sidewalks at Main Gate

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Sidewalk work at SLAC's Main Gate.

The City of Menlo Park is currently repairing Sand Hill Road between SLAC's Main Gate and I-280. At the same time, they are also renovating the sidewalks along Sand Hill Road to make them ADA accessible. This work will affect traffic in and out of SLAC's Main Gate. Please use caution in this area, as construction workers will be on the job between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. in the next few weeks.

Safety Firsts & Seconds

Safety Firsts and Seconds will take a brief hiatus over the Independence Day holiday, and will return on July 16.

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