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2007 Safety and Security Briefing and Expo This Thursday
Colloquium Monday: Beyond Einstein
SLAC Hosts First Joint SSRL/LCLS Users' Meeting
Cathy Knotts Presented with 2007 Lytle Award

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Monday - October 8, 2007

2007 Safety and Security Briefing and Expo This Thursday

The 2007 Safety and Security Briefing and Expo. (Image courtesy of Diana Rogers. Click on image for larger version.)

Everyone in the SLAC community is asked to attend the October 11th Annual Safety and Security Briefing. At the briefing, Persis Drell and Department of Energy Site Office Manager Paul Golan will give the opening presentation. They will be followed by several speakers who will discuss the importance of integrating safety and security into all aspects of both our work at SLAC and our personal lives.

Four 75-minute sessions will be held in SLAC's Panofsky Auditorium. In general, attendance broken down alphabetically (as follows) ensures we will not overfill the Auditorium at any one session:

    8:30 - 9:45 a.m.        Last names starting A through F
    10:30 - 11:45 a.m.    Last names starting G through L
    1:30 - 2:45 p.m.        Last names starting M through R
    3:30 - 4:45 p.m.        Last names starting S through Z

Supervisors are expected to make the accommodations necessary for their staff to attend one of these sessions. Information about SLAC's Safety and Security Integrated Management Program will also be available at the expo tables set up in the Auditorium Lobby and Breezeway throughout the day.

Subject matter experts will be manning the expo tables to answer questions about such topics as counter-intelligence, site security, property management and protection, fire protection, computer security, safety and emergency preparedness.

If you have questions about this upcoming event, please contact Doug Kreitz at x4550 or

Colloquium Monday

Beyond Einstein

(Colloquium poster)
Poster courtesy of SLAC InfoMedia.

The National Academy of Sciences was commissioned in 2006 to report on how to restart the Beyond Einstein program, which includes missions to understand dark energy, test general relativity and observe gravity waves from merging supermassive black holes.

In this afternoon's colloquium, Professor Joel Primack of the University of California, Santa Cruz, will explain the research strategy that the report proposes and its implications for continued U.S. participation in the exploration of the universe. As one of the members of the Academy study, Primack will offer an insider's view of this important report.

The colloquium will take place at 4:15 p.m. today in Panofsky Auditorium. All are invited to attend.

Cathy Knotts Presented with 2007 Lytle Award

(Photo - Lytle Award)
From left: Christopher Kim (Chapman Univerisity), Cathy Knotts, Robert Szilagy (Montana University), and Hiro Ogasawara (SSRL). (Click image for larger version.)

Congratulations to Cathy Knotts, who last week received the 2007 Farrel W. Lytle Award, given each year by the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory (SSRL) User Organization Executive Committee during the annual SSRL Users' Meeting.

Knotts came to SLAC in 2000 and has worked as manager of SSRL's User Research Administration ever since. She says, "I am extremely honored to receive this award, and even more so to have the privilege of being part of the User Administration team at SSRL. I am continually in awe of the pioneering work done by the scientists who built and utilize this facility, by the individuals who give generously of their energy to support it."

"From SSRL's point of view, I am delighted that Cathy received this prestigious award," said Joachim Stöhr, Director of SSRL. "She is the heart and soul of our user program, and embodies SSRL's mission to serve our users and implements that vision."

The Lytle Award was established in 1998 by the SSRL Organization Executive Committee to promote important technical or scientific accomplishments in synchrotron radiation-based science and to foster collaboration and efficient use of beam time among users and staff at SSRL.

SLAC Hosts First
Users' Meeting

(Photo - SSRL/LCLS  Meeting)
From left: SSRL Director Joachim Stöhr, SLAC Acting Director Persis Drell, and XLAM Director Z.-X. Shen attended last week's SSRL/LCLS Users' Meeting. (Click image for larger version.)

Last week, Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory (SSRL) users came together for the first-ever joint SSRL / Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) User's Meeting. More than 300 participants attended the six-day meeting, where users shared their achievements in biology, environmental science, materials science and synchrotron technology in short talks and a poster session.

During the opening session, Pat Dehmer, Associate Director of the Department of Energy's Office of Basic Energy Sciences, explained how funding for science has diminished in the past few years. Dehmer was optimistic that the slump in science monies would rebound with the budget for fiscal year 2008, currently under consideration on Capitol Hill.

Mike Lubell, director of public affairs for the American Physical Society, exhorted scientists to bring their concerns to the government. "Science isn't on the radar screen," he said, "And you've got to put it there." He suggested that audience members meet with their Congressperson or visit Washington to make the importance of science known.

On Tuesday, Nobel Laureate and Stanford Professor Roger D. Kornberg delivered the keynote address to a packed house in Panofsky Auditorium. Kornberg conducted much of his prize-winning research on RNA polymerase at SLAC, and he attributed his success to the people and facilities at SSRL. "Without them," he said, "what we have done would not have been possible."

After the keynote address Executive Committee Chair Chris Kim recognized outstanding work presented during Monday's poster session with four awards—Samuel Wilson, for biology; David Singer, for environmental science; and Brittany Nelson-Cheeseman and Stephen Kelly for materials science. Kim also presented Cathy Knotts, Manager of SSRL's User Research Administration, with this year's Farrel W. Lytle Award. (See related story at left.)

The evening wrapped up with a dinner party and a concert by musician Kyler England.

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