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symmetry Magazine Launches New Online Format
APS Recognizes Brodsky, Dixon
SLAC and Partners Sign Partnership Commitment
Register Now for Spring HIP Courses

SLAC Today

Thursday - March 27, 2008

symmetry Magazine Launches New Online Format

The latest issue of symmetry launches the next phase of the magazine's development. Our readers now use the magazine in different ways, and we are reaching a much larger audience. While readers are outspoken in wanting to keep the print magazine, many of them are now more comfortable reading online.

Starting from this issue, we will publish six print issues each year instead of 10 and add a much larger range of online content, saving money in the process. We have completely redesigned our website to accommodate this expansion. Our hope is that this will give readers new ways to respond and become active members of the symmetry community.

We still plan to cover the same kinds of topics in the magazine, but will be adding online resources we think readers will find useful, including backgrounders and fact sheets on many topics.

Online, we will be posting new content on a regular basis, a few times per week at least. The new online section, called symmetry breaking will have the latest stories and discussions on topics ranging from research and news to policy and analysis. Of course, there will still be plenty of the fun stories that are a hallmark of the magazine.

Bubbling away in the background, we already have a symmetry Facebook group and YouTube channel and expect to see them become more active in coming months. We will be soliciting science videos and photographs for contests, and looking for other materials from the very creative minds of our readers that deserve a wider audience. As always, if you would like to see us address a particular topic or have ideas you think will appeal to fellow readers, please let us know.

This next phase of symmetry is very exciting for our team, and we hope you will all join in.

APS Recognizes Brodsky, Dixon

(Photo - Stan Brodsky, Lance Dixon)
Stan Brodsky (left) and Lance Dixon.

The American Physical Society has recognized SLAC Physicists Stan Brodsky and Lance Dixon for their outstanding contributions as referees for APS journals. The highly selective award program, introduced this year, recognizes 534 scientists from 33 countries who have been exceptionally helpful in assessing manuscripts for publication in the journals over the last two decades.

By initiating the program, the APS seeks to express its appreciation to all referees, whose efforts in peer review not only keep the standards of the journals at a high level, but in many cases also help authors to improve the quality and readability of their articles—even those that are not published by APS.

For more information on the program and a list of all scientists recognized in 2008, please read the APS announcement.

SLAC and Partners Sign Partnership Commitment


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Yesterday morning, Vice President for SLAC at Stanford William Madia (left), SLAC Director Persis Drell and Department of Energy Stanford Site Office Manager Paul Golan each signed SLAC's Partnership Commitment, as discussed in SLAC Today's March 14 Director's Column. The Commitment articulates the common goals shared by the DOE Stanford Site Office, SLAC and Stanford University.

Register Now for
Spring HIP Courses

Stanford's Health Improvement Program (HIP) has begun registration for the spring quarter. Eight fitness classes will be offered at SLAC, including pilates, yoga and healthy back exercise. Click here to see a full list of classes being offered at the lab and to learn more about how to take HIP courses for $20 each.

For more information and instructions on to register, visit the HIP website. There, you can view the complete schedule of classes or search for a specific class.

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