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KIPAC Hosts 72 Middle Schoolers for Morning of Science
Colloquium Monday: Building a Great California
Seeking Volunteers for Kids Day 2008
Meet Your ES&H Coordinator: Matthew Padilla

SLAC Today

Monday - May 19, 2008

KIPAC Hosts 72 Middle Schoolers for Morning of Science

Ji-hoon Kim (center) and Matt Turk (far right) demonstrated KIPAC's visualization lab for Menlo School students last Wednesday.
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Last Wednesday, the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology (KIPAC) hosted 72 seventh grade students from Menlo School for a morning of scientific investigation. 

Accompanied by parents and teachers, the students rotated through three stations, where they calculated the orbital period of planets in our Solar System, learned about gravitational lensing and viewed visualizations of the moments just after the Big Bang, how stars formed and what the Universe looks like beyond the Milky Way.

"The students were very eager to learn," said SLAC Research Assistant Lance Simms, who led the Solar System session. "I was very impressed by their knowledge and excitement."

Ziba Mahdavi, who coordinated the event with Martha Siegel, added: "We hope that through events like this we will encourage these bright students to become scientists."

Colloquium Monday

Building a Great California

In this afternoon's colloquium, Building a Great California, Stephen Levy will discuss the long-term challenges of building a foundation for a strong economy with broad opportunity and the short-term challenge of developing a state budget that supports these goals.

Levy is Director and Senior Economist of the Center for Continuing Study of the California Economy (CCSCE), a private research organization founded in 1969 to provide an independent assessment of economic and demographic trends in California.

The colloquium takes place this afternoon at 4:15 p.m. in SLAC's Panofsky Auditorium. All are invited to attend.  Learn more...

Seeking Volunteers
for Kids Day 2008

Kids Day 2008 is all set for Friday, August 15th. Once again SLAC will welcome children between the ages of 9 and 16 to come and participate in a full day of exciting workshops and science talks.

The committee is very short handed this year—with the smaller lab population and everyone working so hard, it has been difficult to get the needed volunteers. The committee is looking for anyone who can volunteer to help run a workshop, escort children, set-up, clean up, and so on.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Committee Co-Chairs Barry Webb x2355 or Stephanie Carlson x2033.

Meet Your ES&H Coordinator:
Matthew Padilla

Matthew Padilla
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Environment, Safety and Health (ES&H) Coordinator Matthew Padilla works to ensure safety within the Photon Science Directorate and Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory (SSRL) Directorate.

A nine-year SLAC veteran, Padilla worked with Waste Management, Environmental Restoration, and Chemical and General Safety before joining SSRL as a safety officer. He is a Certified Hazardous Materials Manger, and holds degrees in Environmental Studies and Hazardous Materials.

"Over time I've seen the safety infrastructure of the lab change, but what remains constant is our commitment to helping staff and users perform their work safely, effectively and efficiently," he said.

All ES&H directorate coordinators provide education, support and resources by clarifying safety concerns related to requirements and training and other safety-related information, as well as overseeing implementation of ES&H program guidelines. Individuals working within Photon Science with questions and comments can contact Padilla at x3861.


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