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SLAC Summer Institute Explores Cosmic Accelerators
People Today: Jill Meyers: Assisting the World
Conservation Tip of the Week: Disposing of CFLs

SLAC Today

Wednesday - May 21, 2008

SLAC Summer Institute Explores Cosmic Accelerators

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Man-made accelerators like the 27-kilometer Large Hadron Collider are dwarfed by nature's accelerators around massive black holes and neutron stars, and in cosmic shocks generated by explosive phenomena. This year’s SLAC Summer Institute (SSI), which will be held at SLAC from Monday, August 4 to Friday, August 15, will focus on these "cosmic accelerators."

Morning lectures will cover the physics of stellar accelerators and the high-energy particles they create, including talks on pulsars, supernova remnants and cosmic ray air showers. In the afternoons, topical conference talks will alternate with discussion sessions, tours and social events.

Registration for the Institute is now available at the SSI 2008 website. The site also lists the full lecture program, travel tips and directions, a guide to accommodations and other information. The early registration deadline is July 21.

(Weekly Column - Profile)

Jill Meyers:
Assisting the World

(Photo - Jill Meyers)SLUO Program Support Admin Jill Meyers and her new dog Cisco are more than just buddies—they may become coworkers.

Meyers is hoping that Cisco will one day be a therapy dog: an animal used in counseling sessions to help build a bridge between counselor and client. These animals can break the ice with a client who has trouble opening up and talking, or they can help teach socialization to kids with social disorders. Cisco—who is a Border Collie/Australian Shepherd mix—is still in the early stages of obedience training, so it will be while before he decides if he has a career in counseling.

When Meyers isn't assisting the many users who come to SLAC or spending time with her dog, she is earning hours to gain her Marriage and Family Therapy license. When her day is done at SLAC, she works as an intern at the Pathways Home Health and Hospice in Sunnyvale. 

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Conservation Tip
of the Week:
Disposing of CFLs


All CFLs and other fluorescent lamps should be recycled or disposed of properly. Fortunately, recycling and disposal options are abundant in California. Here are three ways you can learn about facilities or programs in your area:

- Use Earth 911's recycling center finder. Simply enter your ZIP code on the website or call their recycling center hotline at 1-800-CLEAN-UP to find local programs.

- Visit the website of your local government hazardous waste management department. The California Waste Prevention Information Exchange website lists departments by county.

Because CFLs contain a small amount of mercury, broken bulbs may present a health hazard if not handled properly. For more information, see ENERGY STAR's guide to CFLs and mercury or the California Waste Prevention Information Exchange.

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