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GLAST to Blast into Space Next Week
Juneteenth Celebration Scheduled for June 20
Changes Afoot at the SLAC Linear Café

SLAC Today

Thursday - June 5, 2008

GLAST (center) sits on the rocket that will launch it into space next week. Half of the rocket shroud is removed in this photo.
(Image courtesy of NASA/Jim Grossmann.)

GLAST to Blast into Space Next Week

Get ready, get set... blast into space!

The Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope (GLAST), an orbiting observatory designed with important participation from researchers at SLAC and the Stanford main campus, is slated to launch next week. 

Fifteen years in the making, GLAST will look at the heavens for gamma rays emitted by a number of the universe's wonders, including blazers, active galaxies, gamma ray bursts and neutron stars. The NASA mission may offer up key information about the early universe and even the mystery of dark matter. 

A Stanford/SLAC delegation is gathering in Florida for the launch, which will also be available for live viewing on the NASA website and in SLAC's Panofsky Auditorium.

GLAST was originally scheduled to launch today, but open engineering issues have led to delays. The continually updated launch schedule is available on the NASA website. In addition, NASA has also posted two "GLASTcast" videos to YouTube, offering background on the satellite and the mission. 

More information will be posted in SLAC Today as it becomes available.

Juneteenth Celebration Scheduled for June 20


Juneteenth 2007.
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Save the date! SLAC's 19th annual Juneteenth Celebration is scheduled for Friday, June 20.

The celebration is the oldest African American celebration in the country and commemorates the day when American slaves became aware of their freedom.

It has historically been a day of family and a coming together in celebration of ancestors. It is also a day to eat or drink something red, a Juneteenth tradition. The color red is associated with victory in West African society, and Juneteenth celebrations often include watermelon, red soft drinks and punch.

There will be plenty of fun, entertainment and educational displays at this year's event. And don't forget the food! The feast will include chicken, ribs, greens, baked beans, potato salad, desserts and beverages.

Tickets cost $12 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under. To purchase a ticket, please contact:

Wanda Elliott, x4305
   (Bldg 041, Room 225)
Mattie Pace, x2231
   (Bldg 081, Room 107)
Sharon Oden, x2381
   (Bldg 024, Room 101B)
Michelle Smith, x4154
   (Bldg 242, Room 02)

Date: Friday, June 20, 2008
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Place: Lawn in front of Building 41

All are invited to attend!

Changes Afoot at the SLAC Linear Café

The SLAC Linear Café is seeing some new changes and some new faces. George Lee is leaving the Linear Café, after serving as general manager since its opening in 2005. Lee is still working for the café's parent company, Epicurean, but will be transferring to the café at St. Francis High School in Mountain View. He says he'll miss the challenge of meeting the appetite needs of so many patrons, and has enjoyed helping the café grow.

Beginning on June 9, Robin Martinez will take over as the new café general manager. Martinez says she's looking forward to meeting new people and working in such a large café facility.

Martinez is already busy integrating a few new changes. The café is now serving local meats from Bay Area provider Niman Ranch. Niman Ranch was chosen as the café's meat supplier after the previous local supplier was bought out by a national company.

One of the Epicurean group's values is to support buying local and organic food. Diners can see which foods are organic by looking at the placards in the serving area. The placards also now show the nutrition facts for each dish.

In addition, Linear Café patrons should keep an eye out for the new compost bins coming soon to the café. The compost bins are another part of Epicurean's effort to be sustainable and eco-friendly. The containers will be available along with the recycling bins already found in the café.

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