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U.S. LHC Construction Project Declared Formally Complete
Coming Soon: SLAC Summer Institute
Event to Celebrate GLAST Launch

SLAC Today

Thursday - June 26, 2008

DOE Under Secretary of Science Ray Orbach approves the formal completion of the U.S. LHC construction project.

U.S. LHC Construction Project
Declared Formally Complete

The decade-long project to help build CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) accelerator, and the ATLAS and CMS detectors culminated yesterday when Dr. Raymond L. Orbach, Department of Energy under secretary for science and director of the Office of Science, announced the formal completion of the U.S. LHC construction project.

More than 1,200 physicists, engineers and technicians from 90 U.S. universities and national laboratories contributed to this significant milestone, officially known as Critical Decision-4B.

"I would like to congratulate the physicists, engineers and technicians who made the U.S. LHC construction project possible," Orbach said. "The U.S. has made important contributions to this impressive international effort."  Read more...

Coming Soon:
SLAC Summer Institute

The 2007 SSI attendees.
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SLAC continues a 36-year-old tradition when the annual SLAC Summer Institute (SSI) begins on Monday, August 4. This year's topic, cosmic accelerators, will delve into the enormously strong natural accelerators around massive black holes and neutron stars, and in cosmic shocks generated by explosive phenomena. 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.

Event to Celebrate GLAST Launch

(Image - GLAST)

On June 11, the Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope (GLAST) launched into space onboard a Delta 2 rocket which, despite ominous cloud cover, successfully took off from Cape Canaveral, Florida. To mark this exciting event, and to celebrate the science to come from the instrument as it begins to gather data, the lab will be hosting a site-wide celebration on Monday, June 30, at 2:00 pm.

The event will kick off with remarks in the Panofsky Auditorium and will be followed by beverages and snacks out on the SLAC cafeteria patio.

Join your friends and colleagues for rocket popsicles, GLAST giveaways, music and fun! We hope to see you all there!


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