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SLUO Annual Meeting: SLUO2008
People Today: Peace Esonwune
Conservation Tip of the Week: Light Up My Life

SLAC Today

Wednesday - July 23, 2008

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SLUO Annual Meeting: SLUO2008

On September 18th, the SLAC Users Organization (SLUO) will convene its Annual Meeting. The meeting will be held in the Kavli Auditorium from 8:00 a.m. until 6:30 p.m., followed by a reception in the Breezeway.

The SLUO Annual Meeting is an invaluable opportunity to learn about the latest plans, new developments and science opportunities in the Particle Physics and Astrophysics (PPA) Directorate at SLAC. It is also a great time to learn about new projects and to interact with other members and potential new colleagues, to discuss the future collaborations between SLAC and the university physics community.

Like the laboratory and the whole field, SLUO is making a major transition this year: after years of supporting users at on-site accelerator-based facilities, the organization now needs to better understand how to represent the research interests of a potentially much broader community of members. It is imperative that we succeed in re-inventing SLUO, in order to contribute to insuring a strong future of excellence in our field!  Read more...

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Peace Esonwune


Peace Esonwune is a mother of two and mentor of many. (Photo courtesy of Peace Esonwune.)

Peace Esonwune has a busy schedule. Between pursuing a graduate degree, taking care of her two children and doing research at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory (SSRL) as a Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science (GEM) Fellowship Summer Intern, she also makes time to volunteer as a mentor for young people. "No matter how busy I am, I try to prioritize that," she says. "I've mentored students who say school is not for them. They're just barely making it in high school. With a mentor you see them finish high school, go to college, do something with their lives. It's very inspiring."

Esonwune volunteers as a science and math tutor for high school students, and in her children's science and math classes. She says that with a mentor in her own life, she might have navigated the American educational system better upon her arrival in the U.S.

Esonwune immigrated from Nigeria in 1996, when she was almost finished with her undergraduate studies. But it wasn't until many years later that she pursued and completed an undergraduate degree, a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering and computer science from U.C. Berkeley. "It is important for recent immigrants to be mentored, so they can get into school and complete their education in order to thrive while in the U.S. and in life," she says.  Read more...

Conservation Tip
of the Week:

Light Up My Life

The quantity and quality of light around us determines how well we see, work and play. Light affects our health, safety, morale, comfort and productivity. You can save energy, while still maintaining good light quantity and quality, by following these simple suggestions from the Department of Energy. You don't have to be in the dark anymore.

• Consider using high-intensity discharge (also called HID) or low-pressure sodium lights in suitable outdoor applications.

• Use compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) in place of comparable incandescent bulbs to save about 50 percent on your lighting costs. CFLs use only one-fourth the energy and last up to 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs. Consider carefully the size and fit of the bulb with your light fixtures—some do not accommodate the larger CFLs.

• Their long life makes CFLs an excellent choice for exterior lighting. Select a cold weather ballast lamp since standard CFLs may not work well below 40 °F.

• Turn off decorative outdoor natural gas lamps; just eight such lamps burning year-round use enough natural gas to heat an average-size home for an entire winter.

• Use outdoor lights with a photocell unit or a motion sensor so the lights will turn on only at night or when someone is present. Combine a photocell and motion sensor to increase your energy savings even more.

• Consider using 4-watt minifluorescent or electro-luminescent night lights. Both are much more efficient than their incandescent counterparts. And the luminescent lights are cool to the touch.  Read more...

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