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Drell Lauded for Arms Control Efforts
New PULSE Web Site Goes Live
Free Electronics Recycling This Week

SLAC Today

Monday - October 13, 2008

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The 2008 Rumford recipients.
(Photo by Martha Stewart and courtesy of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Click for larger image.)

Drell Lauded for Arms Control Efforts

In recognition of their ongoing efforts to reduce the global threat of nuclear weapons, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences has honored former Secretary of State George Shultz, former Secretary of Defense William Perry, former Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sam Nunn, and arms control expert and SLAC Deputy Director Emeritus Sidney Drell with the prestigious Rumford Prize. The award ceremony took place yesterday in Cambridge, Massachussetts. The Academy will also present the Rumford Prize to former Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger, who has collaborated with Shultz, Drell, Nunn and Perry, at a later date.

As part of the program, Shultz, Perry, Nunn and Drell spoke about their decades of experience confronting the nation's most vexing national security issues and their collective work to reduce the risk of nuclear weapon use, and prevent the spread of the technology.

The Rumford Prize, established in 1839, recognizes contributions that advance the good of mankind in the fields of heat and light, broadly interpreted. Previous winners include Thomas Alva Edison, for his investigations in electric lighting; Enrico Fermi, for his studies of radiation theory and nuclear energy; and Charles H. Townes, for his development of the laser.

"The four men we honor today have been at the heart of American national security policymaking," said Academy Chief Executive Office Leslie Berlowitz. "They now lend their considerable expertise and reputations to move the world on a path away from nuclear weaponry. In an age of increased risks of proliferation and rising dangers posed by terrorists or rogue states, the need for their leadership has never been greater."  Read the full news release...

New PULSE Web Site Goes Live

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The Stanford Photon Ultrafast Laser Science and Engineering Institute within SLAC's Photon Science Directorate launched a new Web site today, providing an enhanced view into PULSE research and community.

The new site describes PULSE research in greater detail, and notes individual researchers' work and contact information. The site is designed as a communication tool for the ultrafast science research community, but it will also be a ready resource for science-curious readers, students, policymakers and others interested in ultrafast research activities at SLAC.

PULSE, a partnership between SLAC, Stanford and the Department of Energy, provides a central home and world leadership in ultrafast and short wavelength science and technology. One of the primary tools of PULSE will be the Linac Coherent Light Source, the world's first hard X-ray free electron laser.

Free Electronics Recycling This Week

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(Image courtesy of the EPA.)

Tuesday through Thursday of this week mark SLAC's free recycling event for employee household electronic waste. SLAC staff can bring items to the parking lot behind Building 447 between 8:00–10:00 a.m. and 12:00–1:30 p.m.

For more details and a list of acceptable materials, see the event Web page. Please direct questions to Ardie Jacob (x5059) or Micki DeCamara (x2348). 

Note: No SLAC/government property will be accepted in this event; please coordinate its reuse or recycling with Property Control/Salvage Warehouse (x2329).


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