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In this issue:
SLAC Name Announcement Today
People Today: Chris McGuinness Goes up The Nose
Lab Web Update
Annual SSRL/LCLS Users' Meeting Starts Today
Archives Month Reminder

SLAC Today

Wednesday - October 15, 2008

SLAC Name Announcement Today

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Everyone is invited to Panofsky Auditorium today at 12:15 p.m. for the formal announcement of the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center's new name. Deputy Director for Science Programs Patricia Dehmer of the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science will reveal the new name. Presentations from Stanford University Provost John Etchemendy and laboratory Director Persis Drell will complete the short ceremony. Refreshments on the main Green will follow.

Please use the lower entrance to Panofsky Auditorium, across from the Kavli Building. Overflow seating will be available in the Building 40 Orange Room.

This will be the first announcement of the lab's new name and logo. Watch the laboratory home page and SLAC Today for additional details.

(Weekly Column - Profile)

Chris McGuinness Goes up The Nose

Looking down the Nose.
(Photo courtesy of Chris McGuinness. Click for larger image.)

Stretching 3000 vertical feet up the side of El Capitan Mountain in Yosemite National Park, The Nose is arguably one of the world's most famous rock climbing destinations. "As a climber, the minute you go to Yosemite, climbing it becomes a dream," says SLAC graduate student Chris McGuinness. "But it's not always a realistic dream." The rock face is too challenging for casual climbers, and can take many days for those who have the necessary endurance and experience. "I didn't plan on climbing it this summer," he says. "I didn't think I was ready. We were training for another climb and just decided to go for it."

In the early morning darkness McGuinness and friend Justin Brockman set out on what would become a three-day journey up the face. Switching between the roles of leader and follower, they traded responsibility for carrying a single backpack containing supplies, equipment and water. They climbed up the vertical rock face until 8:00 p.m., a total of 14 hours, stopping less than halfway to their goal.  Read more...

Lab Web Update

Driven by Persis's vision and mirroring the lab's agenda, the lab's main public Web pages will premier a new design and new content this afternoon. The updated site will include familiar key links, and additional content highlighting lab science topics, ongoing research, scientific programs and user facilities.

Check today after the lunchtime renaming announcement to see the new Web site.

Annual SSRL/LCLS Users' Meeting Starts Today

The joint SSRL/LCLS Users' Meeting and Workshops kick off today, with about 300 scientists and users from around the world registered to attend. 

It's been a productive and exciting year at Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory, and with the Linac Coherent Light Source rapidly taking shape, this year's meeting should be packed with exciting science to cover. Follow highlights from this four day event online as I post blog entries from the meeting to the LCLS Web site. Each day I will get behind some of the science, and talk to researchers and users about the challenges and opportunities ahead.

SLAC Today will continue to link to Plummer's blog tomorrow and Friday.

Archives Month Reminder

Don't forget the October contest for American Archives Month. Check your shelves and turn in any publications that will fill gaps in the Archives' collection. See the previous article for a list of needed publication issues and other contest details.


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