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People: jack Singal Braves the Cold
140 Miles of New Zealand in 12 Hours
Panofsky Agonistes: The 1950 loyalty Oath at Berkeley

SLAC Today

Wednesday - January 28, 2009

People: Jack Singal Braves the Cold

SLAC post-doc Jack Singal tests materials for the LSST. (Photo by Lisa Grossman. Click for larger image.)

For someone so fond of warm weather, SLAC post-doc Jack Singal has a surprising penchant for extreme cold.

Singal thought he could look forward to five years of California sunshine when he arrived at U.C. Santa Barbara for graduate school in 2002. But his research quickly yanked him eastward, to the NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center in Washington, D.C. "It was kind of a scam," he joked.

Braving the elements proved worth it; that research recently produced some exciting results. Singal was an integral part of the team for ARCADE, the Absolute Radiometer for Cosmology, Astrophsyics and Diffuse Emission. The group sent a giant helium balloon 120,000 feet into the air to seek the heat from the universe's first stars.  Read more...

(Photo - Chris McGuinness runs the Catalina Marathon.)
SLAC graduate student Chris McGuinness, an avid climber, biker, and marathon runner, will be competing in an Ironman this March. (Photo courtesy of Chris McGuinness.)

140 Miles of New Zealand in 12 Hours

SLAC graduate student Chris McGuinness won't be flying to New Zealand until March, but he's already planned his itinerary. After a 2.4 mile swim in Lake Taupou, he'll explore 112 miles of the lush North Island countryside by bike, then see 26 miles of it on foot—and he hopes to do it all in just 12 hours.

McGuinness will be competing in the Ironman New Zealand triathalon, in part to raise money for Shriners Hospitals for Children. This system of hospitals is supported by donations and provides free medical care to children with orthopedic conditions, severe burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate. "I was actually a patient there when I was born," McGuinness said. "I was born with a club foot and went through surgery. I was in a series of casts for the first two years of my life. But obviously it worked really well."

After a few days' rest from the ironman, McGuiness said, "I'm going to try to climb some mountains on the South Island too." The avid climber completed a grueling three-day ascent of Yosemite's El Capitan in September. This time, he said he plans to take it a little easier. "Nothing too intense."

If you'd like to make a donation in honor of McGuinness, you can do so online or by contacting him.

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