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Stefan Funk Receives Duggal Award
Reminder: Bike to Work Day Tomorrow
Energy Summer School to Open Sessions for Audit
Flu Precautions when Traveling to KEK in Japan

SLAC Today

Wednesday - May 13, 2009

Stefan Funk Receives Duggal Award

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Astrophysicist Stefan Funk of the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology has been chosen to receive the 2009 Shakti P. Duggal Award. Every second year, a committee from the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics bestows this award on one outstanding young scientist studying the physics of cosmic rays. Funk is part of a team that uses the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope along with X-ray satellites and ground-based observatories to study galactic sources of these high-energy charged particles.

"It's a great honor," he said of the award. "The group of people who have been awarded the Duggal prize in the past is a very illustrious group, so I was very surprised to get it."

Funk will travel in July to Lodz, Poland to receive the award at the 31st International Cosmic Ray Conference. Additionally, he will present the first FGST results on supernova remnants, which scientists think could be responsible for accelerating cosmic rays.

Considered the premier honor in the field of cosmic-ray physics, the award was established by the University of Delaware's Bartol Research Institute to commemorate Bartol astrophysicist Shakti Duggal after his untimely death in 1982. Duggal was well-known and respected for his research in solar-terrestrial and cosmic-ray physics.

KIPAC Director Roger Blandford said he was delighted to hear that Funk would receive this year's award. "Stefan has made impressive contributions to the H.E.S.S. gamma ray observatory and the analysis of Fermi data," he said. "He is the complete gamma ray physicist, equally at home with instrumentation, observing and theory."

Reminder: Bike to Work Day Tomorrow


It's time to get out your bike helmet, put on comfortable (and visible) clothes, and map a low-traffic route to SLAC: tomorrow is the Bay Area Bike to Work Day. Tomorrow morning, volunteers will hand out bike bags, bagels and orange juice to SLACers arriving on two wheels. One change from the previous announcement: look for the volunteers across the street from SLAC, on the lawn area by the entrance to Quadrus.

Please watch carefully for cars, and remember to follow the rules of the road—on California streets, bicycles are obliged to follow all of the same traffic rules as automobiles. Have a safe and enjoyable ride!

Energy Summer School to Open Sessions for Audit

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Due to popular demand, the Energy Summer School is now opening its first four days to non-graduate students. SLAC and Stanford faculty, postdocs and interested members of the energy science community can audit and attend morning and afternoon sessions of their choice August 17–20. Space is limited and a brief application for admission is required.

The summer school is supported jointly by SLAC, Stanford University and National Renewable Energy Laboratory. For more information and application details, please see the Energy Summer School Web site.

Flu Precautions when Traveling to KEK in Japan

If you are planning travel to Japan's KEK physics lab, please note the new precautions the lab has announced as preventive measures against H1N1 influenza.

Note: Some SLAC staff traveling to KEK have received individual instructions that appear to supersede the general announcement. Please check with your contacts in Japan to confirm expectations.


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