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SLAC Puts Federal Stimulus Funds to Work
SLAC is Hiring!
Secretary Chu's Energy Challenge
String Quartets to Play at SLAC and Stanford
Colloquium Today: Nanomagnetic Materials

SLAC Today

Monday - June 29, 2009

SLAC Puts Federal Stimulus Funds to Work

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SLAC ARRA projects include seismic upgrades to the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource.

Signed by Congress and President Obama in late February, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has already brought $57.4 million in scientific and infrastructure projects to SLAC. Including projects that are now progressing through Department of Energy approvals, the total could nearly double. In the first months since the stimulus bill became law, the lab has moved swiftly to put the stimulus funds to work, efficiently and transparently, to advance SLAC science.

The first step was identifying the right projects. SLAC sent carefully-selected proposals for review by the Department of Energy's Office of Science.

"The projects selected had to be shovel-ready, and improve the lab's mission readiness or increase our science capabilities," said Deputy Director for the Linac Coherent Light Source Mark Reichanadter, who is acting as core group lead for the lab's ARRA projects. Six projects are progressing through reviews and approvals; four of them are already fully funded.  Read more...

SLAC is Hiring!

New Science, New Funding, New Jobs

When the going gets tough, the tough turn to science. And the recent revitalization of U.S. science has brought new projects—and jobs—to SLAC. As a result, we need your help! If you know a qualified applicant, don't hesitate to recommend that he or she apply for an open SLAC position. It's good for the lab, and it's good for you too.  Read today's press release...

Secretary Chu's Energy Challenge

Secretary of Energy Steven Chu spoke at SLAC on Friday morning. (Photo by Brad Plummer.)

Speaking to a crowd of more than 700 on Friday, Secretary of Energy Steven Chu urged researchers to confront what he called "the energy challenge."

"For the first time in history, science has shown humans altering the destiny of our planet in a meaningful way," he said. "We have to try to enlist some of the very best intellectual horsepower to deal with this."

In a wide-ranging speech that touched on worldwide emissions, climbing global temperatures, changing precipitation patterns, increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations and the rising sea level, Chu demonstrated how the energy challenge cuts across many areas and is intensely tied to our economic prosperity.

"But there's reason for hope," he said. "Scientists by their very nature have to be very optimistic... We can fix this."  Read more...

String Quartets to Play at SLAC and Stanford

As announced last week, the Afiara String Quartet will offer a noontime concert at SLAC on Thursday, July 2. The program will include Aleksandra Vrebalov's "Pannonia Boundless," Severiano Briseno's "El Sinaloense" and Beethoven's quartet Op. 18, No. 3. The concert, which will take place in the Kavli Auditorium, will begin at 12 p.m. and end by 1 p.m.  Please join us!

St. Lawrence String Quartet

There are more treats in store, thanks to the St. Lawrence String Quartet. Not only is the Afiara String Quartet coming to SLAC because of the SLSQ, but the SLSQ itself will offer three free noontime concerts on the Stanford campus on June 29, July 1 and July 3. The concerts will begin at 12:15 and end by 1 p.m. in Dinkelspiel Auditorium. The full SLSQ schedule is available on the quartet's Web site.

Colloquium Today: Nanomagnetic Materials

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In today's colloquium, Stanford Professor Shan Wang will address nanomagnetic materials research. Wang is a professor in the Center for Magnetic Nanotechnology and Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the university. His talk will take place at 4:15 p.m. today in Panofsky Auditorium. The colloquium is free and open to all.  Learn more...

Next Monday, U.C. Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory materials scientist Ilan Gur will present "New Technologies for Batteries."

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