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SLUO LHC Workshop Spotlights ATLAS
Chu Makes a Stop on Comedy Central

SLAC Today

Monday - July 20, 2009

SLUO LHC Workshop Spotlights ATLAS

(Photo - SLUO/LHC workshop in session)
Close to 90 stakeholders from U.S. and international labs and universities gathered at SLAC to discuss potential future contributions to the LHC. (Photo by Nicholas Bock.)

With the startup of the Large Hadron Collider on track for this autumn, the SLAC particle physics community is exploring next steps to best engage the lab's know-how and user resources in support of LHC science. Last Thursday and Friday, the SLAC Users Organization hosted a workshop to evaluate user needs and assess the specialized resources that SLAC can bring to LHC physics and accelerator programs.

"SLAC has now a long history of excellence in user support infrastructure for U.S. universities as well as in parternship with international institutions like CERN," said SLUO Chairperson GĂ©rard Bonneaud, who organized the event. "We expect this workshop has triggered a renewed vision and momentum of the SLAC-LHC community by providing, through its presentations and discussions, a strong expression of the community's ambition. In return, SLAC should do now what is necessary, in collaboration with its natural partners of the Bay Area, the LHC Collaboration, U.S. LHC and the local ATLAS team and other institutions, to become the major LHC lab on the West Coast."

Close to 90 stakeholders from U.S. and international labs and universities gathered in SLAC's Research Office Building. Sessions focused on potential contributions to detector and accelerator systems development, theoretical work, simulation and data analysis, and computing resources to support the ATLAS experiment.

In recent years, SLAC teams have helped to commission the ATLAS triggering system and pixel detector, and contributed to the LHC accelerator systems as well as the theory and simulations guiding the LHC hunt for new physics. Workshop participants discussed how SLAC's strengths in accelerator R&D and expertise in particle physics might be leveraged in future LHC upgrades and experiments, and possibly an expanded SLAC effort in ATLAS operation and science.  Read more...

Chu Makes a Stop on Comedy Central

From his June 26 address at SLAC to his recent work with China, Secretary of Energy Steven Chu has been reaching out on renewable energy. Tomorrow night he's taking it to the streets with a guest appearance on news parody The Daily Show, airing at 8:00 p.m. PDT on cable TV's Comedy Central.

Chu will join the ranks of such dignified recent guests as Congressman Barney Frank and health secretary Kathleen Sebelius in sitting down with newshound and wag Jon Stewart for one of the show's often unpredictable conversations. The show may be parody, but studies indicate it's reaching U.S. adults and could at least raise visibility of issues in the news.

Stewart took notice of Chu earlier this year as part of the show's typically irreverent Senate Confirmation Hearings Roast.

Stewart: "And then of course there's Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, already the winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics."
Chu (video from confirmation hearings): "Now we're getting to science—I love this."
Stewart: "Ne-e-e-e-e-rd!"

More power to you, Mr. Secretary. Knock 'em dead tomorrow.

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