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Workshop Shines a Light into Darkness
Globies Luncheon Celebrates 2009 Awardees
Colloquium Today: Solar Energy for Seven Billion People

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Monday - September 28, 2009

Workshop Shines a Light into Darkness

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Dark Forces Workshop participants. (Photo by Nicholas Bock.)

It was standing room only in SLAC's Redwood Conference Room Thursday morning, with physicists and astrophysicists from around the world convening for the first presentations of the Dark Forces Workshop, organized jointly by the SLAC Theory Group and BaBar Collaboration. The workshop, which ran September 24–26, drew more than 80 physicists to SLAC.

Recently, there has been much interest in models of dark matter in which these particles interact via new forces that couple very weakly to ordinary matter. Some researchers think these "dark forces" might be due to new particles with low masses, accessible to experiments at SLAC and other accelerators. The workshop reported on searches for these particles and discussed plans for new experiments.

"We want to bring scientists and experimentalists together to stimulate progress in searching for dark forces," said SLAC physicist Rouven Essig, who was one of the workshop organizers. It's a hot subject. Researchers have been poring over the recent glut of data provided by experiments like the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope and PAMELA, and they've been finding some unexpected signals along the way.  Read more...

Globies Luncheon Celebrates 2009 Awardees

2009 Globie recipients. (Photo by Doug Kreitz.)

On September 22, the annual Employee Recognition Awards Luncheon was held to honor SLAC's very special 17 awardees, recipients of this year's Globies.

"I can say as a Lab Director that I honor and appreciate you. These awards are extra special because it is your peers that have said they honor and appreciate you."

SLAC Director Persis Drell gave the awardees her congratulations and appreciation for all that the awardees have done for the laboratory and for each other. "People come to SLAC because they want to work with people like you. This is what makes us so special as a one lab: You are special." As excerpts from the nominations were read, Persis handed each person their Globie and certificate with a handshake and her personal thanks.

As the nominations were read, there were some blushes, some laughter, and much cheering and clapping. The Globie awards, based on nomination by their peers, demonstrate that these people had touched the hearts of their co-workers, and they proved their selection by being supportive of each other.

Our 2009 awardees truly embody SLAC's Core Values, promoting respect, integrity, diversity and citizenship at SLAC. Congratulations again!

Colloquium Today:
Solar Energy for Seven Billion People

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Come to Panofsky Auditorium at 4:15 p.m. today to hear energy researcher Cyrus Wadia present "Solar Energy for Seven Billion People: Linking the Economics to the Chemistry will Get Us There."  Wadia will provide an in-depth look at his research to discover and develop a new material system toward a more expansive solar photovoltaic future. He will cover topics of: material selection based on abundance, new synthetic pathways for scaleable materials, and preliminary results of working solar cell devices he has fabricated with these principles in mind.

(Photo - Cyrus Wadia)
Cyrus Wadia.

Wadia co-directs the Clean Tech to Market program at the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, and researches nanomaterials with potential energy applications at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

The colloquium is free and open to all.


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