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Chris McGuinness Named First Bob Siemann Fellow
Science Bowl 2010 Needs You!
Around SLAC: Universal Cheer

SLAC Today

Monday - January 4, 2010

Chris McGuinness Named First
Bob Siemann Fellow

Chris McGuinness and Hannah Siemann stand next to the redwood tree planted in SLAC's main quad in memory of Bob Siemann. (Photo by Brad Plummer.)

Chris McGuinness, a graduate student in Stanford University's Department of Applied Physics who is conducting thesis work at SLAC, has been named the inaugural Robert H. Siemann Graduate Fellow in physics.

"I feel honored that [the physics faculty] decided I'm worthy of this fellowship," said McGuinness, who worked under Siemann from 2006 through 2008. "Bob was my advisor, so I already felt that I had to represent his effort and his work; with this fellowship, I feel that even more. I have to live up to Bob."

McGuinness said that won't be an easy task. Siemann, who passed away in September 2008, was a recognized leader in accelerator physics. He was instrumental in creating the peer-reviewed journal Physical Review Special Topics – Accelerators and Beams, and played an important role in the accelerator physics of the Stanford Linear Collider. Siemann later established a department at SLAC specifically devoted to long-term accelerator research with an emphasis on educating graduate students.

Siemann is best remembered for his dedication to teaching and mentoring the next generation of scientists. His former students praise his rigorous teaching style, which forced them to make their own decisions, as well as his unwavering commitment and support.  Read more...

(Photo - Homestead High School Science Bowl 2009 team)
Last year's victors at SLAC, the Homestead High School Science Bowl team. (Photo by Lauren Schenkman.)

Science Bowl 2010 Needs You!

The regional Department of Energy Science Bowl at SLAC will take place Saturday, February 27, and we need your help to staff the event! The event depends on volunteers to act as moderators, judges, scorekeepers and timekeepers for competitive rounds of science questions and answers. Help give these talented high school students a fun time as they compete for a spot at Nationals in Washington, DC. Volunteer training will be provided later this winter. For more details, please contact Thanh Ly or Farah Rabhar.

Around SLAC:
Universal Cheer

(Photo - holiday luncheon buffet)
(Photo by Steffen Lutz.)

SLAC's holiday luncheon on Wednesday, December 16 was a rousing success, with a delicious buffet meal and big turnout of celebrating SLACers.

Thanks to all who made the celebration possible, and a happy 2010 to all!

(Photo - holiday luncheon tent)
(Photo by Steffen Lutz.)

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