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ATF2 Narrows the Focus
Expanding Girls' Horizons

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Thursday - January 7, 2010

ATF2 Narrows the Focus

From left: Marc Ross (formerly of SLAC), Nan Phinney, Carsten Hast, Janice Nelson and Glen White of SLAC, with KEK colleagues Hitomi Kusana, Kimiyo Ikeda, Ryuhei Sugahara, Toshiyuki Mitsuhashi, Hitoshi Hayano and Takayuki Saeki at the annual Bounenkai (Forget the Year Party). (Photo courtesy Tsunehiko Omori.)

Last month the KEK facility in Japan hosted the ninth Project Meeting for the Accelerator Test Facility 2, or ATF2, and a few SLAC staff traveled overseas to participate. The group reviewed progress made in 2009, plans for 2010, and the possibility of extended studies beyond the primary ATF2 goals in 2011, 2012 and beyond. A total of 44 collaborators, including 28 from outside Japan, discussed the technical progress of the ATF2, which began commissioning in December of 2008. The program also covered the future of the project in the face of some major cuts to science funding bodies by the Japanese government.

The meeting took place from December 14 to 17, and the group took time to celebrate the New Year together with a traditional "bōnenkai " celebration—a "forget the year" party. They followed up the Japanese style banquet with karaoke.

The objective of ATF2 is to produce very small accelerator beams with the intention of testing how the reduction in beam size, which is needed for next-generation colliders, will put pressure on accelerator technologies. To operate with such an advanced beam system will require advances in areas including accelerator tuning technology, which fixes minor errors and problems with the beam. ATF2 aims to bring those technologies up to speed in preparation for a future large-scale collider, such as the Compact Linear Collider, CLIC, at CERN.  Read more...

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Girls learn about physics concepts at the first European Expanding Your Horizons conference in Geneva, Switzerland.

Expanding Girls' Horizons

Ever thought that a physics class would teach you how to make your own comet with dry ice, water, and just a bit of sand? Or that math could be a gateway to the magic world of computing science behind software applications like Google? For the 250 girls who attended the first European Expanding Your Horizons conference last month in Geneva, Switzerland, these and many more exciting workshops were on the menu.

EYH is a non-profit organization that has been active for 35 years in the United States and in Asia, encouraging young women to engage with science, technology, engineering and mathematics. EYH Network programs provide role models and hands-on activities for middle and high school girls, introducing them to careers that they might have never considered.

“We all realize what is at stake, even if you don't have a daughter," said Jennifer Kealy, managing director at Cascade Clinical Consulting and Geneva EYH conference chair. “Women must be involved in public policy decisions having to do with the future of our world, and most, if not all, of these issues have to do with science in some form or another—even art preservation. Girls will be short-changed in the 21st century if they drop out of math and science." 

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