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In this issue:
Power Outage Updates
Caution Donating to Haiti Relief
Drell Lecture Today: Working Toward a World Without Nuclear Weapons
Colloquium Today: Investigating WIMPs with the Fermi Large Area Telescope

SLAC Today

Monday - January 25, 2010

Power Outage Updates

A crew installs lines for a diesel generator to power the Communications Department trailer Friday afternoon. (Photo by Brad Plummer.)

Thank you to everyone at SLAC for your patience and cooperation, and especially to the SLAC Facilities Division and emergency responders for their hard work, during last week's power outage. By end-of-day Friday, staff had restored power to most buildings and released them to their building managers. Over the weekend, efforts continued to energize remaining sectors of the linac and to provide generators to buildings affected by continued power outages due to water damage.

Access is limited for Buildings 3, 299, and unoccupied SLC City buildings. Signs have been posted at the building entries with instructions. Entry to these areas is limited to personnel involved in building recovery and occupants retrieving materials. Occupants retrieving materials must obtain building manager release, go in pairs or with a Security Department escort, and use flashlights. To request an escort, please contact SLAC Security (x2551).

Despite the progress made by SLAC work crews, employees may still discover continued power outages, leaks and other damages that need to be repaired. If these pose an immediate hazard, please call SLAC Security (x5555). For non-hazardous issues, please contact the building manager, who is to submit a service request or contact the Facilities Call Center (x8901), which is back in full service to handle all post-storm activities. 

As new details become available, they are being posted to the Power Outage Information page.

Caution Donating to Haiti Relief

SLAC has experienced an upsurge in virus alerts that Computer Security attributes to users looking for updated information about Haiti and the relief effort. Requests for donations have started pouring in via e-mail, text message, telephone and social networks such as FaceBook and Twitter. Though many of the sites may be legitimate, unfortunately many more are bogus and associated with Web sites that host malicious software, spyware or other hazardous content,. "Googling" for such information can often lead to these malicious sites. Read more...

Drell Lecture Today: Working Toward a World Without Nuclear Weapons

Today from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m., Stanford University's Center for International Security and Cooperation present SLAC Professor Emeritus Sid Drell and former Secretary of State George Schultz in a conversation with CISAC Consulting Professor Philip Taubman, in the 2009-2010 Drell Lecture, "Working Toward a World Without Nuclear Weapons." The talk will take place in the Oak Lounge of Stanford's Tresidder Memorial Union, and is free and open to all.

For further details, see the event Web page.

Colloquium Today: Investigating WIMPs with the Fermi Large Area Telescope

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Come to Panofsky Auditorium today at 4:15 p.m. to hear SLAC researcher Simona Murgia discuss recent investigations of the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope into candidate dark matter particles.

The Fermi Large Area Telescope, or LAT, was successfully launched from Cape Canaveral on June 11, 2008. It is exploring the gamma ray sky in the energy range from 20 MeV to more than 300 GeV with unprecedented sensitivity. One of the most exciting science questions that the Fermi LAT will address is the nature of dark matter. Several theoretical models have been proposed that predict the existence of Weakly Interacting Massive Particles—WIMPs—that are excellent dark matter candidates. The Fermi LAT investigates the existence of WIMPs indirectly, primarily through their annihilation or decay into photons and into electrons and positrons. Murgia will present recent results on these searches.

The talk will begin at 4:15 p.m. today in Panofsky Auditorium. The colloquium is free and open to all.

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