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People: Anders Nilsson on Surfaces, Water and Energy
LCLS Call for Proposals, Due April 1
Bicycle Safety Talk Today
Bake Sale Sends $1700 to Haiti

SLAC Today

Wednesday - February 10, 2010

People: Anders Nilsson on Surfaces, Water and Energy

(Video by Brad Plummer and Julie Karceski.)

Anders Nilsson was both honored and a little amused when he recently received the Humboldt Research Award. The award, he noted, was for a "senior U.S. scientist."

"I was a little shocked because I'm still a Swedish citizen," Nilsson joked.

He was nominated by scientists in Germany with whom he will collaborate at the University of Hamburg and the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society in Berlin. The Humboldt Research award funds scientists for up to one year of scientific research based in Germany. Nilsson, who studies chemical processes on surfaces and water chemistry, looks forward to gathering new ideas on how to better use the Linac Coherent Light Source here at SLAC.

Much of Nilsson's research has focused on understanding chemical bonds, especially bonds on the surfaces of materials. He uses X-rays to examine them at the atomic level. More recently, Nilsson also began studying the structure of water in its liquid phase, entering a debate on the fundamental properties of perhaps Earth's most essential molecule. These two rather different fields within chemistry converge in research methods, as they both rely on X-rays and can benefit from the LCLS's extraordinarily bright, short pulses of laser light.  Read more...

LCLS Call for Proposals, Due April 1

The world's research community is invited to submit scientific proposals for the world's first hard X-ray free-electron laser, the Linac Coherent Light Source. The forth LCLS call for proposals is open to proposals for experiments with soft and hard X-rays at the AMO, SXR, XPP and CXI experimental stations, to be carried out in spring 2011. See the call for proposals for details and contact information.

Bicycle Safety Talk Today

(Event flier)

Stanford University Bicycle Program Coordinator Ariadne Scott and Stanford Public Safety Officer Allen James will be at Kavli Auditorium from 1 to 2 p.m. today, to present basic "rules of the road" that both drivers and bicyclists need to know. They will then answer any questions you might have, such as:

  • How to ride in traffic and navigate intersections
  • How to determine the equipment and accessories you need, and why a helmet is a "must"
  • How to avoid bike theft—tips you should know about locking your bike

Bake Sale Sends $1700 to Haiti

Thanks to the many SLAC folk who organized and contributed to Monday's bake sale benefit, the event will contribute much-needed aid to victims of Haiti's earthquake.

"We would like to thank SLAC community's generosity in making the bake sale a success," said co-organizer Ziba Mahdavi. "We raised $1,700, which will be delivered to the American Red cross in Palo Alto."

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