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Uchiyama Receives Young Astronomer Award
Lofgren Tours LCLS
These Guys Look Hauntingly Familiar

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Thursday - April 1, 2010

Uchiyama Receives Young Astronomer Award

Yasunobu Uchiyama displays the Young Astronomer Award medal he received last Friday from the Astronomical Society of Japan. (Image courtesy Yasunobu Uchiyama.)

Last Friday in Hiroshima, the Astronomical Society of Japan presented its Young Astronomer Award to Yasunobu Uchiyama, Panofsky Fellow at the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology. The award, consisting of a medal and 100,000 yen, is given to scientists under the age of 35 who made important contributions to astronomy during the past five years.

"I am very pleased to receive this award," said Uchiyama. "I'm afraid that people in Japan may forget about me if I stay abroad for too long, but this prize makes it clear that people are still aware of me."

In a lecture that preceded the ceremony, Uchiyama described his efforts to uncover the mystery of how cosmic rays are accelerated to very high energies. In an interview, he said his family in Japan was happy to hear about his work: "Generally I do not explain my work to them, so this kind of opportunity is a good chance to explain what I'm doing both to them and to others."

Uchiyama was especially thrilled to receive the award because the notification happened under rather unusual circumstances; when the announcement was sent out, Uchiyama's e-mail address was accidentally mistyped. "Eventually, my former supervisor sent me an e-mail to complain about the fact that I hadn't responded to the prize notification," he said. "I was lucky he did so, because I almost missed the prize!"

Lofgren Tours LCLS

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LCLS Strategic Projects Director John Galayda (left) and SLAC Director Persis Drell described the workings of the LCLS to Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (far right) in the Beam Transport Hall on Tuesday.
(Photo by Julie Karceski.)

Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren and two members of her staff visited SLAC on Tuesday, March 30, to tour the lab and meet with SLAC Director Persis Drell. Stops on the tour included the Klystron Gallery and the Linac Coherent Light Source.

Lofgren represents California's 16th congressional district, which covers a large portion of Santa Clara County.

These Guys Look Hauntingly Familiar

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In the spring of 1975 and 1980, some leading lights of SLAC and Stanford trod the boards with the Stanford Savoyards in performances of Gilbert and Sullivan's Ruddigore. Made up of Stanford faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends, the Stanford Savoyards regularly produce the operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan.

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