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Matter in Extreme Conditions Instrument on Track for Early 2011 Construction Start
In the News: Fermi/Large Area Telescope Bright Gamma-Ray Source List
Reminder: Quinn Symposium This Friday
Colloquium Today: Sustainable Innovation

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Monday - April 12, 2010

Matter in Extreme Conditions Instrument on Track for Early 2011 Construction Start

Hae Ja Lee and Richard Boyce, in Hutch 6, show off a diagram of the MEC instrument. (Photo by Julie Karceski.)

The Linac Coherent Light Source's sixth scientific instrument, the Matter in Extreme Conditions instrument, is blitzing through the project planning and approval stages. Project Manager Richard Boyce and Instrument Scientist Hae Ja Lee hosted a successful review of the Department of Energy milestone Critical Decision 1 in January, and received final approval on March 1. With CD-1, the project's preliminary budget and design plans are now approved, and Boyce and Lee are working hard to obtain approvals to start construction by early next year.

"We've hit the starting line running," Boyce said. "We're moving very fast."

Now within sight are CD-2, which is approval of baseline design, and CD-3, approval to begin construction. To provide this instrument to scientific users as soon as possible, the project is combining CDs 2 and 3 into one review, hoping to have these approvals finished by the end of 2010. That way, construction could be underway by January of 2011. Commissioning of the completed MEC instrument is expected to begin in mid- to late 2012.  Read more...

In the News: Fermi/Large Area Telescope Bright Gamma-Ray Source List

David J. Thompson, Jean Ballet, Isabelle Grenier, and Seth Digel talk with and answer a few questions about this month's Fast Breaking Paper Paper in the field of space science: the Fermi/Large Area Telescope Bright Gamma-Ray Source List.  Read more from Science Watch...

Reminder: Quinn Symposium This Friday

If you haven't already marked your calendar, now's the time: this Friday, the lab will celebrate the career of SLAC theorist Helen Quinn with a one-day symposium on the major subjects to which she has contributed. The symposium will be held in the Kavli Auditorium.

Quinn played a major role in the formulation of the Standard Model. She is an inventor of the axion, one of the initiators of the BaBar experiment on CP violation, as well as a leading innovator in physics education. Helen has been awarded the Dirac Medal and Oskar Klein Medal for her seminal contributions to physics. A distinguished group of speakers will review these developments and accomplishments, and their ramifications for physics today. 

There is no registration fee for the symposium. However, all who will attend are encouraged to register on the symposium Web site, to insure that the organizers can make sufficient sugar and caffeine available. There will be a ceremonial (no-host) dinner Friday evening; please see the Web site for details.

Colloquium Today: Sustainable Innovation

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Today at 4:15 p.m. in Panofsky Auditorium, JLABS Chief Executive Officer Judy Estrin will present "Sustainable Innovation."

Innovation drives economic growth, our quality of life and is the only hope of addressing the major challenges we face. But America, a cornerstone of innovation throughout the world, has become increasingly short-sighted, Estrin argues, taking innovation for granted and threatening not only our own strength, but the overall global economy. Estrin, technology and business pioneer and author of the new book Closing the Innovation Gap, will talk about how it is essential to reignite sustainable innovation in business, education and government and what is required of business and national leaders to revive organizational, national and global innovation ecosystems.

Judy Estrin is CEO of JLABS, LLC, formerly known as Packet Design Management Company, LLC. Prior to co-founding Packet Design, in May 2000, Estrin was chief technology officer for Cisco Systems. Beginning in 1981, Estrin co-founded three other successful technology companies: Bridge Communications, Network Computing Devices and Precept Software. In 1998 Cisco Systems acquired Precept, and Estrin became Cisco's chief technology officer until April 2000. Estrin has been named three times to Fortune Magazine's list of the 50 most powerful women in American business. She sits on the boards of directors of The Walt Disney Company and FedEx Corporation as well as the privately held Packet Design, Inc. She also sits on the advisory councils of Stanford's School of Engineering and Bio-X initiative. She holds a bachelor's degree in math and computer science from UCLA, and master's in electrical engineering from Stanford University.

Estrin's talk is free and open to all.

At next Monday's colloquium, Stanford University engineering students and solar car developers Sam D'Amico and Nathan Hall-Snyder will discuss the Stanford Solar Car Project.

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