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In this issue:
The Next SLAC Research Library
Earth Day 40th Anniversary Celebration April 22
Seen Around SLAC: Regional Science Bowl Champs Tour SLAC
Café Scientifique Tonight: Where do Stars and Galaxies Come From? with Tom Abel

SLAC Today

Tuesday - April 13, 2010

The Next SLAC Research Library

Something old, something new, something borrowed…

The current SLAC Library in Building 50. (Photo courtesy Ann Redfield.)

As you know, SLAC is working hard to prioritize and improve its current and future support infrastructure and services. While the current library budget has been reduced, we in the SLAC Research Library wanted to communicate that we are substantially increasing journal acquisitions, preparing a new library model for SLAC, and also discontinuing centralized control of books purchased for departmental or individual use. The SLAC director and associate lab directors reached these decisions after considering both specific recommendations for the library and the competing priorities for SLAC indirect funding.

The SLAC Research Library will undergo another transformation when it moves from its current location in the lobby of Building 50 to one of the new buildings being constructed at the laboratory. The new library will be based on the "Information Commons" model and will include reference librarian services, compact shelving for book collections, and collaborative work areas in a comfortable, café-style environment.  Read more...

Earth Day
40th Anniversary Celebration April 22

(Image - Earth Day poster)

Thursday, April 22, 2010 marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. Earth Day was founded by Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970 as a grassroots effort to put growing environmental concerns onto the national political agenda. The first Earth Day was hugely successful, with an estimated 20 million people participating across the U.S. Eight months later, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was created.

The Department of Energy's theme for this year's Earth Day is "Take Action: Commit to a Low-Carbon, Clean Energy Future."

Please join us to celebrate Earth Day in the Panofsky Auditorium Breezeway between 10:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. next Thursday. Vendors and others will be on hand to promote green products and provide information on a variety of topics.

The first 200 people to arrive will receive a special giveaway. Also, be sure to come before 1:30 p.m. to place your name in the raffle for a new Diamondback hybrid bicycle. Don't miss out!

See 40 Tips for the 40th Earth Day and Energy Savers for ideas of what you can do to take action and celebrate Earth Day every day.

Seen Around SLAC:
Regional Science Bowl Team Tours SLAC

From left: Austin Kim, Mehrdad Niknami, Edwin Liao, Vishal Arul, Paul Golan (back row) and Jamie Branch in the LCLS Atomic, Molecular and Optical science instrument hutch. (Photo by Brad Plummer.)

Yesterday, SLAC Site Office Manager Paul Golan hosted a Homestead High School team from the 2010 regional Science Bowl at SLAC for a tour of the lab. The group stopped by the Klystron Gallery, Main Control Center, and Linac Coherent Light Source.

"These students took time out of their spring break to visit SLAC," Golan said. "Although they didn’t win the science bowl competition this year, they did get to chance for a behind-the-scenes tour of SLAC and got to see first hand the people, the facilities and instruments that make this such a great Laboratory."

Café Scientifique Tonight: Where do Stars and Galaxies Come From? with Tom Abel

(Photo - Tom Abel)

At the beginning of spacetime following the Big Bang, the universe expanded rapidly. At the end of this period of rapid expansion, the universe was emitting the cosmic microwave background which marks the farthest point our telescopes can see. After cooling and becoming transparent, the universe entered an extended dark age before the formation of the first stars and galaxies.

Tonight at the April Café Scientifique, astrophysicist Tom Abel will lead a wide ranging discussion on the universe and provide visualizations of the first structures to emerge following the dark ages. Abel is Associate Professor of Physics in the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology at the Stanford University Physics Department and SLAC.

The talk will take place tonight at 6 p.m., at SRI International in Menlo Park. The talk is free and open to all. See the Café Scientifique Web site for details and directions.


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