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Quinn Symposium
From the Editor: Adjusting Outlook 2007 to View SLAC Today E-mail
New SLAC Aerial Photographs Available
Colloquium Today: The Stanford Solar Car Project

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Monday - April 19, 2010

Symposium Honors Helen Quinn

Attendees of Friday's symposium.
(Photo by Kelen Tuttle.)

Last Friday more than 150 colleagues and supporters gathered in Kavli Auditorium to celebrate the accomplishments of SLAC Professor Emeritus Helen Quinn. The symposium honored Quinn's more than four decades as a particle physics theorist with presentations exploring four areas in which she has made significant impact: gauge theories and the Standard Model; axions; B physics and CP violation; and science education.

"These are all still controversial, hot topics—topics people still like to discuss," said theoretical physicist Michael Peskin, who heads SLAC's theory department. "Helen has really had a remarkable career; she's one of SLAC's greatest theorists. This symposium is a chance to celebrate that."

SLAC theoretical physicist JoAnne Hewett added: "Helen's work attacked the fundamental problems of the time and has become part of the foundation of modern day physics."  Read more...

Editor's Note: Adjusting Outlook 2007 to View SLAC Today E-mail

Unless you're receiving the text-only version of SLAC Today, you've likely noticed some issues with the e-mail layout recently. The lab's updated e-mail client, Outlook 2007, sends and displays SLAC Today differently from its predecessor, and includes a default setting that removes formatting. To see SLAC Today with formatting intact, click the blue bar at the top of the e-mail message, which reads "This message was converted to plain text," then click "Display as HTML."

(Photo - SLAC linac from the air)
(Photo by Brad Plummer.)

New SLAC Aerial Photographs Available

The Communications Office is pleased to announce the availability of six new aerial photographs of the laboratory. SLAC's evolving landscape is clearly evident from 3000 feet, especially with the new buildings populating the LCLS experimental areas.

You can download the images from the SLAC Communications Office Image Gallery.



Colloquium Today:
The Stanford Solar Car Project

(Image - Stanford Solar Car 2009)
Apogee and the Stanford Solar Car Project team. (Image courtesy the Stanford Solar Car Project.)

Founded in 1989, the Stanford Solar Car Project is an entirely student-run, non-profit organization fueled by its members' passion for environmentally sustainable technology. We provide a unique opportunity for Stanford students to gain valuable hands-on engineering and business experience while raising community awareness of clean energy vehicles. The team generally operates on a two-year design and build cycle and enters the finished car in a cross-continental solar race.

In 2009, the team competed in the World Solar Challenge, a 3,000 kilometer solar vehicle race across the Australian Outback. Today's colloquium will offer a design overview of the technology of the Stanford entry, Apogee, elaborate on lessons learned after constructing and racing the car, and share highlights from the 2009 race.

Speakers Sam D'Amico and Nathan Hall-Snyder are Stanford undergraduates majoring in Electrical Engineering and Computer Systems Engineering, respectively. The Stanford Solar Car will be on display in front of Panofsky Auditorium beginning at 3 p.m. for the audience to see and ask questions.

Next Monday, Stanford University Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering David Freyberg will present "Water, Bonds, Politics and Fish: Shaping and Reshaping the Future of California’s Water Resources."

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