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People: Peter Behroozi's Sonata
Special Colloquium Rescheduled
New Hours for Alpine Gate
SLAC's Mystery Mouse

SLAC Today

Wednesday - April 21, 2010

People: Peter Behroozi's Sonata

Peter Behroozi.
(Photo by Marissa Cevallos.)

Search for the name "Peter Behroozi" online, and you get even more YouTube hits than links to the SLAC astrophysicist's half-dozen research papers on lasers and star formation.

That's because the 25-year-old graduate student is a violin performer and composer when he's not simulating galaxies on his laptop. He debuted his first violin sonata in January at Stanford, a 15-minute classical composition that starts serene and calm, he said, before breaking into "crazy jazz rhythms." Behroozi, previously concertmaster of the Stanford Philharmonic Orchestra, is already writing another sonata for next year.

Despite practicing anywhere from two to eight hours every day, Behroozi said he's never had a problem balancing music and his research in astrophysics. When push comes to shove, he said, physics comes first. 

"If I wanted to be a professional musician, I'd be really poor," Behroozi said. That's just modesty, according to his fellow musician Cynthia He, who says he'd probably be able to pull off a solo career just as well as his physics one.  Read more...

Special Colloquium Rescheduled

The colloquium "Back to Hadrons (from the ISR to LEP to the LHC)," originally scheduled for this afternoon, has been rescheduled for Friday, April 23, at 4:15 p.m. due to the speaker's flight delays in Europe. Read more...

New Hours for Alpine Gate

For the past 9 months, the Alpine Gate has been operating on a revised (6 a.m. - 6 p.m.) schedule to accommodate the construction crews working on Building 901. Alpine Gate will now be returning to normal operating hours.

Beginning on Monday, April 26th, the Alpine Gate hours will be from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., and from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. All SLAC employees, users and service contract workers with a current SLAC ID badge can use Alpine gate to enter and exit during these hours. All construction contractors must use the main gate. All traffic rules must be followed and obeyed.

SLAC's Mystery Mouse

 (Image: SLAC Archives and History Office.)

It's the only kind of mouse that an archivist ever wants to see: one hand-drawn on paper. This intriguing specimen popped up in a collection of PEP-4 drawings that Archives Assistant Kathy Restaino processed into the SLAC Archives and History Office collections last year. Since sighting him, the Archives staff has tried to find out a bit more about the "Demented Mouse" and his creator, John Sexton, but so far we have had no luck at all in our searches.

Perhaps someone in the SLAC community can fill us in? Contact the Archives and History Office to share any details you might be able to provide.


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