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SLAC Scientists Elected to National Academy of Sciences
Special Colloquium Today: The Role of R&D in Large Projects
Wellness Fair on Campus Today

SLAC Today

Wednesday - April 28, 2010

SLAC Scientists Elected to National Academy of Sciences

Director and theorist honored for lifetime of achievement

Persis Drell and Steven Kivelson have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, joining 70 other new members and 18 foreign associates in the prestigious group. Drell is Director of the US Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Professor of Particle Physics and Astrophysics at Stanford University. Steven Kivelson is a Member of the Stanford Institute for Materials and Energy Sciences, or SIMES, a joint institute of SLAC and Stanford, and is a Professor of Physics at Stanford.

Drell responded to the election saying, "This was a very nice surprise and I am honored by the recognition."

Kivelson said, "It's an honor and it feels great." He joked, "You know, I'm probably the first member of the Academy to have been informed of his election by his mother." Kivelson's mother Margaret Kivelson is an Academy member herself and a prominent space physicist at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Drell's scientific career has included work on fundamental properties of particle physics, such as the nonconservation of parity in weak interactions, and particle astrophysics with the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, on which she is a collaborator.

Kivelson is a condensed matter theorist working on understanding the connections between the microscopic properties of electrons and molecules with the macroscopic and collective properties of materials. These include topics such as high-temperature superconductivity, quantum magnetism, quantum Hall effects, and electronic liquid crystalline phases of matter.  Read more...

Special Colloquium Today:
The Role of R&D in Large Projects

Come to Kavli Auditorium at 12:30 p.m. today to hear ITER Principle Deputy Director General Norbert Holtkamp presenting "The Role of R&D in Large Projects: Projects for R&D: ITER, SNS, the Muon Collider and Others."

Research and Development associated with large science projects paves the way to improvements in technology, performance and cost reduction. Investments in R&D increase the probability of successfully achieving the project's goals. In this presentation a variety of examples will be discussed focusing mainly on two recent construction projects, the Spallation Neutron Source at Oak Ridge National Laboratory which was finished in 2006 and ITER, the world's largest Tokamak, which is under construction now in France. In addition an update of the ITER project and its present status will be given. This is particularly interesting example since the R&D results, while largely generated by the countries participating early on in the project (Europe, Japan, Russia and US), now are to be utilized by all seven ITER participants who contribute components to ITER "In kind." Taking a few examples, the presentation will lay out the impact R&D had in the choice of parameters and the risk management associated with that.

For additional details, see the full colloquium announcement.

Wellness Fair on Campus Today

Come to the Arrillaga Center on campus between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. today for Stanford's sixth annual Wellness Fair, hosted by BeWell @ Stanford. Here are a few of the things you can do at the fair to help you make healthy choices in difficult times.

  • Have your blood pressure, body fat, bone density, strength and flexibility measured;
  • Climb the rock wall;
  • Enjoy healthy food demonstrations;
  • Talk to a nutritionist, then visit the fresh produce stand just outside;
  • Test the level of protection of your sunglasses;
  • Check your skin for sun damage;
  • Get a bike safety check – and, if you don't have one, a bike license;
  • Learn more about ergonomically correct workstations and healthy work postures;
  • Try out the benefits of exercising with a Wii;
  • Enter a drawing for door prizes, and have fun!

There will be free parking at Galvez Field. For details and a full list of activities, visit the Wellness Fair site.


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