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From the Director of Particle Physics & Astrophysics: Evolution of the SLAC Electron Research Program
Juneteenth Celebration Today
WIS Seminar Next Wednesday: FitnessĀ TrainingĀ 101

SLAC Today

Friday - June 18, 2010

From the Director of Particle Physics & Astrophysics: Evolution of the SLAC Electron Research Program

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Next week the electron-based Department of Energy research program at SLAC, Fermilab, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will be peer reviewed by an expert external committee. This is one of a series of rotating, every-three-year reviews of the High Energy Physics laboratory programs in the different research areas within the overall HEP portfolio. Our proposed program will have three elements: the ongoing BaBaR physics on matter-antimatter symmetries and rare decays heavy quarks now put on steroids with a SuperB Factory; an expansion of the design and exploration of the detector capabilities at the next high energy frontier machine, an e+e- or μ+μ- collider; and development of a new experiment at the Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility to explore a recent explanation for the 25 percent share of the Universe made up of dark matter.

The electron research program has traditionally been a major component of the SLAC HEP effort, supporting the research staff on the flagship BaBaR experiment at the PEP-II B Factory. With the completion of data taking in April 2008, the focus of this effort has been on exploiting the opportunity offered by one of the world's great datasets. As of this week, BaBaR collaborators, including SLAC physicists as the host laboratory, have produced 420 journal papers while enabling 361 PhD theses. SLAC will continue to be the center-of-gravity for BaBaR for a number of years yet, and is working to create a long-term capability for access to the data.  Read more...

Juneteenth celebration 2009.
(Photo by Rod Reape.)

Juneteenth Celebration Today

Don't forget to come by the lawn in front of Building 41 today between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. for the 21st annual Juneteenth Celebration. Come out and enjoy the festivities. There will be plenty of food, entertainment, vendors and even a raffle. Bring your lawn chair, a big appetite and your comfy shoes.

Tickets are still available from the Juneteenth committee. See the full Juneteenth announcement for contact information.

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WIS Seminar Next Wednesday: Fitness Training 101

Riccardo Scala, the owner of a local fitness business, Core Fusion Fitness, will be speaking at the next WIS seminar: "Fitness Training 101." Scala will talk about the benefits of exercise for everyday life, especially for those of us in sedentary jobs, in Panofsky Auditorium at noon, Wednesday, June 23.

Scala has degrees in Sport and Exercise Science, and Sports Physical Therapy. He will talk about integrating exercise into your work week, how women should exercise differently from men and how older bodies need different regimes than younger bodies need. He will discuss how a personal trainer can assist in health, wellness and lifestyle changes. Personal trainers are not just for the rich and famous! They can help you change your attitudes not just your body.

During the last 15 minutes of the hour-long seminar we will step outside onto the lawn near the auditorium and Scala will lead us in a short fitness demonstration, so come in flat shoes. Exercise clothes are not necessary.

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