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Save the Date: SLUO Annual Meeting August 30
Basque Delegation Visits SLAC

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Thursday - July 29, 2010

Save the Date:
SLUO Annual Meeting August 30

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The SLAC Users Organization will convene its Annual Meeting at SLAC on August 30, 2010, from 1 to 6 p.m. in Kavli Auditorium. The meeting will be followed by a reception in the Panofsky Auditorium Breezeway.

The 2010 meeting will present the projects supported by the SLAC Particle Physics and Astrophysics Division and the PPA university users in all of their diversity. The meeting will feature recent results from the Fermi Space Telescope and the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider, and discussion of new initiatives in B physics, dark matter and advanced accelerator physics. It will provide an excellent opportunity to learn about new projects at SLAC and to discuss new opportunities for collaboration between SLAC and the university physics community.

Reflecting the broad involvement of SLAC in astrophysics, the meeting will include a presentation by Roger Blandford of the results of the 2010 Astronomy Decadal Survey and a presentation by Nigel Sharp of the NSF on that agency's vision of major astrophysics facilities. The meeting will also feature talks by SLAC Director Persis Drell and Director of PPA David MacFarlane on the future of SLAC and the PPA Division.

More information about the meeting is available at the annual meeting Web site or by contacting sluodesk@slac.stanford.edu. Registration is free. Please register online to help us in planning for the reception.

We are looking forward to an informative and exciting afternoon. Please join us!

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Basque leader Patxi López presents SLAC Director Persis Drell with a jai alai ball. (Photo by Brad Plummer.)

Basque Delegation Visits SLAC

Leader of the autonomous Basque government Patxi López and a small group of delegates visited SLAC yesterday as part of a cultural tour across the United States. Their interest in visiting the lab included learning about accelerator science and fostering collaborative relationships as they seek to build an accelerator facility of their own.

SLAC Director Persis Drell and several associate laboratory directors greeted the President upon his arrival and provided a brief overview of the science happening at the lab. They then presented the visitors with a "beam tree"—a fractal pattern created by applying an electron beam to a block of acrylic—and received a hand-crafted jai alai ball from the Basque delegation in honor of a popular national pastime.

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Uwe Bergmann describes the workings of the LCLS. (Photo by Brad Plummer.)

Linac Coherent Light Source Deputy Director Uwe Bergmann then led the group to the Klystron Gallery and the LCLS Near Experimental Hall, where he further discussed SLAC science and answered questions from the visitors.

"It was a lot of fun to share the excitement here with a head of state," Bergmann said after the tour.

The President's trip also included a visit to Google headquarters and the Stanford main campus. They are scheduled to attend Jaialdi, a major Basque festival held in Boise, Idaho later this week.

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