John Bozek's Opportunity of a Lifetime
The instrument scientist in his natural habitat—the AMO control room.
(Photo by Lori Ann White.)
Some people seem to be born knowing just what they want to do with their lives. Some people never figure out what they want to be when they grow up. SLAC Instrument Scientist John Bozek falls into a third category. When it came time to choose a career, he wasn't sure want he wanted, but he knew what he loved.
With that knowledge in mind, finding his place as the first instrumentation scientist of the
Atomic, Molecular and Optical science instrument—the first user instrument at the Linac Coherent Light Source, the first hard X-ray laser—became a simple matter of following the fun.
Originally from Winnipeg, Canada, Bozek first studied pre-medicine because "that's what smart people did. Went into medicine." Bozek quickly learned he was not like the other smart people.
"I decided that was not my future because I liked discovering things too much, I liked investigating things too much," he said. Knowing medicine was out but not quite sure what would take its place, Bozek capitalized on all his chemistry courses and graduated with a degree in chemistry. "At least it was physical chemistry," he said with a laugh.
Blood Drive Next Wednesday
Give blood, help local hospitals...
and see a ball game!
The SLAC Blood Drive will take place next Wednesday, August 18, from 8
a.m. to 3 p.m. In addition to helping local hospitals and boosting SLAC's
ranking in the
Bay Area competition, each donor will receive vouchers good for two general
admission tickets to the Stanford versus Sacramento State football game on September 4.
Drop-ins are welcome, though priority will be given to donors with appointments. To register:
For recommendations and requirements for giving blood, see the
Stanford Blood Center eligibility page.
Seen around SLAC: Undulator Signatures
This undulator shell, the last to be installed in the Linac Coherent Light
Source Undulator Hall, displays the signatures of several of the Mechanical
Fabrication Department staff members who did the honors. Mechanical Fabrication
is just one of the many SLAC groups vital to the success of the LCLS, to be
celebrated at the dedication ceremony on August 16.