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Energy Secretary Dedicates World's Most Powerful X-ray Laser
SULI Students Wrap Up a Summer of Science at SLAC
Welcome, New SLACers!

SLAC Today

Tuesday - August 17, 2010

Energy Secretary Dedicates World's Most Powerful X-ray Laser

Secretary of Energy Steven Chu (left) with SLAC Director Persis Drell and Stanford President John Hennessy. (Photo by Brian Long.)

Secretary of Energy Steven Chu on Monday dedicated the Linac Coherent Light Source, the world's first and most powerful X-ray laser, at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.

"The LCLS shows what the scientific workforce of our nation, in cooperation with our international partners, is capable of achieving," said Secretary Chu. "Pioneering research will remain critical if the U.S. is to stay a global leader when it comes to innovation and competitiveness."

Stanford University President John Hennessy spoke alongside Secretary Chu and other guests, including U.S. representatives Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose) and Mike Honda (D-San Jose). "I'm struck by the many accomplishments of SLAC and the many ways the researchers here exemplify the pioneering tradition for which Stanford is known," Hennessy said. "For almost half a century, SLAC has been adventurous in its thinking, boldly launching new efforts in its search for knowledge. We're privileged to have this world-class research facility here at our university."

SLAC Director Persis Drell said, "We at SLAC could not have delivered the LCLS on our own; the Department of Energy, Stanford University and all our partners were always there when we needed them. And now we have a facility that is annihilating expectations. The early experiments are swimming in data and are already exploring new frontiers—the science is starting to flow."  

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(Photo - SULI award luncheon)
SULI summer students 2010.
(Photo by Lauren Rugani.)

SULI Students Wrap Up a Summer of Science at SLAC

Luke Zhou receives Ernest Coleman Award

Students in the Summer Undergraduate Laboratory Internship program celebrated the end of their summer at SLAC with an awards ceremony and a picnic at Sector 6 along the linac last Friday. The participants spent nine weeks studying under a mentor at the laboratory, in areas including engineering, computer science, chemistry and accelerator physics.

"Everything about SLAC just blew my mind," said Tiarra Stout, who studies physics at Idaho State University. She worked under Debbie Bard on the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope. From the unique laboratory facilities to the surrounding landscape, Stout said she was able to appreciate something new every day.

Many students realized that the real-world applications of their majors went far beyond anything they had imagined. Ayelet Britton, a sophomore studying math and computer science at the University of California San Diego, spent her summer analyzing database management systems and ways to improve page rankings. "I learned that there are more interesting applications in computer science than just writing software for a big company," she said.

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 (Photo by Barbara Hemstad.)

Welcome, New SLACers!

On Thursday, August 5, SLAC welcomed 23 new staff at New Employee Orientation. Please join us in congratulating our newest staff as they embark on their successful pathways at SLAC.

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