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Italian Students Bid SLAC a Heartfelt "Ciao!"
Graduate Students Preview SLAC Research Options
LCLS/SSRL Annual Users' Conference Registration Open

SLAC Today

Tuesday - September 21, 2010

Italian Students Bid SLAC a Heartfelt "Ciao!"

(Photo - SLAC INFN exchange students 2010)
From left: Leonardo Cristella, Lucia Grillo, Mattia Sormani, Chiara Piacentini. (Photo by Lori Ann White.)

Four Italian students have concluded their two-month stints here as SLAC researchers and are heading back to Italy and back to their universities. The students took part in a summer exchange program co-sponsored by the Department of Energy and the Italian National Institute for Nuclear Physics. SLAC has welcomed Italian exchange students for all of nine years of the program's existence, according to Steve Williams, original SLAC program liaison, and Harvey Lynch, who took over the position in 2006.

The students, one of whom arrived with a newly-minted laurea triennale (the Italian equivalent of a bachelor's degree), came from all over Italy—from Milan in the north to Bari in the south, Trieste to the east and Pisa to the west. They leave with valuable hands-on experience gained as members of the either the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope or the BaBar team, data for their master's theses, and a sincere appreciation of the beauties of the Bay Area and beyond.  Read more...

Graduate Students Preview SLAC Research Options

(Photo - talk in Kavli Auditorium)
Particle physicist Su Dong presented opening words and an overview of SLAC physics. (Photo by Lauren Rugani.)

Last Thursday, SLAC faculty and staff hosted about 40 incoming graduate students from the Stanford physics and applied physics programs, introducing them to research opportunities available at the lab. The students heard to presentations about accelerator physics, photon science, particle physics and cosmology; toured several lab facilities; and chatted with current graduate students and faculty about ongoing research.

Along with presentations and tours, the day included two poster sessions—a new addition to the orientation program this year—where students learned about different research programs from current graduate students. The event showcases SLAC science for the students, who spend the majority of their first year taking classes and working with different groups both at the university and at SLAC.  Read more...

LCLS/SSRL Annual Users' Conference Registration Open

Registration is open for the annual Linac Coherent Light Source and Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource Users' Conference, October 17–21. The event is a valuable opportunity to learn about the latest plans, developments and exciting user research at LCLS and SSRL. It is also a great time to interact with other scientists, potential colleagues and vendors of lightsource-related products and services.

Jens Nørskov, who recently joined SLAC and Stanford to lead a new initiative in catalysis and interfacial science, will give the keynote talk on the role of interface catalysis in converting sunlight into fuels.  Read more...

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