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People: Middle School Project Puts LCLS in the Spotlight
Giving Campaign Season Begins
WIS Seminar Today: Going Undercover to Find Out About Illegal Immigrants
Seen around SLAC: Fourth-axis Mill

SLAC Today

Wednesday - November 17, 2010

People: Middle School Project Puts LCLS in the Spotlight

From left: Micaela David and Jocelyn Gomez with their LCLS model. (Photo courtesy Micaela David.)

Eighth-graders Micaela David and Jocelyn Gomez of the Gifted and Talented Program at Washington Middle School in Salinas, California, recently illuminated the inner workings of the Linac Coherent Light Source for their classmates.

An assignment requiring research into new technologies prompted their choice of the LCLS. According to Micaela, when she left school the day of the assignment she was still at a loss for a topic, but then she remembered an ABC7 News segment on the LCLS, and knew she'd found it.

"I'd never heard of a laboratory underground or an X-ray laser," Micaela said. "It sounded like something from a movie." She shared her idea with her assignment partner and friend Jocelyn, who agreed that the LCLS fit the bill.  Read more...

Giving Campaign Season Begins

The holiday season is coming and SLAC is once again participating in the Second Harvest Food Drive. The Second Harvest Food Bank is the primary source of donated, surplus and purchased food for non-profit agencies in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. In fiscal year 2010 (July 2009–June 2010), they distributed more than 45.5 million pounds of nutritious food to low-income people in need in every zip code of our service area from Daly City to Gilroy, and from the ocean to the bay.


WIS Seminar Today: Going Undercover to Find Out About Illegal Immigrants

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Please join the Women's Interchange at SLAC at noon today in Panofsky Auditorium for an unusual look at immigration and immigrants, the last WIS seminar of the year. Stanford Assistant Professor of Sociology Monica McDermott will be talking about her experiences while "Going Undercover to Find Out About Illegal Immigrants."

McDermott will discuss the work she did in Greenville, South Carolina, where she went "undercover" to see first-hand how whites and Latinos were getting along. McDermott took a 12-month sabbatical from Stanford in 2005 and moved to Greenville, where she rented a house in a neighborhood that was home to working-class Hispanic immigrants and native Southerners, and took a job stocking shelves at a discount retail store.

McDermott's research focuses upon the ways in which race and class interact in the contemporary United States. She uses a variety of methodologies to analyze race/class interactions, ranging from participant observations to statistical analysis of secondary survey data and census data.

Since returning to Stanford in 2006, Professor McDermott has made several more research visits to South Carolina to see how Latinos and whites are getting along. Come hear her describe her personal experiences and discuss today's debate about immigration.

(Photo by Lori Ann White.)

Seen around SLAC: Fourth-axis Mill

The SLAC Machine Shop now showcases a "vertical machining center with true fourth axis capability," according to manager Denise Larsen. It replaces the Cincinnati VMC 5, a similar machine which, Larsen said, was "20-plus years old. We could no longer find parts to fix it when it broke down."

The new computer-controlled milling machine, installed just last week, can not only machine material along the standard X-,Y- and Z-axes, but can also mill helices and other shapes that require precise movements around a cylindrical axis.

The machine is also larger and more accurate than equipment previously coaxed to perform some of the same functions, according to machinist Pete Franco—not to mention much better suited to such operations.

"I used to just kind of make it work," Franco said, when asked how he previously managed to fulfill requests calling for cylindrical cuts. He and the rest of the machine shop crew welcome the opportunity to put their new machine through its circular paces.


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