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RSB Project Receives Approval for Construction Start
SLAC Public Lecture January 25: Archaeopteryx

SLAC Today

Thursday - January 6, 2011

RSB Project Receives Approval for Construction Start

Rendering of the planned Research Support Building.

Congratulations to the Research Support Building and Infrastructure Modernization Project team, for receiving Critical Decision 2/3A approval on December 20, 2010. The RSB project includes renovations to Buildings 28 and 41, as well as demolition of the existing PEP City trailers and construction of Building 52, the Research Support Building, on that site. The CD 2/3A approval establishes the project's budget and schedule, and authorizes the start of construction for Buildings 28 and 52.

"Over the past 10 months, the project team invested significant time and energy to achieve this milestone and each and every one should be very proud of this achievement," said RSB Project Director Greg Herman. "I am very proud to be associated with such a dedicated and hardworking team." 


SLAC Public Lecture January 25: Archaeopteryx

(Photo - archeopteryx)
The Thermopolis Archaeopteryx Fossil.
(Photo by Brad Plummer.)

Tuesday, January 25 at 7:30 p.m. in Panofsky Auditorium, SLAC lightsource scientist Uwe Bergman will present a public lecture, "Archaeopteryx: Bringing the Dino-Bird to Life."

Some 150 million years ago, a strange creature died in a tropical lagoon that today is located in Bavaria, Germany. In 1861, a single feather of this creature was discovered. Not long afterward, a complete fossil was found with the same bird-like feathers but dinosaur-like anatomical features. Darwin had just published "On the Origin of Species." Could this fossil be the missing link that Darwin's supporters hoped to find? Recently, two of the now eleven discovered Archaeopteryx fossils, and that first feather, were brought to SLAC. Here, using the intense X-ray beam of the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource, researchers searched for the chemical remains of the original living creatures.

This lecture will explain how the studies attempt to bring the original dino-bird "back to life." The event is free and open to all.

For SLAC staff, Bergmann will present a lunchtime reprise of his talk from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, January 26, in Kavli Auditorium.




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