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Expression Web Books Now Available
Seen around SLAC: DIRC

SLAC Today

Wednesday - January 12, 2011

Mukhles Sowwan—Hope Through Science

(Photo - Mukhles Sowwan)
Mukhles Sowwan. (Photo courtesy Mukhles Sowwan.)

Visiting Professor Mukhles Sowwan spent the past six years founding the Nanotechnology Research Laboratory at Al-Quds University in East Jerusalem. He has built the program and facilities there from the ground up, with the help of international funding and his determinedly hopeful outlook.

Sowwan's year-long sabbatical at Stanford and SLAC is sponsored partly by his home university and partly by a Fulbright Fellowship and hosted by Bruce Clemens at the university's Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Sowwan will be working in a new, state-of-the-art nanotechnology facility at Stanford, where he will create samples of metallic nanoparticles—very small particles with dimensions in the nano scale (1–100 nanometers), which have applications in fields ranging from computer hardware to medicine. He plans to test how the electrical and physical properties of the nanoparticles change with differences in their dimensions. Professor Herman Winick is hosting Sowwan at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory, SSRL, where Sowwan plans to use the X-ray diffraction beamlines on his completed samples.  Read more...

Expression Web Books Now Available

Do you need to develop proficiency in Microsoft Expression Web, the software tool for Web content editing? The SLAC Research Library, in conjunction with the Stanford University Libraries, offers two e-book collections featuring a number of books to help get you started. Books 24X7, which has more than 7,000 books on computer skills and information technology contains such books as Expression Web for Dummies, Microsoft Expression Web Step-by-Step and the more advanced Introducing Microsoft Expression Studio. (Access to Books 24X7 requires a SUNet ID.) Safari Tech Books Online is also a good resource for Expression Web material with titles such as Microsoft Expression Web on Demand and Microsoft Expression Web Visual Quickstart Guide.

To access these and other titles, click on “E-books and E-resources” on the SLAC Research Library home page. For more information, contact the Library at or extension 2411.

 (Photo by Lori Ann White.)

Seen around SLAC: DIRC

A 33-ton portion of the DIRC—the Detection of Internally Reflected Cherenkov light detector from the BaBar experiment—was moved last week from Building 620 to Building 720, to be partially disassembled, temporarily stored and and made available for use by SuperB, the recently approved Italian super flavor factory project. The move was short in distance but long in planning and preparation.

 The truck carrying DIRC makes its way carefully onto Loop Road. (Photo by Lori Ann White.)

In fact, the move was scheduled for last month but met with uncooperative weather, said Stuart Metcalfe from the Accelerator Engineering Division's Work Planning and Control Group. "We had to wait for a lot of planets to align," he said. "Today was the day."




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