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Call for Proposals: Laboratory Directed Research and Development 2012
SLAC Document Templates Updated
Photon Science Seminar Series Starts Today

SLAC Today

Wednesday - February 23, 2011

Call for Proposals: Laboratory Directed Research and Development 2012

SLAC staff are invited to submit proposals for the fiscal year 2012 Laboratory Directed Research and Development Program. This program provides funding for initial and exploratory work on new approaches to solving problems relevant to the missions of the laboratory and Department of Energy, and seeds new areas of research. Scientists should consult with their associate laboratory director about their directorate's process for selecting applications to be put forward for the lab-wide competition.

For FY2012, the program will again include an LDRD proposal category for investment in "high risk/high payoff" areas. Thus there will be two categories of proposals for the FY2012 program:

  1. Proposals intended to initiate and/or develop major new strategic directions, with a focus in FY2012 in the area of energy science, and
  2. "Discovery" proposals with higher scientific risk and potential.

For program details and proposal submission guidelines, see the complete LDRD FY2012 Call for Proposals.

SLAC Document Templates Updated

SLAC presenters and correspondents, you don't have to go it alone! Ready-to-go templates for your memos, letterhead, PowerPoint slides, and more are available online, on the Office of Communications Templates page. The set has been updated with new PowerPoint templates featuring the SLAC, Stanford and/or Department of Energy logos. See the SLAC PowerPoint Template Guidelines for pointers on their use.

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Photon Science Seminar Series Starts Today

This afternoon, Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource user Philip Long will present the inaugural lecture in the photon science seminar series. Long's presentation, "Biogeochemical Dynamics: Controlling Uranium Mobility and Bioremediation in Contaminated Aquifers," will cover his research into the best strategies for uranium remediation for hazardous waste cleanup.

Long is a staff scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the principal investigator for the Rifle Integrated Research Challenge Project at Rifle, Colorado. At the Rifle site, Long and his team seek to identify new approaches and strategies to understanding the movement of uranium left at the site by a former milling operation. The Rifle field study examines ways to control and manipulate this movement by stimulating subsurface microorganisms, an understanding that will be critical in designing an effective bioremediation effort.

The new seminar series seeks to bring together scientists from the Linac Coherent Light Source, Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource, Photon Science and Accelerator directorates, including researchers from the Center for Sustainable Energy through Catalysis and two joint SLAC-Stanford institutes: the Stanford Institute for Materials and Energy Science and the Pulse Institute for Ultrafast Energy Science.

Beginning today, the lectures take place every Wednesday at 3 p.m. in SLAC's Building 901 (LCLS) Redtail Hawk conference room. Every presentation will be preceded by 15 minutes of informal discussion over cookies and coffee, and will be followed by time for anyone in the audience to share recent results or exciting experimental techniques.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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