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In this issue:
Homestead High Takes Regional Science Bowl
New Security Building Open for Business
Supply Chain Management Snack and Learn Wednesday
ISO 9001 Standard Available Online
Colloquium Today: Giving Birth to the Fifth Generation Light Source

SLAC Today

Monday - February 28, 2011

Homestead High Takes Regional Science Bowl

Science Bowl champions from Homestead High School, with their coaches. (Photo by Ruth McDunn.)

2009 champs Homestead High School of Cupertino retook the Department of Energy Science Bowl regional championship during the tense climax to Saturday's competition, a hard-fought two-game match against last year's winners, Palo Alto High School. Crystal Springs Uplands School of Hillsborough took third place. The win earns the Homestead team a trip to the National Science Bowl competition in Washington D.C. from April 28 to May 2.

Martin Perl welcomes science bowl participants in Panofsky Auditorium. (Photo by Ruth McDunn.)

Twenty teams from around the Bay Area competed at the event, which was hosted by SLAC and staffed by a dedicated group of volunteers from both SLAC and Stanford University. The participating students were also treated to a pizza lunch and SLAC tour, and appearances by two of SLAC's Nobel Laureates—Martin Perl, who presided over opening ceremonies, and Director Emeritus Burton Richter, who presented the awards. In an aside, Richter pointed out that both the first and second place teams were from public schools—an indication that public schools are still capable of providing an excellent education.

The final round with Homstead (left) and Palo Alto (right) high schools. (Photo by Ruth McDunn.)

During his closing remarks Richter acknowledged how much fun the day had been, and stated the true joy of science was not in learning the answers to already-solved problems, but in finding the answers to new questions.

"If you stick with this career," Richter said, "I hope you have the pleasure of discovering something no one ever knew before."

New Security Building Open for Business

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The new Security Building sits across Loop Road from the Kavli Building. (Photo by Shawne Workman.)

Over the weekend, SLAC's Security & Emergency Management Department completed their move to the new Security Building—Building 235—just inside the lab's Main Gate. If you need assistance for badging, vehicle and parking registration, new employee training, keys and more, please come by the new location, just across Loop Road from the Kavli Building.

Please note that the parking lot in front of the new Security Building, nearest the Main Gate, is not yet open; finishing touches are being completed this week. If you can, please walk over from your workplace, or park in the lot behind the new building.

Supply Chain Management
Snack & Learn
Wednesday

The Supply Chain Management group will host a "snack and learn" session on the topic "Green Products," presented by MSC Industrial Direct Wednesday, March 2, from 9 to 11 a.m. in Kavli Auditorium.

All SLAC employees are invited to attend.

 

ISO 9001 Standard Available Online

ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems—Requirements (4th edition 2008) and its Technical Corrigendum 1 are available online through SLAC Library. The Library has purchased a site license which will accommodate three users simultaneously. ISO 9001 is available through the library's IHS Standards Expert subscription. Read more...

Colloquium Today: Giving Birth to the Fifth Generation Light Source

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Today at 4:15 p.m. in Panofsky Auditorium, UCLA Physics Department Chairman James Rosenzweig will present "Giving Birth to the Fifth Generation Light Source."

For accelerator-based "big science" to survive, giving new horizons to essential instruments—high-energy physics colliders and free-electron lasers—such instruments must be greatly diminished in size and cost, while simultaneously achieving ever higher performance. In this talk Rosenzweig traces, through the current experimental and theoretical work at UCLA, progress toward the goal of driving an X-ray free-electron laser with a high-gradient accelerator based on new techniques involving lasers and wakefields. Adding in the theme of employing ultra-high-brightness electron beams at low charge—thus entering the attosecond regime—as well as novel short-wavelength undulators, he will examine scenarios that enable extremely compact light sources with unprecedented performance.

The colloquium is free and open to all.

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