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In this issue:
LCLS Construction Receives Secretary's Award of Excellence
Colloquium Tomorrow: Jonathan Dorfan on the Okinawa Institute
Noontime Concert Next Thursday
WIS Seminar Wednesday: Julia Child, An Appetite for Life

SLAC Today

Monday - March 21, 2011

LCLS Construction Receives Secretary's Award of Excellence

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From left: Secretary Chu presents the award to John Galayda, Mark Reichanadter, Hannibal Joma, and Hanley Lee as DOE dignitaries Daniel Lehman and Ingrid Kolb watch in approval. (Photo: DOE.)

The Linac Coherent Light Source construction project was awarded the Secretary's Award of Excellence at a ceremony in Alexandria, VA, last Wednesday during the annual Department of Energy Project Management Workshop. The award recognizes the overall management of the project, and the effort and expertise required to build the first hard X-ray laser on time and under budget—from the groundbreaking in October 2006 to the facility's first X-ray laser light in April 2009.

Accepting the award from Secretary of Energy Steven Chu were John Galayda and Mark Reichanadter, representing SLAC's part of the management effort, and Hanley Lee and Hannibal Joma of the DOE management team. Reichanadter was quick to point out that the teamwork did not stop there.  Read more...

Colloquium Tomorrow:
Jonathan Dorfan on the Okinawa Institute

This week's SLAC Colloquium will take place on Tuesday—tomorrow—rather than Monday. At 4:15 p.m. tomorrow in Panofsky Auditorium, SLAC Director Emeritus Jonathan Dorfan will present "Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology: A New International Graduate University." The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology is a thriving research center located on the sub-tropical island of Okinawa. In November of this year, a long process comes to a close as OIST officially becomes a fully fledged, PhD-granting graduate university. In tomorrow's colloquium, Dorfan will give a short history of the establishment of OIST, but will focus mainly on the founding precepts, the physical and human assets and the research program.

The colloquium is free and open to all.

The Arneis Quartet.
(Photo: Liz Linder.)

Noontime Concert Next Thursday

The Arneis Quartet will present a noontime concert on Thursday, March 31 in the Kavli Auditorium. This group was formed at Boston University and has performed in numerous other venues. They are an emerging quartet that is working for a short time with the St. Lawrence String Quartet here at Stanford.

They will perform the Bartok String Quartet Number 3 and the Beethoven String Quartet Opus 95.

The concert will begin at noon and end by 1 p.m. Please join us!

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WIS Seminar Wednesday:
Julia Child, An Appetite for Life

This Wednesday at noon in Panofsky Auditorium, Santa Clara University Associate Professor of History Nancy Unger will present "Julia Child, America's French Chef: An Appetite for Life."

What is it about Julia Child? She's a cook—not a great scientist or world leader. Yet she graced the cover of Time in 1966, and has been the subject of a musical play and several biographies. How can we understand how "just cooking" made this women not only an American icon, but allowed her to profoundly influence what Americans eat and cook, and think about the purpose of food and of meals?

This talk places Child's fascinating life story within the context of American women's history. Her appetite—for food and for life—was inspirational, and fun. She was an amazing women in her own time, and left an important legacy by following her passions and being unapologetically herself.

Everyone is welcome. Bring your lunch and a friend.

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