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People: Michelle Steger, Jackie Kerlegan and Natalya Brown Help Users Feel at Home
DOE/INFN Undergraduate Summer Exchange
Seen around SLAC: Through the Wormhole

SLAC Today

Wednesday - April 13, 2011

People: Michelle Steger, Jackie Kerlegan and Natalya Brown Help Users Feel at Home

A welcome sight for users at Building 120: (from left) Michelle Steger, Jackie Kerlegan and Natalya Brown. (Photo by Lori Ann White.)

Scientific users at the SLAC's two light sources generally have less than a week to get in, get their data and head home. But between navigating paperwork, learning safety regulations, taking care of samples, dealing with the particulars of the experimental hutch and the instruments—and sometimes doing all this in a language not their own—too much precious time could easily slip away before visiting researchers even get to the science.

What's a poor user to do?

Often users of the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource and the Linac Coherent Light Source turn to Jackie Kerlegan and Michelle Steger, two stalwarts of the User Research Administration group. Steger, a 27-year veteran at SLAC, is there from the users' first contact with the lab, helping guide SSRL proposals through the review process. Kerlegan, with Steger as backup, helps users once they arrive at SLAC.  Read more...

Undergraduate Summer Exchange

Calling all undergraduates in at least their third year with backgrounds and interest in physics, engineering or computing studies, and the desire to combine research and travel! The Summer Exchange Program offers a marvelous opportunity to work directly with scientists in Italy and to absorb the rich culture there. The deadline for applications is April 23, 2011.

The exchange, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science and Italy's National Institute for Nuclear Physics, sends U.S. undergraduate students to Italy for eight to ten weeks to work with scientists on projects. Italian students have similar opportunities stateside. Potential research areas include particle physics, astro-particle physics, nuclear physics, theoretical physics and detector physics.

Information about the Italian program may be found on the DOE/INFN Summer Exchange Program 2011 call for applications. Information about the DOE program at SLAC may be found on the SLAC/INFN Summer Exchange Program page. For additional information, contact Harvey Lynch (650-926-3691).


Tim Tait and Simona Murgia are featured in the Fermi Telescope's Instrument Science Operations Center at SLAC. (Photo by Melinda Lee.)

Seen around SLAC: Through the Wormhole

A production crew from the television program Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman was on site last week, filming for two segments to appear on the Science Channel this summer.

 Filming JoAnne Hewett in SLAc's Main Control Center. (Photo by Melinda Lee.)

SLAC theoretical physicist JoAnne Hewett, Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope scientist Simona Murgia and Murgia's husband, theoretical high-energy physicist Tim Tait of UC Irvine, were interviewed for segments of the program focusing on antimatter and dark matter in the universe.





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