Two SLAC Scientists Receive
DOE Early Career Research Awards
(Photo by Lori Ann White.)
Markus Guehr of the PULSE Institute for Ultrafast Energy Science, a joint
SLAC/Stanford institute, and Faya Wang of SLAC's Accelerator Research
Division are among
65 young researchers selected from a nationwide pool of more than a
thousand hopefuls who will receive five-year grants for their research from the Department of Energy. The awards, announced early this month by the DOE Office of Science, are intended to provide support to promising young researchers at the beginning of their careers—often a time of little money but a lot of energy, enthusiasm and good ideas.
(Photo courtesy Markus Guehr.)
Markus Guehr's good idea, selected by the DOE Office of Basic Energy Science, is an attempt to shed light—literally—on photochemistry, the study of how light energy affects interactions between the electrons of different atoms and between electrons and atomic nuclei within a molecule. Electron interaction is the basis of chemical bonding, Guehr explained, but as electrons rearrange themselves, atomic nuclei are affected as well.
Change Is Afoot
SLAC Today Is Getting a New Look and a Bit More
Keep an eye on SLAC Today in the coming days as it moves into a new home and picks up a few new tricks. Monday morning's edition will come to you from an updated website, where SLAC's top science content for the public and
key communications for the lab community will have their own separate places to shine. The Communications Office has compiled reader requests over the years together with
SLAC Today survey results to select a subset of most asked-for and, we hope, most practical enhancements for SLAC news and announcements.
Starting Monday, May 23, you'll see:
- A compact, quick-scan SLAC Today e-mail format in plain
text to display reliably in any e-mail reader
- A new web page dedicated to SLAC's best projects and science results, with space for feature stories, press releases, images and videos to stay in the spotlight
for more than a single day
- An updated SLAC Today web page that gives your key announcements more space and provides you with updated tools to post news, images and associated links
- Graphical event calendars
- Content tags (categories), feeds (RSS) and enhanced archives and
search to make it easier to get the news and announcements you're looking for
We look forward to your feedback on the new site. Stay tuned...
Your Vote Counts: DOE People's Choice Award Video Contest
Final votes are due next Tuesday May 24 at 5 p.m. for the Department of
Energy Office of Science "Life at the Frontiers of Energy Research" video contest.
As part of the upcoming forum "Science for Our Nation’s Energy Future," the 46
DOE Energy Frontier Research Centers were invited to create short films to
highlight their science, innovations and people. The videos aim to educate and
entertain an intelligent but non-expert audience.
The Office of Science announced
five finalists from among 26 videos submitted. As of May 17, two contenders are stealing the show
for the final round of voting. Leading the pack, "Heart of the Solution—Energy Frontiers"
hails from the
Center for Solar and Thermal Energy Conversion,
led by the University of Michigan. Running a close second place is "Carbon in Underland,"
presented by the
Center for Nanoscale Control of Geologic CO2
with lead institution Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
View the videos and cast your votes for up to three favorites on the
Life at the Frontiers of Energy Research Video Contest Entries