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Memorial Service to Honor Pief Panofsky
SSRL/LCLS Users' Meeting Starts Today
New Take on Annual SLAC Tradition
Flu Vaccine Available at SLAC Medical Office

SLAC Today

Friday - September 28, 2007

Memorial Service to Honor Pief Panofsky Today

Pief Panofsky
(Image courtesy of Diana Rogers)

Pief Panofsky has had a profound influence on SLAC, the scientific community and civilization. His wide-ranging and numerous contributions have affected us all. Today at 11:45 a.m. on the SLAC green, those who knew and worked with Pief will remember how his efforts have contributed to so many aspects of society.

Please join the speakers, Dick Taylor, Jonathan Dorfan—who will read a message from Burton Richter—Greg Loew, Martin Perl, Donald Kennedy and Sid Drell, as they reflect on Pief's life. The event will also include a musical interlude—the slow movement from Mozart's piano concerto No. 22.

SSRL/LCLS Users' Meeting Starts Today

The first-ever joint Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory (SSRL) and Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) Users' Meeting kicks off today, beginning with a special symposium on the future of x-ray science on September 28–29. New users are encouraged to participate in the joint SSRL/ Advanced Light Source (ALS) Workshop on Synchrotron Techniques on September 30.

The main users' meeting will be held October 1–2 and will feature presentations on recent developments and new opportunities in structural biology and spectroscopy, material and environmental science, ultrafast science and LCLS instrumentation. Nobel Laureate Roger Kornberg will deliver a special keynote presentation on Tuesday, October 2, followed by the Users' Meeting Award Presentation ceremony and dinner party. A full program is available on the SSRL Users' Meeting website.

Flu Vaccine Available at SLAC Medical Office

The single best way to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated each year, and the new influenza vaccine is now available for free in the SLAC Medical Department.

The flu shot is an inactivated vaccine (containing killed virus) that is given with a needle, usually in the arm. The shot is approved for use in people older than 6 months, including healthy people and people with chronic medical conditions. If you would like to schedule an appointment to receive the influenza vaccine, please call x2281.

A New Take on an Annual SLAC Tradition

The Drell-Richter Trophy

Since 1962, the pinnacle of SLAC athletics has been the "Theory vs. Experiment Annual Softball Game," a combative celebration of softball and physics. This year, the makeup of the competing teams is being changed to broaden SLAC participation site-wide, reflecting the lab's expanding scientific mission. On October 6, Staff (including faculty) will compete against Users (including students and post-docs) in "The SLAC Annual Softball Game."

The original competition, brought to the lab by Sid "Lefty" Drell and Burt "Big Daddy" Richter, pitted Theory against Experiment. Experiment dominated the series, winning 36 of the series' 45 games, but whether this is a reflection of the group's inherent talent is controversial. Experimentalists greatly outnumber theorists at the lab, potentially giving the former an unfair advantage. According to game organizer Mike Woods, the numbers of players in the respective pools are comparable this year, facilitating a more evenly matched event.

Although the competition has a new title and new teams, the glistening, beam tree-bearing "Drell-Richter Trophy" remains the coveted prize. Inaugurated as the grand prize in 1999 to honor the founding fathers of SLAC softball, the trophy is currently on display at the SLAC Visitor Center.

Both teams welcome new players. Anyone interested in participating is encouraged to contact Mike Woods, captain of Staff, or Howie Haber, captain of Users. The game will take place on October 6 at 2:00 p.m. at Roble Field, followed by ancillary festivities at 4:00 p.m.

More information is available at the SLAC Annual Softball Game website.

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