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All Hands Meeting Today
symmetry Explains It in 60 Seconds: Jets
Volunteers Still Needed for Science Bowl 2008

SLAC Today

Monday - January 7, 2008

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All Hands Meeting Today

Please join me this morning for an All Hands meeting in which I will discuss how the lab will respond to the challenging FY08 budget. 

The meeting will take place at 10:00 a.m. in Panofsky Auditorium. Because there will only be one All Hands session and the Auditorium will likely fill quickly, a live broadcast of the talk will also be shown in the Auditorium Breezeway, the Kavli Auditorium, the Orange Room, the Cypress Room and the Redwood Rooms. (A meeting room map is available online.)

A link to video of the event will be posted to SLAC Today shortly after the All Hands concludes.

symmetry Explains It in 60 Seconds: Jets

Image courtesy of Sandbox Studio.

Jets are sprays of particles that fly out from certain high-energy collisions—for instance, from violent collisions of protons and antiprotons at Fermilab's Tevatron accelerator, or in the similar protonproton collisions that will take place at CERN's Large Hadron Collider.

These collisions create very energetic quarks and gluons; as they travel away from the collision point, they emit more gluons, which can split into even more gluons. This results in a relatively narrow cascade, or jet, of particles. 

In the last stage of jet creation, quarks and gluons combine to form particles such as protons, pions, and kaons.  Read more...

Volunteers Still Needed for Science Bowl 2008

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SLAC's fourth annual Department of Energy Regional Science Bowl will be held on February 2...and we need your help!

A competition testing the knowledge and resolve of brilliant high-school science enthusiasts, Science Bowl features a morning of fierce round-robin competition, and an afternoon of elimination rounds followed by an awards ceremony. In addition to bragging rights, the winning team gets a fully paid trip out to Washington DC for a shot at becoming National champs!

Teams are already signed up, the conference rooms have been booked, the food ordered. All we need now are the volunteers necessary to make it all happen! The competition requires scorekeepers, timekeepers and moderators—training will be provided in two sessions later this month. For more information please see SLAC's Science Bowl website. To volunteer, please contact Melinda Lee at x8547.


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