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Ensemble to Play Midday Melodies
Safety Today: The Ticks are out and They are Hungry
Blood Drive Tomorrow
Reminder: Register for the Pief Symposium

SLAC Today

Tuesday - April 1, 2008

Ensemble to Play Midday Melodies

(Photo - St. Lawrence Quartet)
The St. Lawrence String Quartet

Please join your fellow music lovers this afternoon as the world-class Saint Lawrence String Quartet, Stanford's Ensemble-in-Residence, treats SLAC employees to a musical workday interlude.

The ensemble will perform Beethoven's last String Quartet, No. 16 in F major (Opus 135). Featured in The New Yorker's "Best of 2006" list, the Saint Lawrence String Quartet has received worldwide acclaim for delivering what BBC Music Magazine describes as "faultless, instantly compelling performances."

The show will take place at 12:10 p.m. today in the Kavli Auditorium. For more information, visit the St. Lawrence String Quartet website.

(Column - Safety Today)

The Ticks are Out and They are Hungry

It is once again tick season, and those who venture into the field should beware. Ticks may pass on diseases to humans including Lyme Disease.

Ticks are commonly found on brush and tall vegetation, but may also be on the ground. Ticks may grab on or climb up clothing and body parts.

To minimize the likelihood of gaining a "joy rider," the following suggestions are offered:

- Plan your route to avoid narrow paths and dense brush

- Wear light-colored long pants with your pants tucked into your socks

- Routinely check your legs for undesired guests

- Spray your clothing with a repellant containing DEET and/or an insecticide containing permethrin

- At the end of the day, do a full body tick check

If you do find a tick, ensure that the tick is properly removed. The SLAC Medical Office has a tick removal kit specifically designed for this task. If you attempt to remove the tick yourself, do so carefully. The San Mateo County Health Department recommends the following technique for tick removal: Grasp the tick with tweezers or tissue as close to the skin as possible. Gently pull the tick straight upward from the skin. Don't twist or "unscrew." Do not attempt removal by using nail polish remover, kerosene or Vaseline. If you break off the head or mouth parts or otherwise pop the tick, you may be exposed to infected fluids.

If you do find and remove an intact tick, place the tick in a small container with 1 or 2 drops of water or saline solution. Do not use other liquids such as alcohol or formaldehyde solutions. Take the tick to the County Public Health Lab between 8:00 a.m. and noon and between 1:00 and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The lab will determine whether or not the tick is infected.

Additional information is available from the Centers for Disease Control and on the American Lyme Disease Foundation Tick Identification Card.

Blood Drive Tomorrow

(Logo)SLAC will host a blood drive in the Panofsky Auditorium Lobby on Wednesday, April 2, from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. This drive is open to all members of the SLAC community and the general public.

Each donor will receive a coupon for a free beverage at Peet's Coffee & Tea.

To donate blood, you must:
- Be between 17 and 74 years of age
- Weigh at least 110 pounds
- Be feeling healthy
- Be well hydrated
- Eat within 6 hours prior to donation
- Bring photo identification

To schedule an appointment online, log onto the Stanford Blood Center website and click on "Find a Blood Drive." Then click on "Mobile Drive Scheduler" and enter sla5323 in the "Sponsor Code" box. Click on the date of the drive and then follow the prompts to schedule your appointment.

Appointments will be given priority, but walk-ins are always welcome!

Please contact Lauren Barbieri with questions.


Reminder: Register for the Pief Symposium

Don't forget to register for the upcoming symposium celebrating the remarkable life of SLAC Founder Pief Panofsky. The day-long symposium will comprise a series of speakers who will summarize Pief's achievements as a scientist and humanitarian.

The event takes place on Thursday, April 10, 2008, and is only open to those who register in advance. For more information, please visit the symposium website.


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