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Jeffrey Lee to Receive Spicer Young Investigator Award
SSRL Thanks Piero Pianetta, Welcomes Chi-Chang Kao
SLUO Annual Meeting Today
Bake Sale Sends $800 to Pakistan

SLAC Today

Monday - August 30, 2010

Jeffrey Lee to Receive Spicer Young Investigator Award

Jeffrey Lee at Bandelier National Monument. (Photo courtesy Jeffrey Lee.)

Jeffrey Lee, Assistant Professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology at the University of Toronto, has been named the 2010 recipient of the William and Diane Spicer Young Investigator Award. The award, created in honor of William Spicer, co-founder of SSRL and a pioneer in photoemission spectroscopy, and his wife, Diane, pays tribute to a young researcher whose work has benefitted from or is beneficial to the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource or the worldwide synchrotron community.

"I'm very happy," said Lee. "It feels very nice to be recognized for my work."

The award, which is open to senior graduate students and those seven or fewer years into their professional scientific careers, will be presented on October 18 at the SSRL/Linac Coherent Light Source Users' Meeting. In turn, Lee will give a short presentation describing his recent research.

Until last month, Lee worked as a post-doc in the laboratory of Erica Ollmann Saphire at the Scripps Research Institute. There, he studied the Ebolavirus, which causes an untreatable disease that kills 50 to 90 percent of people who contract it. Using SSRL and other U.S. synchrotrons, Lee was able to uncover the structure of the Ebolavirus glycoprotein, which initiates the attachment and fusion of the virus and the host membranes, when it was bound to an antibody from a human survivor of the virus. Read more...

SSRL Thanks Piero Pianetta,
Welcomes Chi-Chang Kao

Persis Drell addresses the crowd at last Thursday's event. (Photo by Brad Plummer.)

Late last week, nearly 100 people gathered on the Stanford Guest House patio to thank Piero Pianetta for serving as Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource acting director for the past year, and to welcome new SSRL Director Chi-Chang Kao.

"It has been one of the greatest pleasures of my job to get to know Piero over the last year," said SLAC Director Persis Drell. "He's been a great leader for SSRL, and is a very respected voice in the laboratory community. Piero has managed major transitions at SSRL and has really been leading the light source to the future."

Drell continued: "We are also here to celebrate and welcome Chi-Chang as our new associate laboratory director for SSRL. In my first conversation with Chi-Chang [two years ago], I had a very strong feeling that this guy belongs at SLAC. He brings a breadth of vision and experience. He's a strong voice for SSRL and future of photon science more broadly. I am confident that Chi-Chang will lead us and SSRL to the future."

Piero Pianetta with his thank you card. (Photo by Brad Plummer.)

SSRL staff members presented Kao with an SSRL baseball cap as a welcoming gift.

"I am really excited to join the SSRL team and SLAC," Kao said. "I'm looking forward to working with everyone here to realize the potential of SPEAR-3 and develop a vision for SSRL for the coming decades."

Pianetta received an SSRL cap and a larger-than-life card featuring a photo of Piero "Buzz Lightyear" Pianetta, the words "to 500 mA and beyond" emblazoned across the top.

"It's been a great year," said Pianetta. "I enjoyed working with everyone and had quite a lot of support from the staff. And now I'm very pleased that Chi-Chang is here moving things forward. I look forward to working with him and also getting involved in my research at a deeper level again."

SLUO Annual Meeting Today

The SLAC Users Organization convenes its Annual Meeting today in Kavli Auditorium. The meeting, which runs from 1:00 to 6:15 p.m., will be followed by a reception in the Panofsky Auditorium Breezeway.

Speakers at the meeting will present the current state of the research projects supported by the SLAC Particle Physics and Astrophysics Division and the most recent results from those activities. All the members of the SLAC user community are encouraged to attend.

Bake Sale Sends $800 to Pakistan

Thanks to the many SLACers who organized and contributed to last Monday's bake sale, SLAC was able to donate $800 to the International American Red Cross Pakistan Relief Fund.

"I want to thank so many of our colleagues for their generosity," said co-organizer Ziba Mahdavi. "Those funds will benefit the victims of the flooding in Pakistan."


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