April 16, 2004  


Bringing Science to Life: Second Talk in Public Lecture Series

By Kate Metropolis

Why do thousands of researchers from universities and industry come to SSRL each year? SSRL gives them a way of seeing real things at the level of individual atoms, and what they see helps to design therapeutic drugs, investigate living cells and viruses, and study pollutants and exotic materials.

Herman Winick will explain how to see a molecule using an accelerator. (Photo by Diana Rogers)

Herman Winick, assistant director of SSRL and professor emeritus of applied physics at Stanford and SLAC, has been one of the leading developers of synchrotron light sources for three decades. At 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 27, Winick will explain in lay terms what synchrotron radiation is, how it is made and how it is used to illuminate both fundamental science and societal problems. “Synchrotron Radiation: The Light Fantastic” is the second in the Lab’s new public lecture series on science for the local community.

Winick joined the synchrotron radiation program here in 1973. He was superbly well qualified for the job, having just spent the past several months at Harvard identifying the weak points in the SPEAR proposal as a reviewer for NSF. “I was shocked out of my mind when SLAC offered me the position [leading design and construction],” he said.

In addition to keeping the Lab a leader in synchrotron light capabilities for 30 years and writing more than a hundred scientific papers, Winick has devoted considerable effort to the causes of human rights and international scientific collaboration. He conceived the idea of building a synchrotron light laboratory in the Middle East, with the hope that giving Israelis, Palestinians and people of other nationalities the opportunity to do world-class science together would increase mutual understanding and the chances for peace. In January 2003, ground was broken in Jordan for the UNESCO-sponsored project, called Synchrotron light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East (SESAME).

After the talk, attendees can enjoy refreshments and chat with scientists who will be on hand to answer questions. Invite your family and friends! To help promote the public lecture series or put up posters in your community contact Emily Ball, Community Relations Coordinator (Ext. 2620, emily.ball@slac.stanford.edu).

For more information, see: http://www.slac.stanford.edu/lectures


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Last update Tuesday September 13, 2005 by Emily Ball