February 20, 2004
 

 

SSRL’s New Robotic System Helps Stanford Researchers Reveal Cells’ Inner Workings

By Mitzi Baker and Heather Rock Woods

In the world of molecules, DNA tends to get top billing at the expense of RNA, which is critical for turning DNA’s genetic blueprint into working proteins. Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have published significant insights into how the RNA molecule completes this task in two back-to-back papers in the February 13 issue of Science Magazine. 

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PEP-II Sets New Luminosity Record

By Kate Metropolis

On January 26, PEP-II delivered and BABAR recorded the highest number of electron-positron collisions in a 24-hour period to date. Both the accelerator and the detector exceeded 500 inverse picobarns that day, approximately 500,000 events in which a B meson and an anti-B meson were produced. This number is more than three times higher than PEP-II was designed to deliver.

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Helen Quinn is New APS President

By Davide Castelvecchi

This year Helen Quinn (THP) may end up earning plenty of frequent flyer miles to Washington, D.C.—she is the new president of the American Physical Society (APS), one of the world’s most prestigious academic societies. "Quinn’s distinction is a cause of pride for the whole Stanford community," Director Jonathan Dorfan said.

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SPEAR3 Movie to be Shown Again

By Davide Castelvecchi

At the hugely successful dedication of the new SPEAR3 light source on January 29, the 850-strong audience had a chance to hear about the history of SLAC’s synchrotron from the voices of its protagonists, thanks to the screening of an in-house documentary production.

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Dmitry Teytelman Honored for Outstanding Thesis in Beam Physics

By Kate Metropolis

For the development of new techniques to control particle beams, Dmitry Teytelman (ARDA) will receive the 2004 APS Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Research in Beam Physics Award.

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The Katherine E. Pope Fellowship

By Lee Lyon

SLAC is pleased to announce the availability of the third Katherine E. Pope Summer Fellowship.

The Fellowship was established to remember the life of Katherine E. Pope, an undergraduate student at Smith College in Massachusetts, who was working at SLAC under the direction of her physics advisor. Pope was tragically killed in July 2001, riding a bicycle on her way to SLAC.

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