October 1, 2004


Thirty Years of Quarky Nuclear Physics

By Heather Rock Woods

On the heels of discovering quarks 35 years ago, SLAC pioneered a new field called high-energy nuclear physics to delve into the quirky behavior of quarks.

Like ecologists who want to understand the behavior and ecological niche of a newly discovered species, a SLAC user group formed by the late Benson Chertok (American University) began using high-energy electron beams to learn about quarks in their natural habitat—protons, neutrons and combinations of protons and neutrons that form the nucleus of an atom.

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Walkin’, Phishin’ and Postin’—Annual Safety and Security Briefing

By Doug Kreitz

Attendees at the 3rd annual Safety and Security Briefing held on September 22 reacted enthusiastically to the revised format and solid content of the talks.

Staff comments from the 2003 event influenced the topics and helped shape the overall format this year—fewer speakers, timely and concise information and more interesting visuals. We are pleased to report that, based on 400 staff surveys returned, many felt this year’s program was the most valuable one they had attended to date.

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New KIPAC Parking Lot Takes Shape Near Main Gate

By Shawne Neeper

Road closed. Right turn only. Before long, it will be left turn only. Recent traffic rerouting counter-clockwise around the Loop Road has been necessary for the construction of additional parking to support the future Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology (KIPAC), and it is nearly finished. Next will come Phase II—construction of the three-story building, which will require occasional closures of the Loop Road.

The current work extends the existing parking lot to the east and downhill from the Cafeteria.

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Trim That V:Drive

By Shawne Neeper

You probably received the e-mail sent out August 30 with the subject heading: Quotas Now Implemented on Windows Disk Space. It announced new limits on space usage in SLAC’s Windows network drives. Your individual ‘user’ drive, usually mapped as the Z:drive, has an initial limit of 500MB, or six percent greater than your existing usage, whichever is greater. The ‘group’ or V:drive gets the larger of 10GB or 10 percent greater than current usage.

Isn’t Disk Space Cheap?

Disk space is cheaper every year, so many of us have developed the habit of keeping any file that might some day prove useful.

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Last update Friday October 01, 2004 by Emily Ball