Stanford Community Day Features SLAC Einsteins
By Nina Adelman Stolar
Expounding on science and giving life to the Quantum Universe exhibit,
scientists—appropriately outfitted in lab coats with white wig, mustache
and tie—made a striking appearance on the lawn in front of Hoover Tower.
A creative group, our good natured and enthusiastic colleagues generated
excitement with magnets and simple machines.
Mazur, in costume,
engages the attention of
Photo by Diana Rogers
The shift schedule rotation was fully covered by Mark Allen (EC),
Nicolas Berger (EE), Eduardo do Couto e Silva (EK), Tetiana Hryn’ova
(EE), Stephanie Majewski (BABAR), Michael Mazur (BABAR), Kevin
Schlaufman (KIPAC), Abi Soffer (BABAR), Jorg Stelzer (EE) and Josh
Experiments and Demonstrations
Crowds thronged to the demonstration area where Keith Jobe (ILC) whipped
up batches of liquid nitrogen ice cream throughout the day. This cool
treat on a sunny day never fails to amaze and refresh onlookers.
Experiments by Norman Graf (SLD) creatively used Earth’s atmosphere to
demonstrate the crushing pressure under which we live, using anything on
hand—from soda cans to bowling balls.
The arcade area was staffed by Tom Danis (Palo Alto), Surjeet Rajendran
(Stanford Physics Dept.) and Nalini Sundaram (SSRL/LANL). A continuous
stream of people crowded around to see how cosmic rays from our natural
environment can be detected by a Cloud Chamber.
Special thanks go to Joe Perl (SCS) for the fully equipped, self
contained Cloud Chamber, Tom Borden (REG) for procuring chamber
material, Denise Larsen (MFD) for the lab coats to clothe our Einsteins,
Diana Rogers (DO) for photographing the event and to Terry Anderson (TechPubs),
who made the Quantum Universe exhibit dream come true.
Many thanks to capable volunteers Greg Bologoff (BSD), Mika Stratton
(EC) and Topher White (COM) for joining up with Barbara Hoddy, Herb
McIntye, Todd Ross and Tom Sherry, Jr. (all PAO). From start to finish
the team assured that everything was properly stowed, delivered and set
up, and the remains of the day whisked back to the Lab before sundown.