November 4, 2005


Director's Corner

By Jonathan Dorfan

Twenty-two months from now, the GLAST satellite, a complicated and sturdy set of particle physics detectors, will be encapsulated into the cone of a Delta 2 Heavy rocket at Kennedy Space Center, and blasted into space.

A crew of SLAC engineers and physicists will crane their necks and shield their eyes, looking on in pride as their painstaking work takes flight. They will be accompanied by an equally excited and exhilarated group of collaborators from the rest of the U.S., and around the world.

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Kavli Building Update

By Linda DuShane White

The stylish building planned to house the joint Stanford University and SLAC Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology (KIPAC) is scheduled for completion by the end of January 2006, and construction is currently on schedule.

“It’s all taking shape,” says Stuart Marshall (RD/KIPAC).

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Biological Tubes to Serve as Miniature Drug Capsules

By Heather Rock Woods

By mixing two common cell ingredients, scientists have assembled tiny hollow tubes whose ends can be open or closed, giving them great potential to serve as drug capsules thousands of times thinner than a human hair, but still 10 times wider than a gene.

With an open-close switch, these ‘lipid-protein nanotubes’ may prove to be an excellent way to encapsulate a therapeutic drug or gene and then release it in the appropriate location.

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Bienenstock in the News

Arthur Bienenstock (Stanford/SSRL) has been elected vice president of the American Physical Society (APS) for 2006. Per the organization’s succession system, he will become president elect in 2007, president in 2008 and immediate past president in 2009.

At the SSRL Users’ Meeting on October 17, Pat Dehmer, Associate Director of the DOE Office of Basic Energy Sciences presented Bienenstock with a DOE Distinguished Associate Award.

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