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ALICE & LHCb: refinements for the restart

Following the previous issue, the Bulletin continues its series to find out what the six LHC experiments have been up to since last September, and how they are preparing for the restart. >>

Onward to the Higgs!

As part of a series of exchanges between CERN and other laboratories world-wide, this issue’s message is by TRIUMF Director, Nigel Lockyer. >>

The latest from the LHC

View of the LHC tunnel after the repairs.Three weeks ago vacuum leaks occurred in both Sector 8-1 and 2-3 (See previous update). >>

No borders for Information Technology

The technology gap between first world countries and developing nations is growing at an ever-increasing rate. An organization founded at CERN, Informaticiens Sans Frontières (ISF), hopes to alter this trend with their current project, MANGO NET. Starting in Africa, they aim to lead these nations to use Information Technologies to positively influence their economy, education and lifestyle. >>

Wisdom comes with age?

‘A relativistic generalization of the Navier-Stokes equations to quark-gluon plasmas’ – the work of a CERN physicist perhaps? No, actually it is the title of a high school student’s project! Thirteen of the world’s brightest young scientific minds were recently treated to a tour of CERN. The Bulletin finds out more. >>

Teachers staying ahead of the game

Even though the school holidays are in full swing, some 40 high-school teachers have come to CERN to take part in the High School Teachers (HST) programme organised by the CERN Education Group (see box). Far from considering this as a piece of holiday fun, the teachers are getting their hands dirty and putting in some serious hours’ learning. >>

The fine art of ‘sourcery’

The commissioning of the new Linac4 source – first element of the new acceleration chain for the upgrade of the LHC (sLHC) – started at the beginning of July. After years of preparation but after only a few hours of fine-tuning of the numerous parameters involved, the source has delivered its first negative ions. >>

Trained to battle cancer with particles

The successful treatment of tumours with hadrons – hadron therapy – is only possible when accelerator experts, physicists, biologists and oncologists combine their efforts and share their expertises. The PARTNER project aims at training young students to become the future leaders in this field. Four of them are affiliated to CERN as fellows. >>

New opportunities for EU projects at CERN

In July 2009 the European Commission (EC) finalised how it will spend research funding for 2010, within its Framework Programme 7 (FP7). On 31 July the EC is expected to publish new calls for European project proposals, many of which are relevant to CERN. >>

New arrivals

On Monday 22 June 2009, members of CERN Management welcomed recently-recruited staff members and fellows at the second part of the Induction Programme (photographed here with Enrico Chiaveri, Head of HR Department). >>

EPS Young Physicist Prize - CORRECTION

The original text for the article 'Prizes aplenty in Krakow' in Bulletin 30-31 assigned the award of the EPS HEPP Young Physicist Prize to Maurizio Pierini. >>

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