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The MR-ToF-MS, a new ion trap, has been integrated into ISOLTRAP, the experiment that performs accurate mass measurements on short-lived nuclides produced at ISOLDE. When used as a mass separator and spectrometer, it extends ISOLTRAP’s experimental reach towards the limits of nuclear stability. >>

A lot to look forward to

CERN moves from momentous year to momentous year, and although 2013 will be very different for us than 2012, there is still a lot to look forward to. As I write, the proton-lead run is just getting under way, giving the LHC experiments a new kind of data to investigate. But the run will be short, and our main activity this year will be the start of the LHC’s first long shutdown. >>

LHC Report: Ion Age

The LHC starts the New Year facing a new challenge: proton-lead collisions in the last month before the shutdown in mid-February.  >>

Therapeutic use of radioactive isotopes

In December, researchers from ISOLDE-CERN, the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) and the Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL) published the results of an in vivo study which successfully proved the effectiveness of four terbium isotopes for diagnosing and treating cancerous tumours. >>

The SciencePAD treasure hunt of Persistent Identifiers

Have you ever followed a reference for an article that eventually turned out to be unavailable? Have you always thought that experiment data or research results should be permanently accessible? If so, you will probably be interested in the latest news on the current status of software and digital information issues, and you shouldn’t miss the SciencePAD Persistent Identifiers Workshop (SPID2013). >>

ISOLDE’s rarest isotopes

The ISOLDE physics section (PH-SME-IS) has recently observed an unusual transformation… one that may well be a sign of things to come for CERN. >>

Medical imaging projects meet at CERN

ENTERVISION, the Research Training Network in 3D Digital Imaging for Cancer Radiation Therapy, successfully passed its mid-term review held at CERN on 11 January. This multidisciplinary project aims at qualifying experts in medical imaging techniques for improved hadron therapy. >>

A Short Tale of the Black Sheep of -ITY

Once upon a time, computer engineers of the ancient world used the abbreviation of “-ITY” ([eye-tee]) as a shorthand for “Information TechnologY”. It was an appropriate abbreviation as it reminded everyone of the core purposes and aspects of information technology, which made not only the computer engineers, but also their clients, happy. >>

Ombuds’ corner: Consider mediation - some rules

Mediation is a structured process in which an external party, called a mediator, helps participants generate and evaluate options that would allow them to reach a mutual agreement. It is an informal and confidential process. >>

News from the Library: Microsoft products no longer on sale at the Bookshop

As you might know, for some time the Bookshop also acted as a point of sale of Microsoft products. Please note that this is no longer the case. >>

Gordon Fraser (1943-2013)

We were deeply saddened to learn that Gordon Fraser had passed away on 3 January. During his 25-year career at CERN, until his retirement in 2002, he made many valuable contributions to the Laboratory, in particular as editor of CERN Courier. >>

Paul Levaux (1931-2012)

Mr Paul Levaux, a long-standing member of the Belgian delegation to the Finance Committee and Council, passed away on 3 December 2012. >>

Max Reinharz (1923-2012)

Max Reinharz was born in Vienna, Austria, in 1923. In 1939 he was obliged to emigrate to the UK. At the beginning of the Second World War he was interned as an enemy alien and then deported to Australia at a time when the British feared an invasion by Germany. He returned to the UK in 1943 and joined the British Army. After he was demobbed in 1947, he studied physics in Vienna, where he took his doctorate in 1953. >>

Official News

To all members of personnel in receipt of remuneration from CERN  
Administrative circular n°3 (Rev. 2) – Home leave, travel to home station and assimilated leave and travel  
Procedure for obtaining visas for Switzerland and France - Signature rights  
Official holidays in 2013 and end-of-year closure 2013/2014 (Application of Articles R II 4.38 and R II 4.39 of the Staff Regulations)  
CERN Health Insurance Scheme (CHIS) Monthly Contributions – Changes for 2013  
Operational circular No.10 – Principles and procedures governing investigation of fraud  
CERN anti-fraud policy  
Administrative circular No.14 (Rev. 3) – Protection of members of the personnel against the financial consequences of illness, accident and incapacity for work  
Extension of the pre-retirement programmes  

Training and Development

Technical training: places available  


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Revolution when logging into CERN: the new Single Sign-On Portal  
TPG: Unireso travel cards soon to be available for purchase at CERN  
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CERN School of Computing enriches its portfolio of events: first thematic CSC next spring  


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