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First accelerator-based physics of 2014

Experiments in the East Area received their first beams from the PS this week. Theirs is CERN's first accelerator-based physics since LS1 began last year. >>

Taking SESAME to the classroom

The 2014 High School Teacher Programme (HST) is well under way, and this year it has a distinct Middle Eastern flavour, with eight teachers from the region among the 54 taking part. >>

LS1 Report: testing Plan B

A team from the TE Department is currently testing the secondary electrical network for the LHC’s main dipoles – that is, the power circuit used in the event of a quench (loss of superconductivity). This secondary network is essential for the safety of the machine and has been strengthened as part of the SMACC project (see here). >>

New patent in sight for CERN-made technology

A portable gamma and beta radiation survey meter capable of operating in a strong magnetic field is the most recent subject of a CERN patent application. Developed by members of the HSE Unit, the new instrument may find applications not only in research laboratories but also in hospitals where radioactivity is managed in the presence of magnetic fields. >>

From hadron therapy to cosmic rays: a life in biophysics

In 1954 – the year CERN was founded – another scientific journey began at what is now the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Beams of protons from a particle accelerator were used for the first time by John Lawrence – a doctor and the brother of Ernest Lawrence, the physicist after whom the Berkeley lab is named – to treat patients with cancer. For many years, Eleanor Blakely has been one of the leaders of that journey. She visited CERN last week and spoke with the Bulletin about her life in biophysics. >>

Indian high-school students dive into particle physics at CERN

CERN hosted its first group of high-school students from India in a week-long programme in June, with lectures, visits and hands-on activities that brought them a little closer to the world of particle physics. Abhishek Anand, whose internship with CMS coincided with this programme, documented his experience for the CMS blog (see here). >>

Behind the scenes of GS: keeping CERN clean

More than 350,000 square metres to be maintained, two different cleaning companies due to CERN’s sites being in two different countries, underground installations where cleanliness is a question of safety… the CERN team in charge of supervising cleaning services overcomes all these challenges to ensure that our workplace remains clean and pleasant every day. >>

Computer Security: today’s paranoia, tomorrow’s reality

When the Internet opened its gates to academia in the late 80s and, together with the World Wide Web a few years later, to the general public, computer security was considered somehow irrelevant. People pointing to vulnerabilities and security risks (“hackers”) were labelled as paranoid. But they woke to reality during the outbreak of the “ILOVEYOU” virus in 2000, which caused large scale infections of Windows PCs (including many at CERN).  >>

Ombud's Corner: holiday time!

In July and August, the Ombud’s Corner articles will be taking a holiday. They will resume in September. Meanwhile, the respect@CERN campaign continues so please keep on sending us your suggestions. >>

Marco Grippeling (1966-2014)

It was with great sadness that we learnt that our former colleague and friend Marco Grippeling was amongst the victims of the Malaysia Airlines crash. >>

Blood donation | 22 and 23 July

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Internal lecture | LEP II era/precision physics (1994-2004) | Main Auditorium | 25 July

LEP II era/precision physics, by Lydia Fayard, Roberto Tenchini, and Steve Myers. >>

Official News

New procedure for declaring changes in family and personal situation  

Training and Development

A breath of fresh air for cryogenics training  
Safety training: places available in July and August  


Reminder: Bike safety – e-learning module still available!  
The Summer Student Webfest is back at CERN!  


Blood donation | 22 and 23 July  
CERN Library | Ted Wilson presents "Engines of discovery: a century of particle accelerators" (revised and expanded edition) | 22 July  
CERN Library | Michael Dittmar presents "Extracted: How the Quest for Mineral Wealth Is Plundering the Planet" by Ugo Bardi (et al.) | 24 July  
Internal lecture | LEP II era/precision physics (1994-2004) | Main Auditorium | 25 July  
Concert | The CERN Choir hits the high notes | Victoria Hall | 30 September  

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