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Special Events

Sunday Evening at Il Farnaio

June 3, 2012 • 6:30pm • Il Fornaio

 For those available on Sunday evening (June 3), some of us will gather informally for cocktails and dinner at Il Fornaio at 6:30pm. Il Fornaio is located at 520 Cowper Street in Downtown Palo Alto.

Panel Discussion "The Development and Use of Public Data Bases: It's Complicated!"

June 4, 2012 • 4:30-6:00pm • Kavli Auditorium (Bldg. 51)

  The panel will moderated by Elliott Bloom of SLAC and consist of the following members: John Ioannidis of Stanford University, Jeff Scargle of NASA Ames, Tina Cartaro of SLAC, and David Skinner of LBNL. We hope you can make it to this late addition to the schedule.


June 4, 2012 • 6:00pm to 8:00pm • Cafeteria Patio and Breezeway (Bldg. 43)

Be sure to sign up to attend the Welcome Drink and Nibbles. The reception is a great way to meet other attendees while enjoying great food. Everyone is welcome and the reception is $20 per person and a terrific way to kick-off the conference! Deadline for reception and dinner headcount and payment will be May 25th. No refunds after May 28th.

Transit of Venus

June 5, 2012 • Last Chance for 105 years!

Weather permitting we will make safe viewing available to the participants, probably in the afternoon coffee break. Details are being worked out, but the timing (PDT) is as follows:

External Ingress - 3:06:20 p.m. 60° alt Internal Ingress - 3:23:56 p.m. 57° alt Greatest Transit - 6:25:31 p.m. 22° alt Sunset - 8:25 p.m.

The ingress will be the most interesting for those interested in the Black Drop effect.
Nice figures showing the transit path
Overview of transits of both Mercury and Venus
A more artistic approach - you may want to ignore the astrology material but see the animation of the event
Nice history material, with video by astronomer Jay Pasachoff discussing the Black Drop effect in detail.


June 5, 2012 • 5:00pm to 7:00pm (Subject to change) • Kavli Auditorium Lobby (Bldg. 51)

 Tours meet promptly at the Kavli Auditorium Lobby. Interested  participants will have the opportunity to sign up for the tours in the Kavli Auditorium lobby. Free to all participants.

  • Buses arrive at Kavli
  • 5pm SLAC/LCLS Tour Presentation immediately "Dark Matter Searches" talk (Conrad): Kavli Auditorium: <30 minutes
  • The tour will have two destinations: Klystron gallery/LINAC and Near Experimental Hall (NEH)/Data presentation
  • One bus to LINAC, one to LCLS NEH experimental endstations
  • Bus1 5:50pm arrive at the LCLS NEH
  • Bus2 5:50pm arrive at LINAC
  • 30min tour of LINAC/NEH
  • 6:20pm Reload buses, switch to LINAC/NEH
  • return to Panofsky by 7pm

For for those who don't want to get on a bus, here is a recent photo tour/video posted by Wired Magazine.


June 5, 2012 • 7:00pm to 9:00pm • Cafeteria Patio and Breezeway (Bldg. 43)

Please remember to sign up for our conference dinner.It's a great forum to meet your colleagues and a chance to make new connections in your field. Dinner is held outside the cafeteria patio (Bldg 43) in a beautiful setting. Tickets are $30 per person. Wine and beer will also be served. Deadline for reception and dinner headcount and payment will be May 25th. No refunds after May 28th.