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Harold K. Ticho
Harold K. Ticho

The election of Harold K. Ticho as Chairman of the Executive Committee of the National Accelerator Laboratory Users' Organization took place at the February 2, 1969, meeting of the group's Executive Committee.

Ticho is a professor of physics at the University of California, Los Angeles. He also has been chairman of the Physics department there since 1967,

In a letter dated March 5, 1969, to members of the NAL Users Organization, Ticho announced also the election of six more members to the group's executive committee.

The new members are D. B. Cline, of the University of Wisconsin; M. Derrick, of the Argonne National Laboratory; A. Pevsner, of the Johns Hopkins University; V. L. Telegdi, of the University of Chicago; D. H. White, of Cornell University, and S. G. Wojcicki, of Stanford University.

They will join the following on the users' executive committee: D. Keefe, of the Lawrence Radiation Laboratory, Berkeley, Calif.; A. D. Krisch, of the University of Michigan; J. R. Sanford, of the Brookhaven National Laboratory, Long Island, N. Y.: A. Wattenberg, of the University of Illinois, W. Willis, of Yale University, and Ticho.

There are nearly 1000 members in the NAL Users' Organization, which is composed of physicists interested in the development of the facility and in the possibilities of conducting research at the National Accelerator Laboratory when it is completed.

Ticho joined the UCLA faculty in 1948 after receiving three degrees from the University of Chicago -- his bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees.

He also has been a member of the scientific policy committee for the Stanford, Calif., Linear Accelerator. His academic field of special interest is elementary particle physics. He has been the author or co-author of many papers concerned with research in this field.

Source: The Village Crier Vol. 1 No. 2, April, 1969

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by Ivan Alten

DUSAF has five technicians, working on the Master Plan for the whole Accelerator site while simultaneously promoting and cooperating with the efforts of city planners of the towns and villages surrounding the site. Warrenville, Aurora and North Aurora, Batavia and Geneva, and the West Chicago planners, stimulated by the potential created by the laboratory, are busily developing a plan for unified land use for the whole area. DUSAF planners are interested that roads leading to the accelerator pass through pleasant, clean and well-organized towns. We are also interested that the entire region should grow without jarring honky-towns next to our entrances, or expensive apartments or hotels which might go bankrupt in a short time because nobody could figure in advance the real needs for such new improvements.

What we do within the site boundaries influences what happens outside the site -- and the same is true in the reverse. If the planners are successful in achieving their objective when the accelerator is built, all will look as if there just couldn't have been any other place in the whole nation to build this "International" Accelerator Laboratory. In such a way the whole area will become a logical extension of the past.

The State of Illinois is working up a "doughnut" plan, where the "hole" in the doughnut is the 6800-acre Accelerator site and the surrounding "dough" is a 2-to-3-mile ring of communities. There is a good chance that harmony can be established between the needs and desires all around since usually the hole in the doughnut is the most important thing.

NAL is an instrument, and how successful it will be will depend upon the people who will operate it. The calibre of the people who will be attracted to run the instrument will be chiefly governed by the surrounding communities. Ugly and dull towns will attract ugly and dull people; neat, vibrant communities become homes to neat and vibrant people. Thus, it is a joint responsibility of NAL and the neighboring towns to chart a future for the whole region which will benefit all.

Source: The Village Crier Vol. 1 No. 2, April, 1969

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David Gordon
David Gordon

A Theoretical Physics Section, temporarily housed at 27 Sauk, was formed this fall at the National Accelerator Laboratory, with Dr. David Gordon as its acting head.

The group was created in response to the desire to have at an early stage of the Laboratory's development a theoretical component as an integral part of its activities.

Staff members of the group are Louis Clavelli, David Gordon, Pierre Ramond, Jim Swank and Don Weingarten. They are particle physics, with special emphasis on high-energy phenomena.

In addition, the group expects to become involved in theoretical problems related to future experiments to be done by NAL experimentalists both at other facilities and by NAL.

One of the early activities of the group was to assist Roger Thompson, the NAL librarian, in greatly expanding the elementary particle physics section of the library.

A series of weekly theoretical seminars has been organized, bringing distinguished theorists to the Laboratory on a weekly basis.

In the near future, a series of sets of weekly lectures on topical areas of theoretical physics will be initiated. This program under the direction of Dr. Edwin L. Goldwasser, NAL Deputy Director, will bring a guest lecturer to the Laboratory one day a week for a period from two to six weeks.

He will develop discussions of some area of high energy physics which is of current interest to him.

The format of sets of consecutive seminars will enable the "Professor of the Month" to develop topics starting from basic principles and finishing with a discussion of current work and future interest.

In a statement issued to NAL staff members November 6, 1969, Dr. Goldwasser said, in part: "During the past two years we have tried to keep good contract between theoretical physicists and experimentalists who are building the 200 BeV accelerator and planning its experimental facilities." . . . "We have now added to our staff five young post-Ph.D. theorists who, as members of our staff, are available to our experimentalists in connection with their current experiments and with their formulation of plans for facilities to be provided for the 200 BeV research program.

"This year, as another facet of this program, we are planning to bring to NAL as visiting lecturers some of the theorists who are working with problems connected with physics at higher energies. Each such theorist will be asked to take responsibility for a series of two to six weekly seminars in which he will discuss a problem that is of particular interest to him and of some import to the 200 BeV research program.

"We are starting this program of visiting 'Professors of the Month' in December. Professor J. J. Sakurai will give a series of three seminars on December 1, 8, and 15, on the subject 'Vector Mesons and Electromagnetic Interactions of Hadrons.' " We welcome visiting theorists and experimentalists who would be interested in participating in these discussions.

Source: The Village Crier Vol. 1 No. 6, November, 1969


Enjoying the Award of Merit plaque presented to NAL by the ASCE are, (L to R); B. Lemon, D. Moll, M. Warner (all of DUSAF), E.L. Goldwasser, Capt. B. Bennett (URA), F.E. Mattmueller (AEC) H. Hinterberger (NAL), W. Alexander (DUSAF), A. Mravca (AEC), P. Rohrer and E. Major (DUSAF)
Enjoying the Award of Merit plaque presented to NAL by the ASCE are, (L to R); B. Lemon, D. Moll, M. Warner (all of DUSAF), E.L. Goldwasser, Capt. B. Bennett (URA), F.E. Mattmueller (AEC) H. Hinterberger (NAL), W. Alexander (DUSAF), A. Mravca (AEC), P. Rohrer and E. Major (DUSAF)

Photos by Tony Frelo, NAL

One of the three achievement awards in the national competition for 1972 sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers was awarded to NAL at a dinner in Chicago on Thursday, November 2, 1972. The Award of Merit in the Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement for 1972 was presented by Charles W. Yoder, National president-elect of the ASCE to NAL Deputy Director Edwin L. Goldwasser. Dr. Goldwasser paid tribute to the DUSAF firms which had performed many of the architectural and engineering services which led to the award. "We insisted that our structures perform better than their specifications and that they were esthetically pleasing," he said. "All of this they accomplished and always with understanding and good humor. Our thanks go to the ASCE for recognizing this work and to DUSAF and the contractors for performing it. Our special gratitude goes to William Alexander, Project Director of DUSAF and Parke Rohrer, Project Manager, for the magnificent job they did."

Source: The Village Crier Vol. 4 No. 38, November 16, 1972

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