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Greetings to Kaoru and thanks to Mitsuaki

| 7 August 2008 I am sorry to announce today that Mitsuaki Nozaki of KEK is stepping down as our Regional Director for Asia, while at the same time I am pleased to announce the appointment of Kaoru Yokoya, also of KEK, as our new Regional Director. Category: Director's Corner | Tagged:

New hope for Europe

| 31 July 2008 My last Director's Corner in January summarised the situation in Europe as far as it could be discerned through the still-settling dust after "Black December". Six months later, it is appropriate and useful to revisit the new landscape in Europe. Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: , , , ,

ILCSC approves new MOU at the Dubna meeting

| 24 July 2008 The International Linear Collider Steering Committee met on 4 June 2008 at the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna, Russia, in parallel with the first day of our Global Design Effort meeting. Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: , , , ,

A personal tribute to Yoji Totsuka

| 17 July 2008 High-energy physics lost a giant in our field - and I lost a very good personal friend - when Yoji Totsuka, the former Director General of KEK, died of cancer at the age of 66 last week. I would like to pay special tribute to a great scientist and wonderful human being. Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: ,

The proposed Russian ILC site

| 10 July 2008 One of the most difficult and tricky issues for the Global Design Effort in carrying out our design work is how to approach the siting issue for the ILC before proposals are actually solicited for hosting the machine. Conventional facilities are a major part of the project, accounting for almost one third of the total costs. Therefore, in order to bring as much reality to our reference design as possible, we asked for and studied three "sample sites," one from each region. Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: , , , , ,

The ILC-ECFA Workshop in Warsaw

| 3 July 2008 From 9 to 12 June, the Faculty of Physics at the University of Warsaw, Poland, together with the Institute of Nuclear Studies hosted a workshop under the mandate of the European Committee for Future Accelerators (ECFA) to discuss the physics and detectors for a linear collider. Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: , , ,

Integrating ideas at Dubna

| 26 June 2008 At the recent Conventional Facilities and Siting Workshop in Dubna, there were four focus groups: Shallow Site, Infrastructure, Siting and Accelerator Systems. Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: , , , , , ,

Hot off the press: Technical Design Phase ILC R&D plan

| 19 June 2008 The R&D plan outlines our strategy to advance the ILC design effort to the point where we will be ready to propose a robust construction project in a few years. Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: , , , ,

The P5 Report and its implications for the ILC

| 12 June 2008 On Thursday, 29 May, the High Energy Physics Advisory Panel held its spring meeting in Washington, DC. The entire meeting was devoted to the presentation and discussion of the anxiously awaited report "US Particle Physics: Scientific Opportunities: A Strategic Plan for the Next Ten Years," by the Particle Physics Project Prioritization Panel, or P5. Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: , , ,

Critical electron cloud studies at Cornell

| 5 June 2008 Last week we reported on the beginning of our important experimental programme on electron cloud effects, using the Cornell Electron Storage Ring (CESR) accelerator at Cornell University. This is one of our highest-priority R&D goals during the ILC Technical Design Phase 1 (TDP-1) and is aimed at understanding the magnitude of the problem for the ILC positron damping rings and the effectiveness of our proposed mitigation techniques. Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: , , , , ,
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