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Research Director's Report
Detector groups work out their work plans

ILD Detector group meeting in Paris last January. Image: Perrine Royole-Degieux
In my report of last December, I wrote about detector activities in the new phase after validation. One of them was the effort of the two detector groups, ILD and SiD, to make the work plans towards their detailed baseline design aimed to be ready in 2012. The groups handed me their first versions in October last year. However, they were given with a caveat that there were uncertainties that would need some time to solve. They have been trying to refine their work plans.

-- Sakue Yamada

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Upcoming meetings, conferences, workshops

International Linear Collider Workshop 2010 (LCWS10 and ILC10)
Institute of High Energy Physics, Beijing, China
26-30 March 2010

XIV International Conference On Calorimetry In High Energy Physics (CALOR2010)
IHEP, Beijing, China
10-14 May 2010

The 1st International Particle Accelerator Conference (IPAC'10)
Kyoto, Japan
23-28 May 2010

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Feature Story
From symmetry breaking: Do particle theorists have a blind spot?

Symmetry breaking reports from the American Physical Society meeting in Washington, DC.
In a provocative section of a talk at the American Physical Society meeting in Washington, DC, yesterday, theorist Matthew Strassler from Rutgers University challenged particle theorists to not be too simple in their analyses. Most people would probably not claim that theoretical particle physics is too simple, but Strassler argued that nature is likely to be even more complicated than physicists expect. And if theorists only properly examine the simplest classes of models, where simple is a relative term, they might be led astray in interpreting future Large Hadron Collider data. Physicists know that the Standard Model of particle physics is broken, but they don't yet know how to fix it. The general approach is to augment the Standard Model with new particles, forces, or phenomena and see what those extended theories predict. Then when experimenters gather more data, they will be able to see which theories might best reflect reality.

-- David Harris

In the News
From SLAC Today
16 February 2010
New Leadership for FACET Project and the Accelerator Design Department

From Brookhaven National Laboratory
15 February 2010
'Bubbles' of Broken Symmetry in Quark Soup at RHIC

From Science News
13 February 2010
Powerful collider set to smash protons

12 February 2010
AMS experiment embarks on first leg of mission into space

From CERN News
11 February 2010
Romania becomes a candidate for accession to CERN
Director's Corner
Change has come to take a tour of the renewed ILC website
Today's column is jointly authored by Maura Barone, manager of the project and collaborative tools for the ILC, and Barry Barish, GDE Director

A screenshot of the new ILC website homepage
Welcome to the new! Ever since its inception, the goals of the ILC website have been to "provide one-stop shopping" for information about the ILC project and to do the crucial bridging of the great geographical distances separating those of us who are developing the ILC design. This is behind the continual demand for us to have an informative and a functional website, as well as one that is attractive and easy to use. Keeping this strategic vision in mind, we embarked on an ambitious project to improve our website by modernising the existing design, updating the content and upgrading the technology at the same time. We are proud to present the result that you see today as the new website.

-- Maura Barone and Barry Barish

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arXiv preprints
The theory and phenomenology of perturbative QCD based jet quenching