Celebrating Artie Bienenstock

Saturday, October 10, 2015 - 8:30am


Event Details

A special symposium following the SSRL/LCLS Annual Users' Conference and Workshops will be held to honor Arthur Bienenstock.

Artie Bienenstock

This special symposium 'Celebrating Artie Bienenstock' on Saturday, October 10, 2015 will highlight Artie's contributions to science, graduate student training, Stanford University, US science policy, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, the development of synchrotron radiation, and the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL).

Formal talks will focus on some of these topics, and informal contributions will also be welcomed.

The full day symposium will conclude with a dinner to honor Artie who turns 80 this year.

This symposium will be held at the Quadrus Conference Center, 2400 Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park, California (across the street from the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory).



Final Program, 10/2/2015


Coffee & light refreshments






Jeffrey Kortright, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Program Committee Chair



Chi-Chang Kao, SLAC Director



Early Science

Chair:  Brian Stephenson


Slade Cargill, Lehigh University, Dept. of Physics, Emeritus

Artie's Early Science


Hellmut Fritzsche, University of Chicago, Dept. of Physics, Emeritus

Science with Stan Ovshinsky


Coffee break



Science with Synchrotron Radiation

Chairs:  Ingolf Lindau & Piero Pianetta


Peter Eisenberger, Columbia University, Dept. of Earth & Environmental Sciences and Global Thermostat

Paradigm Shifts


Sebastian Doniach, Stanford University, Depts. of Applied Physics and SLAC

Synchrotron Radiation and Biology


Paul Fuoss, Argonne National Laboratory, Materials Science Division

Amorphous Materials:  The Ultimate Structural Challenge


Brief informal contributions*






Influence beyond Stanford

Chair:  to be determined


Martha Krebs, Pennsylvania State University, Energy Efficient Buildings Hub Director

Artie from the Department of Energy Perspective


Rachel Levinson, Arizona State University, National Research Initiatives Director



Mike Lubell, American Physical Society& City College of New York, Dept. of Physics

Making the Case for Science in Washington:  Artie and APS


Carl Lineberger, University of Colorado Boulder, Dept. of Chemistry   

Artie's Wisdom and Influence on the National Science Board


Coffee Break



Legacy at Stanford, Artie as ....

Chair:  Alexander Fetter


Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs

William Miller, Stanford Provost (1971 - 1978), Dept. of Computer Science, Emeritus


Organizer for GLAM and its interactions with SLAC

Zhi-Xun Shen, SLAC Science & Technology Advisor, Stanford University, Depts. of Physics & Applied Physics


Director of Wallenberg Research Link

Robert Sinclair, Stanford University, Dept. of Materials Science & Engineering        


Brief informal contributions*

Chair:  to be determined


Artie Bienenstock



Reception and Dinner



After dinner activities

Chair:  Herman Winick


Burton Richter, SLAC Director (1984 - 1999)

Synchrotron Radiation at SLAC:  From Parasite to the Big Time


Brief Informal contributions*    

Chair:  Phil Bucksbaum

*Those interested in making brief remarks may request a few minutes in advance by contacting Jeffrey Kortright or others on the Program Committee. Hopefully, there will also be time for spontaneous remarks from attendees.


This event is being organized by SSRL together with the Stanford University Department of Applied Physics and Department of Materials Science and Engineering.

Organizing Committee

Program Committee

Stephanie Carlson
Sean Brennan
Bruce Clemens Alice Fischer-Colbrie
Sebastian Doniach Hope Ishii
Cathy Knotts Jefftry Kortright
Herman Winick
Steve Laderman
Keng Liang
  Mike Regan
  Marybeth Rice


Arthur Bienenstock Honored with First Endowed Professorship to link SLAC and Stanford

Stanford University and SLAC have established the first endowed professorship that is reserved specifically for joint appointments between the two. Called the Wallenberg-Bienenstock Professorship, the new chair honors Arthur I. "Artie" Bienenstock "for his outstanding efforts to strengthen links between Stanford and Swedish universities," said Peter Wallenberg Jr., chairman of the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, which donated $4 million to establish the professorship.

A Professor Emeritus at SLAC and Stanford and former longtime Director of the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource, Bienenstock has for the past seven years directed the Wallenberg Research Link at Stanford, which fosters collaborations between Stanford and Swedish researchers and facilitates campus visits by groups and individuals from Swedish universities, industry and government.

"I was completely surprised and pleased," said Bienenstock, who was informed of the professorship at a March 20 Stanford University campus celebration of his 80th birthday.

"This is a tremendous honor, one that will help bring SLAC and the campus closer together.
Excerpted from April 7, 2015 Stanford Report article by Glennda Chui. Read more...

Congratulations Artie!


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Stanford Guest House
To reserve accommodations at the Stanford Guest House which is located on-site at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, please book online or contact the Stanford Guest House front desk, which is open 24 hours a day at (650) 926-2800.

Off-Campus Hotels
See list of alternative off-campus hotels. Note: The Stanford Marguerite Shuttle has limited routes and does not provide service to many of these hotels.


Travel and Directions

Quadrus Conference Center
2400 Sand Hill Road
Menlo Park, California  94025
(across the street from SLAC)

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
2575 Sand Hill Road
Menlo Park, California 94025

Click here for maps and directions from nearby airports.

Transportion services from San Francisco or San Jose Airports, including shared-ride vans.

Access SLAC through the main security guard station located at 2575 Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park, CA. Bring your government-issued photo ID, such as driver's license or passport to enter SLAC. Names of registered participants will be provided to SLAC security in advance.


Getting Around

Maps for SLAC, Stanford and nearby areas

Caltrain service runs from downtown Palo Alto and Menlo Park to San Francisco and San Jose.

Marguerite Shuttle
The Marguerite is Stanford University's complimentary public shuttle system which traverses the campus Monday through Friday all year (except University holidays). The SLAC line operates between SLAC (with a stop at the entrance to the Guest House) and the Stanford campus, and is available from 7:30 a.m. to after 8:00 p.m., approximately every 40 minutes.

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