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  • The Technical Club of Madison Visits SRC

    John Morgan, SRC Science Writer

    Posted 3-22-2007

    While occasionally complicated and at times mind-boggling, it's hard to think of science and technology as anything but cool. And while more recent times have brought myriad science centers, interactive museums, public presentations, T.V. and radio shows about science, games, magazines, websites, and more, a citizen's group from Madison, Wis. has been addicted to science for over 85 years.

    Madison Tech Club Tour DemoEducation and Outreach staff explain how magnets are used to control electron beams at SRC.

    The Technical Club of Madison was founded in 1921 with the goal of learning more about technology. Today, monthly outings take the club around the Madison area to laboratories and businesses in an effort to learn about the wide array of technology research and development happening in the community. A recent trip on a rainy, sleety, snowy, and typically spring like March evening in Wisconsin brought the group to the Synchrotron Radiation Center.

    "Our visit to the SRC was helpful not only in acquainting our members with the function of the synchrotron and the basics of its operation, but the short visits with the various experimenters also helped us to understand how the light produced is actually used in specific research projects," noted David Stiennon, president of the group.

    The group was treated to an introductory talk by Dan Wallace, an engineer at facility and a representative of the SRC Education and Outreach program. This was followed by a detailed tour of the Aladdin storage ring, which included stops and brief talks by users of the facility.

    SRC_ResearcherSRC Staff Scientist Mike Abrecht explains his research to Madison Technical Club members.

    "I visited the SRC a few years ago, so I was expecting a repeat. However, I learned much more this time around because of your presentation and the walking tour," noted Jeff Mattox, secretary of the group. "Designing an appropriate briefing for a diverse audience is difficult (especially about complicated technology), but you managed to balance the topics very well. Also, being able to speak with a few researchers was very helpful in learning practical details about how the beam is used."

    More information about the Madison Technical Club can be found at: http://www.technical-club.org/