Yesterday the director of SLAC, Persis Drell, had an all-hands meeting to explain the consequences of the FY2008 budget. They are very serious for particle physics at SLAC, the nation and our international relations. They lead to the almost immediate shutdown of the B-factory at the beginning of March and to 125 layoffs in the HEP funded areas of the lab. In proportion to the size of the high energy physics program at SLAC, these cuts are even more severe than those at Fermilab.
The two previous workshops drew large, enthusiastic crowds from more than 78 institutions. Following the recommendations of the Fermilab Steering Group Report released in 2007, these two workshops focused on physics that is unique and is complementary to the LHC in the next decade.