SVConnections May 2016
March 2020
SVC and Normandale Community College (Bloomington, MN) offer training and education opportunities that support individuals who want to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to work more productively with vacuum systems and the processes supported by those systems.

Normandale received two awards from the National Science Foundation (NSF-ATE DUE #1400408 and #1700624) which have funded projects geared toward enhancing the college's technician education program in vacuum technology. In partnership with SVC and with support from its NSF project funding, Normandale seeks to obtain updated information with respect to the perceptions of the state of education and training for technicians who work on and support vacuum technology and the processes associated with this technology.

We want your feedback on this topic!  This survey takes approximately 6 to 8 minutes to complete.  Feel free to send this survey link to other individuals within your organization if you feel their input could assist our activity. 

Thanks in advance for completing this survey!

Craftsmanship of Ophthalmic Coatings

By Georg Meyer, MAFO

Principal knowledge on procedures and best practices. The objectives of this article are to provide general principal knowledge on ophthalmic coating manufacture procedures and best practises based on a hands-on lifetime experience in coating manufacturing. Moreover, it is meant to draw attention to pitfalls and possible risks, to show shop-floor level staff how to apply themselves, to take ownership of the work and to enable suitable candidates to be an efficient coach in the lab. At the end of the day the quality level achieved in a coating department is determined by the quality of workmanship of the least trained staff . READ FULL ARTICLE.

The text is an extract of a tutorial held first at the Annual Society of Vacuum Coaters (SVC) Techcon 2019 in Long Beach and to be presented again in an updated version at this year’s SVC Techcon April 22nd in Chicago.  
New Kind of Particle Collider Could Reach Higher Energy at a Lower Cost

 By Meredith Fore, Inside Science

Particle physicists have overcome one of the biggest obstacles to a collider that would smash particles for less.   The next generation of particle physics just got a whole lot closer. Scientists at the Muon Ionization Cooling Experiment (MICE) have developed a revolutionary new process that, for the first time, makes a muon particle collider within reach. Such a collider could allow physicists to access energies higher than ever before, opening a door to a new frontier in fundamental physics research. READ FULL ARTICLE.

Image credits: Yuen Yiu , Staff Writer
Genetic Traces of Mysterious Human Lineage Detected in People Living in West Africa

By Charles Q. Choi, Inside Science

Researchers found a "ghost population" that interbred with the ancestors of modern humans. A mysterious extinct "ghost" human lineage that was an even more distant relation than Neanderthals may have interbred with the ancestors of modern West Africans, significantly contributing to their gene pool, a new study finds. READ FULL ARTICLE.

Upside-Down Jellyfish Can Sting People Without Touching Them

 By Nala Rogers , Inside Science

They release "mobile grenades" -- tiny balls of stinging cells that are shaped like popcorn and can swim under their own power.  In tropical waters amid the tangled roots of mangroves, there are places where the water itself can sting. At least, that's how it seems to human swimmers, who may leave such places covered in rashes despite taking care not to touch anything. READ FULL ARTICLE.

Image credits: Cheryl Ames and Anna Klompen
Rights information: This image may only be reproduced with this Inside Science article. 
Geologists Dig Into the Origins of Plate Tectonics

By Ramin Skibba, Inside Science

Researchers examined some of the oldest rocks in western Greenland to probe the beginnings of today’s continents. Scientists believe the way the Earth’s tectonic plates began shifting and crashing into each other billions of years ago played a huge role in how our planet evolved and life developed. Similar processes may also play out on other planets. For Earth, the problem is, the remaining bits of the earliest continents that would solve that primeval jigsaw puzzle lie more than 100 miles below ground.   READ FULL ARTICLE.

Image credits : Vadim Nefedoff/Shutterstock
Male Spiders Sacrifice Legs to Placate Cannibalistic Lovers

By Nala Rogers, Inside Science

For tufted golden orb weavers, losing a leg is better than losing their life.  Viruses control their hosts like puppets -- and in the process, they may play important roles in Earth’s climate. The hosts in this case aren't people or animals: They are bacteria. A growing body of research is revealing how viruses manipulate what bacteria eat and how they guide the chemical reactions that sustain life. When those changes happen to a lot of bacteria, the cumulative effects could potentially shape the composition and behavior of Earth's oceans, soil and air. READ FULL ARTICLE.

Image credits : JonRichfield  via Wikimedia Commons
Rights information: C BY-SA 4.0
The Mystery of Superbolt Lightning

By Emilie Lorditch, Inside Science

Superbolts unleash a thousand times more energy than typical lightning. While studying space plasma physics, Robert Holzworth, from the University of Washington, and his team needed to keep track of lightning strikes around the world and built the   World Wide Lightning Location Network . This network has about 100 lightning detection stations located around the world from Antarctica to Finland. While the researchers were looking at lightning data, they discovered some intense lightning strikes -- called superbolts -- which are not your ordinary lightning flashes. Holzworth explains what a superbolt is and when they happen. WATCH VIDEO.
Bedside Manners Matter During Blood Draws

By Karin Heineman , Inside Science

A new study links clinicians being nice with patients feeling less pain when getting blood drawn.   Blood draws are often a source of anxiety for patients and can be a big part of the pain experienced. Researchers analyzed responses from 4,740 adults who were asked about pain management during their hospital stays for a variety of illnesses and surgeries. Patients were 390% more likely to say their pain was well controlled when the person taking their blood was courteous, according to a study presented at ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2019, the annual meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, in Orlando, Florida. It turns out the experience of pain is significantly affected by the attitude of the people treating patients. WATCH VIDEO.
Spider Glue Turns Moths' Defenses Against Them

By Nala Rogers , Inside Science

The glue cements the moth’s wing scales together like a wall of bricks.   If you've ever tried to stick tape to a dusty surface, you know the dilemma most spiders face when trying to catch moths. Moth wings are covered in tiny scales that slough off at a touch, allowing moths to escape dangers such as spider webs. But some spiders have evolved a special glue that instantly soaks under the scales and down to the base of the wing, locking everything together into a solid mass.  READ FULL ARTICLE.

Image credits: Sarah Han, University of Akron
Rights information: This image may only be reproduced with this Inside Science article. 
Archaeologists Find That Ancient Canals in Modern Iraq Were Lined with Art

 By Joel Shurkin, Inside Science

Assyrian sculptures date from the good times when the water flowed. Almost 3,000 years ago, an ancient people called the Assyrians dug an irrigation canal near their capital city of Nineveh. It brought water from the surrounding mountains to the fields outside the city walls.  READ FULL ARTICLE.

Image credits: Daniele Morandi Bonacossi
Super Bowl Ads Dramatically Boost Sales of Prescription Drugs

By Chris Gorski, Inside Science

New research reveals how much ads for a toenail fungus medication helped boost sales.  On Sunday when people gather to watch the Super Bowl, they will cheer and chat, but many will only pay casual attention to the actual game. When the ads come on, however, many spectators will look up from their phones or pause their conversations to focus on the commercials, which routinely include over-the-top production and celebrity cameos.  READ FULL ARTICLE.

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Scientists Grow Date Palm Plants from 2,000-Year-Old Seeds

By Catherine Meyers, Inside Science

The researchers hope to resurrect a variety of date that was praised in antiquity but lost to time.  Methuselah, Adam, Jonah, Uriel, Boaz, Judith and Hannah -- all sat dormant in Judea since biblical times. Now scientists have resurrected them in the hopes of better understanding their vanished lineage. READ FULL ARTICLE.

Image credits : Composite image by  Abigail Malate . Source images  one ,   two , and  three  from Internet Archive Book Images. 
Listeria or Hysteria? Why Brits Fear American Chlorinated Chicken Imports

By Benjamin Plackett, Inside Science

What does the science say about the safety of America’s chicken farming practice? If distant aliens want to contact Earth, there is a dedicated team of scientists ready to take the call. For 35 years, the SETI Institute, named after the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, has been the world's only research organization systematically scanning the heavens for signs of otherworldly life. READ FULL ARTICLE.

Image credits : Javier Lastras via Flickr
Rights information: CC BY 2.0
50th Anniversary Celebration + Annual Awards!
March 24-25 | Charlotte, NC |
NASCAR Hall of Fame

Join us at the NASCAR Hall of Fame for the Annual AIMCAL Executive Leadership Conference! This event brings executive-level members together to share best practices, along with presentations focused on safety, economic outlooks and a special NASCAR celebrity discussing team building in the workplace. The annual AIMCAL Awards Ceremony includes a new addition with the AIMCAL Hall of Honor! It celebrates key individuals in the industry.

Striving to MAKE A DIFFERENCE in the lives of our students.

One of the SVC’s long-term goals has always been to support charitable, educational, and scientific activities. As its first initiative, the Foundation created a scholarship program aimed at supporting enterprising students and practitioners who have an interest in furthering their education in the field of vacuum coating technology. 
The Foundation also grants travel awards to students to attend and present technical papers at the annual SVC Technical Symposium. Since its inception, both programs have awarded over $250,000 in scholarships to students from the United States, Canada, China, Lithuania and Spain.
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