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Magnetic Measurement Facility Opens
Dorfan Today: Keeping Washington Informed
Telemarketing Calls to SLAC on the Rise
Great Horned Owl Falls from Ledge

SLAC Today

Monday - April 17, 2006

Javier Sevilla, David Saenz, Keith Hodgson, and John Galayda at the MMF ribbon-cutting ceremony. (Click on image for larger version.)

Magnetic Measurement Facility Opens

With a ceremonial ribbon cutting and the passing of a larger-than-life cardboard key, the Magnetic Measurement Facility (MMF) officially opened last Friday. More than 50 people attended the ceremony, celebrating the new space with cake, balloons and sparkling cider.

"On behalf of Jonathan and the lab, it's a pleasure to acknowledge everyone who contributed to this project," said Keith Hodgson. "I declare this new work facility, the first real hardware of the LCLS, open."

The MMF, located in Building 81 (Shipping and Receiving), will soon house undulator magnets for the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS). It will also offer a temperature-controlled space to test the magnets. Read more...

(Director's Column - Dorfan Today)

Next week Persis Drell, Keith Hodgson and I will be visiting Washington DC. As an institution whose support comes from the taxpayers, it is our duty to provide those in the Administration and Congress with a clear understanding of how we are administering this public trust.

In doing so, we have an opportunity to keep Washington informed of the excitement of the current SLAC program and the importance of the past year's scientific results and technical breakthroughs. In short, we get to showcase your outstanding work. All three branches of our operating program—the B Factory, SPEAR3 and the FFTB advanced accelerator and ultrafast photon science program, are producing worldclass scientific results at a prodigious rate, a testament to the unstinting effort and dedication of the laboratory staff.

Now is a particularly important time in the history of our great laboratory, given that we are at a crucial turning point in forging our dynamic new future. The LCLS construction is starting in earnest, excellent progress is being made on the International Linear Collider, GLAST will soon be shipped to the Naval Research Laboratory for final testing prior to its Fall 2007 launch and the newly formed scientific centers of excellence, the Kavli Institute (KIPAC) and the Photon Ultrafast Laser Science and Engineering center (PULSE), are flourishing. Read more...

Telemarketing Calls
to SLAC on the Rise

SLAC phone lines have been receiving many phone calls from telemarketers. These phone calls are often generated by an automatic dialing system and when answered are then transferred to a live telemarketing agent. Sometimes the automated system will hang up on you if it does not detect that you have answered the call and might call again later.

If you receive a phone call at SLAC from a telemarketer, be careful not to give out personal information or credit card numbers under pressure from them. Read more...

Great Horned Owl
Falls from Ledge

(Image - owls) The owl that fell from ESB yesterday appears to be in good health. Image courtesy of Michael Scharfenstein.

One of the Great Horned Owl chicks has fallen from its roost high on End Station B. Michael Scharfenstein noticed Sunday afternoon that only one chick could be seen on the ledge. After searching the area beneath the nest, he found the missing chick under a trailer. He then contacted various animal rescue organizations for advice and assistance. With the help of SLAC security, the chick was taken to a "home" where it will be fostered into the wild. "The chick appeared alert and strong, with no apparent wounds," said Scharfenstein.

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