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ILC Moves Ahead
Colloquium - The ATLAS Experiment
Recent Changes to the SLAC Training System
Photo of the Day: Turtle on North Service Road
Electrical Safety Tip: Use an Independent Verification of LOTO

SLAC Today

Friday - May 12, 2006

(Photo - Test Cryostat)
Assembly drawing of a test cryostat for superconducting RF cavities. (Image courtesy of Clark Reid, Mayling Wong, and Valeri Polubotko.)

ILC Moves Ahead

Contracts, costing estimates and the bid-to-host process were the buzz words at the Linear Collider Forum of America (LCFOA) industry meeting, hosted by SLAC on 1-2 May. While the majority of the two days was dedicated to presentations about the latest ILC activities, this second meeting of the LCFOA allowed U.S. industry members to establish a stronger dialogue with the U.S. laboratories involved in the project. And even though the big questions about how much will it cost and when proposals for contracts can be submitted remain unanswered for the time being, attendees received a clear message that working with industry is essential for building the ILC.  Read more...

Colloquium Monday

SLAC Colloquium:
The ATLAS Experiment

(Image - ATLAS detector) The ATLAS detector
(Image courtesy of CERN)

On Monday, May 15, ATLAS Collaboration Spokesperson Peter Jenni will present the colloquium "The ATLAS Experiment: Getting Ready for the LHC."

At CERN, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) project is well advanced. The first proton-proton collisions at the high-energy frontier are expected for the second half of 2007. In conjunction with the collider construction, the powerful general-purpose ATLAS detector is being assembled in its underground cavern by a world-wide collaboration. ATLAS will explore new domains of particle physics.

After briefly overviewing the LHC construction and installation progress, Peter Jenni will present the status of the ATLAS experiment, including examples of the exciting prospects for new physics.

The colloquium will take place at 4:15 p.m. on Monday, May 15 in Panofsky Auditorium. All are invited to attend.  Learn more...

Electrical Safety Tip:
Use an Independent Verification of LOTO

(Image - LOTO)After placing a lock and tag on equipment and before starting work, ask yourself the following questions:

• Do work control documents require an independent verification? If not, perform a self check.

• Are there independent verification instructions?

• Can the verification be done without changing the status of the equipment?

• Is the verifier knowledgeable of the equipment and its configuration and understand the importance of his or her safety role?

Use Lock Out Tag Out (LOTO) thoughtfully and thoroughly—the life you save could be your own.

Photo of the Day: Turtle on North Service Road

(Image - Turtle) (Click for larger image.)

Axel Brachmann took this photo of a turtle on the North Service Road. He reminds people to please drive cautiously on SLAC's roads, as we share them with other creatures.

Recent Changes to the SLAC Training System

(Image - Training)

If you happen to wander through the SLAC Training System, you may notice a few changes. A set of fixes and upgrades were put into production on April 17th.

Most of the changes to the SLAC Training System were behind the scenes work. Some of the added functionality includes the ability to:

• Record Stanford courses in SLAC training history (e.g. HIP courses)

• View Staff Training Assistance Program (STAP) balances under the "reports" heading

• Waitlist multiple people for internal courses

• Manually approve payment requests for courses and conferences

The SLAC Training System was first used on March 31, 2005. The project has been a collaborative effort of various groups at SLAC, including the Business Services Division; Environment, Safety and Health; Human Resources; and Scientific Computing and Computing Services. There are still future changes to make and further upgrades to be considered, but the project is well on its way to becoming a one-stop training portal for SLAC.

The group that helped to create this recent set of changes included: Lynn Adamson, Paul Bloom, George Crane, Maria Denys, Ziba Mahdavi, Kiran Polavarapu, Richard Ponton, Mohan Pulagam, Venkata Samineni, and Erin Shatara.

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