Do You Value SLAC Today?
It's Crucial to Hear Both the Positive and Negative
I cannot stress how important it is that we find effective ways of communicating frequently
with the full spectrum of the SLAC staff. No single vehicle can achieve all the communication
goals and needs of the laboratory. For very important information that each and every staff member
must be assured of receiving, I will continue to use the All Hands Memo. For some news items, the
public web site is appropriate. However, I continue to feel the need for a daily communication and
we have picked the SLAC Today model as our vehicle for achieving that goal.
Over the past three months SLAC Today has become an important resource to the laboratory, bridging the
gap between departments while offering insight into the science, the people, and the events that make
SLAC such an exciting place to work. I think SLAC Today has great value, but much more important is
whether you find it serves you well and effectively. Accordingly we are surveying you, the staff,
to find out how you feel.
As you sit down at your computer after the long holiday weekend, you're sure to be confronted with a
pile of e-mail. Sorting through them, please keep your eyes out for one in particular: the SLAC
Today survey. And if you haven't already done so, I ask you to take five minutes out of your morning
to complete this survey. It offers you a chance to share your views on SLAC Today
and provide ideas of how to make it more useful. I encourage you to use this opportunity to influence
the content and direction of this communication tool.
A survey of this kind is only valuable if we get back a very large and fully representative response.
Human nature is such as to ignore responding to surveys when one feels positively about the topic
and to respond eagerly when one is dissatisfied. We need both the positive and the negative comments
Today's SLUO Seminar:
Listening to Government
Mike Holland's talk, "Listening to Government," will take place this morning at
10:00 a.m. in the Research Office Building's Redwood Conference Room. Dr.
Holland will speak on the importance of maintaining a healthy relationship
between the government and the sciences. He will also offer tips on how to
communicate with the government.
Following Dr. Holland's presentation, Steve Sekula of MIT will speak on the
process of communicating science to government officials. All are encouraged to
Electrical Safety Tip:
What To Do if the
Lights Go Out
Power lines supplying SLAC suffer
occasional dips and outages, especially in the hot summer months. There are
a few simple rules to follow during and after a power outage:
• Power down computers and sensitive equipment. When power is restored,
voltage levels can be uneven and spikes in the supply can damage sensitive equipment.
• Do not work in the dark; it is not safe. If the outage is extended, contact your supervisor
about a safe work location.
• When the power comes back, do not rush to turn on systems. Ask your
supervisor if there is a power
outage recovery procedure for your electrical systems.
• Only a qualified worker should reset breakers. The worker should be familiar with the equipment
powered by the circuit.
• Only a qualified worker should operate disconnect switches; make sure equipment is turned off on
the circuit before opening or closing the switch.