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Reducing LCLS Construction Impact
Dorfan Today: Raymond Orbach Confirmed as Under Secretary for Science
Blood Drive Wednesday
BenefitSU Announces New Workshops

SLAC Today

Monday - June 5, 2006

Scott Wenholz is part of a team sent into the neighborhoods surrounding SLAC to measure expected LCLS construction noise levels. (Click on image for larger version.)

Reducing LCLS Construction Impact

SLAC engineers and construction managers are taking steps—well in advance of heavy construction—to understand the sorts of disturbances that building the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) might bring to the surrounding area.

By all measures the LCLS is an exciting project that the SLAC community is eager to see underway. But for all of us working onsite and people living in the surrounding community, that eagerness is likely tempered by the prospect of noisy cement trucks raising clouds of dust.

SLAC will soon publish a brochure explaining what construction-related disturbances can be expected and the steps SLAC is taking to reduce or eliminate them.  Read more...

(Director's Column - Dorfan Today)

On May 26, the U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed the appointment of Dr. Raymond L. Orbach to the newly created position of Under Secretary for Science in the Department of Energy. I am pleased to extend congratulations on behalf of the entire SLAC community to Dr. Orbach, and I look forward to the productive and exciting years ahead that the creation of this post means for the scientific community as a whole.

Dr. Orbach, a theoretical physicist, served as Chancellor of University of California, Riverside, from 1992 to 2002. Before his appointment as Under Secretary, Dr. Orbach has worked for four years as the Director of the Office of Science. During his tenure as director, he made four visits to SLAC. In June of 2005, he addressed an audience of 800 on past accomplishments and future promise of SLAC. You can read more about Dr. Orbach's visits from the archives of The Interaction Point at the links below.

During the confirmation hearings, several members of Congress made clear their approval and deep appreciation for Dr. Orbach and his promotion to Under Secretary for Science.

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Pete Domenici (R-NM) stated, "Mr. Orbach brings an impressive background in science and academia to this post. We created this position in the energy bill as part of a broader push to expand DOE's commitment to and expertise in science. I think Mr. Orbach will ably lead that charge." And Rep. Sherwood Boehlert (R-NY) said, "I want to thank Secretary Bodman and Under Secretary Orbach for the long-needed attention they have brought to science programs at the Department. They are two of the finest senior public officials in this or any administration, and we are very fortunate to have them at their posts."

The post of Under Secretary for Science, created by the Energy Policy Act of 2005, bodes well for all of the sciences with the exciting potential to elevate the prominence of basic research. And in addition to this heightened exposure comes the possibility of greater resources to do that research.  Read more...

Blood Drive Wednesday

(Logo)SLAC will host a blood drive in the Panofsky Auditorium Lobby Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. This drive is open to members of the SLAC community and the general public. More information...

BenefitSU Announces New Workshops

(Logo - BenefitSU) Beginning this month, BenefitSU will post all workshops and seminars in the Training Opportunities Guide (TOG). All courses are free and available by enrolling through STARS—the Stanford Training and Registration System.

The TOG lists many workshops and seminars:

The "Choices Workshops" seminar offers information on getting out of debt and smart savings strategies. In addition, a representative from the Social Security Administration will hold a session on retirement benefits and Medicare.

"Your Health Care Benefits in Retirement" is a monthly class for those considering retirement from Stanford within two to three months. These sessions cover healthcare options during retirement, how to determine benefit eligibility, when to apply for Medicare and how to access Stanford retirement savings.

"Maternity and Child Care Benefits" is an informational meeting held monthly for prospective parents. Learn about income and healthcare benefits, when and how to apply, plus an introduction to the Child Care Subsidy Grant program.

Another monthly informational session covers the basics of Stanford's Tuition Grant Program, including eligibility, how to apply and deadlines for filing.

Want to learn more?
- Workshop details are available in the Training Opportunities Guide.
- For information on how to use STARS, click here.
- For help setting up your SUNet ID, click here or call 725-HELP.
- To determine your Stanford ID number, call 498-CARD.
- For help enrolling in a workshop or seminar, call 725-8479.

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