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SABER Moves Forward
Safety Today: Ticks and Lyme Disease
Alpine Gate to Re-Open this Thursday
Deadline Approaches for Ashley Fellowship

SLAC Today

Tuesday - June 13, 2006

Erickson, Berndt and Bellomo stand in front of one of 23 sections of magnets formerly used to focus and steer a high-energy positron beam. SABER will use two of these sections to deliver a ~30 GeV beam. (Click on image for larger version.)

SABER Moves Forward

On a Friday afternoon late in May, Paul Bellomo, Martin Berndt, Jim Craft and Roger Erickson ventured into the Stanford Linear Collider (SLC) South Arc Tunnel. There, they orchestrated the first beamline configuration change for SABER, the South Arc Beam Experimental Region project.

SABER is a replacement for the Final Focus Test Beam (FFTB), which is currently being dismantled to make room for the Linac Coherent Light Source Beam Transport Hall. When it's completed, SABER would allow high-energy physics experiments to continue at the lab. These experiments would support research in the fields of laboratory astrophysics, beam-plasma physics, and condensed matter physics at ultra-fast time scales.   Read more...

(Column - Safety Today)

Ticks and Lyme Disease

(Photo - Deer tick) Ticks are unusually prevalent this year, especially in the tall grass and brush that lines SLAC’s roads. Ticks can carry Lyme disease, so it's important to protect yourself anytime you venture off the road.

Wearing lightly colored, tightly woven clothes, long pants tucked into your socks and long-sleeved shirts will make it difficult for ticks to attach themselves to you. Since ticks live on grasses or bushes, staying on wide paths away from overhanging foliage will also decrease the chance of being bitten. Lastly, carefully inspect of all skin surfaces after spending time on hillsides or in woodlands to decrease the chance of Lyme disease transmission. Once embedded in your skin, a tick must complete its feeding cycle before it can transmit the disease. This takes between 24 and 48 hours.

If you find a tick, use a pair of fine-tipped tweezers to grasp it as close to the skin as possible. Align the tweezers with the tick's angle of entry, grasp firmly and pull out smoothly in order to remove the tick completely. Try not to twist or squeeze. Wash your hands and the area with soap and water before and after removing a tick.  Read more...

Alpine Gate to Re-Open this Thursday at 5:45

(Photo - Alpine Gate) The guard shack at Alpine Gate has been relocated several hundred feet farther into the site. (Click on image for larger version.)

Construction at the Alpine Gate is nearly finished. The gate will re-open with regular hours (5:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.) this Thursday. Gate 17 will continue to operate under extended hours until 6:00 p.m. on Friday, June 16.

Deadline Approaches
for Ashley Fellowship

Applications for the 2006-2007 Alonzo W. Ashley Career Development Fellowship are due Monday, July 3rd. This one-year fellowship is an opportunity for SLAC employees to further their careers by developing and implementing programs and projects, exploring new job opportunities, and taking time off to continue their education.

If you would like help submitting an application, make an appointment to see Pauline Wethington before June 21st.  She can be reached at x4559 or
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