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All Hands Talk This Monday
Microsoft Visits SLAC to Demo Office 2007
Transcript of Secretary Bodman's Address
Photo: Power Cable Pulling on Loop Road

SLAC Today

Friday - June 16, 2006

(Photo - Jonathan Dorfan)

All Hands Talk This Monday

One of my highest priorities as Director is to keep all of you informed about the successes, challenges and future opportunities for our lab. With this in mind, I invite you all to the Monday, June 19 All Hands Meeting. These meetings give me the opportunity to speak to you face to face and gives you the opportunity to respond by asking questions and offering comments. This interaction is very important to me and I encourage you to see these All Hands Talks as a two-way process. I hope that you will find what I say interesting, but equally I'm sure that I can learn from your input.

A new feature of the All Hands Talks this year is the opportunity for you to mingle with the Directorate on the cafeteria terrace after each presentation. Light refreshments will be served. This is a chance to meet with colleagues and spend some time together reflecting on the content of my talk and the ensuing discussion. All the Directors will be present at the receptions. I hope you will use this time to meet and talk to our senior management.

I look forward to seeing you all on Monday.  See the All Hands schedule...

Microsoft Visits SLAC
to Demo Office 2007

(Image - Word 2007) Microsoft Word 2007

Microsoft Office 2007 won't be released until the end of the year, but the changes will be so considerable that the company is already offering tutorials on how to use the new software. To help SLAC employees make the transition, Microsoft will come to Panofsky Auditorium next week to demonstrate their new product.

"Both the user interface and what goes on behind the scenes will change significantly," said Brian Scott of the SLAC Windows Infrastructure Group. "Even Microsoft Word will be noticeably different, with new toolbars and layout."

On Thursday, June 22, between 1:30 and 3:00 p.m., Microsoft representatives will be in Panofsky Auditorium to demonstrate its 2007 Office client, which covers applications including Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Then, from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m., they will exhibit the Microsoft 2007 Office server, which includes collaborative software, content management, wikis and blogs.

SLAC employees and users will have access to beta installations of both the Office 2007 client and server through demo servers. If you're unable to attend the presentations, please contact Brian Scott for access to these servers.

"We're trying to give people as much advance notice as possible as to how their software will be changing," said Aaron Bator of the Windows Infrastructure Group. "SLAC employees currently using Microsoft products should see their software switch over sometime next year."

Visit the Office 2007 website...

Transcript of Secretary Bodman's Address

(Photo - Bodman) Good afternoon, and thank you all for being here—both those here in the auditorium in Washington at the Forrestal Building and as well as those who are participating via video at our various facilities across the country.

I've had the privilege of leading this department for a little over a year now, and during that time I've had occasion to meet many of you. I've also had the opportunity to visit 16 laboratories and 10 of our other facilities around the country, so I've gotten to most every place, not quite. And I expect to finish the opportunity of visiting other facilities in the near future. The result of all of this is that today seemed like a good time to take stock of where we are as an organization, and to make some judgments as to where we are going. I kind of think of this as a progress report, at least from my standpoint.   Read more...

Power to the People

(Photo - Construction) Ashraf Zeidan, from Cupertino Electric Inc., pours silicone lubricant into a cable snorkel as part of a project to pull three power cables and a grounder from near the Kavli Building to the cafeteria parking lot. A new transformer connected to these cables will deliver 12 kilovolts to the SLAC guest house. The last part of the project—splicing the cables at each point where the wiring takes a sharp turn—will wrap up next Tuesday.

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