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Safety Today: Injury Prevention Talks Produce Ideas, Energy
SULI Students Arrive

SLAC Today

Tuesday - June 27, 2006

Yellow construction poles are all that remains of the FFTB in SLAC's research yard. (Click on image for larger version.)


Demolition and removal of the Final Focus Test Beam (FFTB) facility reached completion last week as crews finished removing the last remaining hardware. The facility has been cleared from the research yard to make way for the beam transport hall of the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS).

The FFTB was originally built to house experiments designed to demonstrate techniques for focusing and testing submicron electron beams for use in future linear colliders. Dismantling the facility involved removing more than 3,500 tons of concrete, as well as many tons of hardware that will be recycled for use in LCLS.

The professional subcontractor Rigging International of Alameda, California, began removal of the FFTB on April 10, 2005. Removal was completed ahead of schedule during the second week of June.

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Injury Prevention Talks Produce Ideas, Energy

Nearly all work at SLAC is a collaborative effort—safety is no different. With this in mind, the lab held site-wide injury prevention meetings on Thursday, May 11.

The meetings were part of a lab-wide effort to reduce injuries following the news that SLAC has already had more recordable injuries for fiscal year 2006 than it did during all of fiscal year 2005. The intent was not to place additional work or burden on any one group, but rather to foster discussion. At the end of the talks, work groups were to come up with two ways they could positively affect safety in their areas.

The small group discussions allowed everyone to provide input, and the focus was on "managing up" instead of "managing down." The solutions that groups came up with were well thought out, creative, and reflected a willingness to positively affect safety at SLAC. In fact, most groups were so engaged that they provided an abundance of interesting suggestions.

After the discussions, the Directorates' ES&H Coordinators looked over all of the suggestions and decided which items to pursue.


SULI Students Arrive

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The 2006 SULI students.
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On Monday, June 26, twenty-two SULI students began their summer at SLAC. SULI (Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships) is a program that brings students from around the country to work at DOE labs for eight to nine weeks. The program is comprised of work on a project at SLAC, lectures on various topics in physics and engineering, as well as an assortment of tours and social activities. At the end of the summer each student submits a paper and presentation about the research he or she completed.

This year's SULI students spent their first day at SLAC learning about the lab and meeting their mentors. Today they are beginning their safety training and attending a series of lectures about particle physics. After an intense first week of training and lectures, the students will spend time working with their mentors on projects in High Energy Physics, Astrophysics/Cosmology, Accelerator Physics, Photon Science, Computing, Conventional and Experimental Facilities and Surface and Materials Science.

Marie Mayer, a senior from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, said she chose the SULI program over other summer opportunities because she "wanted to do research this summer to get a flavor of what graduate school would be like." Mayer will spend her summer working on photovoltaic electrochemical cells at SSRL.

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