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SLACerMan Joins Family Day '06
Safety Today: Cumulative Trauma Disorder
First Ashley Fellow Inducted Into Golden Key Honour Society

SLAC Today

Tuesday - August 8, 2006

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SLACerMan Joins Family Day '06

SLAC's annual Family Day is fast approaching! On Saturday, September 16, SLAC's new superhero, SLACerMan, will soar in for the event.

Register now to reserve your spot for Family Day. Organizers need to know how many people are attending so that they can order plenty of food. T-shirts featuring SLACerMan, a cross between a superhero and Einstein, are available by pre-order only. Orders are due by August 24 and the shirts will be distributed before the event. T-shirts will not be available at the event.

SLAC Family Day is all about fun and activities for everyone to enjoy. Lab members are invited to bring their families or come on their own. There will be good food, kids' activities, a giant inflatable slide, a volleyball tournament, ping-pong, music, sno-cones, cotton candy and all the things that make a good, old-fashioned picnic fun.

Back by popular demand, Family Day will also feature a Classic Car show. If you are an owner of a classic or unique car, please sign up to show it in the Concourse Circle.

Check out the Family Day website to reserve your place and to get your t-shirt order form. And mark your calendar now for September 16 and join in the Family Day fun.

(Column - Safety Today)

Cumulative Trauma Disorder

Most injuries occur in an instant. However, some arise gradually due to an accumulation of small stresses that may take weeks, months or years before symptoms appear. Referred to as Cumulative Trauma Disorder (CTD), these injuries are caused by prolonged muscle tension, repetitive motion, overuse, or incorrect/static posture. SLAC's workforce is by no means immune to occupational CTDs.

SLAC takes pride in its committed work force. Paradoxically, an employee's positive attitude of "the job needs to get done" can sometimes lead to making a condition worse. Too often people ignore discomfort, attempting to work through the pain, until the condition has reached an advanced stage. At that point, prescription drugs, physical therapy, injections or surgery may be needed.

The best means of prevention is to be aware of pain patterns that may signal the onset of CTD. Typically, there is a gradual onset of pain, numbness or tingling in the wrist, hand, neck, shoulder or elbow as a result of repeated use. If caught early, CTD's can often be completely reversed with simple and inexpensive measures such as resting the painful part, altering the work station and using over the counter pain medicine or cold packs. If you have pain lasting more than 4 to 6 weeks and it does not respond to these measures, consider consultation with the Medical Department staff or your personal health care provider.

First Ashley Fellow Inducted Into Golden Key Honour Society

(Image - Nick Arias)Nick Arias, ILC Division Computing Administrator and the first recipient of the Alonzo W. Ashley Career Development Fellowship, has been inducted into the Golden Key International Honour Society, an academic society recognizing and encouraging scholastic achievement, excellence and service.

At the Cal State Hayward presentation, Alexander D. Perwich II, Executive Officer of the Society, said, "It is only fitting that a high academic achiever like Nicholas be recognized by Golden Key. Our members are inspired and motivated by the challenge not only to be recognized for their outstanding accomplishments but also to make a positive impact on our world through the Society's commitment to service."

Arias's career at SLAC is exemplified by accomplishment and service. He joined SLAC in 1990 after leaving the U.S. Marines, first in Document Control where he learned from the ground up and started to develop a fascination with repairing equipment. Later he became interested in learning about the software and hardware controlling many of the machines. Since transferring to an administrative position in NLC, (which became ILC after the international decision to adopt cold technology for the Next Linear Collider) in 1998, Arias's computer skills have grown. He is now the computer czar for the ILC group and continues in his usual efficient and cheerful way to keep computers running, repaired and updated.  Read more...

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