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Alpine Gate to Close Sept. 11
Dorfan Today: The Kavli Institute
HR Website Revamped
Classic Car Show at Family Day 2006

SLAC Today

Monday - August 28, 2006

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Alpine Gate will close to SLAC employees on September 11.

Alpine Gate to Close Sept. 11

If you're one of the many SLAC employees who use the Alpine Gate entrance to SLAC, start thinking about alternate routes to work. The Alpine Gate will close to regular traffic on September 11 and will remain closed during construction of the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS).

The Alpine Gate will be used by construction vehicles, heavy equipment, and construction workers. More than 200 workers a day will use the Alpine Gate during peak construction periods over the next two years.

Everyone else needs to use the main gate entrance on Sand Hill Road during the construction period, which is scheduled to last 28 months.

"The closures are really to protect employees," said LCLS conventional facilities manager David Saenz.

A more detailed list of all closures and detours associated with LCLS construction will be published in SLAC Today next week.

(Director's Column - Dorfan Today)

The Kavli Institute

The Kavli Institute was in the news last week and I thought this would be a good time to look back on how far we have come in such a short time in our efforts to place SLAC at the forefront of particle astrophysics and cosmology.

The world of physics is changing. Just like the gravity that made Newton's apple fall was also relevant to the orbit of the moon, the detailed rules governing the interactions of fundamental particles and fields appear to be responsible for properties of the universe at large. Cosmologists and astrophysicists have much to learn from particle physicists and vice versa. To address this challenge, SLAC and the Physics and Applied Physics Departments proposed a joint institute that would work at the interface of particle physics and cosmology.

The stimulus of the gift from Pehong and Adele Chen in 2001, followed by gifts from Fred Kavli, The Kavli Foundation and Pierre Schwob, reinforced by very strong support from the university, turned the dream of an institute into reality. The Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology was inaugurated March 17, 2003. We can all remember the construction period of the Fred Kavli Building, during which it seemed to never stop raining! However three years to the day from the inauguration ceremony that birthed the Institute, Fred Kavli dedicated the beautiful new building. The Kavli Building is a tremendous resource for the whole laboratory with its large auditorium and new conference rooms. The Kavli Institute will also have space in the new Physics-Astrophysics building on the main campus that will be opened in late September this year. Read more...

HR Website Revamped

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A new color scheme and menu system await visitors to the Human Resources (HR) website. The site has been remodeled by InfoMedia Solutions to be more user-friendly and visually interesting.

The HR website is a gateway into many important areas for employees and supervisors. Visitors to the website can find the routine, such as the latest holiday schedule, job listings and performance evaluations. They can also find information on the less routine, such as the Employee Referral Bonus program and upcoming SLAC and Stanford training announcements. There is also information about alternative transportation and the SLAC pre-tax transit pass and commuter check purchase program.

Although this remodel was mostly a facelift, further changes are in the works. Make sure you check the HR website for updates in the near future.

Classic Car Show at Family Day 2006


Do you have a classic or unusual car you would like to show off? Impress your colleagues at the Classic Car Concourse, part of SLAC's Family Day on September 16th. Held in the visitor's parking lot near the main gate, the event will showcase vehicles from many decades.  For more information or to register for the event, contact Barbara Hemstad.

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