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BaBarians Gather at SLAC this Week
Safety Today: Proper Refuse Disposal
Power Outages to Research Yard/SSRL
Safety Second
Apker Award Finalists

SLAC Today

Tuesday - September 12, 2006

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BaBarians Gather at SLAC this Week

Today marks the start of a busy week for BaBar with the opening session of one of its quarterly collaboration meetings. Calling these gatherings "collaboration meetings" significantly understates both the importance and the intensity of activity that will be underway all week long. This will be an opportunity for about 300 BaBarians, about 50% of the collaboration, to get together for several days of intensive review, discussion, and planning.

"Although we are well-practiced by now in organizing and running collaboration meetings, it still takes many weeks of preparation to put together what is essentially a major conference," said Kathy Webb, BaBar Chief Administrator.

Tuesday through Friday will be filled from dawn to dusk with plenary sessions covering topics of broad interest to collaborators, parallel sessions to allow detailed review and discussion of everything from hardware operations to physics working groups, and additional meetings related to the actual management and organization of the collaboration itself.  Read more...

(Column - Safety Today)

Proper Refuse Disposal

Recently, the SLAC Waste Management Group has noticed a rash of personal trash abandoned around the SLAC site.

"It appears that people have been dumping hazardous materials and miscellaneous trash including furniture, refrigerators and car batteries at the lab," says Waste Minimization Coordinator Rich Cellamare. "This is illegal and costs the lab a significant amount of money to clean up."

The Waste Management Group, which is dedicated to keeping the site clean and safe, asks SLAC employees and visitors to properly dispose of household trash.

"There is no spot at SLAC where personal trash or junk can be dumped," said Doug Kreitz, Assistant Director for Business Services. "These items should be taken to a junkyard or city dump."

For information on local collection programs, contact your municipal waste service provider or check the California Environmental Protection Agency's list of Household Hazardous Waste Program web links. In addition, the trash disposal companies in most local cities—including Menlo Park and Atherton—will collect two large appliances each year from each house at no charge. Contact your waste service provider for more information.

"SLAC facilities staff is dedicated to keeping the site as clean as possible," said John Weisend, Head of the Conventional and Experimental Facilities Department. "Unauthorized dumping, in addition to being unsightly, causes us to expend already limited resources that could better be used in furthering the laboratory program."

Power Outages to Research Yard/SSRL

Beginning this week, much needed preventive maintenance will be performed on the electrical equipment in the Research Area Substation. This work will cause widespread outages for the facilities in the Research Yard and at SSRL. Generators have been ordered for SSRL's critical facilities and several other critical locations in the Research Yard. If your building is on the power outage schedule and you or your equipment cannot sustain the outage duration shown, please contact Fred Jones at x2036 or Karen Chan-Hui at x2817.

Apker Award Finalists

(Photo - Apker Award Finalists)
Yesterday, SLAC hosted some of tomorrow's brightest minds. Seven physics students presented their undergraduate work to panelists at SLAC in the competition for the American Physical Society (APS)'s LeRoy Apker Award.  Read more...

Safety Seconds

In yesterday's edition, I asked if anyone recalls the harshest example of an incident similar to the recent plane crash in Kentucky.

Answer: Making less-than-ideal choices on simple, seemingly safe tasks can lead to close calls and injuries. In 1977, a KLM pilot in Tenerife made a choice to take off without clearance and created the worst airline disaster in history, with a loss of 583 lives.

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