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Ground Breaking New Science at SLAC
Dorfan Today: The Beat Goes On
WIS Seminar: Getting Ready for R&R
Safety First

SLAC Today

Monday - October 23, 2006

Ground Breaking New Science at SLAC

LCLS Project Director John Galayda at the LCLS Groundbreaking ceremony.
(Image courtesy of Carolyn Galayda.) More images, courtesy of Diana Rogers, are available here.

SLAC officially broke ground last Friday for the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS), the world's first x-ray free-electron laser. Scheduled for completion in 2009, the LCLS will produce ultra-fast, ultra-short pulses of x-rays a billion times brighter than any other source on earth.

The LCLS "will drive understanding and opportunity as no facility has ever done before," said DOE Under Secretary of Science Raymond L. Orbach, who delivered the keynote address during the ceremony. "What you'll have here is what we all hope for—a window into the future, one that we think we will understand, but where conventional wisdom can be turned on its head."

Nearly 1,000 attendees looked on as Orbach and other dignitaries including Congresswomen Anna Eshoo and Zoe Lofgren, Congressman Mike Honda, Stanford University Provost John Etchemendy, and SLAC Director Jonathan Dorfan ceremonially shoveled the first spades of earth at the start of the event. The audience then cheered as an excavator scooped the first bucket of dirt from the site of the LCLS Near Experimental Hall.  Read more...

(Director's Column - Dorfan Today)

The Beat Goes On*

Friday was a real "feel-good" for all of us. What pleased me the most was the sense of unity, pride and joy that we, the SLAC family, felt as we sat 1,000 strong under the tent. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our staff who made the LCLS groundbreaking such an enormous success. It was a mammoth event put together on very short notice. There are too many individuals to thank, so rather I will acknowledge their groups. A huge "thank you" to those from: Communications for the planning, invitations and media; SLAC InfoMedia Solutions in Technical Information Services for the video and invitation; Security for the transportation plan and logistics, and CEF for the safety oversight and the carpentry. I am very grateful for the outstanding cooperation that we had from Turner Construction.

With the elation of Friday foremost on our minds, we move on to two very busy weeks, each filled with high-level external reviews. From Tuesday through Thursday of this week, the DOE's Office of Science will conduct a Management, Technical, Cost and Schedule (Lehman) review of the LCLS Project. In addition, the PEP-II Machine Advisory Group meets on Wednesday and Thursday.

And beginning next week, from October 30th through November 9th, an eleven member DOE team will evaluate our Integrated Safety and Environmental Management System (or ISEMS as we commonly refer to it). This team is from the Office of Independent Oversight (OIO) which is not part of the three under-secretariats of DOE. To maintain independence, OIO is part of the newly formed Office of Health, Safety and Security which reports directly to the Secretary of Energy. ISEMS assessment teams in past years have been staffed from within the Office of Science, so we can expect a different style of review this time around. The OIO will be reviewing the ten DOE Science labs in a two-three year period and its our turn next week. Recently they have completed reviews of Argonne National Laboratory and Oakridge National Laboratory. Read more...

WIS Seminar: Getting Ready for R&R

(Photo - Jean Orsini)Whether you prefer strolling the streets of Paris or cruising the Caribbean, traveling is a great way to take a break from the daily grind and to experience something new. "Traveling makes us see the world up close and personal," says Jean Orsini, Leisure Travel Consultant for Cardoza-Bungey Travel.

But an important element of any successful journey, particularly for female travelers, is pre-trip planning. At tomorrow's WIS Seminar, "Destination Everywhere: Getting Ready for R&R," Orsini will discuss some of the unique issues women should consider when making travel plans.

Orsini's presentation will include information about which countries are considered safe, along with tips for traveling safely no matter the destination. She will also discuss different cultural perceptions of women and how those perceptions factor into travel planning. In addition, Orsini's talk will help women decide if they are ready for solo travel, and provide details on alternatives to traveling alone. Although the presentation is geared towards women, it promises to provide useful tips for all travelers.

A lifelong traveler herself, Orsini has journeyed solo, with friends, and on tours. She has visited numerous places around the world and is a certified Destination Specialist for Hawaii, the South Pacific, Alaska, Latin America, France, and East Asia.

All are invited to attend her presentation, which begins at noon in the Panofsky Auditorium. Bon voyage!

Safety Firsts

All of us have read or heard about the most extreme cases of inattentive driving. Pick the worst example that you have personally observed, hold that thought, and tomorrow I will give you mine.

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