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In this issue:
Meeting Fever
Safety Today: Possible Travel Risks
SLAC Welcomes New Employees
In Memory of Bill Walsh
Safety Seconds

SLAC Today

Tuesday - December 5, 2006

The LSST collaboration meeting.
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Meeting Fever

The holiday shutdown begins in just over two weeks, but SLAC is still humming with activity. This week brings hundreds of researchers to the lab to take part in the BaBar and Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) collaboration meetings, the Experimental Program Advisory Committee (EPAC) meeting and a Department of Energy (DOE) review. All these visitors bring an added level of bustle and vibrancy to the lab, but what are they up to?

Beginning today, about 300 researchers will converge on SLAC for the BaBar Collaboration Meeting. Over the next five days, attendees will discuss this fall's successful muon upgrade project, the PEP-II upgrade, recent physics extracted from BaBar data, results expected for the winter conferences, and a preliminary report on the plan for analysis beyond September 30, 2008, when the detector is scheduled to stop taking data.  Read more...

(Column - Safety Today)

Possible Travel Risks

Over the past six months, several SLAC employees have injured themselves while on travel. Being in new places doing non-routine tasks has led to pulled shoulders, injured knees, twisted ankles and more.

SLAC's ES&H team asks employees to remember that travel often leads to distraction and fatigue, making travelers susceptible to accidents. Hazards can be both predictable—such as pulling heavy luggage—and unexpected—such as encounters with black ice in parking lots.

When you travel, evaluate your situation before you even depart (sort of a mental JHAM). Ask for help when needed, and use tools to keep you safe and healthy: a flashlight for uncertain and dark areas, functional shoes for uneven walking surfaces, luggage carts for heavy bags, and a laptop backpack to free your hands. Additionally, if you have a significant amount of presentational materials, mail these to the conference ahead of time.

Safety Seconds

In yesterday's edition, I listed three separate serious errors involved in the recent crash of the Air Force's largest plane, the C-5A. An investigation of the crash found that if only one of the four pilot errors had not been made, the plane would not have crashed. In other words, these pilots could have repeatedly or consistently made some of these mistakes prior to the crash without ever realizing that they were close to disaster.

SLAC Welcomes
New Employees

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SLAC welcomed 10 new employees at orientation last week. From left to right, they are: Christine Trame, Lynn Adamson, Jill Meyers, Niesha Bryant-Williams, Michael Holmes, Valery Borzenets, Sylvia Radin, Lori Plummer and Jess Albino. Catherine Powell-McDaniel is not pictured.

In Memory of Bill Walsh:
SLAC's "Can Do" Legend

(Photo - Bill and Anna Walsh)William "Bill" J. Walsh began working at SLAC June 8, 1964, as a Senior Mechanical Inspector and transferred into Group B as Mechanical Specialist on July 1, 1970. He retired as a Science & Engineering Associate on October 31, 1981. After a long retirement Bill passed away on September 13th, 2006, surrounded by his loved-ones in Nice, CA, on the shores of Clear Lake about 150 miles north of SLAC.

Bill was stationed in the South Pacific in WWII and was one of the very first assignees to the Seabees when it was established by the Navy in 1941 as a construction battalion. The Seabees became known for their resourcefulness and novel approaches. One of the Seabee mottos was "Can Do," which was repeatedly demonstrated by his contributions to SLAC's Group B. Read more...

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