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Man's Closest Relatives Were SLAC's Nearest Neighbors
Inappropriate E-mail Violates Lab Policies
SLAC Seeks Tour Guides

SLAC Today

Thursday - January 25, 2007

Man's Closest Relatives Were SLAC's Nearest Neighbors

The view from the south side of the Klystron Gallery.

Driving down the south side of the Klystron Gallery, you may catch a glimpse of a sand colored half-circle that looks more like an ancient ruin than a world-class research facility. Yet Jane Goodall's abandoned chimpanzee laboratory disguises a more luminous past.

During her term as a Visiting Professor at Stanford's Department of Psychiatry in the early 1970s, one of the best known scientists of our time studied wild chimps just yards from SLAC. Her research, which began in Tanzania and continued at Stanford, had a profound effect on Primatology. Unlike her predecessors, Goodall named the chimps instead of assigning numbers, insisted that animals have distinct personalities and emotions, and charted chimpanzee courtships.

After a student researcher was kidnapped at Goodall's study site in Tanzania, she decided it was best to move her research to Stanford. She spent four years in SLAC's backyard studying the behavior of the displaced apes, leaving in 1975 to study the chimps in a more natural habitat.

Inappropriate E-mail Violates Lab Policies

We recently have become aware that some employees at SLAC have circulated "jokes" to other employees and non-employees using their SLAC computers. The problem with these "jokes" is that they contained inappropriate content that not only violated SLAC policies but also could be construed as being racist, sexist and anti-gay. Such material is unacceptable in the workplace, violates SLAC Respectful Workplace and Use of SLAC Information Resources policies, and could be illegal.

Humor in the workplace can be a valuable asset to relieve tension and to build camaraderie. But humor that is disrespectful or that creates a hostile work environment cannot be tolerated. It is each employee's responsibility to refrain from passing on such inappropriate e-mail and also to inform your supervisor if such email is being sent to you from anyone using SLAC computer resources. You cannot be retaliated against for reporting such activity.

Please take a few minutes to review the relevant policies: Use of SLAC Information Resources and The Respectful SLAC Workplace. Supervisors are also asked to review these policies with their staff to be certain that everyone understands their importance and seriousness.

SLAC Seeks Tour Guides

(Photo - tour) Summer Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) students from Lawrence Livermore National Lab tour SLAC. (Click on image for larger version.)

Tour Coordinator Maura Chatwell is once again looking to recruit SLAC employees, retirees and graduate students to lead lab tours.

Each day, at least one busload of science enthusiasts makes its way around the site on a tour. Each of these buses needs a tour guide: someone who's enthusiastic about science and doesn't mind taking a few hours each month to share this excitement with others.

"Anyone who knows about SLAC is welcome to sign up as a tour guide," said Chatwell. "It's a great opportunity to share our work with the general public."

Each tour lasts about two hours. It starts with a talk about SLAC, which each guide molds to his or her personal style. Then everyone climbs on a bus and heads to the linac visitor's alcove and the Collider Hall.

Most tours start at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., but times are flexible. Training involves developing a 20- to 30-minute general talk about SLAC based on a PowerPoint presentation and taking the tour with a current guide to get a sense of how to lead the hordes of visitors. Graduate students and retirees are paid $60 for each tour.

Interested? Call Maura Chatwell at x4931 or e-mail her at maura@slac.stanford.edu for more information.

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