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That'll Do, Probe: ANITA Wraps it Up
Safety Today: EOESH and SON Training Now Online
iSGTW: grid, Grid, or GRID?
Safety Seconds

SLAC Today

Tuesday - January 30, 2007

That'll Do, Probe: ANITA Wraps it Up

ANITA, as seen through a telescope at 123,000 feet during a pass over the South Pole. At that altitude the balloon expanded to about 120 meters across. (Photo courtesy of James Roth.)

From sunny California to the frigid skies of Antarctica, the Antarctic Impulsive Transient Array (ANITA) has now wrapped up her historic search for cosmic ray neutrinos. This one-time guest of SLAC returned to Earth on January 19 after 35 days aloft—the second longest scientific balloon flight ever.

Beginning last December, ANITA took to the Antarctic skies and circled the south polar continent three times at an altitude of more than 120,000 feet. But before her mission searching for evidence of cosmic ray neutrinos fully commenced, project collaborators put ANITA through her paces to calibrate her instrumentation while hanging from a crane in End Station A.

Project leader Peter Gorham says that data analysis will take some time, but that calibration testing at SLAC was a huge help in preparing ANITA for Antarctica. "We really owe a lot to our colleagues at SLAC for providing us the opportunity to 'fly' ANITA in End Station A before she flew over Antarctica," he said.

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EOESH and SON Training Now Online

Since last April, over three hundred and thirty five SLAC personnel have enjoyed the convenience of taking ES&H courses at their desk through our new web based training portal, SkillPort. We are happy to announce that we are adding two major courses to our web based library. EOESH (Employee Orientation to ES&H), course 219, and SON (Safety Orientation for Non-Employees), course 396, are now available on the web.

These two courses have both been completely revised and updated to include the latest safety information. In addition, every attempt was made to provide a positive training experience through improved interactive instruction.

Both EOESH and SON now cover:
- ISEMS at SLAC
- Emergency procedures
- Industrial safety
- Environmental protection
- Radiation Safety

In addition, EOESH goes on to cover:
- Job Hazard Analysis and
  Mitigation (JHAM)
- Area Hazard Analysis (AHA)
- SLAC Training Assessment
  (STA)
- SLAC ES&H and emergency
  contacts

grid, Grid, or GRID?


In this opinion piece, outgoing iSGTW editor Katie Yurkewicz discusses her favorite question, and why it may matter more than you think.

Even after two years of immersion in the grid world, there's one question that never fails to grab this editor's attention: How to capitalize the word "grid"?

To most in the community, choosing between grid, Grid or GRID probably isn't their most pressing issue. To writers and editors, whose livelihoods revolve around questions of grammar, punctuation and capitalization, it looms large. It's one of the first decisions I faced when starting the original Science Grid This Week in 2005, and I have been called on many times since to defend my choice. Read more...

Safety Seconds

In yesterday's edition, I asked if you could identify a recent extreme example of inattentive driving. If you were flying into New Jersey on a Continental 757 in October, your pilot would have landed on the taxiway, and not the runway. The taxiway is normally full of planes; miraculously, this time it was empty. This is comparable to you driving on the sidewalk.

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