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Fast-tracking Future Superconductors
Profile: Charlotte Carlson Joins Human Resources Team
The OIO Review is Over, But Work Has Just Begun
WIS Seminar Today
ILC Colloquium Online

SLAC Today

Wednesday - March 28, 2007

This cavity tests the properties of possible superconductors.

Fast-tracking Future Superconductors

In the name of ever-more efficient and powerful accelerators, researchers are always looking for new superconducting materials. Particles speed through accelerator cavities, and it takes less energy to accelerate them when these cavities are made with superconducting materials.

A group of researchers from SLAC, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory are developing an innovative technique that will allow physicists to test the properties of possible superconductors with superior efficiency.

"Instead of taking years to study critical fields of superconducting materials, this technique can be used to test new or old superconductors in just weeks," said Isidoro Campisi, a physicist at the SNS. "It's a very powerful selection tool to see whether these materials are promising."  Read more...

(Weekly Column - Profile)

Charlotte Carlson Joins Human Resources Team

(Photo - Charlotte Carlson)The Human Resources Department is all abuzz—SLAC has a new Training and Development Specialist. Charlotte Carlson joined SLAC last Monday, and is ready to get to work.

"It's exciting being here," Carlson said. "People have been nice, resourceful, and helpful."

Carlson has worked in human resources for more than 10 years, first as a corporate education officer in the San Mateo County Community College District and most recently as Manager of Training, Development and Employment for the City of Palo Alto. She is currently teaching a course called "Strategic Human Resources Management" at Menlo College in her spare time.

"Training and development is my passion, and it's where I like to be," she said.

At SLAC, Carlson will assess current training programs, create new training models such as a Senior Leadership Program, lead new employee orientations, and advance succession planning. A warm welcome to Charlotte!

WIS Seminar Today

Laurie Escudero, Janice Dabney, and Roslind Pennacchi will speak at today's WIS seminar.

Three SLAC employees will share their career experiences this afternoon in this month's Women's Interchange at SLAC (WIS) Seminar, "Changing Roles at SLAC: Three Perspectives" Beginning at noon in Panofsky Auditorium, Janice Dabney, Laurie Escudero, and Roslind Pennacchi will discuss what have they learned from the transitions they have made at SLAC, and what in their past prepared them for where they are today. Learn more...

ILC Colloquium Online

Monday's colloquium, "The Reference Design for the ILC, Costs and What's Next," drew an unprecedented number of people to SLAC's steaming video feed. Video of the lecture is now available on the colloquium website.

The OIO Review is Over, But Work Has Just Begun

Changes are coming to the lab as a result of last November's DOE Office of Independent Oversight (OIO) Environment, Safety and Health (ES&H) evaluation. The team's conclusions brought about a corrective action plan (CAP), which was approved by the DOE Undersecretary for Science on March 16th.

Now the lab must work to make the plan a reality. Fourteen staff members have been assigned to create and implement the corrective actions stipulated in the CAP. (Click here to see a list.)

The OIO CAP is part of a series of improvements that will strengthen the lab's ES&H and Integrated Safety and Environment Management System (ISEMS) programs. For example, prior to the OIO evaluation, a rigorous system of both internal and external assessments were in place to identify areas for improvement, which have led to numerous improvements. 

As mentioned in an earlier SLAC Today article, two of the most wide-ranging OIO findings deal with how we manage requirements, such as DOE directives and regulations, and how we do our work planning and control. Many of the other findings were more program-specific, such as improving sub-contractor oversight and expanding the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory Safety Assessment Document (SAD) to include beamlines. Still others related to strengthening our various site-wide ES&H programs, including radiation protection, industrial hygiene, issues management, self-assessment, and incident investigation.

The overall CAP has approximately 75 corrective actions that address the ten findings. As the OIO evaluation team urged, we will take an appropriate amount of time to address the findings (some actions extend into FY2009), being careful not to throw out elements of our existing ES&H program that are effective.

Some of you may be asked to participate in surveys or in other activities carried out by the various CAP teams. We ask everyone at SLAC to please give their full support to the finding managers as they begin implementing the CAP. Should you have questions, don't hesitate to contact the finding managers directly or Walter Leclerc of the Office of Assurance.

Click here to view the OIO report and CAP.

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