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PEP Ring Road Water Leak Repaired
Conference Services Available at SLAC
Follow Up: Robot Madness

SLAC Today

Friday - April 6, 2007

Leaking water streamed across PEP Ring Road on Tuesday before crews located and repaired the ruptured pipe.

PEP Ring Road Water Leak Repaired

On Tuesday an old section of water pipe upstream from a recent repair job sprang a leak for reasons yet unknown. Water service was cut off to parts of the lab along PEP Ring Road, shutting down the PEP II accelerator and BaBar experiment.

Crews from SLAC, Turner Construction and contractors repaired the leak without incident, working until 1:00 a.m. on Wednesday and Thursday. Construction managers say that now, thanks to a quick response by all involved, the problem has been fixed.

"The operation was executed with safety first in mind," said Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) Senior Field Construction Manager Bob Law.

Crews working east of the Near Experimental Hall had previously rerouted a series of decades-old utility pipes buried along PEP Ring Road to make way for excavation of the underground Beam Dump for the LCLS. Water service was disrupted to parts of the lab near PEP Ring Road as the utility work proceeded, but there appears to be no connection between this work and the ruptured pipe.

Conference Services Available at SLAC

(Photo - Thanh Ly)If gales of paperwork send you into a tizzy, consider the services of Thanh Ly when planning your next conference. As SLAC's official Conference Coordinator, Ly plans conferences of all lengths and sizes, including the upcoming SLAC Summer Institute.

While she primarily coordinates conferences involving budgets and requiring its participants to register, Ly is a valuable resource for all conference planners on site. "Even if you only need help with planning part of a conference, you should be able to come to me," she said. "I'm here as a resource."

Ly has worked at SLAC for more than six years, formerly working as an administrator in the Director's Office where her natural tendency to assist others helped her to accumulate a wealth of knowledge about the lab. As conference coordinator, Ly is once again embedded in the vitality of the lab's events.

"I love my job," she said. "Now, I get to meet more people and see what they do."

Thanh Ly can be reached at x4496.

Follow Up:
Robot Madness


One of the Woodside and Carlmont High School robot team's 2007 creations.

In mid-March, SLAC Today covered the story of SLAC engineer Richard Burgess and the Woodside and Carlmont High School robot team he mentors. After competing well at the Silicon Valley Regional of the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition for Science and Technology) Robotics Competition at San Jose State, the team won the gold at the U.C. Davis-Sacramento Regional at the end of the month.

"Our team members were excellent representatives of their schools," wrote Laura Swire Rhodes in an e-mail announcing the team's success. "They helped out other teams in the pit area by providing spare transmissions and motors... [and even] provided a key component that enabled their opponent to continue with the game."

On April 12 to 14, the team will travel to Atlanta, Georgia, to compete in the national championships.

Congratulations and best of luck to Burgess and his team!

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