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Mike Hughes to Receive President's Service Award
Colloquium Monday: Gigawatts of Solar Energy
Ice Cream Social to Celebrate LCLS Today
Tunnel Rescue Drill

SLAC Today

Friday - April 13, 2007

Mike Hughes to Receive President's Service Award

Mike Hughes with one of the 80 trebuchets he made for Kids' Day 2006.

Somebody who's racked up thousands of hours of community service has been either very bad or very good. SLAC carpenter Michael Hughes has been very, very good. Having volunteered more than 6,000 hours of service over the past 34 years, Hughes will receive the President's Call to Service Award, presented by Acting Under Secretary of Energy Dennis Spurgeon, next Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. in the Kavli Auditorium. Come all to congratulate Mike on this wonderful achievement!

Hughes' volunteer career began almost accidentally, after he enrolled in an adult education woodshop class at the local high school. "I first attended the class to work on my personal projects," he says. "Then I started helping people in class when they didn't know how to do things." Eventually, he became a class mainstay for 34 years, spending four hours each week assisting the teacher and helping instruct. "Woodshop was always a big part of my life," he says. "It felt good to help people make their finished product."

Hughes racked up more karmic points coaching his daughters' basketball teams for eight years. And 25 years after he first volunteered there, he still helps at the annual Garlic Festival in his native Gilroy, California. He also volunteers for local Relay for Life chapters, for the Gilroy Police Department, and for SLAC events. "It feels really good to help people," he says.

April 15th through 21st is National Volunteer Service Week. To find out more about volunteer opportunities, visit the Presidential Service Awards website.

Colloquium Monday

Charles Gay:
Gigawatts of Solar Energy

In next week's colloquium, Charles F. Gay, Vice President and General Manager of the Solar Business Group at Applied Materials, will present an update on the growth of the solar industry, advances being made in large-scale manufacturing, and progress toward reducing the cost of solar technologies.

An industry veteran with over 30 years of experience, Dr. Gay is co-founder of the Greenstar Foundation, an organization that delivers solar power and internet access for health, education and microenterprise projects to small villages in developing countries. Dr. Gay holds a doctorate degree in physical chemistry from the University of California, Riverside. He holds numerous patents for solar cell and module construction and is the recipient of the Gold Medal for Achievement from the World Renewable Energy Congress.

The colloquium takes place Monday at 4:15 p.m. in Panofsky Auditorium. All are invited to attend. Learn more...

Ice Cream Social to Celebrate LCLS Today

(Photo - ice cream)Free ice cream and live calypso music today at 2:00 p.m. on the main quad! Join your friends and colleagues for an afternoon celebration honoring the start of commissioning of the Linac Coherent Light Source.

Tunnel Rescue Drill

Don't be overly concerned if you hear alarms and sirens around the SLAC site late next week; a tunnel rescue drill is scheduled for April 19th, 20th and 21st. It will take place at the south adit and the SLAC Large Detector's south utility shaft, near Building 669.

The Palo Alto Fire Department, in cooperation with members of the San Jose, Santa Clara County, and Mountain View Fire Departments, and the SLAC Emergency Response Team (SERT), will participate in the drill. Due to the amount of fire apparatus and number of SERT members participating in the drill, only personnel with work assignments in the area should be present during the drill. 

If you do hear sirens, please take precautions: check the surrounding area for hazards and make sure that they really are from the drill before continuing with your work.

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