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In this issue:
2007 Globie Recipients Announced
Profile: Pat Doig Digs His Career
Wellness Fair Comes to Stanford Main Campus
SLAC Blood Drive Today
WIS Seminar: Overcoming the Myths of Aging
SAFE '07 Success Story: Photo Disclaimer

SLAC Today

Wednesday - April 25, 2007

2007 Globie Recipients Announced

The 2007 Employee Recognition Awards ("globies") have been awarded this year to 41 deserving recipients across SLAC:

 Lisa Adair
 Allyson Aranda
 Roger Blandford
 Sean Brennan
 Charlotte Chang
 Merle Cramar
 Bernie Culver
 David Day
 Serena DeBeer
 Gabriel Diaz
 Eric Doyle
 Betty Eaton
 Edgar Estebanez
Dave Ficklin
Ernie Gomes
Jim Healy
Adrienne Higashi
Marvin Jones
Ralph Kerwin
Steve Khamis
Cathy Knotts
Terri Lahey
Aurora Liongson
Thanh Ly
Janice Nelson
Debbie Nicholson
Simon Ovrahim
Carlos Pereira
Mike Racine
Rosie Renteria
Victor J. Rey
Anita Riebhoff
Domingo Sanchez
John Skinner
James H. Smith
Michelle Steger
Jeff Tice
Kelen Tuttle
Barry Webb
Sam Webb
Susan Witebsky
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The globie awards are about people promoting a positive, respectful, and harmonious work environment. They are about good citizenship and making people around them enjoy being here at SLAC. Congratulations to this year's recipients!  Read more...

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Pat Doig Digs His Career

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Pat Doig at the LCLS construction site. (Click on image for larger version.)

If the first rule of holes is to stop digging if you find yourself in one, Pat Doig didn't get the memo. Doig has made a career out of digging holes, and now he brings his skill and expertise to SLAC's Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) tunneling project.

Doig, who works as the tunnel construction manager for Turner Construction subcontractor Hatch Mott McDonald, estimates he's dug more than 40 miles of tunnels in projects that have taken him all over the world. A native of Great Britain, he got his start in the 1970s as a mining engineer at a copper mine in Zambia. He has authored 16 papers and a book chapter on the subject of tunnel engineering.

He says his largest project to date was managing tunneling for the Pergau power station in Malaysia, which has nearly 20 miles of tunnels.

"The scale of the thing was unbelievable," he said. "It was in the middle of the jungle, and we had to build 80 kilometers of roads and camps for 1,700 people. We had 10 tunnels going at once."

The LCLS, with its 1,750 feet of tunneling, is certainly of a more modest scale than the Pergau project. But, Doig says, the LCLS project presents many unique and interesting challenges of its own, such as excavating the underground Far Experimental Hall (FEH). Unlike the Near Experimental Hall, in which a pit was dug and construction is being done in the open, the FEH will be excavated completely underground.

SLAC Blood Drive Today

SLAC hosts a blood drive today in the Panofsky Auditorium Breezeway. Learn more...

Wellness Fair Comes to Stanford Main Campus

This year's Wellness Fair is scheduled for Wednesday, May 9, in the Arrillaga Center for Sports and Recreation. The new, larger venue will allow for a wider range of vendors to provide more information and activities aimed at encouraging university employees to adopt healthier habits and lifestyles.

The Benefits Department is partnering with the Department of Athletics, Physical Education, Recreation and Wellness to host this year's fair. Personal trainers will be on hand for participants to discuss appropriate exercises and assess fitness levels. Participants also will be able to try out cardio equipment and see demonstrations of Pilates, fencing, rock climbing, self-defense and yoga.  Read more...

WIS Seminar: Overcoming the Myths of Aging

Dr. Roe Gallo, international speaker, author and health coach, will present this afternoon's WIS seminar, Overcoming the Myths of Aging. Gallo dedicates her talk to the over 30s who are already starting to see changes in their bodies and their health. Using humor, success stories and human physiology, she will explain how to defy age myths and live a balanced life.

The seminar will take place at 12:00 p.m. today in Panofsky Auditorium. Learn more...

SAFE '07 Success Story: Photo Disclaimer

The April 17th issue of SLAC Today highlighted the injury-free track record of the lab's Plating Shop and included a photo of three members of the department. The SLAC Today readership is sharp, and several readers commented that the photo caption neglected to include the disclaimer of "photo staged for artistic reasons." Thanks go to these discerning (and safety-minded) readers for observing that this photo does not depict actual working conditions in the Plating Shop.

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