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Live Webcast Today: The LCLS Tunneling Break Through
Profile: Kudos for Ku
ES&H Offers Additional Training Sessions
Blood Drive Today
WIS Seminar to Focus on Dark Energy

SLAC Today

Wednesday - June 27, 2007

Live Webcast Today: The LCLS Tunneling Break Through

The tunneling crew that finished digging the Undulator Transport Hall this morning.

SLAC celebrated a major construction milestone for the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) this morning. At about 9:20 a.m., tunneling crews broke through the final few inches of the Undulator Transport Hall into daylight, after nearly three months and 560 feet of digging.

The event was broadcast live via streaming feed, and an edited video of the breakthrough is now available as a Real Player file. Several still photos are also available online.

Today's breakthrough marks partial completion of only one end of the 1,700+ foot tunnel. However this will be the only punch-through visible from above ground. Work will continue for several more months and will include excavation of an underground experimental hall.

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Kudos for Ku

(Photo - John Ku)
John Ku with his President's Volunteer Service Award. (Click on image for larger version.)

John Ku makes sure the kindergarteners at Canoas Elementary School know all the classics from the Hokey Pokey to The Beatles' Blackbird. Ku has been volunteering with Music for Minors since 2005 three to four days a week and his efforts have not gone unnoticed. He was recently awarded a President's Volunteer Service Award at a special luncheon honoring local recipients.

"I had no idea I was going to get an award," said Ku. "It came as a complete surprise."

The award was created in 2003 by the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation to honor volunteers throughout the country. Service organizations, such as Music for Minors, can keep track of volunteers' hours and submit candidates for the award. There are three levels of awards; bronze, silver and gold. Ku received the bronze award, reserved for those who contribute over 100 hours in a year. Although if his hours spent as a reading tutor at his church had been counted, he would have been well over 500 hours.

"When Music for Minors told me I was receiving a presidential award, I was skeptical at first, thinking it was like a Presidential paint job for a car," laughed Ku. "But then I found out it's from the actual President of the United States!"  Read more...

ES&H Offers Additional
Training Sessions

Last Thursday, the Environment, Safety and Health (ES&H) division completed the sixth and last planned session of ESH 418 training, ES&H for Supervisors and Managers. Although this training is mandatory for all supervisors, about 130 supervisors and managers have not completed the course. As such, ES&H will offer two additional sessions of training:
- Monday, July 9
  2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  Kavli Auditorium
- Thursday, July 12
  10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  Kavli Auditorium

On July 16, an online version of the training for those supervisors not able to attend any of the sessions will be posted to the ES&H website.

The list of supervisors who have not completed the training will soon be sent to the directorate-level ES&H coordinators.

Blood Drive Today

SLAC will host a blood drive in the Panofsky Auditorium Lobby today from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. This drive is open to all members of the SLAC community and the general public. Please make an appointment or drop by when it is convenient for you.

Through the "A Pint for a Pint" program, all donors will receive a coupon for a pint of ice cream at Baskin Robbins.

WIS Seminar to Focus on Dark Matter

In today's Women's Interchange at SLAC (WIS) seminar, Maruša Bradač will present "Dark Matter: How Astronomers See the Invisible." Bradač, a post-doctoral research associate at the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology, will spend the lunch hour informally discussing dark matter. The talk will be directed toward non-scientists. All are encouraged to attend.

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