Persis Drell Takes on New Role at SLAC
Persis Drell stepped down as Director of Particle Physics and Astrophysics
(PPA) on August 1, but she has not stepped out of laboratory management. Persis will continue to be a Deputy Director of SLAC with responsibility for managing the transition from B-factory operations to Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) operations.
Persis has been deeply involved in transition planning ever since she became Deputy Director two years ago.
Supported by activities of the Business Improvement and Transition Team (BITT), the Technical Working Group (see related
SLAC Today article) which defined the Linac operations budget for 2009, and the Space Working Group (see related
SLAC Today article) which is optimizing space utilization (both of
which she co-chairs with Keith Hodgson), Persis is preparing the way for the laboratory to optimally support LCLS
Helping Persis to manage this transition process will be Steve Williams, Lowell Klaisner, John Seeman and Charlotte Chang, who will also continue as financial planner for
"The smooth transition from PEP-II operations to LCLS is a major challenge for
the lab but it's also a tremendous opportunity," Persis said. "I look forward to
working with many of the Operations, Photon Science, and PPA departments, as well as with John Galayda
and his team, as we transition the funding, the workforce and workspaces to meet
the new laboratory mission."
You've Seen His Name in SLAC Today,
Now Read His Blog
Science Writing Intern Ken Kingery.
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A new experiment was recently started at SLAC that anyone and everyone can take part in. The
Communication Office's summer science writing intern, Ken Kingery,
is publishing a daily blog about his experiences at the lab. This foray into
the blogosphere will encompass lessons learned
during his internship in journalism and science.
Kingery began blogging on June 11, four weeks
into his internship at SLAC.
"I really hope lots of people from SLAC read the blog and post their comments," said Kingery. "The more interest and participation it receives, the more useful it will be to me as a learning tool."
Kingery says he wants scientists to post corrections to any mistakes and inaccuracies he makes in the blog on the website. Additionally, he hopes everyone will leave feedback on his
SLAC Today stories.
"I want people who read SLAC Today to say, 'I loved this about that story,' or 'I hated that about this story,'" said Kingery. "And I'm
hoping that people will leave suggestions for future stories."
The blog will complete Kingery's graduate studies coursework at Indiana University
and is not part of his daily office duties nor officially sanctioned by the lab.
Kingery will continue blogging daily until his internship ends in mid-September.
"I'm looking forward to getting some interesting responses," said Kingery. "It should be a fun experiment in new journalism."
Image courtesy of Diana Rogers.
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SLAC welcomed 16 new employees last week at orientation. From left to
right, front to back, they are: Pete Eribia,
Deon Wilson, and
Carol Lynn Silva.
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